The uncertainty wrought by the coronavirus pandemic

March 18, 2020

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A man, wearing a protective mask following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease, walks in Tokyo, Japan, March 17, 2020.


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A global pandemic is bringing new questions, concerns and confusion every day. We're trying to stay on top of the latest information on how COVID-19 is spread and what epidemiologists are discovering as the coronavirus moves around the globe. And, the US and Canada have agreed to partially close its northern border to non-essential travel. Also, with millions of people working from home during the coronavirus outbreak, many have been tethered to their screens. 90s fitness guru Derrick Evans, also known as Mr. Motivator, speaks with The World about how to stay active during the day even if you're stuck at home.

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Europe, Africa cut off travel in desperate attempt to slow COVID-19; Cramped conditions heighten risk for prisoners, immigrant detainees; What does a pandemic do for the environment?

Europe is shuttering external — and internal — borders in a response to the pandemic, threatening the model of European solidarity. And, cramped conditions in detention facilities put detainees around the world at heightened risk for coronavirus. Iran has furloughed thousands. In the US, ICE is being sued to release immigrant detainees. Also, in Asia, the widespread use of face masks has given rise to a black market for them.