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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…

Brazil Possibly Next COVID-19 Epicenter; 7 U.N. Agencies Urge Libyan Ceasefire To Contain Virus; Lesotho Last African Nation To Confirm Coronavirus Case; Russian Health System Strains Under High Caseload

AFRICA AP: Burundi kicks out top WHO official in country ahead of vote (Ssuuna/Anna, 5/14). AP: Lesotho becomes last African nation to confirm a virus case (Moyo, 5/13). The Guardian: Lesotho records first coronavirus case a week after lifting lockdown (Charumbira, 5/13). PRI: Coronavirus — and locusts — threaten Kenya’s…

Blogs, Statements, Letters Address Various Issues Related To COVID-19 Pandemic

BMJ Opinion: Patients in Pakistan are actively participating in relief activities during the covid-19 pandemic Hussain Jafri, vice chair of the Advisory Group of the WHO PFPS program (5/12). Center for Global Development: The Indirect Health Effects of COVID-19: Disrupted and Suspended Health Services Lydia Regan, research assistant, and Y-Ling…

Fauci Warns U.S. Reopening Too Quickly Could Cause Disease Resurgence; CDC Guidance More Conservative Than White House; POLITICO Examines Bright’s Whistleblower Allegations

AP: AP Exclusive: CDC guidance more restrictive than White House “Advice from the top U.S. disease control experts on how to safely reopen businesses and institutions during the coronavirus pandemic was more detailed and restrictive than the plan released by the White House last month. … The Associated Press obtained…

Social Stigma Hurting COVID-19 Containment Efforts In Asia; Russia Records 2nd-Highest Caseload Globally; Cuba Enters Race For Vaccine; Experts Warn Of Case Undercounting In Yemen

AFRICA Al Jazeera: Is COVID-19 making it harder to treat other diseases in Africa? (5/12). AP: COVID-19 confirmed in crowded U.N.-run camp in South Sudan (Ajak/Anna, 5/12). Scientific American: Antipoaching Tech Tracks COVID-19 Flare-Ups in South Africa (Wild, 5/12). U.N. News: Chad’s storytellers take COVID prevention messages off the grid…