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COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 22 May

Sharon

May. 22, 2020

This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. Today's top stories: One quarter of Americans hesitant about a COVID-19 vaccine; thermal scans begin at London Heathrow airport; cyclone hits eastern India.
1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe
Confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 5 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University . More than 328,000 people have died from the virus, while over 1.9 million have recovered. More than 3 million tests conducted in Wuhan since 12 May, say officials. Thermal scans introduced at London Heathrow Airport. US unemployment payments hit $16.2 billion , jumping five-fold from February to April. Poll finds one quarter of Americans hesitant about taking COVID-19 vaccine. Cyclone Amphan deaths hit 72 in eastern India, complicating COVID-19 response.
2. Economic insecurity high for those not receiving unemployment benefits
The COVID-19 crisis highlights the challenges faced by the jobless people, especially those not eligible or not yet in receipt of their unemployment benefits. New data from University of Southern California finds newly out-of-work Americans are at heightened risk for running out of funds and food. The USC Dornsife Understanding Coronavirus in America Study said one-fifth of the jobless surveyed were either ineligible for benefits, had not applied or had been rejected.
While many Americans received stimulus checks, these checks have had a marginal impact on economic security for the jobless. Says USC: "Receiving unemployment insurance payments is associated with a 23-percentage-point increase in one’s ability to handle an unexpected expense of $2,000, compared to a 3-point increase with a stimulus check."
4. What risks worry top leaders right now
The World Economic Forum's last risk report, published in January, saw threats like climate change top worries among business leaders. The World Economic Forum''s latest COVID-19 Risks Outlook report, A Preliminary Mapping and Its Implications , was informed by 350 senior risk professionals and shows a new set of concerns. Among them a prolonged recession, a surge in bankruptcies and an uptick in cyberattacks.
5. How we'll survive the Great Lockdown: IMF's Gita Gopinath on this week's World Vs Virus
The downturn caused by COVID-19 is unprecedented and requires a different and bigger response, the International Monetary Fund's Gita Gopinath tells the podcast this week.
Crises often lead to larger roles for the public sector, Gopinath says. But the problems brought with this global crisis have a scope not seen in previous downturns or calamaties. Says Gopinath: "I believe it's very important for countries to recognize that there are some essential services that need to be provided in terms of healthcare, in terms of education, in terms of good governance, in terms of social security, social safety - that cannot be compromised on."
"This is a virus that doesn't respect borders," she adds. "This requires global cooperation to deal with it."
Find all previous episodes of World Vs Virus here .
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