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COVID-19 May Result In One Million Excess Deaths From Other Diseases In Africa

COVID-19 May Result In One Million Excess Deaths From Other Diseases In Africa

Africa’s 1.3 billion people may have fared better than expected in terms of containing COVID-19 but the pandemic has dealt a severe blow to already weak health services, raising fears of excess deaths from other illnesses plaguing the continent. A World Health Organization (WHO) analysis of 14 African countries found a more than 50% decline in […]

South Africans Return to Lockdown Level 3 After Covid-19 Case Surge

South Africans Return to Lockdown Level 3 After Covid-19 Case Surge

South Africa is once again at Alert Level 3 due to a surge in confirmed cases of Covid-19, with some adjustments. “Under the adjusted Level 3 regulations: All indoor and outdoor gatherings will be prohibited for 14 days from the date hereof, except for funerals and other limited exceptions as detailed in the regulations, such as restaurants, […]

COVID-19 Takes Heavy Toll On Ethiopia’s Garment Workers

COVID-19 Takes Heavy Toll On Ethiopia’s Garment Workers

Even before COVID-19 struck, the women stitching clothes at Ethiopia’s Hawassa industrial park were among the world’s worst-paid garment workers – many making less than $30 per month. Today, pay cuts and forced overtime have become common in short-staffed factories abandoned by hundreds of former employees – some too scared of catching the coronavirus to […]

Third of World’s People Get No State Aid During Pandemic – Oxfam

Third of World’s People Get No State Aid During Pandemic – Oxfam

More than a third of the world’s population – some 2.7 billion people – has not received government aid during the coronavirus pandemic, Oxfam said on Tuesday, with gaping differences between rich and poor countries. An analysis of World Bank data conducted by the Nairobi-based charity found that while $9.8 trillion of aid was spent […]

Spike In Covid-19 Cases Hits Schools

Spike In Covid-19 Cases Hits Schools

Lagos State, Nigeria’s Covid-19 epicenter, has reported more cases of the coronavirus disease in its secondary schools. The country’s daily count of infections fell below 100 in the last three weeks but started rising against last Monday. Nigeria has conducted about 673,183 tests since its index case in March and had a total of 63,731 […]

As #MeToo Turns Three, Founder Launches Platform To Fight Sexual Violence

As #MeToo Turns Three, Founder Launches Platform To Fight Sexual Violence

The founder of the #MeToo movement marked its third anniversary on Thursday by launching an online platform to fight sexual violence, hoping to expand the reach of the campaign against harassment and assault. The digital platform, called “‘me too.’ Act Too,” will act like a search engine, giving users personalized options to donate, participate or […]

Most Countries Failing To Address Women’s Needs During Pandemic – UN

Most Countries Failing To Address Women’s Needs During Pandemic – UN

COVID-19 crisis offers a chance to reshape societies for a fairer future, according to U.N. Women and the U.N. Development Programme Only one in eight countries worldwide have brought in measures to specifically protect women from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a database of government responses to COVID-19 launched by two U.N. […]

Portuguese Workers Protest For Better Wages Amid Pandemic

Portuguese Workers Protest For Better Wages Amid Pandemic

Thousands of workers gathered in cities and towns across Portugal on Saturday demanding higher wages and more government action to protect jobs threatened by the coronavirus pandemic. During the peaceful protests, organised by Portugal’s biggest umbrella union, the CGTP, workers wearing masks and keeping a safe distance urged the country’s Socialist government to raise the […]

Pandemic Slashes Worldwide Income From Work By A Tenth – ILO

Pandemic Slashes Worldwide Income From Work By A Tenth – ILO

Income earned from work worldwide dropped by an estimated 10.7%, or $3.5 trillion, in the first nine months of 2020, compared to the same period a year ago, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday. The figure, which does not include income support provided by governments to compensate for workplace closures during the pandemic, […]

Pandemic Makes Tackling Global Woes More Critical Than Ever – Bill Gates

Pandemic Makes Tackling Global Woes More Critical Than Ever – Bill Gates

The coronavirus pandemic has wiped out progress on lofty goals such as ending world poverty and hunger in the next decade, but the economic damage of COVID-19 shows how badly such global development is needed, philanthropist Bill Gates said. Across the world, the virus has deepened social and economic inequality in areas like education, pay […]

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