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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Asia Covid19 

GIC highlights 4 key shifts likely to lead to a ‘challenging investing environment’ in a Covid-19 world – Mothership.SG

In the face of a global pandemic and economic crisis, lower future returns and increased market volatility are expected, according to GIC. In an article accompanying its annual report, the sovereign wealth fund laid out four major shifts that were likely to precipitate a challenging investing environment. “In this environment, GIC continues to proactively seek opportunities that will generate good long-term risk-adjusted returns, as well as ensure that the total GIC portfolio remains resilient to uncertain outcomes,” said Chief Executive Officer Lim Chow Kiat. Lim added that GIC had to…

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Asia Covid19 

The United States Should Focus on Middle Powers, Not China, in Post-Coronavirus Diplomacy

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed nearly 600,000 lives, infected well over 13 million people, and threatened to send the global economy into its worst downturn since the Great Depression. This human tragedy is occurring against the backdrop of a strategic one: Precisely when the need for emergency coordination between the United States and China is most self-evident, their relationship has reached its lowest level since normalization, with no bottom in sight. Even those observers who hesitate to speak of a “new cold war” concede that Washington and Beijing view each…

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Asia Covid19 

Covid-19 Protocol in the Philippines Requires Backriders to Present Proof They Are Couples

In the Philippines, having two people on a motorcycle has been prohibited as a preventive measure in controlling the spread of the coronavirus. It was only this July that the government changed its policy,but with a specific condition – only married couples are allowed to ride together on a single bike. A married couple riding along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City had to present proof of their status to the cops when they were stopped on a checkpoint. It was a practical decision for them to bring the document with…

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Asia Covid19 

A billionaire Punjabi charters repatriation mission for workers, tourists stuck in UAE

A billionaire Punjabi in Dubai has taken charity to new heights by virtually launching chartered flights to bring distressed compatriots back. Philanthropist Surinder Pal Singh Oberoi is now a messiah for workers and tourists who have been stuck in the UAE due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This week a first batch of 177 people returned to Chandigarh and reunited with their families. Three more flights have been lined up this month; four in August. “We are arranging free charter flights mainly to repatriate low-income workers who have lost their jobs…

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