Africa Covid19 Government Healthcare 

‘We have now reached the surge’: South Africa braces for deadly impact of coronavirus COVID-19

In a country named by the World Bank as the most unequal place on earth, the coronavirus has ripped open old wounds in South Africa. Despite the end of white minority rule more than two decades ago, some experts suggest a recent lockdown has highlighted how urban areas are still divided along racial lines. As predominantly white South Africans isolated themselves in suburban compounds with gardens and space, community advocate Edward Molopi says many black people didn’t have that luxury. “Data from the Western Cape demonstrates that black townships have…

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COVID-19: Georgia restrictions, Las Vegas policy, Arizona nurse staff

The U.S., Britain and Canada accused Russia on Thursday of trying to steal vaccine research as companies race to develop a viable vaccine for the virus that has killed more than 580,000 people around the world. In the U.S., more than 66,000 new cases were confirmed and 941 deaths were reported Thursday. In Florida, raucous partiers filled a popular street in Miami Beach despite the state’s ominous numbers. Florida reported 156 deaths and almost 14,000 new cases Thursday. Republicans organizing next month’s GOP convention “celebration” in Jacksonville may be forced to scale the festivities…

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Covid19 North America 

The Ultimate Guide to Boquete, Panama – Wherever I May Roam

Boquete is a small town located in the Chiriqui Highlands on the western side of Panama. Situated on Baru Volcano National Park’s slopes, Panama’s highest point, Boquete is about 40 miles from the Costa Rican border. Boquete is known for its coffee plantations, eternal spring climate, and International Living Magazine has listed it as a top ex-pat retirement community for several years. The best way to travel to Boquete, Panama, is a quick 45-minute flight from Panama City to David, then a beautiful 40-minute drive up into the mountains. The…

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COVID-19 lockdown in Myanmar exposes precarious position of LGBTQI population

When the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Myanmar in late March, quarantine centres were set up in sites around the country. People arriving in a town such as migrant workers returning home had to quarantine at their local centre for 21 days. One of the first people to work as a volunteer at the quarantine centre in the town of Pyay was a man named Min Min. Like other centres around the country, this one was in a school that was repurposed for the pandemic. The roughly 20…

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Covid19 Europe 

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan reimpose lockdowns as coronavirus ‘2nd wave’ hits Central Asia

Uzbekistan will impose a second lockdown between July 10 and Aug. 1 to curb a new surge in coronavirus cases since the easing of its first set of restrictions in late May and early June. The Central Asian nation’s government said Wednesday it will limit the movement of vehicles and close non-food shopping malls, markets, parks, cafes, restaurants and sports and entertainment venues. Uzbekistan saw a surge in fresh COVID-19 cases in June after lifting many of the restrictions introduced earlier. It has confirmed almost 11,000 cases with 40 deaths;…

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