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By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, May 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In early 2018, parched by a severe drought, Cape Town rallied its residents and businesses to slash water use and stop its taps running dry. Now, lessons from the water crisis are helping the South African city respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Megaphones are being […]

With Covid-19 infection rates still climbing in South Africa our frontline workers are doing all they can to help provide essential services during the pandemic. We can all do our part to help keep their spirits and energy high, and feel valued for their hard work, by thanking them. Join in your neighbourhood “clap for […]

HARARE, May 18 (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s second biggest city of Bulawayo limited access to tap water to just one day a week on Friday as reservoir levels fall to dangerously low levels amid the country’s worst drought in years. After a devastating drought in 2019 and patchy rains this year, water shortages have worsened in […]

SYDNEY, May 18 (Reuters) – New Zealand will launch a contact-tracing app on Wednesday to help people track their movements as the country eases one of the world’s most rigid lockdowns designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the app can be best described as a ‘digital diary’ helping people […]

By Lisa Shumaker May 18 (Reuters) – Summer weather is enticing much of the world to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns as centers of the outbreak from New York to Italy and Spain gradually lift restrictions that have kept millions indoors for months. People are streaming back to beaches, parks and streets just as a heat wave […]

By Laurie Goering LONDON, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Around the world, countries and individuals are isolating themselves to try to stem the spread of COVID-19. But to find a solution to the crisis – particularly a vaccine – global cooperation will be crucial, say a growing number of leaders. “We will not be […]

By Martyn Herman LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – Britain could experience a transport revolution sparked by the coronavirus pandemic with up to 14 million people ready to swap cars for bikes, British Cycling believes. However, the opportunity could be lost if towns and cities fail to follow Department for Transport guidance to provide new emergency […]

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 18, 2020/ — For the over half a million people living in Mathare, one of Kenya’s largest slums, the arrival of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country may present an even bigger risk than being infected with the virus. The disruption of the local health care infrastructure caused by the outbreak has […]

By Kim Harrisberg JOHANNESBURG, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From building cemeteries away from human settlements to erecting fences around graves, South Africa is drawing up plans to protect the country’s water supply from contamination if mass coronavirus burials become a necessity. Accessing land that is environmentally safe for mass graves is a long […]

By Emma Batha LONDON, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Four million girls are at risk of child marriage in the next two years because of the new coronavirus pandemic, a global charity said on Friday, as campaigners warned that the crisis could undo decades of work to end the practice. Deepening poverty caused by […]


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