While the COVID-19 virus is the top of most new stories for today and the foresseable future, other stories are being reported on. Here are some of those stories today, summarized:
- Hauwei 5G deployment in Europe will be delayed due to the COVID-19 virus. How long will this delay last and how extensive will largely depend on two factors- viral threat and political climate. So while Hauwei might wait a few months for the virus to peak, political backlash to how Beijing handles the virus globally may curtail the demand. In the meantime, deployment will likely focus on rural areas were broadband is not sufficient to connect people. Issues like bandwidth and connectivity also pose a risk as more people are under self quarantine and lockdown.
- Taiwan, or the Republic of China (ROC), has been sharing their experiences with COVID-19 and how th Taiwanese have dealt with the virus. But according to authorities in Taiwan, the World Health Organization (WHO) has not been sharing the information, which has either been classified as cases in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and conflates conditions in Taiwan and Mainland China. This is based on political pressure by the PRC on international bodies like the WHO to recognize the One-China policy in which Taiwan is considered a providence of China rather than a separate country. The ROC and PRC have been using very different methods from the start of the outbreak and the results of the ROC’s work could be used to help inform better strategies to fighting the COVID-19 virus.
- Illegal logging of national forests in Sierra Leone have declined significantly due to COVID-19’s impact on demand for rosewood timber. The impact of the virus in this instance is to scare off illegal logging as the demand in Asia crashes and the effort of trying to sell the wood becomes more of a hassle. Logging rosewood for export has been illegal in Sierra Leone since 2018, though people can still use it for domestic industries.
- Serbia, Hungary, and other nations are implementing strict measures to fight COVID-19 but some of those measures are potentially being used to fight democracy instead.
So for today you have an update on some of what is going on with COVID-19.