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More than 570 people have been infected with the coronavirus across China and Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak, has been placed under effective quarantine.
Sixteen more Filipino crewmen aboard a quarantined luxury ship off Japan have been afflicted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing to 27 the total number of such cases from the dreaded ailment, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Philippine Ambassador Hjayceelyn M. Quintana on Saturday reminded her over 600,000 countrymen to rely only on updates about Novel Coronavirus 2019 (nCoV2019) from UAE health authorities and to refrain from using any form of social media for unchecked claims and news.
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.