COVID-19

News and analyses

COVID-19

News and analyses

News on the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Published:
16 October 2020
Region:
Americas
Topic:
Governance and administration
Human resources management
Information and communication technology
Service quality
Shocks and extreme events

People and technology sustain business and services. As new information and communication technologies were acquired, social security institutions in the Americas woke early to the efficiencies of blending human skills and digital technologies.

Published:
9 October 2020
Office:
BRICS
Topic:
Occupational accidents and diseases
Social policies & programmes
Shocks and extreme events
Digital economy
About the ISSA

The COVID-19 crisis is driving rapid transformation and innovation in the labour market, social security and occupational safety and health. At today’s Sixth BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting, the International Social Security Association (ISSA) emphasised the need to take advantage of

Published:
7 October 2020
Topic:
Social policies & programmes
Shocks and extreme events

Italy was one of the countries most affected by COVID-19 during the first semester 2020. In addition to a generalized lockdown starting on 10 March, wide-reaching social security measures to mitigate the health, social and economic impact of the coronavirus crisis were implemented. Two early decrees

Published:
18 September 2020
Topic:
Shocks and extreme events
About the ISSA

On 10 September 2020, G20 labour and employment ministers met virtually to discuss the impact of, and necessary responses to, the COVID-19 crisis. Social protection was one of four priority areas highlighted in the declaration from the meeting. The ministers emphasized the need to work closely with

Published:
17 July 2020
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Social policies & programmes
Shocks and extreme events

To mitigate the social impact of the COVID-19 crisis, a significant number of countries have introduced temporary cash transfers to population groups in, or at risk of, poverty. These payments have responded to the specific needs of these vulnerable groups who are immediately affected by a reduction

Published:
9 July 2020
Region:
North Africa
Topic:
Governance and administration
Social policies & programmes
Shocks and extreme events

North African countries reacted quite swiftly to the spread of the coronavirus. They declared national states of emergency, imposed widespread lockdowns and closed their borders from the very first cases of infection. Systems for testing and systematically monitoring confirmed cases were also put in

Published:
2 July 2020
Topic:
Migration
Social policies & programmes
Shocks and extreme events

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a heavy toll on migrant workers around the globe, who are particularly vulnerable in terms of social protection coverage, and assistance is required from origin, transit and destination countries. While the specific type of support is linked to various factors, most

Published:
19 June 2020
Topic:
Social policies & programmes
Shocks and extreme events

Malta implemented early measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and flatten the curve. Preparedness, physical isolation and quarantine, alongside a comprehensive programme of testing and contact tracing, allowed Malta to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

In addition to these public health