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Wuhan Tests 6.5M People For COVID-19 In Days; Chile’s Hospitals Struggle Amid Pandemic; Middle East Fears Resurgence During Eid; Navajo Nation Youth Work To Protect Elders, Cultural Knowledge

AFRICA AP: Sudan to establish police force to protect health workers (Magdy, 5/23). The Guardian: How South Africa’s action on Covid-19 contrasts sharply with its response to AIDS (du Plessis, 5/27). U.N. News: Mozambique school children face ‘catastrophic’ fall-out from COVID-19: a U.N. Resident Coordinator blog (5/25). U.N. News: First…

Yemen’s Health System Collapses As Aid Agencies Say COVID-19 Cases More Than Detected; Many Nigerians Must Break Lockdown To Access Water; U.S. Returns Migrant Children To Mexico, Central America Amid Pandemic; Asia-Pacific Region Commits To Defeating COVID-19

AFRICA AP: Tanzania says virus defeated through prayer, but fears grow (Odula/Anna, 5/22). VOA: COVID-19 Disrupts South Sudan Health Services (Mayar, 5/21). Washington Post: Living through a pandemic when your access to water is difficult (Emezi/Paquette, 5/21). ASIA AP: India struggles with twin challenges of cyclone and pandemic (Ghosal et…

Blog Posts, Statements, Letter Address Various COVID-19 Issues

Atlantic Council’s “New Atlanticist”: Will COVID-19 exacerbate or defuse conflicts in the Middle East? Masoud Mostajabi, assistant director at the Atlantic Council (5/21). Brookings: Americans want global engagement on fighting COVID-19 George Ingram, senior fellow for global economy and development at Brookings (5/21). Center for Global Development: The Race for…

U.N. Pulls Some Foreign Staff From Idlib Amid Rise In COVID-19 Cases; Russian Doctors Face Hostility, Mistrust; South Africa Experts Predict Up To 50K COVID Deaths; Pakistan Cases Continue To Rise Post-Lockdown

AFRICA AP: Nearly 2 dozen escape from virus quarantine in Zimbabwe (Mutsaka, 5/20). New Humanitarian: COVID-19 and hyperinflation leave hunger and few options in Zimbabwe (Dongozi, 5/20). Reuters: South Africa scientists say up to 50,000 COVID-19 deaths possible (Toyana, 5/21). Reuters: Egypt to offer coronavirus testing in all general hospitals…

Australia Diverting Foreign Aid To Support Pacific Countries Impacted By COVID-19, Cyclone; WHO Says Russian Cases Stabilizing; Brazil’s Indigenous Tribes Threatened; U.N. Appeals For Cross-Border Aid In Syria

AFRICA The Guardian: ‘We can’t turn them away’: the family kitchen fighting lockdown hunger in Zimbabwe (Chingono, 5/20). The Guardian: Tanzania’s president shrugs off Covid-19 risk after sending fruit for ‘tests’ (Beaumont, 5/19). U.N. News: Stand in solidarity to preserve Africa’s hard-won progress, urges U.N. chief (5/20). U.N. News: ‘Alarming’…

African Nations Lack Sufficient Coronavirus Diagnostic Kits; India, Bangladesh Prepare For Cyclone Amid Social Distancing; Hospitals Overwhelmed In Brazil, Impacting Health Workers; Pandemic Could Worsen Mental Health Crisis In U.S.

AFRICA New Humanitarian: African countries struggle to find the coronavirus test kits they need (Zhu, 5/18). Reuters: Sudan extends lockdown in Khartoum state by two weeks: SUNA (Abdelaziz/Hassan, 5/18). Reuters: Zimbabweans go hungry as coronavirus compounds climate woes (Dzirutwe, 5/18). Reuters: Africa backs WHO, needs help with debt relief, supplies:…

Fear Of COVID-19 Spread Grows As West African Mosques Reopen; New Disease Clusters Emerge In Reopening Asia; Brazil Health Minister Quits; Obama Criticizes Trump Administration’s Pandemic Response

AFRICA AP: As mosques reopen in West Africa, COVID-19 fears grow (Larson et al., 5/18). AP: Gangs deliver food in poor Cape Town area amid lockdown (Imray, 5/18). The Economist: Why covid-19 seems to spread more slowly in Africa (5/16). New York Times: Covid-19 Outbreak in Nigeria Is Just One…

Trump Administration To Expand Strategic Stockpile; U.S. Health Officials Win Praise, Disappear From TV; CDC Releases Scaled Back Reopening Plan; Obama Administration Did Leave Behind Pandemic Plan, McConnell Says

CNN: Top health officials vanish from national TV interviews as White House refocuses messaging (Darcy, 5/14). The Hill: McConnell says Obama administration ‘did leave behind’ pandemic plan (Carney, 5/14). POLITICO: Trump administration to expand strategic stockpile for pandemic needs (Lim, 5/14). POLITICO: CDC releases scaled-back guidance on reopening after White…

WHO Seeks Further Details On Burundi Expulsion; 1st COVID-19 Case Detected In Rohingya Camps; Russia Defends Case Counts; Brazil Health Systems Struggle Amid Pandemic; Yemen Coronavirus-Like Cases Spike

AFRICA AP: Years of conflict leave Somalia ill-equipped to fight virus (Guled/Nor, 5/15). The Guardian: ‘People are more scared of hunger’: coronavirus is just one more threat in Nigeria (Akinwotu, 5/15). New Humanitarian: Tanzanian doctors sound alarm over hidden coronavirus cases (Houttuin/Bastmeijer, 5/14). New Yorker: What African Nations Are Teaching…