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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…

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…