Singapore Documents Surge In COVID-19 Cases; U.K. PM Johnson, Ministers Criticized For Pandemic Response; In Hard-Hit Ecuador, President Says Official Death Count Too Low

AFRICA

Axios: Africa’s coronavirus crisis arrived before the outbreak (Lawler, 4/20).

Devex: Red Cross prepares for COVID-19 in DRC (Root, 4/21).

Moscow Times: Africa Asks Russia for Coronavirus Aid: Foreign Ministry (4/21).

New York Times: In Old Cairo, a Subdued Ramadan Looms as Virus Shutters the City (Walsh, 4/20).

ASIA

France24: India under lockdown: What costs and benefits? (Picard/Xenos, 4/20).

New York Times: Singapore Seemed to Have Coronavirus Under Control, Until Cases Doubled (Beech, 4/20).

NPR: Singapore Sees Surge In COVID-19 Cases, Now Has Highest Number In Southeast Asia (Sullivan, 4/20).

Science: ‘Open the doors for us.’ Indonesian scientists say government snubs offers to help fight coronavirus (Rochmyaningsih, 4/18).

Wall Street Journal: China Raises Easing Coronavirus Border Controls With Other Countries (Wong, 4/20).

EUROPE

The Guardian: Anger in Sweden as elderly pay price for coronavirus strategy (Orange, 4/19).

Newsweek: While Americans Hoarded Toilet Paper, Hand Sanitizer and Masks, Russians Withdrew $13.6B in Cash From ATMs (Rahman, 4/19).

NPR: ‘Slowing Its Spread’: Russia’s Putin Conveys Cautious COVID-19 Optimism (Maynes, 4/20).

Washington Post: Boris Johnson and his ministers accused of bungling coronavirus response, unleashing disaster (Booth, 4/20).

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

The Guardian: Lockdowns leave poor Latin Americans with impossible choice: stay home or feed families (Phillips et al., 4/21).

New Humanitarian: Coronavirus in Haiti: Weakened by past disasters, the country was already in crisis (Obert, 4/20).

NPR: COVID-19 Numbers Are Bad In Ecuador. The President Says The Real Story Is Even Worse (Otis, 4/20).

Reuters: Coronavirus cases in Ecuador top 10,000, doubling about once a week (Valencia/Kinosian, 4/20).

Reuters: Empty resorts spell long crisis for Caribbean as coronavirus hits (Frank et al., 4/20).

Washington Post: Chile’s ‘immunity passport’ will allow recovered coronavirus patients to break free from lockdown, get back to work (Bartlett, 4/20).

MIDDLE EAST

The Guardian: Domestic abuse: ‘Women in Herat may survive coronavirus but not lockdown’ (Kumar, 4/21).

New York Times: Istanbul Death Toll Hints Turkey Is Hiding a Wider Coronavirus Calamity (Gall, 4/20).

NORTH AMERICA

CBC News: Quebec snubs doctor who helped lead fight against Ebola (Stevenson, 4/18).

The Guardian: Questions mount over Christian group behind Central Park Covid-19 hospital (Bryant, 4/19).

POLITICO: Trudeau waits out Trump’s coronavirus provocations (Blatchford, 4/21).

Washington Post: Brett Giroir, Trump’s testing czar, was forced out of a job developing vaccine projects. Now he’s on the hot seat (Kranish/Crites, 4/20).

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