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Syria at ‘High Risk’ for Virus Outbreak

Wracked by civil war for nine years, Syria is at “high risk” of being unable to contain the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Special Envoy for the country said Monday. In a video conference with UN Security Council members, Geir Pedersen called for a “complete, immediate nationwide ceasefire” to enable an all-out-effort to counter the virus.

Wracked by civil war for nine years, Syria is at “high risk” of being unable to contain the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Special Envoy for the country said Monday. In a video conference with UN Security Council members, Geir Pedersen called for a “complete, immediate nationwide ceasefire” to enable an all-out-effort to counter the virus.

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Millions of Refugees at Risk as Virus Spreads

This Syrian refugee girl lives in one of 5,000 tents among 31,500 refugees at Arsal on the Lebanese-Syrian border. March 25, 2019 (Photo by Fundacja PCPM) Creative Commons license via Flickr

The UN Refugee Agency has airlifted 4.4 tonnes of urgently-needed medical supplies to Tehran to support the COVID-19 response in Iran. The Airbus A330-200 arrived at Imam Khomeini Airport from Frankfurt, Germany Monday afternoon with masks, gloves, essential medicines, soap, and thermometers aboard to help address critical shortages in Iran’s health care system.

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Bringing the Classroom Home

Online Classroom. Teacher giving a lecture online

As schools throughout the world close their doors to slow the spread of coronavirus, the demand for online classes is growing exponentially. In the UK, after the last class on Friday afternoon is over, schools will remain closed until further notice as part of the country’s response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

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Online Learning Turns Crisis Into Opportunity

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“With colleges and universities making the difficult decision to move to online learning in the wake of the global pandemic, we join the community in a shared commitment to help provide students access to the immediate resources they need to adapt to a new way of learning,” says Kent Freeman, president of VitalSource, an innovator in the digital course materials market.

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Coronavirus: School Closures Elevate Online Learning

WHOHeadTedros

It began just 11 weeks ago. A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in the city of Wuhan, capital of China’s Hubei province, was first reported to the country office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in China on December 31, 2019. Just 11 weeks later, on March 11, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the disease now known as the novel coronavirus COVID-19 “a pandemic.”

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Europe Plans Hydrogen Production to Meet Demand

ToyotaMirai

French electric utility giant EDF, largely owned by the French state, is planning for large-scale production of hydrogen to be powered by its fleet of UK nuclear plants, including the giant Hinkley Point C project in Somerset, England. Clean hydrogen is expected to play a vital role in the transition to low-carbon energy.

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Purifying Clay to Relieve Thirsty Pakistan

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An abundant supply of fresh, clean water soon will be a reality in Pakistan’s semi-arid South Punjab region, following the announcement of a new international partnership agreement based on clay, spearheaded by the Government of Pakistan and driven by the UK’s University of Huddersfield.

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