The coronavirus has attacked Russia, another country with a powerful political clout, after China, the US and Western European countries, making its weaknesses apparent.
When the dust from the pandemic settles, there will be a lot of people in developed economies wondering why, their systems failed them.
With pressure growing in many countries for more measures to restart the economy, politicians also are trying to boost funding for research into a vaccine for Covid-19 which many scientists warn could take much longer than a few months.
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 pressure to 'do more' can be more harmful than the perceived dip in productivity during this pandemic.
The pandemic has altered our temporal imagination and accelerated political tensions.
Report by US Department of Homeland Security intelligence, obtained by The Associated Press, says China held off informing the WHO that the coronavirus “was a contagion” for much of January so it could order medical supplies from abroad.
Here's a look at the people who've been packing and delivering supplies, caring for sick and elderly and keeping streets and hospitals clean amid the pandemic.
China has tried to use the crisis to build influence but is also accused of spreading disinformation and financially benefitting from the virus, while the US has also been criticised for its inept response to Covid-19.
Children may be at low risk for infection by Covid-19 but are vulnerable to other deadly diseases without the vaccinations that are currently being held back by border restrictions according to the WHO's Direct-General.
While the church has a vast body of members, the pandemic is leaving one of the oldest religious institutions in financial limbo.
The flower industry has already lost an estimated $8.5 billion due to the coronavirus.
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