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Air cargo bottlenecks may put lives at risk amid Covid-19 crisis

Air cargo bottlenecks may put lives at risk amid Covid-19 crisis

Global supply chains have been severely impacted by the blanket travel restrictions in many countries due to the highly contagious coronavirus, resulting in the loss of significant cargo capacity by air.

A trigger for global collaboration

A trigger for global collaboration

Travel bans, closed borders, lock-downs and blame-games by some of the world’s political leaders — is this the end of global co-operation? Nationalism was already on the rise almost everywhere. Will Covid-19 make countries more inward-oriented, less co-operative and insular?

In Cuba, the private sector helps the needy as virus spreads

In Cuba, the private sector helps the needy as virus spreads

Upmarket restaurants are delivering free meals to the elderly, while a fashion firm donates face masks.

To wear a mask or not to wear a mask. It’s no longer a question

To wear a mask or not to wear a mask. It’s no longer a question

I wore a face mask outside for the first time on Tuesday morning. It wasn’t a new one; I purchased it last summer to clean out a critter infestation.

The boredom pandemic

The boredom pandemic

As people around the world find themselves in confinement to control the Covid-19 pandemic, look out for another affliction with an even higher infection rate than any virus. Boredom is now a serious health risk.

Race for vaccine tests limits of drug innovation

Race for vaccine tests limits of drug innovation

From medical workers struggling to care for the rising tide of Covid-19 patients to the billions of people told to stay home to slow the pandemic, everyone is waiting for one thing: a vaccine.

When will it end? The pandemic question on all our minds

When will it end? The pandemic question on all our minds

The stay-at-home orders issued in an increasing number of US states may be necessary, but the psychological effects that come with them are heavy all the same. It’s no longer a suggestion to stay home, but a directive.

Populists love the pandemic

Populists love the pandemic

Threats to national security invariably limit domestic political disputes. Now that governments have assumed a leading role in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, the political opposition in countries under populist rule is quickly being marginalised.

Face masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped?

Face masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped?

The use of face masks in Asia during the coronavirus outbreak has been far more widespread than in the West, where governments have urged people to reserve supplies for frontline medical staff, so have they helped limit infections?

Mother of invention: the new gadgets dreamt up to fight coronavirus

Mother of invention: the new gadgets dreamt up to fight coronavirus

Driving to work at his factory to the west of London last week, designer Steve Brooks had coronavirus on his mind. What could he make that would let him open a door without touching the handle?

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