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SUNS # 9114 Wednesday 6 May 2020

Trade : US threatens China over Phase 1 deal amid COVID-19 crisis (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has threatened China with "consequences" if, despite the worst economic damage being caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on health and other fronts, it fails to implement the commitments it had agreed in the US-China Phase One trade agreement.

COVID-19 : South needs immediate financial support to control pandemic (PRIV)
(Chandrakant Patel, Geneva)
An immediate programme of financial support, including an immediate moratorium on debt-repayment by poorer developing countries, financial support from multilateral financial institutions, including issuance of new Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) by the IMF, needs to be launched to arrest and eradicate the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Argentina : Responds boldly to coronavirus crisis (PRIV)
(IPS, Sydney/Kuala Lumpur)
Sydney/Kuala Lumpur, 5 May (IPS/Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram*) -- Like much of the West, Argentina did not take many early precautionary actions after the Covid-19 epidemic was confirmed in January, but became the first Latin American country to act decisively with a 12 March public health emergency declaration.

Opinion : Global impact of new coronavirus and population issues (PRIV)
(IPS, Tokyo)
The new coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to wreak havoc across the world, as the number of infections and deaths rapidly rise. It has the potential to infect anybody regardless of age or gender.

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