Roundup 209

June 26, 2020


New Events

Covid-19 Dashboard

… now: over 9.4 (+1.1) million cases, 483k deaths … 6/19: over 8.3 (+0.8) million cases, 450k deaths … 6/12: over 7.5 (+0.9m) million cases, 421k deaths … 6/5: over 6.6 (+0.8m) million cases, 391k deaths Trackers: Johns Hopkins, NYT, CovidTracking.com

N. Africa/Egypt-Sudan (266m)

Egypt will gradually resume international flights July 1 … to allow foreign tourists at select resorts Libya: UN-backed government re-takes control of Tripoli … Haftar’s military failures disappoint his backers; re-assessing position … The red line of Sirte: coastal town that is a gateway to oil facilities Escalating economic protests in Tunisia. … in Tatouine, over unemployment …

E. Africa/Horn (520m)

Somalia: suicide bombing targets major Turkish military base.

W. Africa/Nigeria-Sahel (457m)

Burkina Faso: ‘When the soldiers meant to protect you instead come to kill’ … extremists, vigilantes, soldiers are all killing civilians in the north … About a third of Nigeria’s workforce may be unemployed at end of year. Fighting in the Sahel has driven 1.7 million from their homes.

W. Asia / Saudi-Iran (303m)

Dubai will re-open to tourists from July 7. Iraq’s Basra, its richest city, has little water to drink … Shatt al-Arab, confluence of Euphrates/Tigris, has become polluted … in 2018, 118,000 suffered poisoning due to pollution in water Lebanon: Over 90k Syrian refugees struggling to find food. Saudi Arabia will drastically limit the hajj. … The ‘hajj is canceled, and grief rocks the Muslim world’ … would ‘welcome very limited numbers of pilgrims’ … limited to those nationalities already present in country … international pilgrims from outside not permitted … first time restrictions placed on the hajj since 1932 … last year, of 2.49m pilgrims, 1.86m came from outside

South-central Asia (2.1b)

India reports record daily surge in Covid-19 cases. Delhi converting luxury hotels to Covid-19 care centers. … hotel workers asked to take on role of hospital support staff … 8 hospitals in 24 hours: a pregnant woman’s crisis in the pandemic … ‘nowhere would take her… an increasingly common story…’ … ‘people in desperate need of treatment keep getting turned away…’ Chennia locked down again as cases surge. Pakistan: virus cases soaring, but must keep economy open … ‘one of the fastest rates in the world… overwhelmed hospitals…’ … ‘trying to salvage a near-collapsed economy’ … ‘millions have already slid into poverty from pandemic restrictions’ … ‘many ignoring … calls to wear masks, obey social distancing rules…’ Pakistan’s ‘Covid-19 time bomb set to explode’ Meanwhile, fighting has intensified in Baluchistan. … #36 on the Top 40 Least Afghan war intensified in the past 3 months. ‘Divorce isn’t an option’: Afghan women find hope in saffron scheme … reveals the impact of drug addiction among men in villages Central Asia eases lockdowns, cases shoot up.

East Asia (1.6b)

USA: Delta to resume flights between Seattle and Shanghai on 6/25. China will tighten grip on HK with Chinese security force. Long read historical survey of events behind India-China border clash. … anger surges in India over the border clash … … China blames India for the clash … … Chinese structures being built in the Galwan Valley. Southern China: Worst floods in decades submerge Chongqing … 5 meters above flood line … 100k evacuated … homes destroyed … USA, China in spat over international students… … US plans to cancel visas for students with ties to military universities … Taco Bell to open in Beijing in September. Various sources report a continued, concerted effort in China to crack down on foreigners … more interviews & interrogations. More need for ‘clean computers.’ … China sometimes prevents foreigners from leaving using exit bans … … Continued reports of foreigners feeling less safe in China … … USA continues with ‘do not travel’ warning because of Covid-19 … … Those who’ve not been able to return because of Covid-19 less likely to go back … China’s population is aging rapidly. … by 2022, 1 in 7 will be over age 65 … economic implications … South Korea strengthening entry restrictions for Bangladesh, Pakistan. N Korea: ‘suspends planned military action against the South’ … ‘blowing hot and cold is part of the strategy

Southeast Asia (700m)

Thailand to ease restrictions on foreigners entering … … first foreigners allowed in will be largely skilled workers … Thailand has gone 28 days with no local transmission … … took rapid action, has largely stopped the virus … … airport screenings, emergency ops center, 95% wearing masks, contact tracing, more … Democracy disappearing: statues of democracy leaders being taken down … On 88th anniversary of Thailand becoming constitutional monarchy …

Europe/North America (1,125m)

USA: How the pandemic has affected passports, global entry, TSA, more. … Interstate disruption: NY, NJ, CT will quarantine travelers from surge states European Union may bar American visitors as it reopens … the final list isn’t out yet. Spain lifts state of emergency after 3 month lockdown

New Learnings

The pandemic has shifted the conflict patterns in Africa. … wars have intensified, governments have cracked down harder on protests … How the world is learning to live with Covid-19 … testing, quick response times, tightened borders, reminders of social distance … S Korea: ‘Everyday life quarantine’ … will make travel from infected/surging countries to tighter borders more difficult Slowing Covid-19 is speeding other diseases … mass immunization programs halted to slow spread of Covid-19 … … polio, diphtheria, cholera, measles all flaring … The death of cosmopolitanism … ‘borders re-opening slowly, arbitrarily…’ … ‘fueled by public health concerns, reveals undercurrent of xenophobia’ … ‘feels less like the future, more like a return to the past’ Airplane passengers hiding Covid infection show risk of opened borders The emerging long-term complications of Covid-19, explained. … WHO: severe cases can expect 3 to 6 weeks of recovery … in some cases full recovery could take years The epidemic of contaminated medical waste following Covid-19 … 240 tons of medical waste per day, 6x normal levels … … insufficient incinerators could lead to health issues …


Safari moving toward password-less logins. Google will auto-delete new users’ web data after 18 months. … you can set it to delete after 3 months … Facebook is rolling out a function to notify you if you’re sharing old news. … checks if a link you’re about to post is over 90 days old …