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The fast spreading novel coronavirus is proving to be a big health challenge besides wreaking havoc on social and economic activities globally. Thankfully governments all over are tackling it head-on, but the task is humongous and unless all of us get pro-active, the coming days will only get worse for all of us (“The coronavirus lockdown in Spain is an eerie experience, but it also has its heartwarming moments,” Mar.17, Gulf Today).
With India’s 1.3 billion people under lockdown, a third of the planet — some 2.9 billion people according to an AFP tally — is now under orders to stay home, and this certainly is one of the most challenging periods for humanity.
At a time when the whole world is going through unprecedented conditions due to the spread of the coronavirus and its transformation into a global pandemic,
I suppose, in the end, people like me do have to make a choice, to take an actual position. Back in the easy calm of, say, 2019, a fairly normal week for me might have involved having a go at, say,
Despite warfare in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, huge disparities in national and personal incomes, and economic dislocation in the Eastern Arab World, the Arabs seem to be handling the coronavirus better than the global hyperpower, the US.
With global cases of the new coronavirus having crossed 1 million and more than 65,000 people dead, the pandemic continues to pose a huge threat to humanity.