Signs of mounting hunger are already being felt around the region, where desperate citizens are violating quarantines to go out in search of money and food and hanging red and white flags from their homes in a cry for aid.
The global coronavirus pandemic has affected more than five million people, with over 334,000 deaths. Here are coronavirus-related updates for May 22:
Ensuring older people are treated with the same rights and dignity as everyone else is not only a moral imperative, it’s a win-win for all.
Healthcare systems worldwide will come under an immense strain as the pandemic coincides with the upcoming flu season.
An internal report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cited by The New York Times, says new cases are expected to surge from mid-May, hitting 200,000 per day by June 1, with the daily death toll almost doubling to 3,000.
The London-based charity Interpal described HSBC's decision as an "awful, inhumane and unlawful act”.
Rohingya Muslims have been discarded by the international community and are at high risk for contracting Covid-19 in crowded living spaces.
Hezbollah has launched its own battle against the coronavirus, one that works alongside the Lebanese government’s response.
In countries like India and Israel Muslims are being scapegoated for the spread of Covid-19.
The US president has targeted the global organisation for its perceived bias towards China.
The Security Council cannot do much about dealing with the coronavirus itself or addressing the economic consequences of the pandemic, said Richard Gowan, UN director for the International Crisis Group think-tank.
Cyclone Harold, its strength ranked in the highest category of five, passed over Fiji's south at about midday, levelling homes and snapping communications links in the archipelago, which has adopted curbs on movement to rein in the virus.
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