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Roundup 196

March 20, 2020

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New Events

The pandemic is dominating the news cycle, and it’s hard to find out anything other than virus news. Further, this week I started with my last Perspectives lesson and ended by giving briefings on the virus impact on agencies, the church, and movements around the world. So I had very little time for scanning and Roundup production.

Next week, I will begin shifting my scanning & coverage. I am intentionally trying to select articles that have a direct impact on long-term mission work. I will be augmenting this with a greater mix of non-coronavirus material, so we can keep the wider vision of finishing the task in view. For local coverage, I recommend seeking out a mix of mainstream news and local reporters.

Dashboard: 244k known cases, 10k+ deaths, 82k recovered - Johns Hopkins, NYT Tracker
… Doubling Rate outside of China - every 3 to 6 days, depending on the country

Key report from UK research center models scenarios - Link
… all measures needed, likely until vaccine found …

Countries

Restrictions on movement grow in an attempt to contain the virus - Link
… around the world, governments getting tougher - can it be maintained? Link
… Many countries and even large states are beginning to lockdown (e.g. CA, likely NY, TX)

Afghanistan: Coronavirus complicates war and peace - Link
… tensions over the border with Iran, with 15,000/day coming in to Afgh.

China, US increasingly antagonistic; China expels journalists - Link

France orders all nonessential businesses closed, movement curtailed - Link
… European countries turning to border closures …

Spain’s hospital system getting overwhelmed

Iran: Virus “could kill millions” - Link
… “out of hand … no one believes the government’s numbers” - Link
… Iranians defy authorities in bid to access holy sites - Link
… current cases are 2x available beds - Link

Iraq has border issues with Iran over virus entering - Link

India curbs visas, all Indian nationals arriving to be quarantined - Link
… tries to curb mass pilgrimage - Link
… worries India could be ‘next big hotspot’ - Link

Italy’s health care system groans under virus, a warning to the world - Link

Jordan closes Amman - Link
… initiates a nationwide state of emergency, sweeping restrictions on movement - Link

Kuwait urges Muslims to pray at home - Link

Malaysia closes borders - Link

Nigeria institutes limited border closure - Link
… Africa braces for the coronavirus, slowly - Link
… Cases spreading across Africa - Link

Oman suspends all tourist visas - Link

Russia tightening borders

Saudi bans all international flights - Link
… closes malls, bans serving food in restaurants, cafes - Link

Spain weighs liberties against coronavirus - Link

South Sudan has first coronavirus death - Link

UAE announces visa suspensions, flight restrictions - Link

US, Canada close border to non-essential travel, restrict travel - Link
… they did the same thing with Mexico, sorry, gathering fast, don’t have link …

US went to Level 4 global travel warning notice - Link
… State Department’s advice: all Americans to avoid travel abroad. Any Americans abroad should return home or shelter in place for indefinite duration …

UK will close all schools, colleges, nurseries - Link

Churches

Another cluster of cases in South Korea related to a church - Link
… big church services will probably get closed down in many places …

“Prayer in the time of coronavirus” - worshipping in empty pews - Link

Italian priests are discovering social media as “an instrument of prayer” - Link

Sunday without church: in crisis, a nation asks, “What is community”? Link

#Other Events (not on the radar) Nepal makes yoga mandatory for school children - Link
... some Muslims fear it will promote Hinduism ... Covid-19 making it harder to grow food in China - Link
... government straining to get supplies to farmers ... Indonesia: thousands of Muslim pilgrims ignore virus risk to gather - Link
... "we are more afraid of God... something more than the body, which is the soul..." # New Data Infographic: a visual history of pandemics - Link
... from 165 AD to now ... 1 billion children out of school - Link # New Longreads ‘Wash our hands? Some people can't wash their kids for a week' - Link
... refugee camps, etc., going to get hit, and hit hard ... ‘When the checkpoints come': A coronavirus police state in America - Link
... look at this as a worst-case scenario... I think it's improbable but not impossible.