Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 28 March 2020

Weekly Saturday Newsletter

The Best of 'The National'

Welcome to the 'Best of The National', your guide to some of our most compelling and important content from the past seven days.

Coronavirus: It was a week of big numbers and sadly some are only getting bigger.

One number was US$5 trillion. The amount was pledged on Thursday by the G20 group of the world’s wealthiest nations to protect lives and support the vulnerable countries.

A day early, the US Senate approved a historic $2tn stimulus, as an extra 3.3 million Americans enrolled for unemployment assistance.

Closer to home, India placed its 1.3 billion-strong population under lockdown, meaning one fifth of the world was living with restrictions to control the spread to the disease.

Globally, the case number reached the psychologically important 500,000 people. And, at the time of writing, around 25,000 have died. By the time you read this, both numbers will be greater. Follow our blog to keep up to date with the latest news.

Nations are taking important steps, including border closures and lockdowns. In the UAE, all air traffic was suspended for two weeks. And the country is undergoing three days of disinfection after urging everyone to stay at home.

In other news, the Australian far-right terrorist accused of killing 51 worshippers at mosques in New Zeland last year changed his plea to guilt on Thursday. Culture editor Ashleigh Stewart spoke to familes affected by the tragedy for their reaction.

And if you want something to take your mind of all the doom and gloom, then forget the supermarket and grow your own veggies. Sarah Maisey is on hand to show you how.

In Sightline, Tim Marshall delves into the reasons behind why Europe has become the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, and asks if European leaders are doing enough to stop the pandemic.

Aid organisations and public health bodies are flocking to video platform TikTok to educate young people about coronavirus and combat misinformation.

Clapping for our healthcare heroes. People took to their balconies in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on two consecutive nights to show their appreciation to the people in the front line of keeping us all safe from the virus.

In Beyond the Headines this week we looked at how Iran became the focus of the coronavirus crisis in the Middle East.

In our series about inspiring Arab women, Seera, Rima Assi, one of the first two women senior partners in the Middle East at McKinsey and Co, talked about breaking the glass ceiling.

Our personal finance podcast, Pocketful of Dirhams, explored how to handle rents, mortgages and buying property during the pandemic.

And get the latest news each weekday morning with The National's Daily Update.

Our columnists were focused heavily on the global response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Kareem Shaheen asked if collectively we do not look after the world's refugees as this dire time, who will?

Emma Sky said the UK has been deeply divided. In her letter from London, she asked if this crisis is enough to heal these wounds.

And Con Coughlin, on the day of the G20's historic united, multi-trillion dollar action against coronavirus, says combating Covid-19 requires nothing short of the group's collective might.

Enjoy, stay safe and #stayhome.

Nic Ridley

Night editor

Updated: March 27, 2020 06:28 PM