NEW YORK – The United States finds itself confronting several daunting challenges simultaneously. There is the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already claimed nearly 120,000 lives and shows little sign of abating in large swaths of the country. The economic impact has been devastating, with some 40 million currently out of work and the Federal Reserve projecting that many of them will remain unemployed for a prolonged period.
The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a global crisis that will continue for many months. It is already transforming social and economic life while altering the practice of politics and government. For Nepal, one of a relatively small group of countries that remains classified as a least developed country, the long-term impact of the crisis is likely to be exacerbated by perennial vulnerabilities and a legacy of poor policy choices regarding the national interest.
TEL AVIV – Long before people and goods were traversing the globe non-stop, pandemics were already an inescapable feature of human civilization. And the tragedy they bring has tended to have a silver lining: perceived as mysterious, meta-historical events, large-scale disease outbreaks have often shattered old beliefs and approaches, heralding major shifts in the conduct of human affairs. But the COVID-19 pandemic may break this pattern.
On Weibo, a Twitter-like platform in China, netizens are criticizing the countries with increasing cases of coronavirus for not following China’s containment strategy. Although Beijing was blamed for its cover-up two months ago, the number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in China has fallen dramatically and even zero cases have been reported for many days. People in most parts of China are getting back to their normal life while the rest of the world, including Nepal, is experiencing the opposite trend as the coronavirus spreads. As of now, Nepal has reported six confirmed positive cases. All the infected are the Nepalis who returned from foreign countries: China, France, UAE, and Belgium. To contain the spread of the virus, Nepal has imposed nationwide lockdown (now in its second week). Though China was widely criticized in the beginning, now Chinese efforts in bringing the pandemic under control have been widely appreciated. Can China’s model be replicable for Nepal?
LONDON, April 3: Global coronavirus cases surpassed 1 million on Thursday with more than 52,000 deaths as the pandemic further exploded in the United States and the death toll climbed in Spain and Italy, according to a Reuters tally of official data.