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#Coronavirus – UK police criticized for overzealous lockdown response

#Coronavirus – UK police criticized for overzealous lockdown response

| March 31, 2020

Some British police might have gone a “little too far”, a minister said on Tuesday after warnings some forces were turning Britain into a police state by abusing powers to enforce a coronavirus lockdown, writes Michael Holden. New regulations brought in last Thursday (26 March) give police the power to issue instant £30 ($37) fines […]

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#Coronavirus – Watching the world through a window

#Coronavirus – Watching the world through a window

| March 31, 2020

When we watch a neo-realist film by Roberto Rossellini or Alberto Lattuada, a swashbuckler epic, Marlon Brando as an ancient Roman in a white toga in Julius Caesar (1953) or footage of the world just a few short weeks ago, we’re not really doing anything that different, writes Fiamma Nirenstein. These are all worlds that […]

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A creeping #Coronavirus coup

A creeping #Coronavirus coup

| March 30, 2020

Exceptional times require exceptional measures. Governments across Europe are introducing unprecedented policies to minimize the spread of COVID-19. In the middle of political uncertainties, some authoritarian governments are using the pandemic to advance their own political goals and massively expand state powers. Despite the unprecedented nature of the crisis, autocrats cannot be left alone to […]

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UK #Coronavirus epidemic is slowing and antibody test could be ready in days, top epidemiologist says

UK #Coronavirus epidemic is slowing and antibody test could be ready in days, top epidemiologist says

| March 30, 2020

The coronavirus epidemic in the United Kingdom is showing signs of slowing and antibody tests could be ready in days, Neil Ferguson, a professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London, said on Monday (30 March), writes Guy Faulconbridge. “We think the epidemic is just about slowing in the UK right now,” Ferguson told BBC […]

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Be wary of political risks induced by #COVID-19 lockdowns

Be wary of political risks induced by #COVID-19 lockdowns

| March 30, 2020

Like other parts of the world, the current COVID-19 pandemic has taken ASEAN by surprise with some member countries imposing major lockdowns in order to contain the spread of the disease. Such approach, of course, has its absolute relevance in public health discipline and is even required to contain the pandemic from spreading further to […]

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#Huawei phone chief wants to get back to making money for Google

#Huawei phone chief wants to get back to making money for Google

| March 29, 2020

Ten months ago Donald Trump effectively banned Huawei from doing business with the US. He placed it on an ‘entity list’, on the grounds that the company’s involvement with networks and technology made it a threat to US national security, a claim Huawei denies. Days later, Google announced it would comply, meaning it would block updates […]

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Russia aids Italy in fight against #COVID-19 – Why we should be aware

Russia aids Italy in fight against #COVID-19 – Why we should be aware

| March 29, 2020

You’ve probably heard this week that Russia ­- with such ceremony, might I add – sent planes with its military medics to Italy to help in the fight against the coronavirus. This charity event was nothing more than a PR stunt by the Russian army, the sole purpose of which was to spread Moscow’s propaganda […]

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