“America is home”: How Trump’s immigration policies are upending Somali lives in the US
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Donald Trump issued a new travel advisory for the tri-state area. The US president also announced an extension of the restrictive social distancing guidelines through the end of April, and said that keeping US Covid-19 deaths to 100,000 would be “a very good job.”CNN
The FDA approved an emergency coronavirus treatment. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, two malaria drugs controversially promoted by Trump, were authorized for limited use. Scientists prefer clinical trials first, due to a lack of proof over its efficacy.Quartz
Tracking the pandemic
India’s idle trains may soon become isolation wards for Covid-19 patients. The railway ministry made the offer to the government this weekend, and prepared a prototype of an isolation cabin. If approved, it plans to convert 10 coaches into wards per week.Quartz
West African nations are shutting down to head off disastrous coronavirus outbreaks. Ghana has locked down its two largest cities. Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Mali, and Burkina Faso have imposed curfews. And even virus-free Sierra Leone has closed its borders.Quartz
It's difficult to imagine how a country like Senegal (where I served in the Peace Corps) will contain the virus given the extremely limited access to healthcare in many villages and for the indigent in major cities like Dakar. Even people from the most remote communities, 10 miles from a paved road
It's difficult to imagine how a country like Senegal (where I served in the Peace Corps) will contain the virus given the extremely limited access to healthcare in many villages and for the indigent in major cities like Dakar. Even people from the most remote communities, 10 miles from a paved road, say, travel to local and city markets and can bring disease back to their families who have zero chance of getting tested or treated and who will eat meals together from communal bowls, living close in tiny huts. But at least some African governments are responding promptly to the crisis while the coronavirus caseload is relatively low (119 cases in Senegal, according to this story).
The US is a mess right now and it's hard not to feel desperate about the fact that the wealthiest nation in the world can't manage the pandemic on the most basic levels (masks, ventilators, tests, etc). It's never been more clear that American talk of national superiority is a lot of hot air—or "wind talk" as they say in Wolof, just "waxan galau."
The article misses one important thing: the frequent lack of clean water to wash hands with.
World vs. coronavirus
Globalization brought us Covid-19—and the tools to fight it. The world faces daunting choices, but solutions are unlikely to come if every country stands on its own. This week’s field guide examines the long-term consequences of the pandemic on work, education, diplomacy, globalization, climate change, and more. ✦Quartz
The world’s financial health
Even with fewer Covid-19 cases, Africa could fall into an economic crisis. African countries that sell commodities and oil are seeing prices fall steeply, while importers’ currencies are losing value against the dollar.Quartz
See the economic impact of coronavirus in five charts. From junk bond prices to orange juice futures, the outbreak has wrought financial chaos everywhere it has spread.Quartz
Our new reality
The pandemic is forcing educators, parents, and students to revolutionize education. “All the red tape that keeps things away is gone and people are looking for solutions that in the past they did not want to see,” says OECD education head Andreas Schliecher. But the pandemic is also showing the limits of educational technology.Quartz
Coronavirus will change the way we work. Millions are learning to work from home and more employers than ever are understanding that work-life balance has always been a facade. Quartz talked to CEOs, consultants, and other workforce authorities about what we stand to gain and lose from the changes wrought by the coronavirus crisis. ✦Quartz
Helping the helpers in your life has never been more important. Sudden shutdowns have forced well-off families to weigh how much they can sustain cleaners, nannies, hairdressers, and a whole web of people who support them in everyday life. In some cases, the decision is one of life and death.Quartz
In other news
Netflix is betting on Africa with a slate of Nollywood productions. The streaming giant hopes to capture a greater share of the continent’s streaming customers and connect with an influential African diaspora. Its first fully produced African original series, “Queen Sono,” is streaming now.Quartz
See you later
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