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China Created a Fail-Safe System to Track Contagions. It Failed.

At the heart of China’s defenses was the Contagious Disease National Direct Reporting System. Started in 2004, it was designed to prevent a repeat of the SARS epidemic, when slow, patchy reporting, compounded by local leaders’ reluctance to share bad news, delayed the government’s fight.Using this system, health officers in Beijing could pore over screens showing reports from...

Coronavirus: The fears of a Kenyan domestic worker who can’t stay at home

As the number of coronavirus cases in Kenya rise, citizens have been advised to stay at home in isolation.The country begins a 19:00 to 05:00 curfew on Friday.Informal employment contributes 83% of all jobs in Kenya, with those workers particularly vulnerable, living from pay cheque to pay cheque. BBC Africa spoke to Esther, a domestic worker in the...

Iran’s coronavirus crisis: U.S. sanctions hamper imports of medical supplies

The Trump administration has also reduced the number of licenses it grants to companies for certain medical exports to Iran, according to quarterly reports from the Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, the enforcement agency of the U.S. Treasury Department. The list of items requiring special authorization includes oxygen generators, full-face mask respirators and thermal imaging equipment,...
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