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PRI’s The World crosses borders and time zones to bring stories home that matter.  It’s about the things that connect us around the globe. We’re heard on over 300 stations across North America. Hosted by Marco Werman, The World is a co-production of WGBH/Boston, Public Radio International, and the BBC World Service.

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People all around the world are staying indoors and “social distancing” to protect themselves from the disease caused by novel coronavirus, COVID-19. But in South Korea, one group of people are on the road more than ever: delivery workers. 

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More than 1 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed across the globe, with 54,000 deaths and almost 220,000 recoveries. Australia’s chief medical officer warns that cases could be "five to 10 times higher" than reported.

Editor's note: After our interview aired on The World, we learned that the Navy fired the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt on Thursday, according to news reports. 

Sailors are especially vulnerable in the coronavirus outbreak. They live in cramped quarters on what some have called large, floating petri dishes. 

The novel coronavirus pandemic has prompted a global race for treatments and vaccines. 

But, when a treatment does become available, who gets access to it? 

As the coronavirus continues to spread, African countries are taking strict measures to stop it. So far, the strategy has been one of containment.

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For more than a dozen years, the US has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Somalia. The target: the militant group al-Shabab.

US forces have been fighting a decade-long struggle against the al Qaeda-linked militant group. The insurgency wants to overthrow Somalia's shaky, internationally backed government so it can rule using its own strict interpretation of Islamic law.

The US Africa Command, or AFRICOM, says airstrikes are a key weapon against al Shabaab, but Amnesty International says they also mistakenly target civilians.

Having fended off the first surge of COVID-19 cases, Asian health officials are now looking over at a virus-ravaged US and asking: Shouldn’t more Americans wear surgical masks?

China’s top virologist, George Gao, is one of them. Educated at both Harvard and Oxford universities, and now heading the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, he was recently asked to lend advice to other nations.

Is coronavirus reshuffling the global power deck?

Apr 1, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has set in motion a reshuffling of global powers.

Experts say international cooperation is critical to combat COVID-19. But as more and more countries close their borders, global leadership is also retreating behind national walls. 

Marco Werman: 'We are all connected'

Mar 31, 2020

From our very beginning, the driving spirit of The World has been to report on global news in ways that reflect a core belief in our newsroom: We all on planet Earth are connected. 

Our coverage helps to discover people, places and events that help you find your place in the world, and bring you moments of joy.

The coverage can also be frightening. 

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Messages from the World Health Organization have become a soundtrack of the new coronavirus pandemic. WHO’s director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, leads near-daily updates, where he stresses guidelines and recommendations for the global response. 

But what exactly is the role of the WHO, especially in times of crisis?

Health care workers ‘feel powerless’ in choosing who to treat for COVID-19

Mar 30, 2020

It's going to get worse before it gets better. That is the message from Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House's coronavirus task force, who gave her predictions on Monday of what could happen in the coming months. 

"If we do things together, well, almost perfectly, we could get in the range of 100,000 to 200,000 fatalities," she said on NBC's "Today" show.  

That's a best-case scenario if the US does things right.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres pleaded with warring parties across the world last week.

The coronavirus, he said, illustrates the folly of war.

“I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world,” he said. “It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.”

Can COVID-19 be contained in war-torn Syria?

Mar 27, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus is scary everywhere. But in Syria, which has faced war for more than nine years, humanitarian aid and health care is already stretched razor-thin.

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Syria on Wednesday implemented a nationwide curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. as lockdown measures to counter the spread of coronavirus were extended, according to residents and state media.

How people around the world are filling their pantries

Mar 27, 2020

About a third of the world is on some sort of lockdown as governments scramble to reign in the spread of the novel coronavirus — and the list keeps growing. In many places, only essential businesses such as pharmacies and grocery stores are allowed to stay open.