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Coronavirus pandemic hurts nations’ disaster readiness

Asia Pacific Apr 5, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic hurts nations’ disaster readiness

Before New Zealand began its four-week lockdown to fight the coronavirus, a reporter asked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern what would happen if an earthquake struck while everybody was sequestered in their homes. “Why on earth would your mind go there?” Ardern quipped back. Every year, the ...

Mainland China sees rise in new coronavirus cases

Asia Pacific Apr 5, 2020

Mainland China sees rise in new coronavirus cases

Mainland China reported 30 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, up from 19 a day earlier as the number of cases involving travelers from abroad as well as local transmissions increased, highlighting the difficulty in stamping out the outbreak. The National Health Commission said in a ...

Crowded in camps, Rohingya refugees vulnerable to coronavirus

Asia Pacific Apr 4, 2020

Crowded in camps, Rohingya refugees vulnerable to coronavirus

Aid workers are bracing for a possible outbreak of the coronavirus in one of the world's largest refugee camps in Bangladesh, with officials warning that containing the disease among more than 1 million tightly packed Rohingya Muslims will be a daunting task. With about 40,000 ...

China pauses in memory of virus victims and 'martyrs'

Asia Pacific Apr 4, 2020

China pauses in memory of virus victims and 'martyrs'

China came to a standstill on Saturday to mourn patients and medical staff killed by the coronavirus, as the world's most populous country observed a nationwide three-minute silence. At 10 a.m., citizens stopped, cars, trains and ships sounded their horns, and air-raid sirens rang out ...

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