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Kenya’s government have issued a directive that people must wear masks while in public places. Boniface Muthoni/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

How the Spanish flu affected Kenya – and its similarities to coronavirus

In Kenya, the Spanish flu caused various forms of social and economic disruption, ranging from social distancing to the suspension of nonessential services and widespread food shortages.
A woman is tested in Ha Loi village in Hanoi which was put in 28-day quarantine on April 8 after a resident tested positive for COVID-19. Luong Thai Linh/EPA

Vietnam has reported no coronavirus deaths – how?

Intensive screening, testing, quarantine and public communication have helped keep numbers of COVID-19 cases in Vietnam very low.
In Mozambique’s urban settlements a lockdown might be feasible for a short period of time. Getty Images

The five criteria low income countries must have in place for lockdowns to work

When restricting the movement of their citizens to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, low income countries should tailor measures to local socio-economic circumstances.
A tourist from Québec poses with a Canadian flag in Peggy’s Cove, N.S. on Canada Day, 2016. Allowing domestic tourism to resume may be one step to carefully reopening the Canadian economy during the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Restarting the coronavirus economy: 4 possible steps

The response to COVID-19 should become a learning opportunity on how to develop more illness-proof economies.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela with former American world boxing champion Marvin Hagler. The undated photo was taken after Mandela’s release. Louise Gubb/GettyImages

How Mandela stayed fit: from his ‘matchbox’ Soweto home to a prison cell

Prison life is about routine: each day like the one before; each week like the one before it, so that the months and years blend into each other.
This year’s hajj, which draws more than 2 million pilgrims to the Ka'ba mosque at Mecca, is likely to be cancelled. Shutterstock

How coronavirus challenges Muslims’ faith and changes their lives

As it has for many other people, the lockdown restrictions to deal with the spread of coronavirus is having a signficiant impact on the way Msulims practise their faith.

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