Australasia Covid19 

As Melbourne goes into coronavirus lockdown, it’s a sign it could happen anywhere in Australia

Metropolitan Melbourne and the shire of Mitchell will returned to Stage 3 stay-at-home restrictions as of midnight Wednesday, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced, after 191 new cases were recorded in the state overnight. its highest ever daily case total. The lock down means for the next six weeks, people in metropolitan Melbourne and the shire of Mitchell will only be able to leave home for one of four reasons: Andrews said people cannot leave metropolitan Melbourne to get daily exercise (so, no bush walks or fishing outside the city) and…

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Asia Covid19 

Japan to ease coronavirus rules and allow events up to 5,000 people

Coronavirus-induced rules on holding big events will be relaxed from Friday as planned, boosting the maximum number of people allowed at an indoor venue to 5,000. The decision was made at a meeting of a revamped government expert panel Monday, on the premise that preventive measures against the virus will be taken. Starting Friday, the number of people allowed to gather at indoor venues for sporting events or music concerts will increase to a maximum 5,000 at a time from the current 1,000. The venues should be at 50 percent…

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Africa Education 

World Bank approves $50 million grant to improve quality of  education in Sierra Leone 

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved a $50 million grant to support the Government of Sierra Leone’s flagship program for Free Quality School Education launched in 2018. According to the World Bank, the Free Education Project will support some initial COVID-19 response activities, including provision of distance learning and communication campaigns on prevention. Sierra Leone has made significant gains in school enrolment, but education outcomes and skills acquisition are among the lowest in Africa. The education sector also faces issues of deep inequities in access, weak governance,…

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Asia Covid19 North America 

South Korea has entered its 2nd wave of coronavirus. What can Canada learn?

Earlier this week, South Korea became the first country to officially announce a second wave of the novel coronavirus after a recent resurgence of cases. Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a briefing Monday the new wave stemmed from multiple nightclub visits during a holiday weekend in early May, and is concentrated in the greater Seoul region, an area which had previously seen few cases despite its dense population. “In the metropolitan area, we believe that the first wave was from March…

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Asia Covid19 

China coronavirus cases in Beijing keep climbing today with more areas locked down amid fear of COVID-19 second wave

Officials in China’s capital city reported 36 new, locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The update brought the total number of new cases to 79 since last Thursday, when the disease reappeared after almost two coronavirus-free months in Beijing. The cluster is now the biggest the capital has had to deal with since February. The sudden resurgence of the virus is linked to the Xinfadi market, the biggest wholesale food market in Asia, and it has prompted city officials to lock down the market and several neighborhoods around it…

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