In its battle against the COVID-19 virus outbreak, China has banned the export of surgical masks. That is causing bottlenecks elsewhere — now even Europe faces the prospect of a breakdown in supplies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to global shortages of key protective supplies — and fraudsters looking to profit off the desperate need to procure them. Now Berlin is looking at ways to fill the gaps and combat extortion.
The International Monetary Fund has said it received requests for emergency financing from over 90 countries struggling to cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Follow DW for the latest.
Italy is at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe. China has come to Italy's aid, while some critics say Europe has lacked solidarity in fighting the crisis, to Beijing's advantage.
There are over 1 million confirmed coronavirus infections, according to Johns Hopkins University. Some 3.9 billion people — roughly half of everyone on Earth — are confined to their homes by the coronavirus pandemic.
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