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Taiwan is an island that has for all practical purposes been independent since 1950, but which China regards as a rebel region that must be reunited with the mainland – by force if necessary.
China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, when the defeated Nationalist government fled to the island as the Communists, under Mao Zedong, swept to power.
China insists that nations cannot have official relations with both China and Taiwan, with the result that Taiwan has formal diplomatic ties with only a few countries. The US is Taiwan’s most important friend and protector.
Despite its diplomatic isolation, Taiwan has become one of Asia’s major economic players, and one of the world’s top producers of computer technology.
Republic of China (ROC)
- Population 23,3 million
- Area 36,188 sq km (13,972 sq miles)
- Major languages Mandarin Chinese (official), Min Nan Chinese (Taiwanese), Hakka
- Major religions Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity
- Life expectancy 76,2 years (men), 82,7 years (women)
- Currency New Taiwan dollar
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President: Tsai Ing-wen
Tsai Ing-wen became Taiwan’s first female president when elected in January 2016.
With 56% of the vote, she led her traditionally pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to their biggest ever victory in parliamentary elections.
Ms Tsai’s political message has always revolved around the importance of Taiwanese identity, and she has pledged that democracy will be at the heart of the island’s future relations with China.
By pursuing Taiwanese sovereignty, Ms Tsai runs the risk of antagonising China, reversing eight years of warmer ties under President Ma Ying-jeou of the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang party.
In the 1990s, Ms Tsai negotiated Taiwan’s accession to the World Trade Organization. She joined the DPP in 2004 after working as a non-partisan chairwoman of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council. Four years later she became the youngest person and first woman to lead the party. She lost the presidential election to Ma Ying-jeou in 2012.
A former law professor, she hails from the coastal village of Pingtung in southern Taiwan. Her mixed ethnicity – a Hakka father and Taiwanese mother – has been cited as one of the traits that helped her connect with voters.
The media environment in Taiwan is among the freest in Asia, and extremely competitive.
Media freedom organisations say Beijing exerts pressure on Taiwanese media owners.
There are hundreds of newspapers, all privately-owned and reflecting a wide range of views.
Nearly 93% of Taiwanese are online.
Some key dates in Taiwan’s history:
1683 – Island comes under administration of China’s Qing dynasty.
1895 – China – defeated in the first Sino-Japanese war – cedes Taiwan to Japan.
1945 – Taiwan reverts to Chinese control after Japanese defeat in Second World War.
1947 – Nationalist troops crush island-wide rioting by Taiwanese disgruntled with official corruption, killing unknown thousands. The event is now known as the 228 Incident.
1949 – Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek loses civil war to Mao Zedong’s Communist forces and flees to Taiwan. He rules the island with an iron fist until his death in 1975.
1950s-1960s – Rapid industrial development.
1971 – UN recognises Communist China as sole government of whole country. People’s Republic takes over China’s UN Security Council seat.
1979 – Washington switches diplomatic recognition to Beijing from Taipei. US Congress passes the Taiwan Relations Act promising to help the island defend itself.
1987 – Taiwan lifts almost four decades of martial law and eases ban on travel to China.
2000 – Voters put Democratic Progressive Party in power for first time, ending more than five decades of Nationalist rule.
The new ‘Magnitsky’-style sanctions regime will target those who have been involved in some of the gravest human rights violations and abuses around the world.Published 6 July 2020From:Foreign & Commonwealth Office and The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP
Forty-nine individuals and organisations involved in some of the most notorious human rights violations and abuses in recent years have been designated for sanctions under a powerful new regime established today by the UK, the Foreign Secretary has announced.
The individuals and organisations are the first wave of designations under the new regime, with further sanctions expected in the coming months.
From today, the ground-breaking global regime means the UK has new powers to stop those involved in serious human rights abuses and violations from entering the country, channelling money through UK banks, or profiting from our economy.
The measures will target individuals and organisations, rather than nations.
It is the first time that the UK has sanctioned people or entities for human rights violations and abuses under a UK-only regime, and will allow the UK to work independently with allies such as the US, Canada, Australia and the European Union.
The UK’s first wave of sanctions under this new regime targeted:
- 25 Russian nationals involved in the mistreatment and death of auditor Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered widespread Russian corruption by a group of Russian tax and police officials
- 20 Saudi nationals involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
- 2 high-ranking Myanmar military generals involved in the systematic and brutal violence against the Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities
- 2 organisations involved in the forced labour, torture and murder that takes place in North Korea’s gulags
Underlining the UK’s position as a global force for good, this new regime showcases our commitment to the rules-based international system and to standing up for victims of human rights violations and abuses around the world.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, said:
Today we’re designating 49 people and organisations for responsibility in some the worst human rights abuses in recent memory.
This is a demonstration of Global Britain’s commitment to acting as a force for good in the world.
Following his announcement in Parliament, the Foreign Secretary will meet with Sergei Magnitsky’s widow and son Natalia and Nikita, along with his friend and colleague Bill Browder, at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
The regime will allow the UK to target individuals and organisations around the world unlike conventional geographic sanctions regime, which only target a country.
It could also include those who commit unlawful killings perpetrated against journalists and media workers, or violations and abuses motivated on the grounds of religion or belief.
A special unit will consider the use of future sanctions, with teams across the department monitoring human rights issues.
They will ensure targets under the landmark regime will have to meet stringent legal tests before the UK decides to designate, ensuring the sanctions are robust and powerful.
The suite of measures can also apply to those who facilitate, incite, promote, or support these violations/abuses, as well as those who financially profit from human rights violations and abuses.
The UK will continue to utilise a range of tools to tackle serious human rights violations and abuses around the world, including the UN and EU multilateral sanctions regimes.
On 1 June, Somaliland’s President Muse Bihi Abdi officially inaugurated the first 12 km of Berbera Corridor, a trade and transport route that connects landlocked Ethiopia to Somaliland’s Port of Berbera on the Gulf of Aden.
The Addis Ababa-Berbera highway is being funded by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development. Together with the US$442 billion expansion of the Port of Berbera by another Emirati company, Dubai’sDP World, the highway will turn Berbera into a major regional trading hub.
On one level, Somaliland is merely investing in what is likely to be a lucrative commercial venture, attracting more exports and imports from its much bigger and richer neighbour. But the Berbera highway clearly also has a more strategic purpose – to put an important political fact on the ground.
That is, to make Berbera an integral part of Ethiopia’s economic network – and therefore also Somaliland. To the degree that Berbera becomes indispensable for Ethiopia, to that degree is Somaliland recognised – though only implicitly of course – as an independent state.
The Berbera project is important to Ethiopia’s strategic imperative of access to the sea
Achieving such recognition has been Somaliland’s eternal quest – so far with no apparent success. Neither Ethiopia nor any other country explicitly recognises it as a sovereign nation. All officially still consider it to be a wayward province of Somalia. And there are no signs on the immediate horizon that any country is about to take the plunge and be the first to recognise the independent state of Somaliland.
Yet because of its implicit recognition of Somaliland, the Berbera Port-highway project has annoyed Somalia. Two years ago when Somaliland and DP World ceded 19% of the Berbera Port project to Ethiopia, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo, without mentioning names, warned foreign countries and companies not to ‘cross the line and put to question the sovereignty of Somalia.’
Ethiopian President Abiy Ahmed Ali’s government duly pledged respect for Somalia’s sovereignty a few months later. Yet Abiy, who ascended to Ethiopia’s prime ministership in April 2018, has shown no signs of abandoning the Berbera project. The corridor is important to Ethiopia’s strategic imperative of access to the sea. This is especially because cooling relations with Djibouti since Abiy’s rapprochement with Eritrea have placed something of a question mark over Ethiopia’s main maritime outlet through that country.
However Abiy, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner, is also exercising diplomatic skill. In February this year he hosted a meeting between Farmaajo and Bihi in Addis Ababa to try to help them patch up their quarrel.
The Berbera highway also has a strategic purpose – to put an important political fact on the ground
The encounter seems to have borne some fruit as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, told the Security Council earlier this month that ‘in regard to Somalia-“Somaliland” relations, we are encouraged that dialogue is ongoing at senior levels and that both sides have indicated a willingness to maintain communication and pursue further discussions.’
Abiy’s intervention as mediator is intriguing. One might think it would be Somalia that would consider Ethiopia a biased referee since Addis Ababa has a material interest in the offending Berbera project. Also Ethiopia is one of only three countries – along with Djibouti and Turkey – to have opened consulates in Hargeisa, Somaliland’s main city.
Conversely, though, Abiy would probably not want to see a peaceful Somaliland weakened by Mogadishu. Ethiopia shares a border with Somaliland that is almost as long as that with Somalia, and a strong Somaliland provides a buffer for Ethiopia against al-Shabaab. So Abiy is walking a delicate tightrope on this issue, it seems.
There is also a wider dimension to the Somali-Somaliland standoff. Middle East powers are pursuing proxy rivalries in the Horn, with the UAE backing Somaliland in part to counter Turkey and Qatar’s courtship of Somalia.
Somaliland will likely have to settle for de facto, not de jure, independence for a long while
What the secretive Somali-Somaliland negotiations to which Swan referred might produce is hard to envision. With Somaliland demanding complete independence and Somalia demanding complete unification, the theoretical compromise would be incorporation with a high degree of autonomy within what is already a federal Somali state. But it’s difficult to see Somaliland agreeing to that, and certainly not while Somalia remains locked in its bloody, existential struggle with al-Shabaab and protracted conflicts with federal states.
Ironically in his report, Swan urged that the commitment to dialogue and cooperation exhibited by Somalia and Somaliland should be extended to relations between the Somali federal government in Mogadishu and the federal member states. That was a reminder that some of these states are just about as ‘independent’ in practice as Somaliland. Swan noted with regret that ‘it has been more than a year since the President and all Federal Member State leaders have met.’
So one might think Farmaajo would want to get his own house in order before considering adding another fractious member to the family. On the other hand, despite putting more solid facts on the ground, Somaliland looks as though it will have to settle for de facto, not de jure, independence – at least for a long while.
Peter Fabricius, ISS Consultant
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by : Cabdishakuur CasooweNairobi
Xukuumadda Federaalka Itoobiya ayaa Markii ugu horreysay abid lagu soo daray gabar Soomaali ah, taasoo loo magacaabay Wasiirka Arrimaha Haweenka, Dhalinyarada iyo Carruurta.
Ra’iisul Wasaaraha Itoobiya Abiy Axmed ayaa xilkaas taariikhiga ah u magacaabay Maareeyaha guud ee warbaahinta Nabad TV, Filsan Cabdullaahi Axmed.
Filsan ayaa in muddo ahba ahayd qof u dooda xuquuqda haweenka iyo Carruurta, waxayna kasoo jeeddaa Deegaanka Soomaalida Itoobiya.
Intii ay ku guda jirtay howlaha la xiriira u doodista xuquuqda dumarka, waxay aasaastay telefishin sidoo kale u ol’oleeya xasiloonida oo ay ku magacowday Nabad TV.
Iyadoo dareenkeeda kala hadleysay BBC-da ayey shegetay in tallaabadan uu qaaday Dr Abiy Axmed ay tahay horumar weyn oo la gaaray.
“Waa guul Soomaalida usoo hooyatay, in gabar Soomaaliyeed wasiir loo magacaabo, tan labaad, muddooyinkii ugu dambeeyayba waxaan aad uga hawgalay Telefishenka Nabad TV, oo inbadan waxaan u istaagay xuquuqda haweenka deegaanka”, ayay tiri Filsan oo wareysi gaar ah siisay BBC-da.
Filsan ayaa sheegtay in sababta ay markii horeba ugu doodeysay Arrimaha Haweenka ay ahayd maadaama aysan Dumarka qeyb ka ahayn siyaasadda.
“Si gaar ah waxaan ugu istaagay haweenka deegaanka, oo aan ka dhex muuqanin xisbiga cusub ee loo dhisay deegaanka Soomaalida, sidoo kalena waxaan ol’ole ugu jiray sidii loo hagaajin lahaa nolosha carruurta”.
Waxay muujisay inay diyaar u tahay sidii ay kaalinta cusub ee la siiyay uga soo bixi lahayd.
“Waxaan rajeynayaa inaan guulo fiican kasoo hoyiyo xilkan la ii magacaabay ee Wasiirka Haweneka, Dhalinyarada iyo Carruurta, haddii Alle Idmo”, ayey tiri.
Go’aanka gabadhan Soomaalida ah loogu daray Golaha Wasiirrada ee Dowladda Federaalka Itoobiya ayaa qeyb ka ah isbadallada waaweyn ee uu la yimid Ra’iisul Wasaare Abiy Axmed, tan iyo markii uu xilka qabtay sanadkii 2018-kii.
Mr Abiy ayaa hormuud u noqday isbaddal siyaasadeed oo ka curtay Itoobiya, kaasoo saameyn aad u weyn yeeshay.
Tallaabooyinkii ugu waaweynaa ee uu qaaday waxaa ka mid ahaa inuu sii daayay maxaabiistii arrimaha siyaasadda u xirneyd iyo inuu xor ka dhigay warbaahinta.
Aasaaskii Telefishinka Nabad TV
Filsan Cabdullaahi waxaa u suurtagashay inay dalka Itoobiya ka hirgaliso Telefishinkii ugu horreeyay ee madax banannaa oo laga hirgaliyay deegaanka Soomaalida.
Telefishiinka Nabad oo baahintiisa ugu horreeya Af-soomaali ku billaabay wuxuu tabiyaa warar iyo barnaamijyo madadaalo ah, ujeeddadiisa ugu weyna ay tahay inuu shacabka isku soo dhaweeyo.
Howlaha ugu waaweyn ee uu qaban jiray Telefishinkeeda waxaa ka mid ahaa in loo ol’oleeyo nabadda iyo in tooshka lagu ifiyo arrimaha lidka ku ah xasiloonida.
Wareysi ay goor sii horreysay siisay BBC-da ayey ku sharraxday ujeeddada ay u aasaastay Nabad Tv.
“Waxyaabaha igu kallifay inaan tallaabadan qaado waxaa ka mid ah deegaankeenna Soomaalida wixii ka dhacay, oo loo wada joogay, sababtoo ah ma jirin meel ay bani’aadanka xorriyad uga hadlaan, gaar ahaan dumarkana aad bay ugu dhibaateysnaayeen oo aysan heysanin meel ay wixii ay qabeen ku sheegan karaan. Marka muhiim bay ahayd inaan TV noocaas ah oo shaqadaas qabta hirgaliyo”, ayey tiri.
Dowlad deegaanka Soomaalida Itoobiya ayaa sidoo kale muddooyinkii dambe laga hirgaliyay isbadallo badan oo furfurnaan ah, wixii ka dambeeyay markii maamulka lagu wareejiyay xukuumadda uu madaxweynaha ka yahay Mustafe Cumar.
‘Doorka Soomaalida ay ku leedahay siyaasadda dalka Itoobiya’
Filsan waxay aaminsan tahay in Soomaalida dalka Itoobiya doorka ay siyaasadda dalka ku leeyihiin inuu aad u yar yahay.
Waxay horay BBC-da ugu sheegtay iney muwaaddiniinta deegaanka Soomaalida ay takoor kala kulmaan dalka.
“Dad badan oo ku nool deegaanka Soomaalida intooda badan ma aaminsana iney Itoobiyaan yihiin, si marka arrimahaasi wax looga baddalo waa iney dowladda laamaheeda kala duwan ay qaadaan tallaabbooyin wax ku ool ah” ayey tiri.
“Deegaanka Soomaalida wuxuu leeyahay aqoonyahanno deegaanka Soomaalida iyo dalka intiisa kalaba anfacaya. Marka waa in la helaa nidaam dadkaasi u suuragelinaya ka qayb gal ballaadhan u horseedi kara”. ayey tiri Filsan Cabdullaahi Axmed.
Filsan Cabdullaahi Axmed waxay ku dhalatay magaalada Jigjiga oo ay waalliddiinteeda ku noolaayeen, waxayna ku soo barbaartay magaalada Addis Ababa, waxbarashadeeda jaamacadeedna waxay ku qaadatay dalka Ingiriiska.
Donald Trump has refused to wear a face mask once again during a tour in Michigan – despite an official warning he could be banned from visiting the state if he did so.© Getty One official had warned Mr Trump could be banned from visiting Michigan in future if he did not comply with the law
The president was visiting a factory belonging to the Ford Motor Company, which has shifted its focus to manufacturing ventilators and personal protective equipment.© Reuters Donald Trump did pose with a transparent visor, but did not wear a mask
Mr Trump’s defiance came despite Ford’s own policy stating that all visitors must wear a face mask at its sites.
Surrounded by executives wearing masks, he told reporters: “I had one on before. I wore one in the back area. I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”
At one point, he took out a White House-branded mask from his pocket, and said he had worn it elsewhere on the tour while out of public view.
The 73-year-old has consistently disregarded guidance from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, urging Americans to wear masks in close company to try and curb the spread of coronavirus.
Although the company “encouraged President Trump to wear a mask when he arrived” at the plant in Ypsilanti, executive chairman Bill Ford said: “It’s up to him.”
Prior to the president’s visit, Michigan’s attorney general Dana Nessel had warned that wearing a face mask was the law in the state – and if Mr Trump failed to do so, he would be told not to return to enclosed facilities there.REPLAY VIDEO
Trump breaks Michigan law requiring masks
Ms Nessel told CNN: “If we know that he’s coming to our state and we know he’s not going to follow the law, I think we’re going to have to take action against any company or facility that allows him inside those facilities and puts our workers at risk.
“We just simply can’t afford it here in our state.”
At least two people who work in the White House and had been physically close to Mr Trump have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19.
However, the president is tested daily, and said on Thursday that he had tested negative.
Speaking to reporters during the tour of the car plant, the president also suggested that he will start staging campaign rallies at outdoor sites.
With little more than five months left until the presidential election, Mr Trump is behind his Democratic rival Joe Biden in national polls – as well as some battleground states such as Michigan, which he won four years ago.
An official working for Mr Trump’s campaign said outdoor rallies could take place as early as the middle of June, adding: “It’s clear he’s chomping at the bit to resume the rallies.”
But another adviser to the president suggested this timetable might be too optimistic, meaning such events might have to wait until after the 4 July holiday.
The president has been warned that the 2020 race is going to be much tougher than his surprise victory in 2016.
More than 94,000 people have died with coronavirus in the US, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
The country also has over 1.5 million confirmed cases, with the president claiming he views this as a “badge of honour” and a tribute to the volumes of testing taking place.Click to expand00:1901:36 HQ ‘I’m taking it and I’m still here’
On Monday, Mr Trump revealed he is taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against coronavirus, despite it being unproven as an effective COVID-19 treatment.
Connor Sephton, news reporter
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Since first being recorded late last year in China, the Covid-19 coronavirus has spread around the world, and been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. However, differences in testing mean that the number of cases may be understated for some countries.
The number of deaths is a more dependable indicator. The disease has hit certain countries, including Italy, Spain and the US, with particular cruelty.
Meanwhile in Asia, where the disease began, the spread continues, although in China it seems for now to have passed its peak.
In Europe most countries have closed schools, and many are in lockdown.
Finally, a reminder that most people who contract the disease recover; many may never notice they had it at all.
Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is being regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the current situation at the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will continue to be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.
£20m in NHS fundraising
A 99-year-old war veteran hailed as a “one-man fundraising machine” by the Duke of Cambridge has now raised more than £20m for the NHS.
Capt Tom Moore originally aimed to raise just £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.
More than 976,000 people have now made donations to his JustGiving page.
And more than half a million people have called for Capt Tom to be knighted in a petition to the Honours Committee.
The petition, which was set up earlier this week, has received more than 553,000 signatures after his efforts grabbed the nation’s attention.
As he finished the challenge on Thursday, Capt Tom said it was “an absolutely fantastic sum of money”.
In a tweet, he said he would be doing “less walking” on Friday but would be talking to TV channels in the United States, Argentina, Europe and the Middle East.
Speaking to BBC Radio 2 he said the sum of money was “absolutely enormous” and “very difficult to imagine”. He also thanked everyone who had donated for their support.
“I say thank you very much indeed. I appreciate it because the object for which we’re donating is so important and so necessary… I think you’re all so kind and thoughtful contributing to this cause,” he said.
The total includes an undisclosed donation from the Duke of Cambridge, who with the Duchess of Cambridge recorded a special video message for the veteran.
Prince William said: “It’s amazing and what I love also is that he’s a 99-year-old war vet.
“He’s been around a long time, he knows everything and it’s wonderful that everyone has been inspired by his story and his determination.
“He’s a one-man fundraising machine and God knows what the final total will be. But good on him, and I hope it keeps going.”
In response, Capt Tom said: “It’s absolutely amazing that my super prince can say something like that.”
He also said it was “a moment we will never forget”.
Capt Tom, who is originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, has seemingly risen from nowhere to the status of near national treasure.
Keighley Town Council has tweeted that it will “honour the fundraising hero” with the freedom of the town.
Capt Tom began raising funds to thank NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip.
With the aid of a walking frame, he completed 100 laps of the 25-metre (82ft) loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, in 10-lap chunks well before his birthday on 30 April.
NHS Charities Together said it was “truly inspired and humbled” by his efforts.
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© Microsoft News For Good The latest government advice is to stay home to help save lives in the fight against coronavirus Microsoft News For Good’s Kindness in Crisis campaign aims to bring Britain together and offer essential support in these troubled times. Here you will find the latest information guidance to keep you safe, fully informed and empowered to help others.
Stay at home: The UK government has announced strict measures to help tackle coronavirus. Police now have the power to enforce stay at home measures in the UK. Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to the wider community, and particularly the most vulnerable. People are advised to only leave their home when absolutely necessary, for example to shop for essential food and medical supplies. One form of exercise alone or with your household will be permitted. Public parks may be forced to closed if the public do not adhere to social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet.
The World Health Organization and the NHS offer the following advice to stay safe and protect against the spread of coronavirus:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands when you get home or into work. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands). When you cough or sneeze put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Avoid contact with people outside your household. Maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who doesn’t live with you
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
More information from the NHS can be found here. © Reuters A message reading “Thank you NHS” is displayed on the outside of Wembley Stadium
Self-isolate for 14 days if you have coronavirus symptoms:
- A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- A new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
- If you live with others (and especially those who are high risk) then you should all stay home
- Use the NHS 111 service if your symptoms get worse or do not get better after 7 days
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
- Schools across the UK are now shut until further notice, with only the children of key workers attending classes
- Brits have been advised to stay at home and avoid all social gatherings under current measures. Gyms, retailers selling non-essential goods, restaurants and pubs have been closed. Food outlets will be allowed to offer takeaways without planning permission
- However the government has advised against all non-essential world travel for a period of at least 30 days
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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is distributing gloves, bleach, and other equipment to hospitals and clinics across the country
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Somalia is at a critical juncture where immediate action can still curb the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply concerned about the impact that the virus could have on communities weakened by violence and conflict, where displacement, malnutrition, and outbreaks of disease are already widespread.
“Somalia is at a crossroads, where we can rapidly scale up to get information and resources out to communities and health care facilities against COVID-19, or move too slowly and never catch up,” said Juerg Eglin, ICRC’s head of delegation for Somalia. “Speed is critical, and we are working with our colleagues at the Somali Red Crescent to fight COVID-19 from fully taking hold.”
The Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) and ICRC are racing to reach 120,000 households with information on how COVID-19 can be prevented and soap and chlorine tablets. Some 8,000 families were reached this week in Baardheere. In other parts of Somalia, 260 COVID-19 information sessions were organized this week around SRCS clinics, reaching 2,600 people.
Somalia is at a crossroads, where we can rapidly scale up to get information and resources out to communities and health care facilities against COVID-19
“If we have a surge in cases, the health system will not be able to cope,” said Ana Maria Guzman, health coordinator for the ICRC in Somalia. “Accurate information has to be on the forefront of the response, so people can take steps to protect themselves and their families.”
Nearly 500 health workers and SRCS volunteers have been trained in COVID-19 prevention and symptoms. The ICRC is distributing gloves, bleach, and other equipment to hospitals and clinics across the country.
To ensure no one is left behind in the race to stop COVID-19 in Somalia, the ICRC has also provided six-months’ worth of soap for all detainees and staff to places of detention in Mogadishu and Kismayo. This effort will continue, in addition to helping set up infection prevention control measures and sharing information on COVID-19 with inmates and staff, in more than 20 places of detention across the country.
“We must do everything we can to prevent the virus from entering a prison,” said Guzman. “Physical distancing is nearly impossible and an outbreak of COVID-19 in a jail would be devastating for both inmates and staff.”
While COVID-19 poses an invisible threat to Somalia, conflict has not stopped, and still drives displacement and suffering. The ICRC is also working to ensure that its life-saving work does not stop due to COVID-19 but can continue safely for both its staff and the people they serve.
“Violence continues. Climate shocks continue. We will have to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable in Somalia, with the additional threat that COVID-19 brings,” said Eglin.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Rebecca Ratcliffe in Bangkok Lobsters for face masks? Aussie fishermen want to make a deal Third of councils axe garden waste collections due to staff shortages © Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Zoltán Balogh/EPA
As coronavirus lockdowns have been expanded globally, billions of people have found that they are now faced with unprecedented restrictions. Police across the world have been given licence to control behaviour in a way that would normally be extreme even for an authoritarian state.
On Tuesday, police in Kenya gave their “sincere condolences” after a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed on his balcony in Nairobi as police moved through the neighbourhood, enforcing a coronavirus curfew.
“They come in screaming and beating us like cows, and we are law-abiding citizens,” said Hussein Moyo, the father of Yasin, the boy who was shot. © Provided by The Guardian The funeral of Yasin Hussein Moyo, 13, who was shot by police in Nairobi. Photograph: Brian Inganga/AP
Concerns are growing that police forces around the world are using gruelling and humiliating punishments to enforce quarantine on the poorest and most vulnerable groups, including tens of millions who live hand-to-mouth and risk starving if they do not defy lockdowns and seek work.
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