Bali zoo names newborn baby giraffe ‘Corona’ | AFP

A zoo in the Indonesian holiday island of Bali has named a baby giraffe Corona in honour of her birth during the global pandemic. The calf was born on April 9 to mother Sophie and father Matadi, joining two other siblings at Bali Safari Park on the Indonesian holiday island. Bali Safari Park has been closed to visitors since late March as part of efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus infections.

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Residents in one of New York’s hardest-hit areas line up for food | AFP

Residents in New York’s Corona neighborhood stand in line, waiting to pick up bags of food distributed by a charity eager to help those struggling on all fronts amid the coronavirus pandemic. IMAGES

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Hispanic New Yorkers on how coronavirus crisis has affected them | AFP

Precarious living conditions, difficult access to healthcare: the Hispanic community has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. In New York City, Hispanic people, who represent 29% of the population, account for 34% of the recorded coronavirus deaths. Residents of the Corona neighborhood share their struggles. Blanca Velez, who lost her job at a restaurant, doesn’t know how she’ll afford to pay the $1,400 medical bill following her husband’s hospitalization after he contracted the virus.

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‘Corona’ chorus unites voice around the world

More than 100 people from around the world virtually sing together in the Corona Community Chorus. It seeks to ease anxiety over the coronavirus outbreak through music. (April 4)

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South Africa’s Townships Are Worried About Soldiers, Not Coronavirus

When South African president Cyril Rhamaphosa announced a three week lockdown on 23 March, he acknowledged that his country is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

The virus, he said, is “extremely dangerous for a population like ours, with a large number of people with suppressed immunity because of HIV and TB, and high levels of poverty and malnutrition.” About a quarter of South Africans live in townships – in cramped, unsanitary conditions, rife with health problems.

Since the lockdown began last week, images of police and army brutality have been circulating on social media. That worries Pamela more than catching the virus. “We are not afraid of Corona. We are afraid of the soldiers around us.”

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