Coronavirus outbreak: Uighur activist Wu’er Kaixi says epidemic worsens minority’s plight

What are the effects on millions of ordinary citizens, as well as oppressed minorities like the Uighurs? We also ask about the political costs for the Chinese leadership as the country’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis comes under scrutiny. To discuss these issues, we’re joined by Uighur activist Wu’er Kaixi.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

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    France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

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  • In This Story: Uighur

    The Uyghurs, alternately Uygurs, Uighurs or Uigurs, are a Turkic-speaking minority ethnic group originating from and culturally affiliated with the general region of Central and East Asia. The Uyghurs are recognized as native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Northwest China. (Source Wikipedia).

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