As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines and resources to help you arm yourself with the best information.
COVID-19’s impact around the globe
- Globally, confirmed cases reach 590,594.
- Total number of those who have recovered is 130,865.
- 201 cases have been reported in countries and territories across the globe.
- Deaths in Italy rise by 900 in one day, surpassing past daily hikes.
- US passes $2 trillion bailout, the largest in the country's history.
- The UK offers financial help to the self-employed.
How New York City is coping as the US epicentre for coronavirus
New York City, with 26,000 cases, has been hard hit by the virus. Its once noisy, crowded streets are now silenced and emptied. A state of emergency has been declared meaning all non-essential businesses have been forced to close. A food delivery program, GetFoodNYC, has been established for people for the food-insecure and schools have gone virtual. Read more here.
Pope Francis delivers a special global blessing
On the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, over an emptied square, the Pope delivered the Urbi et orbi, a special global blessing typically given just at Christmas or Easter. In his address, the Catholic Reporter said, was a call to live differently. "We find ourselves afraid and lost," he said, "caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other." Read more here.
What is the World Economic Forum doing about the coronavirus outbreak?
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic requires global cooperation among governments, international organizations and the business community, which is at the centre of the World Economic Forum’s mission as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
Since its launch on 11 March, the Forum’s COVID Action Platform has brought together 1,667 stakeholders from 1,106 businesses and organizations to mitigate the risk and impact of the unprecedented global health emergency that is COVID-19.
The platform is created with the support of the World Health Organization and is open to all businesses and industry groups, as well as other stakeholders, aiming to integrate and inform joint action.
As an organization, the Forum has a track record of supporting efforts to contain epidemics. In 2017, at our Annual Meeting, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched – bringing together experts from government, business, health, academia and civil society to accelerate the development of vaccines. CEPI is currently supporting the race to develop a vaccine against this strand of the coronavirus.
WHO official: Ask these questions to put numbers into context
At Friday's World Health Organization (WHO) briefing, officials shared how to process the daily onslaught of infection rates and mortality statistics. Michael J. Ryan, Chief Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme cautioned against reacting at raw daily numbers which can be “very, very unhelpful", saying context was crucial to understanding what new infection or mortality numbers really meant.
“What is the number of cases as a proportion of the population? What is the number of tests as a proportion of the whole population? What’s the positivity rate of tests? How many tests have been done and of them, how many are positive?” Questions like those, said Ryan, provide a better understanding of the impact of the disease and the effort being made by public health authorities. Read more here.
To fight a US recession, look to infrastructure spending
Given the likely downturn, investing in US infrastructure sector could help revive the economy. Investment in much-needed 5G cellular infrastructure will allow for faster data rates while an improved electric grid could accommodate electric cars and modernized roads that reduce congestion and commute times. Read more here.
How a global group of hackers are fighting coronavirus-related hacking
Hundreds of hackers are tackling what experts believe to be unprecedented levels of phishing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group is combating hacks against medical facilities and other frontline responders. It is also tackling attacks that use the fear of COVID-19 or the desire for information on it to trick regular users. Read more here.