South Korea reports biggest spike in coronavirus cases in 49 days

South Korea reported the highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in 49 days on Wednesday, as one of the country’s largest e-commerce companies battled an outbreak linked to a now-closed logistics facility. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 40 new cases at the end of Tuesday, bringing the country’s total…

Ramaphosa: South Africa coronavirus lockdown to ease from June 1

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a further easing of coronavirus restrictions from next month in a move that will allow most sectors of the economy to reopen fully under “strict health protocols” and “social distancing rules”. Ramaphosa said in a televised address on Sunday the cabinet has decided to move the country to…

The curious case of South Asia’s ‘low’ coronavirus deaths

Islamabad, Pakistan – Scientists and public health experts are continuing to conduct research into why some South Asian countries – despite their ramshackle health infrastructure and dense populations – have witnessed lower coronavirus mortality rates compared with many Western countries. By early May, the world’s richest countries accounted for more than 90 percent of all reported deaths from COVID-19,…

South Korean farmers embrace hi-tech methods

South Korea’s government is encouraging farmers to adopt smart farm technologies to deal with a shortage of workers in rural areas. The initiative is proving timely as the country recovers from the coronavirus, as Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride discovered on a visit to the southern growing region of Sangju. SOURCE: Al Jazeera News

North and South Korea ‘exchange gunfire across border’

South Korea’s military said its troops exchanged fire with North Korea along their tense land border. The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said North Korean troops fired several bullets at a South Korean guard post inside the heavily fortified border between the two countries at 7:41 am on Sunday. The North Koreans apparently fired…

South Africa: Nelson Mandela ally Denis Goldberg dies

Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg, who stood trial alongside late President Nelson Mandela, has died. He was 87 years old.  Goldberg, who had lung cancer, died just before midnight on Wednesday at his home in Cape Town.  He was considered a stalwart of the South African liberation struggle and was the only white member of…

‘Buy a mask or food?’: South Asia’s poor face stark choice

Buy a mask and let his family go hungry, or buy food and go out into the crowded city without one – that is the stark choice facing Hayatullah Khan, an Afghan labourer whose daily earnings have fallen below $1.50 during the coronavirus pandemic. Like many poor South Asians, Khan has no choice but to…

South Asia braces for coronavirus

With many of its countries already struggling to provide adequate healthcare to their populations, South Asia is feared by many to be the next coronavirus hotspot. With a dense population of nearly two billion people, of whom hundreds of thousands are refugees, many are concerned that even the measures authorities are taking will not be…

Amid lockdown, South Africa’s waste pickers suffer most

Johannesburg, South Africa – Beauty Ncube is surrounded by large bags of paper, plastic and tin cans. Sitting on a broken office chair, she picks at her cuticles. The makeshift disinfectant she has been using has dried her skin. “Lockdown changed a lot of things for me,” she says. “I was providing for my kids…

South Africa suspends football and cricket

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared coronavirus a national emergency in South AfricaFootball and cricket activities in South Africa are being suspended as the country seeks to minimise the impact of coronavirus.On Sunday, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa declared coronavirus a national disaster, and the South Africa Football Association (Safa) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have…