WHO, PAHO Call On Asia-Pacific, Latin American Countries To Remain Vigilant, Implement COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies, As Disease Spreads Worldwide

AFRICA

AP: Ethiopia postpones major election because of coronavirus (Meseret, 3/31).

Reuters: Sierra Leone has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, president says (Inveen/Jabkhiro, 3/31).

U.N. News: Coronavirus poses latest threat to battered health system in DR Congo (3/31).

U.N. News: U.N. appeals to all Somalis to ‘come together’ in fight against COVID-19 pandemic (3/31).

ASIA

60 Minutes Australia: Whistleblowers silenced by China could have stopped global coronavirus spread (3/29).

Al Jazeera: WHO calls on Asia-Pacific countries to stay vigilant in pandemic (3/31).

CNBC: Countries in lockdown should do what Singapore has done, says coronavirus expert (Cher, 3/31).

New York Times: Why Asia’s New Wave of Virus Cases Should Worry the World (Rich, 3/31).

NPR: Coronavirus Lockdown Sends Migrant Workers On A Long And Risky Trip Home (Frayer/Pathak, 3/31).

NPR: Turkmenistan Has Banned Use Of The Word ‘Coronavirus’ (Kakissis, 3/31).

Reuters: China to start reporting on asymptomatic coronavirus cases from April 1: health official (Tian/Daly, 3/31).

Science: 1.3 billion people. A 21-day lockdown. Can India curb the coronavirus? (Chandrashekhar, 3/31).

EUROPE

Devex: E.U. scrambles to fund global coronavirus response (Chadwick, 4/1).

New Humanitarian: The home front: How international aid workers are fighting COVID-19 in Italy (D’Ignoti, 3/31).

NPR: Spain’s Health Staff Are Catching The Coronavirus As Protective Gear Runs Short (Benavides, 3/31).

Reuters: Preliminary study finds U.K. lockdown is slowing spread of COVID-19 (Kelland, 4/1).

LATIN AMERICA

AP: Too little too late? Experts decry Mexico virus policy delay (Verza et al., 3/31).

Devex: Latin America still has time to prepare before worst of COVID-19, PAHO says (Welsh, 3/31).

Forbes: Exploring The Unique Impact Of Coronavirus On Small Island Developing States (Ewing-Chow, 3/31).

Reuters: Venezuela fuel shortages hinder food delivery amid coronavirus quarantine (Polanco et al., 3/31).

Reuters: With bird sacrifices and chants, Cuba’s Santeria seek protection from coronavirus (Marsh, 3/31).

Washington Post: Coronavirus on the border: Why Mexico has so few cases compared with the U.S. (Sheridan, 3/30).

MIDDLE EAST

The Hill: U.N. starts Gaza food drops in attempt to prevent coronavirus outbreak (Deese, 3/31).

U.N. News: ‘Defining moment’ in Afghanistan requires leaders to work together, top U.N. official tells Security Council (3/31).

NORTH AMERICA

Reuters: Canada coronavirus deaths jump by 35%, Quebec says equipment running low (Ljunggren et al., 3/31).