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South Africa Deploys Thousands Of Health Workers To Get Ahead Of COVID-19; Singapore’s Migrant Workers Vulnerable To Virus; Italy Sees 1st Drop In Active Cases

AFRICA The Guardian: Zimbabwe faces malaria outbreak as it locks down to counter coronavirus (Chingono, 4/21). Washington Post: South Africa is hunting down coronavirus with thousands of health workers (Mogotsi/Bearak, 4/21). ASIA Devex: COVID-19 halts Northern Triangle migration, but deportations continue (Welsh, 4/21). New Humanitarian: Bracing for the coronavirus in…

Data Show Novel Coronavirus Impacts Children Less While U.K., Italian Experts Investigate Possible Link Between COVID-19, Deadly Syndrome In Children

Reuters: U.K. says some children have died from syndrome linked to COVID-19 “Some children in the United Kingdom with no underlying health conditions have died from a rare inflammatory syndrome which researchers believe to be linked to COVID-19, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday. Italian and British medical experts…

India Sees Drop In Overall Mortality Under Lockdown; European Hospitals Fear 2nd Wave Of COVID-19; Number Of U.S. Deaths High During First Weeks Of Pandemic

AFRICA Financial Times: Low Covid-19 death toll raises hopes Africa may be spared worst (Pilling, 4/27). The Telegraph: First Ebola, then measles, now Covid-19: Congo faces three simultaneous medical emergencies (Blomfield, 4/27). ASIA New York Times: Coronavirus Diplomacy: How China’s Red Cross Serves the Communist Party (Hern├índez et al., 4/28).…

U.S. COVID-19 Cases Pass 1M As Some States Ease Lockdowns; Syria, Yemen, Sudan Face Challenges As Pandemic Arrives; U.K. Deaths Could Be Twice Hospital Count

AFRICA U.N. News: As pandemic encroaches on Abyei, tensions rise over disputed territory straddling Sudan, South Sudan (4/28). U.N. News: Sudan: Coronavirus could be tipping point for ‘untold suffering,’ Bachelet urges sanctions relief (4/28). ASIA NPR: Beijing Slams India’s ‘Unfair’ Decision To Cancel Chinese Antibody Testing Kit Order (Frayer, 4/28).…

U.S. Intelligence Community Confirms Novel Coronavirus Not Manmade But Investigating Origins; Trump-China Rivalry Hampers Intelligence Gathering; Senior U.S. Officials Considering Retaliation Against China

The Hill: U.S. intelligence says it’s investigating COVID-19’s origins “U.S. intelligence agencies in a rare public statement Thursday said they agreed with ‘the widespread scientific consensus’ that the COVID-19 virus was ‘not manmade or genetically modified’ but also that they are investigating whether it emerged from a laboratory in Wuhan,…

New Zealand Eliminates COVID-19; Violence Grips Colombia Amid Lockdowns; ISIS Exploits Iraq’s Lockdowns To Step Up Attacks; U.S. Field Hospitals Stand Down

AFRICA Devex: The double burden of coronavirus and Ebola in eastern DRC (Jerving/Tsongo, 5/8). Global Health NOW: Africa’s Decision-Makers Get a Data Boost (Myers, 5/7). Reuters: Africa disease centre rejects Tanzania’s allegation that its coronavirus tests faulty (Paravicini et al., 5/7). ASIA The Lancet: New Zealand eliminates COVID-19 (Cousins, 5/9).…

More News In Global Health

Bloomberg: Hackers Target WHO by Posing as Think Tank, Broadcaster (Gallagher, 5/7). The BMJ: Covid-19: Health needs of sex workers are being sidelined, warn agencies (Howard, 5/7). CNN: These are the ’10 plain truths’ about the coronavirus pandemic, according to former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden (Kim/Watts, 5/6). Devex: Q&A:…

CDC MMWR Articles Discuss Improving Respiratory Disease Surveillance In Kenya, Measles Outbreak In Orthodox Jewish Communities In Israel

CDC’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report”: Improving Detection and Response to Respiratory Events — Kenya, April 2016-April 2020 Osatohamwen I. Idubor, epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Division of Bacterial Diseases, and colleagues (5/8). CDC’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report”: Notes from…