Coronaviruses are a family of viruses found in animals, including humans. Different strains cause illnesses of varying severity from the common cold to SARS, which can be deadly.
Coronaviruses were first discovered by scientists in the 1960s. They are extremely adaptable and genetically diverse, meaning they can spread easily between different species. Some can cause serious illnesses that lead to difficulty breathing, pneumonia and even death, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). A "novel" strain of the virus discovered in December 2019 has been named COVID-19. In the meantime, the virus has pushed the world into a public health crisis. DW Coronavirus content is automatically compiled on this page.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took drastic measures as the coronavirus pandemic was spreading, ordering a lockdown with just four hours’ notice. Millions were left stranded but new cases are still rising rapidly.
Digital communication has become even more important in recent months. And so has data safety, because the coronavirus has not really slowed down hacking activities. North Korea has also been accused of numerous hacker attacks. Experts estimate that Kim Jong Un's regime has scammed several billion dollars through cyber attacks. And the hackers are getting more and more professional.
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India has one of the highest numbers of blind and visually impaired people worldwide. Their lifes have become even harder more than three months into the crisis. The pandemic and the subsequent lockdown have come with lots of new challenges, from getting essential supplies to accessing medical treatment, employment, education and much more.
While much of Europe is seeing decreasing numbers of COVID-19 cases, the German development minister has warned that the pandemic has yet to reach its peak in some developing countries. More aid is necessary, he said.