On 22 April 2020 the first of its kind Global Diaspora Virtual Exchange on Response to COVID-19 took place bringing together diaspora groups and individuals from around the globe. The event page can be found here: https://idiaspora.org/event-calendar/global-diaspora-virtual-exchange-response-covid-19.
As of 17 April, confirmed cases globally surpassed 2 million, with over 135,000 deaths, since the outbreak began. Confirmed cases have been reported in more than 200 countries/territories/areas, with new cases and countries reporting daily. With the rapid increase in the global number of cases, global mobility restrictions have been extended and strengthened.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, as of 10 April, more than 1.4 million cases and over 85,000 deaths have been reported globally. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced most border points to limit crossings to essential travel only, resulting in a near global international mobility deadlock. As of 9 April, almost 46,000 restrictions to mobility have been put into effect by governments and authorities worldwide, a marginal increase from the 45,427 measures that had been issued as of 6 April.
Since the outbreak began, as of 7 April, more than 1.2 million cases and over 67,000 deaths have been reported in more than 200 countries/territories/areas, with new cases and countries reporting daily. As of 6 April 2020, a total of 45,427 restrictions and measures have been issued by governments and authorities in 194 countries, territories and areas since the COVID-19 global mobility restrictions monitoring began.
Since the outbreak began, as of 02 April, more than 900,000 cases and over 45,000 deaths have been reported globally. Confirmed cases have been reported in 205 countries/territories/areas, with new cases and countries reporting daily. The total number of restrictions issued has increased from 43,781 restrictions on 01 April 2020 to 44,397 restrictions on 02 April 2020 with 616 new restrictions issued in one day, making it overall the second lowest daily increase of mobility restrictions since the monitoring began.
Despite the many restrictions on movement, recent trends have included significant returns of migrant workers including internal and cross-border migrants from urban areas towards provincial areas or to home countries in response to public health measures or fears over COVID-19 transmission.
As part of the global HRP launch, the UN's Emergency Coordinator announced a $60 million USD Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocation to UN agencies, including IOM. IOM continues to support ministries, border authorities, partners, and people on the move to enhance preparedness at prioritized points of entry, include screening, awareness-raising, and flow monitoring. IOM is adjusting its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease, ensuring the continuity of operations and accountability to the people it serves.
On 31 December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia of unknown etiology was reported in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China. On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency Committee declared the illness known as COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and on 11 March declared it a pandemic.
Migrants and diaspora communities are recognized for their invaluable role in society due to their rich cultural contributions, diverse voices, and their economic contributions to the countries they live in and come from, including philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and innovations. iDiaspora provides a platform to share your voice, to gain knowledge, and to engage with the global community committed to the importance of diaspora.
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~ Martin Russel, co-founder of the forthcoming DiasporaLab
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