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COVID-19: Time to Focus on Illegal Trade in Wildlife
Scientists and experts are still uncertain about the source of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). Some of the possible suspected species connected with the virus are horseshoe bats that are known to host disease causing pathogens; pangolin the most trafficked wildlife species used both as food and in traditional Chinese medicine has been implicated; however, transmission of virus from snakes to humans has been refuted.
Notes from the Sub-continent: Responses to COVID-19
In this latest compilation of some of the big ideas being debated in the media across the Indian sub-continent, we look at the coverage of the coronavirus (CoVid-19) outbreak over these past two months. It’s interesting to note the similar strands of concern that have emerged, as well as to see how the coverage and commentary has evolved with time as the crisis became a global pandemic. Initially, the crisis was largely viewed as an external problem--with certain internal manifestations, such as the status of citizens stranded abroad.
West Asia Roundup - March 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic continued to cause havoc globally as well as in the Middle East where most of the returning or evacuated nationals as well as travellers from the infected countries carried the virus. Iran was the most infected country in the region with large scale casualties and infections.
COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, April 4, 2020
While many people who become infected experience only mild symptoms, there are emergency warning signs to look out for, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These include persistent pain or pressure in the chest, mental confusion or low responsiveness to stimuli, as well as bluish tinge to the lips or face.
COVID-19: Developments in North Africa
The North African region in relative terms has managed to contain the transmission of the pandemic and the number of confirmed cases until 31 March 2020 has remained under 1000 in all the five states. Egypt was the first African state and second in the Arab world after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to record a positive case. Subsequently, the number of confirmed cases started appearing in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. Libya due to the ongoing civil war has attracted limited international travellers.
उज्बेकिस्तान बनेगा यूरेशियाई आर्थिक संघ का पर्यवेक्षक
उज्बेक सरकार ने रूस के नेतृत्व वाले यूरेशियन इकनॉमिक यूनियन (ईएईयू) में पर्यवेक्षक का दर्जा प्राप्त करने के लिए आवेदन करने की योजना 6 मार्च को मंजूर कर ली। केंद्रीय मंत्रिमंडल ने चर्चा के लिए यह प्रस्ताव ओली मजलिस (उज्बेकिस्तान की संसद) के पास भेज दिया।
COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, April 3, 2020
At the root of almost every plan to restart society is a new kind of coronavirus test that searches not for the virus itself, but the remnants floating in people’s blood of the battle between their immune systems and the infection.
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April 3, 2020
VIF Neighborhood News Digest: April 3, 2020

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VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, Europe and Russia), 16-31 March 2020

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April 3, 2020
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