Global cases pass 500,000 and the Pope delivers a special blessing - Saturday's coronavirus round-up

INGO-GECPO | 기사입력 2020/03/28 [23:24]

Global cases pass 500,000 and the Pope delivers a special blessing - Saturday's coronavirus round-up

INGO-GECPO | 입력 : 2020/03/28 [23:24]


                    Image: REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane - RC2HSF9OVDF2


Pope Francis delivers an extraordinary "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing - normally given only at Christmas and Easter - from an empty St. Peter's Square, as a response to the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the Vatican, March 27, 2020


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


            WHO Situation Report, 27 March, 2020 . Image: WHO                   

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.


       U.S. Army personnel are seen at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which will be partially converted into a hospital for patients affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon - RC2ISF9RFXJC
                                 Image: REUTERS/Jeenah Moon - RC2ISF9RFXJC          

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?

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.


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.


Civilians walk to their houses before a curfew which was ordered by the Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), within Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya - RC2ISF9WVFQ6
                                         Image: REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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.

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