Each morning during these most unusual of times, I find an inbox filled with messages from both my medical colleagues and well-informed laypeople attaching articles or links to webpages referencing the latest “breakthroughs” in the fight against the coronavirus.
As a result of the novel coronavirus epidemic, most economic activities have stopped, where staying indoors and social distancing have become a normal lifestyle for countless people in recent days. Consequently, the ‘Homebody Economy’ activities are rising among the millions of stay-at-home people around the world.
The last six weeks have both slipped by in the blink of an eye and dragged on for an eternity.
The fasting time doesn’t make any difference to a Muslim who observes the fasting month in its true spirit (“This city has 22 hours of fasting time, the longest in the world,” May 2, Gulf Today).
At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc around the world, the UAE’s resilient food system is tackling head-on the issues related to the global food supply, as lucidly pointed out by Mariam Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security.
At least 3,500,517 infections and 246,893 deaths have been recorded globally. Europe is the continent most affected with more than 1.5 million cases and over 143,000 fatalities.
Italy recorded the fewest deaths from coronavirus, 145, in one day since its two-month lockdown began, while Spain had 87 new virus-related deaths -- the first time the number has fallen below 100 in two months.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) announced that its Humanitarian Aid and Relief projects and programmes benefitted over 17 million people across the world with a total expenditure of AED262 million in 2019.
Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, has called for praying together for an end to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, praising the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity for launching the ‘pray For Humanity’ initiative.