From complete lockdowns of cities to building new hospitals, rich countries appear to be better suited in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
But COVID-19 is straining the healthcare systems of some developing countries. This raises fears that nations whose hospitals are closed or ill-equipped may not be able to cope.
Conflict zones are of particular concern. Libya‘s UN-recognised government in Tripoli has declared a state of emergency. It has ordered the closure of its land, air and sea crossings, as well as schools for three weeks.
So, can developing nations and those in conflict zones handle a global pandemic?
Presenter: Dareen Abughaida
Dr Ihsan Eidi – Cardiologist at a hospital in Syria’s northern province of Idlib
Joelle Bassoul – Middle East and Eastern Europe media manager for Save the Children
Claudia Gazzini – Senior Libya analyst at the International Crisis Group and former policy adviser to the UN Libya Envoy, Ghassan Salame