More than 2.07 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 138,482 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories.
Now more than ever, we need to talk about young people. As a result of coronavirus, young people are more likely to have already lost their job or been given fewer hours of work. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that young people under the age of 25 are 2.5 times as likely to work in a sector that has now shut down – that makes up 30 per cent of all employed young people under the age of 25. Youth unemployment could potentially rise to two million after this crisis.
Days before the Holy Month of Ramadan begins, the Islamic world is grappling with an untimely paradox of the new coronavirus pandemic: enforced separation at a time when socialising is almost sacred.
In April 1970, millions of people around the world mobilised to demand protection of the planet we call home. That historic day gave birth to the modern environmental movement known as Earth Day, and 50 years later it’s become the planet’s largest civic event, with more than a billion people participating each year. On this momentous occasion, people worldwide would normally step outside to help clean up our planet, plant trees and restore the beauty of Earth. But this is not a normal year; this year is different. While most of the world is stuck indoors, National Geographic is bringing the natural world inside to inspire hope and awe for the planet.
At a time when the deadly COVID-19 pandemic has confined billions of people inside their homes across the globe, nothing offers better company than books.
The world’s Phase III clinical trial of two COVID-19 vaccines, a partnership between the G24 Healthcare in Abu Dhabi and the Sinopharm CNBG (China National Biotec Group) is a silver lining and UAE residents are looking forward to the finality of the pandemic by 2021.
Many of us are operating entirely or for some days from home during the current lockdowns. We can use the extra time to improve our productivity and add new skills, instead of fretting about COVID-19 and the inconveniences.
The COVID-19 cases globally have more than doubled in the past six weeks, reaching 12 million on Friday, and several countries are struggling to cope with the dire situation.
The proliferation of misinformation and conspiracy theories has been a major issue during Covid-19. Media and think-tanks worldwide should engage more and ensure the accuracy of facts they put out for the cause of public good during times of crisis, urged a distinguished panel of experts attending an e-symposium organised by Trends Research & Advisory, Abu Dhabi.