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- Today’s headlines: COVID-19 confirmed cases exceeding 5 million globally; the largest number of coronavirus cases reported in one day; and the Pakistani PM warned ‘millions of people face hunger’.
The new type of Coronavirus, COVID 19, spread throughout the world, causing death and major disruption to the global economy.
Responding to this crisis requires global cooperation between governments, international organizations and Business community, which is at the center of the mission of the World Economic Forum as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
Forum has created COVID Action Platform, a global platform to unite the business community for collective action, protect people’s livelihoods and facilitate business continuity, and mobilize support for the COVID-19 response. This platform was created with the support of the World Health Organization and is open to all businesses and industry groups, as well as other stakeholders, whose aim is to integrate and inform joint actions.
As an organization, the Forum has a track record of supporting efforts to tackle the epidemic. In 2017, at our Annual Meeting, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched – bringing together experts from government, business, health, academia and civil society to accelerate vaccine development. CEPI currently supports a race to develop a vaccine against this corona virus strand.
1 How COVID-19 impacts the world
According to Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, there were 106,000 cases reported from Tuesday to Wednesday this week. That is the most cases reported in one day since the outbreak began last December.
“We still have a long way to go to deal with this pandemic,” he said.
Millions of people will face hunger unless the developing economy can be reopened. That is the statement of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan about the impact of the lockdown of COVID-19 during the virtual Forum meeting. COVID Action Platform yesterday.
Khan explained that Pakistan has 25 million workers who depend on daily wages or who work alone. When the world is locked, he said, “all these people are unemployed. When we talk about 25 million workers, you are talking about 25 million families and that has affected nearly 120-150 million people.”
Khan added, “Unless men and women work, they cannot feed their families.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has suggested businesses can move on to a four-day work week to help improve domestic tourism.
Speaking on the Facebook Live video, Ardern acknowledged that shorter workdays had become a topic of discussion because the company had adjusted to remote work. A week of four days, structured so that the wage level of workers remains the same, can be one way to give New Zealanders free time to explore their home countries. “I really encourage people, if they are an employer and in a position to do it, to think about whether it’s something that will work for their workplace, because that will definitely help tourism throughout the country.”
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