February 27, 2020

South Korea takes new measures to have enough face masks domestically amid coronavirus

recep-bg/iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- The South Korean government has implemented draconian measures to secure and distribute face masks to the public amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Manufacturers of face masks must immediately cut down mask exports to less than 10% of their total production, and more than half of production must be supplied to government designated sellers, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety announced Thursday. Domestic demand for masks in South Korea has shot up..
February 27, 2020

Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s school has students self-isolate for suspected coronavirus

Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The threat of the coronavirus has hit the London school attended by Prince William and Duchess Kate's two oldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. A spokesperson for Thomas's Battersea has confirmed to several U.K. media outlets that a few students at the school have self-isolated for suspected novel coronavirus and are awaiting test results. "Like all schools we are taking the potential risks connected with the spread of COV..
February 27, 2020

South Korea’s massive coronavirus testing reflects nimble public health infrastructure

jarun011/iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Global health experts say the speed and scope of South Korea’s novel coronavirus diagnostic capability exhibit impressive and significant lab capabilities that no other countries, including the U.S., can match at the moment. South Korea had tested a total of 66,652 people for the COVID-19 coronavirus virus as of 4 p.m. local time Thursday, whereas Japan had reported administering roughly 1,890 tests and the U.S. only 445. The huge discrepancy compared to ot..
February 27, 2020

Racially motivated terror attack in Hanau puts Germany’s right wing extremism into focus

fstop123/iStock(BERLIN) -- Last Wednesday in the German town of Hanau, a quiet place of 100,000 near Frankfurt, a gunman reportedly motivated by xenophobic views opened fire in and outside of two hookah bars, killing nine people, all of whom were of foreign descent. The next day in cities across Germany, including Berlin and Frankfurt, people held vigils for the victims. Thousands flocked to the city's main square to mourn them in Hanau, with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier of the ..