On the frontlines: serving the public during a pandemic

With its empty streets and shuttered businesses, the ‘city that never sleeps’ has been on pause since a COVID-19 lockdown came into effect in mid-March. Yet every night at 7 pm, New York City springs back to life as people take to their balconies, windows and rooftops clapping, cheering, and singing. The same scene plays … Read more On the frontlines: serving the public during a pandemic

Colombia: Bogota keeping coronavirus lockdown measures

Coronavirus lockdown measures are being lifted across Colombia, with the exceptions of the capital, Bogota, and two other hard-hit cities. The mayor of Bogota has reimposed a total lockdown in a working-class area of more than a million people, which has become the new epicentre of the outbreak. Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Bogota. … Read more Colombia: Bogota keeping coronavirus lockdown measures

Disease Is Ravaging the World’s $25 Billion Banana Industry

The world’s most popular fruit is under siege. How it adapts now could be crucial to understanding the post-pandemic era. n the banana plantations of the tropical lowlands of Ecuador, workers are being issued with protective clothing and disinfectant is provided for their tools. The safety precautions implemented in the farms that stretch between the … Read more Disease Is Ravaging the World’s $25 Billion Banana Industry

Coronavirus lockdown leaves international tourists stranded in Australia | ABC News

Sonia Alvarez’s first trip overseas hasn’t gone to plan. The 58-year-old nurse from Colombia travelled to Sydney with her daughter Camila Cardona and her son-in-law Ricardo Stoltze on March 16 for a three-week holiday. But it has turned into a two-month-long stay after the borders in Colombia closed and their flights were cancelled due to … Read more Coronavirus lockdown leaves international tourists stranded in Australia | ABC News

First coronavirus case detected in Ecuador’s Amazon tribe

The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the Amazon region in several countries throughout South America. Ecuador has reported the first case among its indigenous Amazon tribes. The patient is a pregnant 17-year-old. In neighboring Colombia, six patients in a remote province have been transferred to the capital of Bogota. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #Amazon Subscribe to us on … Read more First coronavirus case detected in Ecuador’s Amazon tribe

The Virus Pandemic Is Disrupting the Illegal Drug Trade

The novel-coronavirus pandemic is disrupting the illicit drug trade through increased border controls, reduced air traffic and supply shortages, though the outbreak’s economic fallout may lead to more people getting involved in the business, a United Nations-sponsored report warned. The upcoming opium harvest in Afghanistan may be hurt by virus-related labor shortages, and cocaine output … Read more The Virus Pandemic Is Disrupting the Illegal Drug Trade

Colombia allows vital businesses to reopen

The government in Colombia has allowed some businesses to reopen after a seven-week lockdown. Around two million people doing vital jobs are back at work – but getting there is not the same as it was. Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Bogota. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish … Read more Colombia allows vital businesses to reopen

Colombia orders coronavirus lockdown near Brazil border after case spike

Brazil is the worst-hit country in Latin America by the coronavirus pandemic, having the 6th highest rate of infections in the World. Neighbouring Colombia has instructed locals living near the border with Brazil to stay indoors, as hospitals in the Amazonas region are filling up fast, like the cemeteries. Brasilia reported 13,944 new Covid-19 cases … Read more Colombia orders coronavirus lockdown near Brazil border after case spike

Hospital beds that can turn into coffins for coronavirus patients being made by Colombian factory

A design factory in Colombia is making biodegradable, cardboard hospital beds that can be turned into a coffin if the patient passes away. These dual-purpose beds are designed for coronavirus patients. Coronavirus can only survive on cardboard for 24 hours. It can live on plastic and metal for up to three days. The design of … Read more Hospital beds that can turn into coffins for coronavirus patients being made by Colombian factory

Coronavirus clips the wings of the world’s second-oldest airline

Colombia’s national airline, Avianca has filed for bankruptcy after failing to get government aid to pay a bond payment deadline. It is one of Latin America’s largest airlines and would be latest international one to go belly up if it fails to come out of bankruptcy. Many of the countries Avianca flies to in the … Read more Coronavirus clips the wings of the world’s second-oldest airline

Colombia: 30 percent of prisoners infected with COVID-19

The new coronavirus has infected more than 30 percent of inmates and staff at a prison in central Colombia. There are fears now the outbreak could expand to the rest of the city of Villavicencio. Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Bogota. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – … Read more Colombia: 30 percent of prisoners infected with COVID-19

Colombia steps up coca eradication operations during lockdown

Despite a full lockdown in the country, the Colombian government has intensified the manual eradication of coca plants in remote parts of the country. It is the main ingredient for cocaine and is grown in remote parts of the country by growers who depend on the crop for their livelihood. Their representatives, and an international … Read more Colombia steps up coca eradication operations during lockdown

Life inside COVID-19 hotel quarantine: Australian shares her journey home from Colombia | The Drum

Australians are continuing to return home from abroad and being put into hotels under strict quarantine. Journalist Chloe Cann was exploring South America with her partner when the borders started to close around her. Six days ago she touched down in Australia. She spoke with reporter Stephanie Boltje from her Brisbane hotel room about her … Read more Life inside COVID-19 hotel quarantine: Australian shares her journey home from Colombia | The Drum

Pompeo Denies U.S. Involvement in Venezuela Foiled Venezuela ‘Mercenary Attack’

Venezuela has captured two U.S. citizens who took part in a paltry and failed attempt over the weekend to slip into the country by sea and capture President Nicolas Maduro. In a triumphant speech, Maduro held up the passports of the two, Airan Berry, 41, and Luke Denman, 34, calling them “professional American mercenaries.” They … Read more Pompeo Denies U.S. Involvement in Venezuela Foiled Venezuela ‘Mercenary Attack’

Trump Denies Ties to Foiled Venezuela ‘Mercenary Attack’ to Oust Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela has captured two U.S. citizens who took part in a paltry and failed attempt over the weekend to slip into the country by sea and capture President Nicolas Maduro. In a triumphant speech, Maduro held up the passports of the two, Airan Berry, 41, and Luke Denman, 34, calling them “professional American mercenaries.” They … Read more Trump Denies Ties to Foiled Venezuela ‘Mercenary Attack’ to Oust Nicolas Maduro