Past global catastrophes have shown us how public health crises force us to change how we design, build, and operate cities and infrastructure systems. The cholera epidemic, for example, in the 19th century led to the introduction of modern sanitation systems  . During the Industrial Revolution, housing regulations on air circulation and lighting were introduced as measures to avoid respiratory diseases in overcrowded houses in Europe.
Il Vietnam, attuale presidente dell’ASEAN (Associazione dei paesi del Sud-Est asiatico), confina con la Cina per 1.281 Km, le importazioni vietnamite dalla Cina ammontano a 65.569 milioni di dollari, rappresentando la prima fonte di import per il Vietnam, e il flusso di persone che raggiunge il Vietnam dalla Cina - per ragioni professionali o di turismo - è di 4,9 milioni di persone (dati del 2018). A riprova dello stretto rapporto che Pechino va costruendo con i paesi di un’area sempre più protagonista sulla scena mondiale.
During the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments around the world have placed infrastructure development at the centre of their agendas aimed at relaunching their economies. The large recovery packages put in place are an unprecedented opportunity to address our future’s next great challenge: climate change.
The early, widespread expectation that Africa would be the vulnerable ground – the easiest of preys – on which the virus that had first emerged in China would cause the most widespread devastation, in terms of sheer human losses directly linked to the pandemic, has not thus far materialized. For reasons that still need to be fully understood, the health impact of COVID-19 appears to have been comparatively limited.
On March 31, an announcement by the Ethiopian electoral commission rocked the boat in Addis Ababa. Legislative elections scheduled for August, 29, have been delayed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of people who have contracted COVID-19 has surpassed 7.6 million, while the death toll is more than 420,000. In Africa, altogether, there are more than 220,000 confirmed cases with 5,900 deaths. The African Union (AU) has provided a platform on which layers of responsibility extend upwards through authorities, national states, RECs and the international community.
There are striking analogies between the impact of COVID-19 and climate change. The novel coronavirus has shown us that we are all connected globally. The same applies to climate change. Viruses and greenhouse gases do not respect borders.
Both COVID-19 and climate change are going to hurt economic growth globally and as in every crisis the weakest will suffer the most. This should convince decision-makers that initiatives to fight these challenges must be implemented swiftly and should be globally coordinated.
The novel coronavirus, more commonly known as COVID-19 has not (as of yet) caused the devastation to public health predicted in Africa by the World Health Organization at the dawn of the pandemic. Nevertheless, its socio-economic and political repercussions are of greatest concern to experts, analysts and civil society in West Africa.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had devasting effects in many countries across the globe, affecting every aspect of humanity. The scale of the crisis was unprecedented, with both developed and developing countries under immense pressure to curtail the spread of the virus and the associated negative consequences on the economy.
Uganda has confirmed 686 coronavirus cases, with no death, as of June 12. During late March, the government imposed a nationwide curfew and other restrictive measures, including the ban on gatherings of more than five people and the closing of non-essential businesses and schools. Since June 4, public transport resumed at half capacity, while the reopening of schools has been postponed until July 1. Wearing a mask in public is compulsory. Borders and the airport remain closed, and curfew is still in place.