From Manhattan to Manila, the coronavirus pandemic is costing lives and livelihoods all around the world. Here are some of the most significant developments and selected articles to read, as of Sunday, March 29.
Another grim milestone for Italy. The first European country to be hit hard by the disease, Italy has now surpassed 10,000 deaths. An extension of national lockdown looks inevitable as the country struggles to contain the outbreak. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a new package of 4.7 billion euros ($5.24 billion) to help the most vulnerable, including with shopping vouchers and food packages.
In Sweden, life is continuing almost as normal. The Nordic nation is an outlier in its approach, avoiding lockdowns and school closures but seeking to protect the elderly and vulnerable. The strategy has drawn criticism: here, two experts at Lund university explain the rationale behind it.
How long does the virus last on surfaces? And what does that mean for the way we handle food, money and more? The new coronavirus is particularly fond of hard, shiny surfaces like your phone screen, according to academics.
'It needs just one case and it would be really critical'. How can you make social distancing work in a cramped and crowded refugee camp? For the 2.6 million people who live in refugee camps around the world, the coronavirus is yet another fatal threat. This Reuters story reports on the situation in Bangladesh, currently under lockdown and home to over a million Rohingya refugees.
It's OK to complain about coronavirus. Even if you're safe and well, the pandemic is taking a psychological toll. A psychiatrist explains why venting can help us cope, within reason, and shares other advice on how to boost mental resilience.
How the world is keeping its morale up. From balconies and rooftops, quarantine culture is now a global phenomenon.