As Pandemic Spreads, The Developing World Looks Like The Next Target

People travel by canoe in a poor neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria. Lockdowns have begun in Africa as coronavirus cases rise. Nigeria on Saturday announced it is closing airports to all incoming international flights for one month. Nigeria, the most populous nation on the continent, has reported just over 100 coronavirus cases, though the actual number is likely much higher. So far, the coronavirus has hit hardest in wealthy countries. But the pandemic now appears poised to explode in many parts of the developing world — which has far fewer resources to combat the virus. The virus initially traveled outward from China to places that had the most interaction with China. These are the richer parts of East Asia — South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore — along with Europe and the United States. All these places had lots of flights, business dealings and tourism with China. Of the 24 countries […]

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