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The World is undergoing serious economic, social and health crisis as the Covid-19 outbreak originating from Wuhan China, has spread to almost all the continents of the World except Antarctica – the Unhabitated Continent.

Hundreds of People died in china, Iran, France, South Korea and Italy. Italy has been severely gripped by a coronavirus. The Covid-19 after bringing catastrophe in Asia reached Europe and Africa.

Though Africa has limited cases as reported but given the alarming and catastrophic situation rising every day. The South Asian countries i.e. Pakistan, India, Bangladesh though ill-prepared to fight against this Pandemic have done a tremendous job in terms of preparations and taking preventive measures to limit the spread of the fatal Covid-19. 

As hundreds of cases are reported positive, fear, economic crisis, education and health effects have played havoc to the countries to fight Covid-19. The World Health Organizations (WHO) has declared it pandemic asking countries to follow the precaution or preventive measures as circulated by WHO and Isolation facilities for those diagnosed positive.

The States have started diverting their funds towards fighting this novel Virus and having set up Emergency Health  Centers and Isolation Centers for quarantining those arriving from worst-affected countries i.e. China, Iran, France, America and Italy. 

Sindh has been the worst affected by this Virus with 413 confirmed cases as most of the cases are imported from Iran via Taftan.

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These include those pilgrims (Zairian) who are returning from Iran after visiting holy places. CM Sindh has so far done a marvelous job by setting up Isolation and Screening Camp at Sukkur to diagnose and keep them at the facility to avert any possibility of contraction to their families.

Punjab Stands 2nd with growing cases of  312 and the number is rising .KP stands 3rd with sudden appearance of 121 cases since these confirmed cases are also imported through Taftan border as the affected patients had recently returned from a pilgrimage from Iran. Baluchistan is on 4th Number with 119 confirmed cases, AJK/GB 82 and Islamabad capital with 20 cases.

 The media is regularly breaking and updating news every moment regarding the novel coronavirus, adding the rise to the concerns regarding the sudden outbreak of the pandemic to more countries. The concerns and feelings of fear run high amid cancellations and postponement of all sporting activities, education, colleges, universities and Wedding or public gatherings.

 Companies such as Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Microsoft and Apple have advised their employees to stay at home and work from their home. They also circulated the WHO guidelines among their employees and avoid gatherings of more than 10 people as announced in the latest guidelines of WHOM.

Countries are strictly following the preventive measures communicated to the people by WHO experts and putting bans on unnecessary travel in the city or out of city or borders.

It is the alarming and panicking situation since No vaccine nor has injection been made to treat those affected with the novel coronavirus. WHO cautions the countries having limited facilities to conduct tests and treat the patients advising states around the world especially the Asia and Europe to take preventive measures until the vaccine to treat this deadly virus could be discovered by Medical scientists and microbiologists? 

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 At the moment Covid-19 has caused more deaths than Ebola outbreak in African countries, especially in Congo. According to reports that as per, the calculations based on the Center of disease control, the scenarios suggested that as many as  2.4 million to 21 million people in the U.S. could require hospitalization, potentially crushing the nation’s medical system, which has only about 925,000 staffed hospital beds as reported by Media.

The number is very low to house the huge number of affected people from covid-19. It may bring a panicking situation in a developed country like the USA. Less than a tenth of those are for people who are critically ill.

 It would be disastrous to deal with the pandemic given the Medical facilities available at the US and the African states.

At the moment, China is the worst hit with 3287 deaths due to novel coronavirus followed by Italy with 7503 deaths, South Korea with 107 deaths, Iran with 2000 deaths.

Luckily, the situation Africa is under control since so far there are a few reported cases but there is no confirmation of the Virus cases yet. 

The African nations have started preparations for fighting this deadly virus, they have one advantage of fighting with the Ebola virus and the lessons learnt from dealing with that epidemic such health and hygiene requirements.

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Though African countries have limited resources and facilities yet they have started following the  WHO Precautionary measures to deal with  Possible outbreak of the deadly virus that has spread all over the world.

Its implications are dreadful and catastrophic for the world at large. The world has been struggling to deal with this pandemic as Schools, colleges, universities, restaurants; religious Places have been shut over the fears of this Pandemic.

People are advised through the media campaigns and instructions circulated by WHO to adopt the precautionary measures to remain safe from this disease. Though the symptoms include fever, cough, close breathing affecting lungs, the precautionary material is being aired on Media to apprise people of this deadly virus that has been spreading at a massive scale.

Unfortunately, the medical scientists and microbiologists have not been able to discover any antidote to control it from the spread and contain it. Even WHO appears to be helpless against this disease rather circulated precautionary measures to remain on the safe side until a vaccine could be made for the treatment of the virus?

The physicians have been advising the common treatment for fever such as Paracetmol ,cough syrup and self-isolation to recover from this pandemic as preventive measure .

Till date, there are 100 reported cases in African Countries with two deaths happened in Morocco and Egypt each.  

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According to statistics of WHO the  Country wise break up of reported cases of Virus  covid-19: Algeria -20,  Burkina Faso-2, Cameron-2, Democratic Republic of Congo -1, Egypt highest number of cases  -59  includes one death, Morocco -3 with one death, Nigeria 2, Senegal 4, South Africa -13, Tunisia -5 and Togo -1. So far, the situation in African countries is normal only Egypt has the maximum number of cases reported.

The African Countries have been well prepared to contain the outbreak that has played havoc around the world specifically in Asian countries i.e. China, Iran and Europe. There are at least 471742 reported cases worldwide and over 21297 deaths owing to this deadly virus  including  3287 deaths in china alone followed by 7503 deaths in Italy and Spain 3647.

The Ebola Experience has enabled the African nations to develop a comprehensive plan to fight this Novel Corona Virus. There are about 100 cases have been reported in 11 African Countries while there were only two deaths.

Most of the cases in Egypt are those passengers who had travelled from abroad and the crew members of the ship coming from the countries which are being worst or moderately affected by the deadly coronavirus. The reported cases are just imported out of Africa as there is not any domestic viral outbreak.

However, apart from the rest of world, African states have done a tremendous job to contain Covid-19 by adopting strict preventive measures by completely banning Travel from the countries which are the worst affected by the  Corona Virus.

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In this connection, Rwanda has not reported any case, yet it has advised the citizens to maintain hygiene in the country. Rwanda has installed hand Washing Taps and sanitizers to defeat the viral outbreak in the country.

Similarly, Kenya has not reported any cases, yet it has established the 120-bed Quarantine centre and two Testing facilities at Nairobi.

Nigeria has also made mandatory to use hand sanitizers while visiting banks, restaurants, Office and supermarkets to limit the spread of deadly Novel Corona Virus.  

Even several health workers have been deployed by the Government of Nigeria at the international Airports to screen the passengers to avert any possibility of a contracting virus.

According to News reports that the Experience of Nigeria’s dealing with the Ebola Virus has enabled the African Nations to adopt the preventive measures to limit the contraction of Novel Coronavirus in the country. 

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 All the Airline companies have suspended their flights over the fears of Covid-19 that include Rwanda Air, Kenyan Airlines, and Royal Air Morocco.

The lessons learnt from the Ebola virus have strengthened the preparation of African Nations to fight Novel coronavirus effectively since they have focused on maintaining hygiene in light of their dealing with the Ebola outbreak.

 They have learnt that hand washing is the first line of defence against any viruses. The case studies of Ebola have furthered their defence.

On the other hand, China has been able to overcome the outbreak by bringing the number to single digits. WHO has also recommended learning from China how it faces this pandemic.

Chinese Experience should be utilized to help control the pandemic in Italy as it has been worst hit by Covid-19 where the death toll crossed 7503 People and Iran 2000 people.

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Even WHO should take experts from African countries, China and Europe to develop a strategy to fight this pandemic.  The pandemic has been contracted in India with confirmed cases of 665, Pakistan with confirmed cases of 1067 as per the latest information available. The numbers are constantly growing increasing concerns of people regarding the preparedness of various nations against this Pandemic.

Though, the cases reported and confirmed in South Asia are mainly those who travelled to Iran, Syria, and China. There is so far no confirmed case of domestic nature though 8 death cases have reported  in Pakistan ,13 deaths in India ,5 deaths in Bangladesh.  

Luckily, after a long time, SAARC Leadership held the online Video conference to exchange level of readiness against this Novel Corona Virus. The Video Conference was held on the request of Indian PM Narendra Modi. Dr Zafar Mirza proposed a regional Mechanism to fight covid-19 and even demanded to lift Curfew in IOK over the concerns of Novel Corona Virus.

Finally, it is essential to follow WHO prescriptions to remain secure until the vaccine could be developed for this deadly virus. Medical experts claim that the vaccine may take 18 Months to be available to fight this Pandemic.

WHO has cautioned the developing countries around the world to take preventive measure to prevent people from falling prey this pandemic especially those who have limited resources and ill-prepared to fight this Deadly Covid-19 effectively.

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The Circumstances in Sindh are very alarming, Government of Pakistan must take strong measures of screening at Taftan border with the composition of experts from Health Ministry both Public and Private Sector to fight this Pandemic and contain it from spreading rapidly.

Lockdowns have been announced throughout Pakistan as per WHO Guidelines  for Social Isolation to limit the covid-19 outbreak in the country . The Situation is under control but violation of  Lockdown have been reported as people are nonserious despite  Sindh CM’s strict directions  regarding Preventive measures .

PM has  also announced  a Hefty Relief Package to tackle the  issue of Economic Slowdown owing to covid-19 and providing relief to People engaged on daily wages whose livelihood has been on risk .

 On the other hand  , hantavirus  has started ringing alarm bells  as  one death has been reported in china . Hantavirus is caused by mice waste and  have similar symptoms as we have been told about  Covid-19 but luckily , it does not spread like covid-19 . 

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Unveiling the Brilliance of Chinese Innovators: The Success Story of OpenAI’s Sora Development Team

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Introduction:
In the realm of artificial intelligence, the spotlight often shines on groundbreaking innovations that push the boundaries of what technology can achieve. Recently, the Chinese developers behind OpenAI’s text-to-video generator, Sora, have captured attention both internationally and at home. This article delves into the journey of Jing Li and Ricky Wang Yu, two key members of the Sora development team, as they receive well-deserved acclaim for their contributions to advancing AI applications.

The Rise of Sora:
OpenAI’s Sora has emerged as a game-changer in the field of AI, bridging the gap between text and video generation with unprecedented accuracy and efficiency. The technology behind Sora represents a significant leap forward in how machines interpret and translate textual information into visual content.

Meet the Masterminds: Jing Li and Ricky Wang Yu:
Jing Li and Ricky Wang Yu stand out as pivotal figures in the success story of Sora. Their expertise, dedication, and innovative thinking have played a crucial role in shaping the capabilities of this revolutionary text-to-video generator. Let’s explore their backgrounds, contributions, and the impact they have had on the development of Sora.

China’s Embrace of Innovation:
The recognition bestowed upon Jing Li and Ricky Wang Yu within China reflects the nation’s fervor for technological advancement. As a global powerhouse in AI research and development, China continues to foster an environment where innovation thrives, propelling projects like Sora to new heights of success.

The Significance of Sora in AI Evolution:
Sora’s emergence as a cutting-edge text-to-video generator marks a significant milestone in the evolution of AI applications. By seamlessly translating textual input into visually compelling output, Sora opens up a world of possibilities for industries ranging from entertainment to education.

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Challenges and Triumphs:
Behind every groundbreaking innovation lies challenges that must be overcome through perseverance and ingenuity. Jing Li, Ricky Wang Yu, and their fellow team members at OpenAI have navigated obstacles with determination, turning setbacks into opportunities for growth and learning.

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Future Prospects for Sora and Beyond:
As Sora continues to garner acclaim on the international stage, its creators look towards the future with optimism and ambition. The success of this project serves as a testament to what can be achieved through collaboration, innovation, and a relentless pursuit of excellence in AI research.

Conclusion:
In conclusion, the story of Jing Li and Ricky Wang Yu exemplifies the spirit of innovation that drives progress in the field of artificial intelligence. Their contributions to OpenAI’s Sora project underscore the transformative power of technology to shape our world in ways we never thought possible. As we celebrate their achievements, we are reminded that the future holds endless possibilities for those who dare to dream big and push the boundaries of what is deemed achievable in AI development.

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China’s Global Trade Ambitions Unveiled: Navigating the Belt and Road, Digital Silk Road, and RCEP

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Introduction:
In recent years, China has embarked on an ambitious journey to reshape global trade dynamics and cement its position as a dominant economic power. Through strategic initiatives like the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Digital Silk Road (DSR), and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), China aims to create a new paradigm of international trade and cooperation. This article delves into these three pivotal strategies, analyzing their implications for global trade, geopolitical relations, and the future of economic integration.

I. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Reimagining the Ancient Silk Road

  • Overview and Objectives: Introduction to BRI’s inception in 2013, its goals of improving regional connectivity, and fostering economic development across Asia, Africa, and Europe.
  • Infrastructure Development: Analysis of major infrastructure projects, including railways, highways, and ports, and their impact on trade and economic growth in participating countries.
  • Financial Implications: Discussion on the financing of BRI projects, the role of Chinese banks, and the debt implications for participating nations.
  • Geopolitical and Economic Influence: Examination of how BRI extends China’s geopolitical influence and reshapes trade routes and economic dependencies.

II. The Digital Silk Road (DSR): Pioneering the Future of Digital Trade

  • Concept and Scope: Introduction to the DSR as an extension of the BRI focusing on digital infrastructure, including 5G networks, fiber optic cables, and e-commerce platforms.
  • Technological Impact: Analysis of how DSR projects facilitate digital connectivity, enhance digital commerce, and promote Chinese technological standards globally.
  • Cybersecurity and Data Sovereignty: Discussion on concerns related to cybersecurity, data governance, and the implications for global data flows and internet governance.
  • Strategic Partnerships: Examination of key partnerships and collaborations under the DSR, highlighting China’s role in shaping the digital landscape of developing countries.
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III. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): A New Era of Asian Economic Integration

  • Formation and Members: Overview of RCEP as the world’s largest free trade agreement, its member countries, and the negotiation process.
  • Trade Liberalization: Analysis of the agreement’s provisions on tariff reductions, non-tariff barriers, and the expected boost in intra-regional trade.
  • Economic Implications: Discussion on how RCEP strengthens China’s economic ties with Asia-Pacific nations and its impact on global supply chains and trade dynamics.
  • Challenges and Opportunities: Examination of the challenges facing RCEP implementation, including disparities among member economies, and the opportunities for economic integration and growth.

IV. Synthesis: China’s Multifaceted Approach to Reshaping Global Trade

  • Comparative Analysis: A comparative analysis of how BRI, DSR, and RCEP complement each other in achieving China’s trade and economic objectives.
  • Global Implications: Discussion on the broader implications of China’s trade strategies for global trade architecture, international relations, and the balance of power.
  • Opportunities and Challenges for the Global Community: Exploration of how countries can navigate the opportunities and challenges presented by China’s trade initiatives to foster cooperation, development, and mutual benefit.

Conclusion:
China’s strategic endeavours through the BRI, DSR, and RCEP represent a bold vision to reshape world trade on its own terms. While these initiatives offer significant opportunities for economic growth and connectivity, they also pose challenges and raise questions about the future of global trade dynamics. As the world navigates this evolving landscape, understanding China’s ambitions and strategies becomes crucial for policymakers, businesses, and analysts alike.

Final Thoughts:
This article has provided a comprehensive analysis of China’s plan to reshape world trade through its ambitious initiatives. As these projects continue to unfold, their impact on global trade, economic integration, and geopolitical relations will undoubtedly be profound and far-reaching. Engaging with these developments in a thoughtful and strategic manner will be essential for any stakeholder in the global economy.


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Unveiling China’s Diplomatic Strategy: How Funding Fuels Influence in the Global South

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In the realm of international relations, China’s approach to diplomacy has been a subject of intrigue and analysis. With a keen focus on the Global South, Beijing’s strategic manoeuvring in merging funding with diplomacy has reshaped traditional power dynamics. This article delves into how China leverages financial resources to bolster its influence in regions like Latin America and Africa, shedding light on the implications of this approach.

1: The Evolution of China’s Diplomatic Strategy
China’s diplomatic strategy has undergone a significant evolution over the years, transitioning from a policy of non-interference to proactive engagement with developing nations. By intertwining funding initiatives with diplomatic efforts, Beijing has effectively positioned itself as a key player in shaping global discourse.

1.1: The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
At the forefront of China’s diplomatic endeavors is the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive infrastructure development project spanning multiple continents. Through the BRI, China extends financial support to countries in need of infrastructure development, fostering closer ties and enhancing its geopolitical influence.

1.2: South-South Cooperation
China’s engagement with the Global South is characterized by a commitment to South-South cooperation, emphasizing mutual benefit and shared development goals. By offering funding assistance without imposing political conditions, Beijing has cultivated strong partnerships with countries in Latin America and Africa.

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2: Beijing’s Engagement with Latin America
Latin America has emerged as a key battleground for China’s diplomatic ambitions, with Beijing actively seeking to deepen economic and political ties with countries in the region. Through strategic investments and funding initiatives, China aims to solidify its position as a leading partner for Latin American nations.

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2.1: Economic Investments
China’s economic investments in Latin America have surged in recent years, encompassing sectors such as infrastructure, energy, and technology. By providing funding for critical projects, Beijing not only stimulates economic growth in the region but also strengthens its influence over key decision-making processes.

2.2: Political Alliances
In addition to economic investments, China has forged strategic political alliances with countries in Latin America, leveraging its financial resources to garner support on international issues. By aligning interests and offering funding assistance, Beijing cements its position as a trusted partner for regional governments.

3: China’s Engagement with Africa
Africa represents another focal point of China’s diplomatic outreach, with Beijing actively engaging with African nations through a combination of funding initiatives and strategic partnerships. By investing in key sectors and promoting cooperation, China seeks to enhance its presence on the African continent.

3.1: Infrastructure Development
China’s investments in infrastructure development across Africa have been instrumental in driving economic growth and connectivity within the region. Through initiatives like the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Beijing channels funding towards critical projects that benefit both Chinese interests and African development goals.

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3.2: Resource Diplomacy
Resource diplomacy plays a crucial role in China’s engagement with Africa, as Beijing seeks to secure access to vital resources through strategic partnerships with African nations. By offering funding for resource extraction projects and infrastructure development, China strengthens its foothold in key sectors like mining and energy.

Conclusion:
China’s fusion of funding and diplomacy represents a nuanced approach to global engagement, one that prioritizes economic cooperation and mutual benefit. By strategically leveraging financial resources to build relationships with countries in the Global South, Beijing is positioning itself as a formidable player on the world stage. As we witness the unfolding dynamics of international relations, it becomes evident that China’s push to lead the Global South is not merely about funding projects but about shaping a new era of diplomatic influence.

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