World News Day
A lack of good risk communication and community engagement could lead to people failing to do their part to curb the spread of disease, said one expert.
COVERING THE PANDEMIC
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
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.
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.
While the world is more connected today and more people have much more information readily available at their fingertips, societies are not necessarily better informed or equipped to make the tough choices needed if we are to address the many challenges we face, says Editor-in-Chief Warren Fernandez.