• WHO to launch Covid-19 tips app for Android, iOS

      WHO to launch Covid-19 tips app for Android, iOS

      As we face this time of crisis together, one of the most important things we can do - aside from washing your hands and maintaining social distance - is combat misinformation with the truth. To that end, the World Health Organisation is preparing to launch an official Android, iOS and Web app for news, tips, alerts, and more to keep you informed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    • Fresh produce in Europe set to be more scarce as coronavirus strikes

      Fresh produce in Europe set to be more scarce as coronavirus strikes

      Fresh fruit and vegetables will become increasingly scarce in Europe, suppliers warn, as the coronavirus pandemic hampers the global movement of produce and of the people needed to gather crops. Governments are looking at ways to ease any shortage, including “green lanes” to allow fresh produce to move quickly across EU borders, recruiting a “shadow army” of harvesters and loosening travel rules for migrant workers, Reuters reports.

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    • Massive risks to world economy as virus battle rages

      Massive risks to world economy as virus battle rages

      The coronavirus outbreak and resulting lockdown of billions of people threatens the global economy to the point where economists are predicting the most violent recession in recent history, perhaps even eclipsing the Great Depression. The crash will almost certainly be accompanied by a surge in unemployment, especially in countries with weaker worker rights, such as the United States, AFP summarizes.

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    • Online gaming booms as virus lockdowns keep millions at home

      Online gaming booms as virus lockdowns keep millions at home

      When two Spanish footballers took to the controls of "FIFA 20" after the coronavirus pandemic saw their La Liga match cancelled, a stadium-sized virtual audience watched online. The huge digital crowd last week is part of a spectacular boom for the digital gaming industry, as record numbers flock to online servers for distraction, entertainment and friendship with the "real world" seemingly falling apart.

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    • Bringing 330 petaflops of supercomputing to fight the outbreak

      Bringing 330 petaflops of supercomputing to fight the outbreak

      IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are teaming with the White House, the US Department of Energy, and other federal agencies to bring a massive amount of supercomputing power and public cloud resources to scientists, engineers and researchers who are working to tackle the novel coronavirus global pandemic. And the new consortium is already hard at work harnessing the power of the nation’s high-performance computers to better understand the virus, find treatments that can be used and develop potential vaccines and cures.

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    • Eurozone business activity collapses in March due to pandemic

      Eurozone business activity collapses in March due to pandemic

      Eurozone business activity has crumbled in March as the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping across Europe and the world wreaks havoc and shops, restaurants and offices pull down the shutters, a survey by IHS Markit showed today. Its Euro Zone Composite Flash Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), seen as a good gauge of economic health, tumbled to a record low of 31.4 this month from February’s 51.6, marking by far its biggest one-month fall since the survey began in mid-1998. 

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