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Coronavirus: Pandemic is 'accelerating', WHO warns as cases pass 300,000

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the coronavirus disease pandemic is "accelerating", with more than 300,000 cases now confirmed.

It took 67 days from the first reported of Covid-19 to reach 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second 100,000, and just four days for the third 100,000.

But WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was still possible to "change the trajectory".Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

He urged countries to adopt rigorous testing and contact-tracing strategies.

"What matters most is what we do. You can't win a football game by defending. You have to attack as well," he told a joint news conference with Fifa president Gianni Infantino to launch a "kick out coronavirus" campaign featuring footballers.

Dr Tedros said asking people to stay at home and other physical-distancing measures were an important way of slowing down the spread of the virus, but described them as "defensive measures that will not help us to win".

"To win, we need to attack the virus with aggressive and targeted tactics - testing every suspected case, isolating and caring for every confirmed case, and chasing and quarantining every close contact."

Read more: BBC

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Should women serve in combat units?

Until recently, women in the United States were only able to enlist in military support or intelligence positions and couldn’t physically serve in combat. In 2015, the U.S. Pentagon opened all combat jobs to women, and in 2016, the ban on women serving in close combat roles in the British military was lifted. (In other countries, like Israel, women have been allowed to serve in combat units for much longer). While many people believe that allowing women to serve in combat units is a positive step towards gender equality, there are concerns that it is inappropriate, if not dangerous.

Here are three reasons why women should be able to serve in combat units, and three reasons why they should stick to other military units.


In Favor Against
The bar is high – for everyone Potential to misbehave
The monopoly on emotions Political correctness has no place in the military
Same job, different title Don’t fix what isn’t broken

Women Deserve a Chance in Combat

 The bar is high – for everyone

Just like men, women should be allowed to choose how they fight for their country based on their strengths. Joining a combat unit requires meeting high demands regardless of gender; if there are women who are able to meet the same training standards as men, they can only be an asset to their team. Having female troops in every combat role is crucial for intelligence gathering, because they’re naturally able to navigate cultural differences when interacting with local populations.

If the military is looking for the creme de la creme to serve in their units, then why give up on 51% of the candidates upfront? 

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WHO: Europe has become 'epicenter' of Coronavirus Pandemic

Fabrice CoffriniFabrice Coffrini The WHO head, Fabrice Coffrini, declared that Europe is reported “with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China.”

Geneva, March 13.“More cases are now being reported [in Europe] every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the U.N. global public health agency, said Friday at a press conference at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva.

“China has certainly peaked and there is certainly a decline, but there’s always a chance” that could rise again, said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, who heads the agency’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, according to CNBC.

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The politics of pandemics

This week’s topics are dominated by covid-19. The pandemic, as the World Health Organisation has officially declared it, is spreading fast, with almost 45,000 cases and nearly 1,500 deaths in 112 countries outside China. Politicians are belatedly realising that, as health systems buckle and deaths mount, they will have to weather the storm. America, despite its wealth and the excellence of its medical science, has squandered its chance to prepare for the pandemic, and China’s president, Xi Jinping, celebrated a precipitous fall in cases with a victory lap in Wuhan, where the disease first took hold.

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Behind the Russia-Saudi Breakup, Calculations and Miscalculations

Putin and bin Salman at the G20 summitPutin and bin Salman at the G20 summit It was a marriage of convenience based on oil. When it came apart, it sent the markets reeling.

Moscow, March 10.– It was always a marriage of convenience, whatever the pledges of devotion, but when Russia and Saudi Arabia parted ways late last week after a dispute over oil production, it was like a lot of breakups: instantly acrimonious.

Gone, it seems, are the days when two of the world’s strongest-willed leaders, Vladimir V. Putin and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, engaged in an unlikely courtship to prop up oil prices and extend their influence. Only six months ago, the Saudi energy minister called it an “until death do us part” union.

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