COVID-19

News and analyses

COVID-19

News and analyses

News on the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Published:
13 April 2021
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Health
COVID-19

Health systems across the world are under severe pressure to contain and mitigate the infection rate of COVID-19. The pandemic is revealing serious vulnerabilities and gaps in the health systems of many countries. These are impacting the capacities to control the pandemic, stabilize health

Published:
6 April 2021
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Unemployment
Social assistance
COVID-19
Guideline:
Promotion of Sustainable Employment

The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted world economies and social security systems for over a year now. This article focuses on measures taken to secure the livelihoods of those whose employment relationship was cut.

Published:
26 March 2021
Type:
Analysis
Region:
Americas
Topic:
Occupational accidents and diseases
COVID-19
Guideline:
Return to Work and Reintegration
Prevention of Occupational Risks
Workplace Health Promotion

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the importance of safety, health and well-being, and the role that social security institutions play to support their beneficiaries in navigating through the pandemic. By promoting a prevention culture, governments, workers, employers and social security

Published:
26 February 2021
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Sickness cash benefits
Family benefits
Unemployment
COVID-19

The closure of childcare centres and schools resulting from the COVID-19 lockdown measures has imposed a heavy strain on families, both on the children and their parents, and especially the mothers. The pandemic exposed yet again the preponderance of women in childcare and housework, raising once

Published:
19 February 2021
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Governance and administration
Social policies & programmes
COVID-19

Social protection systems have been one of the most effective instruments to mitigate the social, economic and health impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Governments worldwide moved swiftly to extend and adapt existing schemes and create new benefits to protect employment, prevent poverty and facilitate

Published:
15 February 2021
Type:
Analysis
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Contribution collection and compliance
COVID-19

As part of the wider economic stimulus packages to respond to the second wave of COVID-19, governments continue to temporarily defer the collection of social security contributions (SSC), or to exempt from or reduce the contribution payments of some population groups. To date, 68 countries have

Published:
29 January 2021
Type:
News
Region:
Central Africa
East Africa
Topic:
Occupational accidents and diseases
Safety and health at work
COVID-19
Guideline:
Prevention of Occupational Risks

The World Congress Digital Meeting on 5-6 October 2020, was an opportunity to reflect on occupational safety and health in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thought leaders from around the world discussed emerging innovations in addressing COVID-19 in the workplace, how the future of work is being

Published:
22 January 2021
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Human resource management
Innovation capacity
Information and communication technology
Technological transition
COVID-19

At the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the immediate response of governments has been massive in both scale and coverage, to cushion the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic. A raft of emergency measures were urgently implemented including ad hoc income transfers and unemployment

Published:
21 January 2021
Type:
News
Topic:
Health
Return to work
COVID-19

The International Social Security Association (ISSA) is stepping up its work on rehabilitation, and is taking into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rehabilitation needs and capacities. The recently established ISSA Special Working Group on Rehabilitation has ambitious plans for the

Published:
18 December 2020
Type:
News
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Migration
Bilateral agreements
COVID-19
Guideline:
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension

As we mark International Migrants Day on 18 December, we put attention on how the COVID-19 pandemic has put a heavy toll on migrant workers around the globe. A recent report by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) outlined how

Published:
2 December 2020
Type:
Analysis
Region:
Americas
Topic:
Pensions
Unemployment
Difficult-to-cover groups
Social assistance
COVID-19

Across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing gaps in social security coverage. The crisis' impact is particularly severe in low- and middle-income countries where many workers, especially those in the informal sector, have no access to any form of social protection. The crisis prompted

Published:
27 November 2020
Type:
Analysis
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Unemployment
Employment policies
COVID-19

In Europe, the second wave of the coronavirus has since September prompted the re-introduction of social distancing measures, restrictions to economic activity, telework, curfews and lockdowns. Without certainty on the duration of the health crisis and its knock-on effects on the economy

Published:
18 November 2020
Type:
Analysis
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Difficult-to-cover groups
Bilateral agreements
COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed work arrangements. Teleworking has been introduced or expanded around the world to reduce the risk of infection at the workplace. This has also affected frontier workers in the European Union (EU). As they normally work in one country and reside in

Published:
7 October 2020
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Social policies & programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

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
Type:
News
Topic:
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19
ISSA institution

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
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Social policies & programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

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
Type:
Analysis
Region:
North Africa
Topic:
Governance and administration
Social policies & programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

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
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Migration
Social policies & programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

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
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Social policies & programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

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

Published:
8 June 2020
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Social policies & programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

Social security measures have played a key role to mitigate the health, social and economic impact of COVID-19 in France. A comprehensive package of social security responses was launched when health emergency was declared on 16 March.

Published:
29 May 2020
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Social policies & programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

A series of substantial measures have been taken in the Argentine Republic in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Of particular note among these are the financial bolstering of social security benefits, the strengthening of institutions’ digital customer-service channels and the launch of measures to

Published:
22 May 2020
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Governance and administration
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

Social security institutions are an important face of government, particularly when disasters strike. As the turmoil and the global loss of lives and livelihoods caused by the coronavirus continue to rise, social security administrators are standing ground and keeping the promise: to deliver

Published:
15 May 2020
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Social policies & programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

In Spain, the government introduced a significant number of social security measures to mitigate the health, social and economic impact of COVID-19. The National Social Security Institute (INSS) and the General Treasury of Social Security (TGSS) have played a key role in implementing these measures

Published:
8 May 2020
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Governance and administration
Information and communication technology
Service quality
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

The current COVID-19 crisis has disrupted customer services in social security institutions worldwide. Institutions had to rapidly adapt their service delivery approaches to ensure the continuity of social security services while reducing personal interactions to a minimum. Furthermore, in the

Published:
30 April 2020
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Social policies & programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

In the People’s Republic of China, social security measures were an important component of the government’s emergency response in the context of COVID-19. The combination of adaptations to social security contributions and benefits with adjustments to operational processes and service delivery

Published:
24 April 2020
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Family benefits
Social assistance
Social policies & programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

Families and children are among the population groups heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis, and social security systems have responded rapidly to meet their specific needs.

Published:
24 April 2020
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Occupational accidents and diseases
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

On the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April, the International Social Security Association (ISSA) wants to pay tribute to all the courageous health workers who risk their lives to save others during the global COVID-19 pandemic.