COVERING THE PANDEMIC

  • Above: Jinyintan Hospital in the Chinese city of Wuhan was one of the first to start treating Covid-19 patients. Right: ST's China correspondent Elizabeth Law in Wuhan. In the background is Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, where the coronavirus was b
Our China Correspondent Elizabeth Law was among the first to visit Wuhan, the city of 11 million that was the epicentre of the global coronavirus outbreak, when it lifted its two-month lockdown on April 8. She recounts:

FROM THE FRONT LINE

  • Concern over the suspected Covid-19 patient's oxygen levels led emergency doctor Mathieu Surprenant to make the call to intubate the patient, assessing that it was his best chance of survival. Paramedic Jeff Booton cleaning his ambulance in Lions Bay
The call came in on an afternoon in March: A patient at a medical clinic in Vancouver had complained of chest pains.
Many migrant workers long confined in dormitories are returning to work without fear, thanks to Dr Hamid Rahmatullah.

GLOBAL LOCKDOWN

It all happened very fast. There was no time to prepare the mind for what was coming.
All across India, the springtime harvest of several winter crops has started, and farmers are sitting on truckloads of grains and pulses. But with a nationwide lockdown in place to control the spread of the coronavirus, mandis - where farmers sell their harvest - have been closed.
Hundreds of Malaysians - from factory workers and salesmen to electricians, painters and carpenters - have crossed the Causeway to Singapore for work since Aug 17.

STANDING TOGETHER

Ms Temalesi Tauga, 42, just wanted some tamarind so she could kick-start a little business of her own to support her five children and 72-year-old mother.
The movement control order (MCO) may have led to an unintended side effect of food wastage or supply-chain disruption, but some Malaysians are doing what they can to ensure food continues to be accessible and to limit wastage.

TACKLING THE INFODEMIC

Infodemics, often including rumours, stigma and conspiracy theories, have been common since the early days of Covid-19 and occurred in waves, according to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Mr Muhammad Adimaja, a photojournalist for Antara, has shot pictures of burial workers in Pondok Rangon and Tegal Alur, the two largest public cemeteries specially designated for Covid-19 victims in Jakarta.

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