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Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the European Union
The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has evolved as a global pandemic1 ever since its outbreak in China in December 2019.2 This highly contagious disease has infected around 800,000 people worldwide in a short span of three months. The epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic shifted from China to Europe in early March when Italy, Spain and other European countries, began to report a sharp rise in infections. The older population of (Northern) Italy turned out to be especially susceptible to the infection,3 resulting in over 10,000 casualties in less than a month.
भारत में COVID-19: रणनीति मानव व्यवहार पर केंद्रित होनी चाहिए
कोरोना वायरस महामारी से उपजे वैश्विक संकट के मद्देनजर, जिम ओ'नील की भारतीय शासन व्यवस्था के बारे में टिप्पणी न केवल अस्वाभाविक थी, बल्कि गैर-जरूरी भी थी।1 चर्चा इस बाबत थी कि पश्चिमी देशों को घातक कोरोना वायरस के संदर्भ में चीन द्वारा तेज और आक्रामक उपायों की कला कैसे सीखनी चाहिए। इसमें भारत का उल्लेख करने की आवश्यकता ही नहीं थी, लेकिन उन्होंने कहा कि "भगवान का शुक्र है कि यह भारत जैसे देश में शुरू नहीं हुआ" क्योंकि वहां की शासन संरचना इस तरह के प्रभावी नियंत्रण की अनुमति नहीं देती। बेशक, महामारी की शुरूआत भारत से नहीं हुई!
The Agony of Yemen
In our pre-occupation with the coronavirus crisis, with a rising death toll, apparently unstoppable (27,370 on 28th March, 05 22 GMT), we should not fail to take note of an unhappy fifth anniversary of the war in Yemen, or more accurately, the war on Yemen, by its larger neighbor Saudi Arabia with a grim toll of over 100,000 human beings killed by their fellow human beings.
Continuing Security Partnership between USA and Pakistan: India has to live with it
Dr. Mark T. Espar, US Defence Secretary has in a telephonic conversation with Pakistani Army chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa on 19th March, 2020 reaffirmed his country`s long-term mutually beneficial security partnership with government of Pakistan inter-alia conveying appreciation for Pakistan`s support to the Afghan reconciliation process. The significance of this statement cannot be overstated.
COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, March 30, 2020
As of March 26, 102 Chinese firms have been granted access to the European market, according to Song Haibo, Chairman of the China Association of In Vitro Diagnostics, compared with just one being licensed in the US.
Only way to combat coronavirus pandemic is through global cooperation
The unavoidable lockdown in China that has caused disruptions in the global supply chains will now motivate countries to cut reliance on China for critical supplies by building domestic capacities or moving production elsewhere. The coronavirus pandemic is assuming nuclear dimensions. Billions have been impacted, pillars of the global order are in a state of full or partial lockdown, unable even with advanced technologies and proficient health care systems to protect their populations, exposing the vulnerabilities of the developing world.
COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, March 28, 2020
Global food security concerns are mounting as some governments contemplate restricting the flow of staple foods amid panic buying and disrupted supply chains with around a fifth of the world’s population under lockdown due to corona virus.
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