'Pandemic potential': how to counter coronavirus outbreak?


Just as the coronavirus outbreak appears to be stabilizing in China, each day's news cycle brings stories of new nations and new types of patients impacted. Islam's holiest site Mecca shut to pilgrims, Japan, which has ordered all schools closed until the end of spring vacation in early April, is now wondering whether it can stage next summer's Tokyo Olympics. Here in France, health authorities are scrambling to figure out how victims who had no contact with the most infected areas came down with Covid-19.


Two months after the detection of the first cases, is it still too early to draw conclusions? How solid is the science? Just how much is the world coming together?

As worries grow, the French president happens to be in Naples for a long-scheduled summit. With the north of Italy reeling from this continent's worst outbreak, what precautions? What help for a nation whose industrial heartland and tourist trade could be crippled? How much of a test for Europe?

And for the world? At a time when go-it-alone nationalism is on the rise, can humanity come together with coordinated, credible crisis management and effective collaboration to face what may or may not already be an out-of-control pandemic?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Ariana Mozafari

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