After months of social distancing and lockdown measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, some countries are reopening. But fears of a second wave of COVID-19 infections are concerning. As part of our regular series discussing the pandemic and as a special podcast in The World's feed, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a conversation with William Hanage, associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
China announced retaliatory sanctions on Monday against the United States for “interfering in China’s internal affairs.” And, Polish President Andrzej Duda has won another term in office after an election runoff held on Sunday. Also, Zindzi Mandela, daughter of former South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, has died.
The surge in coronavirus cases around the world led by states like Florida in the US serves as a reminder of the urgent need for more testing. But those who can get a test must sometimes wait days for the results. As part of our regular discussion series on the coronavirus, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with epidemiologist Michael Mina, from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health who addressed the latest advances in COVID-19 testing.
Tianna Spears says she faced racial discrimination as a US consular officer abroad. "America loses, first of all, when we're not an inclusive society and when we're not welcoming to others," she told The World. "But secondly, when we're overseas at our embassies and consulates abroad, we have a great opportunity to advance diplomacy and show what America truly represents."
Parkour star Alireza Japalaghy's video landed him in hot water with Iranian authorities for violating public decency codes, forcing him to escape to Turkey. The possibility of extradition back to Iran has human rights activists concerned.
Students in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq saw their education come to a stop when ISIS took over their city. In 2017, Iraqi and American forces liberated the city but reconstruction has been painfully slow and online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has proven difficult.
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