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Covid-19: The refugee who helps vulnerable in Switzerland

A Syrian has set up a volunteer group of refugee friends across the country
This is a challenging time for people around the world as coronavirus continues to spread. But amid all the worrying news, here is an inspiring story of Shadi Shhadeh, a Syrian refugee living in Geneva, Switzerland. He and his wife mobilised their refugee friends across the country to help vulnerable people keep safe from Covid-19. Volunteers from his group, Help From Refugees, go out and get basic supplies for people who need assistance. Shadi Shhadeh explains to Lawrence Pollard where the idea came from.

(Photo: Syrian refugee Shadi Shhadeh with poster offering help to vulnerable people in Switzerland. Credit: Elisabet Diaz Sanmartin/UNHCR)

BreakingGeneva Motor Show cancelled

Geneva International Motor Show 2020
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The Swiss government has announced that it is banning large public gatherings of more than 1,000 people until 15 March.

Palexpo SA, which hosts the Geneva International Motor Show, has sent the following email to all attendees and exhibitors (translated from French):

"As you learned this morning, the Federal Council has decided to ban all public and private demonstrations of more than 1,000 people.

"So we have no choice but to cancel the 90th edition of GIMS 2020 and we are taking all necessary measures to comply with the federal ordinance which entered into force at 10:15 am this morning."

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