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KUWAIT CITY -- The Arab Media Forum will hold on Tuesday a virtual seminar in Kuwait to discuss the impact of novel coronavirus and its challenges, Madhi Al-Khamis, general secretary of the forum, said Monday.

Holding such a seminar at this time comes from the forum's responsibility towards society to highlight the most important issues of the spread of the coronavirus at the Arab media and political level, he said.

"While people are trying to understand the nature of this virus and how and when it will disappear, we will go further by trying to create a vision of what the world will look like politically after the current crisis," the official added.

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MADRID -- Spaniards dedicated the last round of a nationwide applause to health workers in Spain on Sunday evening, praising their efforts to save lives during the COVID-19 epidemic as infections drop in the country.

"We want a dignified end and not to let the applause die bit by bit. This Sunday at 8 p.m., we are going to give the best and the longest homage from out balconies to all of the people who work in the health sector and the other sectors who have given their work and efforts to protect us and beat this pandemic," said journalist Carme Chaparro on social media.

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NUR-SULTAN -- The Chinese leadership has taken efficient, science-based and transparent measures to ensure the country's great success in bringing the COVID-19 epidemic under control, Serik Korzhumbayev, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Delovoy Kazakhstan, has told Xinhua in a recent interview.

China has openly and timely informed the world of an infectious disease outbreak in central Hubei Province and taken large-scale prevention and control measures, Korzhumbayev said. "We, as journalists, are closely monitoring the situation in China. And we see how the Chinese leadership quickly and effectively coping with the epidemic, demonstrating their capability in economic and social governance."

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DUBLIN -- Politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic is not allowed, said Irish Health Minister Simon Harris here on Monday.

Harris made this remark in a statement issued before attending the annual session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) held on Monday.

"Today's meeting will be an important opportunity for the WHO and its Member States to collectively address the single most pressing global health issue in a moment of crisis," he said, adding that the meeting is also an opportunity for Ireland to show its support for the World Health Organization (WHO).

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GENEVA -- United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest challenge of our age and it must be a wake-up call for all nations.

Delivering a speech through a video link to the 73rd World Health Assembly, the UN chief said that the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated our global fragility, and despite the enormous scientific and technological advances of recent decades, "a microscopic virus has brought us to our knees."

"Deadly global threats require a new unity and solidarity," he stressed. Enditem

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