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In Europe’s biggest refugee camp, Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos, social distancing is simply not possible. There’s no place to frequently wash your hands, and no access to testing or medical facilities short of life-threatening conditions. Aid groups are warning that the coronavirus could pose a catastrophic threat to the tens of thousands of people housed in Greece’s overcrowded camps, and by extension, to everyone who lives in the country. The Greek government has imposed a police-enforced daytime curfew within the camps, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and closed some camps entirely. New arrivals to the camps, who have not been subject to health checks in the past, are also now being tested for fever. However, dozens of aid groups are warning that the coronavirus will be disastrous for refugees and are calling for the most vulnerable in Greece’s camps to be evacuated. The same concerns hold true for camps in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Kenya and other locations where refugees are being contained in close quarters. Click our link in bio for the full story. (📸: Manolis Lagoutaris / Getty Images) . . #greece #lesbos #moria #refugee #refugeecamps #outbreak #pandemic #quarantine

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Hundreds of thousands of women known as ASHAs — an acronym for Accredited Social Health Activists, which also spells the Hindi word for “hope” — have been deployed as India’s first line of defense to track down “imported cases” of the coronavirus. These are Indian travelers who might be bringing the virus home from China, Europe or the Gulf countries, where a large section of Indians work as migrant labour. BuzzFeed News spoke to ASHAs in four different states — Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh — who said they had not even been given masks or hand sanitizer while conducting house calls to potential coronavirus carriers. Several spent their own money to buy masks and sanitizers, others were making them at home. Even before the pandemic, ASHAs across the country have gone on strike for being severely underpaid (approximately $80 per month), having no worker rights (they are considered “honorary volunteers” instead of government employees), and frequently finding themselves on the frontlines of both disease and violence. Click our link in bio for the full story. (📸: Nishita Jha/Dibyangshu Sarkar / Getty Images) . . . #newdelhi #india #pandemic #healthcare #healthcareworkers #outbreak #quarantine

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Around the world, nations are enacting unprecedented sanitation measures to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. (📷: Getty Images) 1. Yangon, Myanmar & Niterói, Brazil 2. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 3. Bangkok 4. Sendai, Japan & Mexico City 5. Lviv, Ukraine 6. Pisa, Italy 7. Damascus, Syria & Long Island, New York 8. Istanbul, Turkey 9. Washington, DC 10. Suresnes, France & Rome, Italy . . #sanitationmeasures #deepcleaning #globalpandemic #pandemic2020 #healthcrisis

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The UK prime minister announced he was self-isolating after developing mild symptoms of COVID-19, but would continue to lead Britain's response to the outbreak. "We will get through it, and the way we're going to get through it is by applying the measures we've heard so much about," Johnson said in a video statement. Read more about this story through the link in our bio. And follow @world for more stories from around the world. (📸: Peter Summers / Getty Images)

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Britain broke into a nationwide round of applause for National Health Service staff and care workers on Thursday night, after a viral campaign urged people to #clapforourcarers. The gesture of support went viral after Annemarie Plas, a yoga teacher from south London, posted a message on Instagram and WhatsApp. The applause rang out — from the south coast to Manchester, Glasgow, London, and basically everywhere in between. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton's children. "It made me feel really warm inside that I wasn't the only one that felt like that,” Plas told Sky News after her post went viral. "It's such a simple message and we take so many things for granted, and now all these freedoms and options are taken away from us, we start to realise [what we have]. It's a good time to show how thankful we are.” ❤️ (📷: @sianelvin/ Andy Buchanan/ AFP via Getty Images) . . #thankyounhs #nhsheroes #nhsworkers #supportthenhs #protectthenhs #savethenhs #helpthenhs #supportournhs #stayhomesavelives

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COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has stopped the world in its tracks. Over 1 billion people around the world have been ordered to stay at home to stop the spread of the virus. Schools are closed, people are out of work, and stocks are spiraling downward. In this footage, @derekkgardner shows you its impact on some of the most populous and trafficked areas of the world — they’re nearly empty. . . #socialdistancing #quarantine #lockdown #selfisolation #louvre #newyorkcity #tajmahal

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Federal indictments allege that Maduro and 14 other high-ranking Venezuelan officials engaged in narcoterrorism, drug trafficking, corruption, and other crimes in an attempt to “undermine the health and wellbeing of [the United States.]” The indictments allege that Maduro and his officials led and managed a drug-trafficking organization called the “Cartel of the Suns”, which the US Justice Department says sought to "flood the United States with cocaine and inflict the drug’s harmful and addictive effects on users in the United States.” The indictments are the highest escalation of US efforts to topple Maduro’s socialist government, a month after President Trump called him “an illegitimate ruler” and a “tyrant” whose “grip on tyranny will be smashed and broken." To read the full indictments, tap the link in our bio. (📷: Matias Delacroix / AP/ Eric Baradat/Getty Images) . . . #nicolasmaduro #venezuela #usjusticedepartment #donaldtrump #drugtraffiking #drugcartel #cartelofthesuns #billbarr

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Floyd Cardoz, a celebrated Indian American chef in New York City who had a huge impact on the international culinary world, died Wednesday after testing positive for the coronavirus a week ago. Cardoz, 59, was being treated at a New Jersey hospital after he tested positive for the virus on March 18, a spokesperson for Hunger Inc. Hospitality, where he was a partner, told BuzzFeed News. He is survived by his mother, Beryl, his wife, Barkha, and their sons, Justin and Peter. Cardoz, a four-time James Beard Award nominee and a winner of Top Chef Masters, helmed the iconic Tabla restaurant in New York City before it shut in 2010, and was a partner at two restaurants in Mumbai. The renowned chef is being grieved by the culinary community around the world. "He was beyond talented as a cook. He was a super-taster, big-hearted, stubborn as the day is long, and the most loyal friend, husband, and dad you could imagine," his business partner Danny Meyers said. "My heart is just broken." Click our link in bio for the full story. (📸: Courtesy Hunger Inc. Hospitality.) . . . #floydcardoz #india #mumbai #newyorkcity #topchefmasters #topchef #stayhome #stayhomesavelives

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The Prince of Wales, 71, is in good health despite showing mild symptoms, a statement from the royal family said. Charles, the heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are self-isolating at home in Scotland. The duchess was also tested but does not have COVID-19. Click our link in bio for more. (📸: Eamonn M. Mccormack / Getty) . . #covıd19 #princecharles #unitedkingdom #buckinghampalace #quarantine

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During the three-week period, no citizen will be allowed to leave their home to socialize or work, except those working in healthcare, law enforcement, media, and other essential services. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced a nearly $2 billion package to strengthen the country’s healthcare infrastructure. The money will be spent on protection equipment for healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients, as well as intensive care unit beds, ventilators, and other things. (📸: Narinder Nanu/ Getty Images) . . . #indialockdown #indiacoronaviruslockdown #india #socialdistancing #quarantine

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People in the UK will only be allowed to leave their homes for one of four reasons: in order to shop for basic necessities, to take one form of exercise a day, for any medical need such as providing care for a vulnerable person, or to travel to and from work if they have an essential job. "If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them," the prime minister warned in a televised statement. Read more details through the link in our bio. (🎥: @buzzfeednews) . . #socialdistancing #ukcoronaviruslockdown #uklockdown #socialdistancingsaveslives #uk #unitedkingdom #borisjohnson #quarantine

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Having a terrace, waking up at a certain time, and exercise — we asked around how some are coping with social distancing. . . #socialdistancing #coronaviruspandemic #socialdistancingsaveslives #italy #selfdistancing #socialdistance #selfquarantine #selfisolation

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