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How cities around the world are handling COVID-19 - and why we need to measure their preparedness

  • More than half the world's population lives in cities, hubs for transnational business and movement with the potential to amplify pandemic risk;
  • Cities with a high concentration of urban poor and deep inequalities are potentially more vulnerable than those that are better resourced, less crowded and more equal;
  • National and city governments could benefit from a pandemic preparedness index to better plan for and respond to epidemic outbreaks. There is currently no such map of city-preparedness around the world.