As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines, resources and stories to help you arm yourself with the best information.
COVID-19’s impact around the globe
No new local cases in China
For the first time since the outbreak began, all new cases Thursday came from outside China. The country's 3,245 deaths still comprise one-third of the virus' global toll and if the numbers hold, it could be a sign that country has turned a corner. Read more here.
What is the World Economic Forum doing about the coronavirus outbreak?
A new strain of Coronavirus, COVID 19, is spreading around the world, causing deaths and major disruption to the global economy.
Responding to this crisis 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.
The Forum has created the COVID Action Platform, a global platform to convene the business community for collective action, protect people’s livelihoods and facilitate business continuity, and mobilize support for the COVID-19 response. 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.
US plans to prevent economic collapse and shore up health system shortages
A trillion-dollar plan proposed to prevent a severe economic downturn continued to evolve Wednesday. A stimulus plan could include loans for businesses and $500 billion in direct payments to taxpayers (based on income level and size).
Separately, President Trump has asked that military hospital ships be dispatched to hard-hit New York and California to ease a hospital bed shortage. He also signed a little-used wartime law that could allow him to push American manufacturers into producing medical supplies such as surgical masks in the interest of national security. Read more here.
COVID-19 could cost the economy trillions: UN
The UN's trade and development agency says the slowdown in the global economy caused by the coronavirus outbreak will be costly and governments must take aggressive action. Read more here.
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WHO officials: You must test, isolate and trace
More countries need to isolate, test and trace new cases to effectively suppress and control the virus' spread, said World Health Organization officials at a briefing yesterday. This must be the "backbone of the response in every country," said the Director-General.
Singapore tackles coronavirus with detectives
A special tracking program in Singapore identifies the links in the chain of transmission, allowing infected people to be identified and isolated. This strategy has helped the country prevent widespread infection. Read more here.