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International Affairs Update (Week 1 of February 2020)

A. Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) What is it? Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases A new strain that has not been previously identified in humans Started off in Wuhan, Hubei Province and is now spreading globally with a 2.1% mortality rate How serious is the outbreak? According to WHO, the virus can be transmitted from human to human, and even before an infected individual displays symptom The

International Affairs Update (Week 2 of January 2020)

A. Singapore i) E-Scooters Ban $1 billion to triple cycling path network in Singapore amid the e-scooters ban on footpaths Extending from 440km to 750km in 2025; 1300km in 2030 Since the ban, accidents involving e-scooters have dropped by about 30% Incentives: 6,100 food riders are eligible to apply for the $7 million trade in grants (bicycle, e-bikes, PMAs) ii) Wuhan Pneumonia (UPDATED) A 26-year-old China national with pneumonia who was suspected to have been infected by th

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