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Keep up to date with all the lies, propaganda, mass hysteria and government incompetence related to the Coronavirus pandemic. This is a temporary split off from WIGO World.

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September 2020

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3United Kingdom "Challenge trials", in which volunteers will be deliberately infected with coronavirus to test the effectiveness of possible vaccines, will take place in London.
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10United Kingdom Amid a rise in coronavirus cases, Boris Johnson announces tougher new restrictions on the country. Office workers are once again encouraged to work from home if they can, pubs and restaurants must close at 10pm, face masks will be compulsory for all retail workers and travellers in taxis and weddings will be limited to just 15 attendees. It comes after scientists had warned that the UK could see 50,000 new cases a day by mid-October if no action was taken.
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16New Zealand New Zealand is almost over its massive outbreak, with most of the country moving to alert level 1, Auckland to level 2. How big was New Zealand's latest outbreak? 178 cases (so far), most of them under the age of 40. 3 people died.
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18United States It turns out that the Postal Service had a plan to distribute 650 million face masks across the US before the White House nixed it
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15United States Robert Redfield, director of the Center for Disease Control, says that a Covid-19 vaccine could be readily available by late 2021. Donald Trump thinks he knows better. He insists Redfield didn't know what he was saying because a vaccine is damn near good to go right now.
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12 Sovereign-States-Within-Europe-Flag-Loop.gif The World Health Organisation warns of a "very serious situation" unfolding in Europe. Several European countries (including France, Spain, and the UK) have seen sharp rises in infections in recent weeks.
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16ChinaResearchers in Wuhan are investigating on the strange phenomenon why spectacle-wearers are significantly less likely to catch COVID-19, then non-spectacle wearers.
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14United KingdomEngland A man on a bus to Manchester tries to use a live snake as a face mask.
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7Portugal The Portuguese government implements new and stricter measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, but ongoing plans of reopening schools and back to work programs will still go foward
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10Israel Israel is to be subject to a second national lockdown,
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19United StatesSouth Dakota. South Dakota governor Kristi Noem under fire for spending $5 million federal coronavirus relief funds on tourism ads whilst the state is still seeing large increases in Covid cases.
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9United KingdomWales The number of people allowed to meet up indoors in Wales will be reduced to six. Children under 11 don't count. Unlike in the rest of the UK, up to 30 people will still be allowed to meet up outside.
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16New Zealand The mayor of Auckland lays into covidiots - "it's a failing of their own intellect".
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10United KingdomScotland The number of people allowed to meet socially in Scotland will be reduced to six. Relaxations on restrictions planned for September 14th, including the reopening of theatres and live music venues, will now be delayed until at least October 5th.
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17Senegal Senegal has effectively tackled Covid-19 by transforming hotels into quarantine units, implement tests every 24 hours, temperature checks in every store and having no petty fights over masks
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22United States Donald Trump took the decision to deliberately downplay the threat of what he knew to be a deadly and highly contagious virus before the first confirmed US death from it.
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8United KingdomEngland Due to a rise in coronavirus cases in England, the number of people who are allowed to meet socially will be reduced from thirty to six.
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9New Zealand New Zealand churches with US links blamed for spreading misinformation and resistance to testing, prolonging the outbreak there.
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9the WorldUnited Kingdom Late stage trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine have been paused, after a participant falls ill. The shot, developed by AstraZeneca and The Oxford University, has been considered one of the leading candidates for a workable vaccine. Update: the trials are to resume.
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12Portugal The Portuguese government allowed the Portuguese Communist Party to hold a three-day long party event with 16,500 attendees
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7Australia Anti-lockdown protests, fueled by online groups that promote antivax and coronavirus-related conspiracy theories, are held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
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12Italy Silvio Berlusconi is being treated in hospital for double pneumonia after testing positive for the coronavirus.
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17United StatesSouth Dakota. First covid-19 death linked to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally reported in Minnesota
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14United Statesthe World The United States won't take part in a global effort to develop and distribute a Coronavirus vaccine as it is being led by the World Health Organisation.
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8United StatesIowa. Iowa State plans to allow 25,000 fans into football opener, even though Iowa is a covid hotbed
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7AustraliaUnited Kingdom Former PM Tony Abbott rails against "health dictatorships" in a speech at Policy Exchange think tank in London, claiming it's better to let eldery afflicted with Covid-19 die naturally

August 2020

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12China Online outrage at footage from a recent pool party in Wuhan showing thousands of revellers enjoying themselves without social distancing or face masks
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9Peru Peru has become the country with the highest mortality rate from Covid-19
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16Germany Around 18,000 take part in an ‘anti-corona’ protest in Berlin, marching against the Covid restrictions imposed by the government. It comes as new infections in Germany (and much of Europe) continue to increase.
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16SpainCoronavirus-denier arrested in Spain for inciting hatred and violence on social media.
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10New ZealandUnited States Because of asinine diplomatic rules, New Zealand can't require diplomats actually quarantine the same way everyone else is required to do for entry, they can only ask them to do so. United States ambassador Scott Brown (politician)Wikipedia and his wife have declined their request, will instead quarantine at their residence near Wellington.
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11Isle of Man Three people are jailed because they failed to self-isolate for 14 days after returning to the Isle of Man from the UK
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20United States Top Trump officials made the CDC change their testing recommendations: Those in close contact with an infected person should only be tested if they show symptoms, are a high risk for infection, or at the direction of local health officials. Previous guidance said anyone in close contact should be tested. Anthony Fauci wasn't consulted on these changes, as he was in the middle of having surgery done and unconscious. He doesn't agree with the changes.
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12United States A yougov poll reveals that 57% of Republicans think that 170,000 Covid 19-related deaths is acceptable
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11United Kingdom Whilst it was initially believed that the first UK transmission of Covid took place on 28 February, new evidence suggests the virus had circulating undetected before this case, possibly as far back as early February.
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11United KingdomEnglandScotland As the new academic year rolls around, face masks in corridors will be compulsory in Scotland, with speculation that England could be about to introduce similar rules. Update: England will also have compulsory mask-wearing in corridors
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18Hong Kong The first proven case of somebody being reinfected with Covid-19 is reported in Hong Kong.
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9South Korea Due to a rise in coronavirus cases, all schools in the greater Seoul area are closed again until at least 11 September.
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8Ireland European UnionUpdate on GolfgateWikipedia. It has been revealed that one of the attendees European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan, before arriving at the dinner collected personal belongings in a lockdown area thus breaking COVID rules and used his mobile phone while driving en route. County Kildare was in the midst of a county lockdown, no one was to leave the county let alone travel to the other side of the country to attend something that shouldn't have been held in the first place.
Update: Hogan has now resigned as EU Trade Commissioner.
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14 United Kingdom Organisers of illegal raves will now face a whopping £10,000 fine as the government attempts to crack down on blatant ignoring of social distancing.
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18IrelandAround eighty politicians and VIPs broke COVID rules which limit the number of people dining in a confined space, after reports that they attended a private dinner of the Oireachtas Golf Society earlier this week. Two of the attendees, the Agricultural Minister Dara Calleary has resigned, and Jerry Buttimer left his position of Leas-Cathaoirleach [deputy speaker of the Seanad]. Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar has withdrawn the three senators including Buttimer who attended the dinner of their whips.
Update: The police are now investigating the incident and the Leader of the Opposition Mary Lou McDonald is calling for a recall of the Dáil.
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7United Kingdom The family of low-pay frontline NHS and social care workers who die of coronavirus will be stripped of eligibility to welfare benefits if they recieve a payout from the government's Covid-19 compensation package
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16United StatesNew ZealandSouth Korea Trump doubles down comparing US efforts to those in New Zealand - August 18 new cases: New Zealand 12, USA 43,999. And again in a speech being televised (Twitter link) adding in South Korea - on a day when New Zealand and South Korea had fewer than 300, and the USA had over 43,000 new cases. The number of confirmed and probable cases in the US exceeds New Zealand’s entire population by almost 500,000.
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9IsraelPalestine Israeli Supreme Court rules that Palestinian prisioners have no right to social distancing
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22United States Once hailed as heroes and essential, grocery workers are now suffering from low morale, pay cuts, unsafe working conditions and high risk of contracting Covid-19.
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26United StatesNew Zealand Trump says New Zealand has a "big surge" in Covid cases... for New Zealand that's up to 9 new cases per day and holding. Meanwhile the USA has 42,000. A reminder - NZ has a population of about 5 million, USA about 330 million. If NZ had the same rate per population it would be having about 600 per day. If the US had the same rate as NZ there would be 630-640/day.
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10United StatesTennessee. Tennessee lawmakers pass a series of controversial bills that target protestors and discourage COVID-19 related lawsuits
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10Spain Anti-mask rally in Madrid... starter for 10: how many people can you count in the picture wearing masks? How many wearing them properly?
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11New Zealand New Zealand's general election is postponed from 19 September to 17 October due to a spike in coronavirus cases.
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18BrazilIndiaUnited States Brazil, India and the United States account for half of the world's Covid-19 cases
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23Spain Because it involves breathing out lots of droplets and touching your face, smoking has been effectively banned in all public places in Galicia and the Canary Islands.
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20United Statesthe World A study in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene says that coronavirus-related misinformation has caused the deaths of at least 800 people around the world, including people who died after drinking cleaning products.
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24United States Majority of Americans (69%) believe that the states are reopening too quickly and that the reasons why the number of confirmed cases is rising is because of new infections and not more testing
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10New Zealand New Zealand records 4 new cases in Auckland after being virus free for 102 days. The second wave begins....
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12the WorldAn analysis of different types of masks showed that gaiter-type masks, bandanas, knitted masks, and N95 masks with exhalation valves were not likely to be protective for viral spread (paywall)
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15TaiwanNew Zealandthe World Once praised for taming the pandemic, Asian-Pacific nations worry about a new wave of infections. The exceptions are New Zealand and Taiwan who heavily test and quarantine returning citizens and residents, a task aided by their oceanic isolation.
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14Russia Russia announces the worlds first Covid-19 vaccination, with Putin saying his own daughter has been vaccinated. Scientists are sceptical, saying it could have been rushed and could be unsafe and/or ineffective.
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13United Kingdom One in six people in the UK say they are unlikely to or definitely wouldn't get a Covid-19 vaccination. Stupid bloody antivax tossers!
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14New Zealand New Zealand celebrates 100 days free of community transition of the virus. The recent confirmed cases have all been from returning travellers who were quarantined at the border.
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20the WorldForty percent of people with coronavirus infections have no symptoms. Might they be the key to ending the pandemic? New research suggests that some of us may be partially protected due to past encounters with common cold coronaviruses. Also mask-wearing appears to be protective insofar as giving the wearer a greater likelihood of asymptomatic infection rather than COVID-related symptoms.
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18United States Georgia (U.S. State). Student suspended from school after making social media posts showing high school hallways packed with maskless students. UPDATE: Suspension has been lifted.
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11Antarctica Keeping Antarctica Covid-free means that scientific research there has to be scaled back this year.
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12United KingdomEnglandScotland Wearing face coverings is now mandatory in just about all indoor public places in England and Scotland.
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12United StatesOhio. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine tests positive for coronavirus using a antigen test, in preparation to meet with Trump. He does not currently have any symptoms. UPDATE: A second, more reliable PCR (diagnostic) test came back negative. He will be tested again using the PCR test on Saturday to confirm the negative result.
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17United States Donald Trump is penalized by Facebook and Twitter for posting a video in which he falsely claimed children were "almost immune" to Covid-19.
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11 United States The latest side effect of COVID-19, telogen effluviumWikipedia i.e. short term hair loss or density.
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15Australia Anti-maskers in Melbourne are calling themselves "sovereign citizens" and forcibly resisting health regulations
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19Iran Iran may have covered up 2/3rds of its actual fatalities.
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12Australia A state of disaster is declared in Victoria and strict lockdown conditions are imposed, including a nighttime curfew.
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18Germany Up to 20,000 attended a protest against coronavirus restrictions in Berlin. "Corona, false alarm" and "We are being forced to wear a muzzle" were among some of the slogans painted on placards.

July 2020

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11European UnionUnited States Coronavirus: Euro area economy shrinks by 12.1% — biggest drop on record. On the other side of the pond, US economy suffers worst quarter since the second world war as GDP shrinks by 32.9%
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19United States David Duke is banned from Twitter for posting antisemitic conspiracy theories and COVID misinformation
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9United KingdomEngland Various changes in Covid prevention measures have been announced, as the level of infections appears to be creeping up. The reopening of casinos, bowling alleys, and music theatres, which was due to happen on 1 August, will now be postponed for at least 2 weeks. Rules on wearing face masks will be extended to include museums, cinemas and places of worship from 8 August.
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10United KingdomEngland More than four million people in the north of England are back under lockdown.
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32United States Herman Cain dies of coronavirus
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21United States Bill Montgomery, one of the co-founders of Turning Point USA, has died from coronavirus-related complications.
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10United KingdomEngland The virus isolation period in England has been increased from 7 to 10 days. It comes amid fears that Europe could face a second wave in cases.
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8United StatesFlorida. With Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, expected to be Tropical Storm Isaias by the time it reaches Florida on the approach, the state has announced it will shut down coronavirus testing from Thursday evening, 30 July until at least Tuesday morning, 4 August.
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10United States Another milestone passed, no signs of slow: The United States' official death toll from coronavirus surpasses 150,000 dead
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9Vietnam Vietnam scrambles to contain a sudden outbreak of coronavirus originating from Da NangWikipedia, a popular domestic tourist destination. Officials are concerned about tens of thousands who have been in the city and then traveled to other parts of the country. Da Nang has been placed on lockdown. UPDATE: Vietnam has recorded its first Covid-19 deaths.
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12Hong Kong Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warns the city could face a "large scale community outbreak" that its hospitals couldn't cope with. Many businesses have been ordered to close again, dining in restaurants is banned and wearing face masks in public is compulsory.
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16United KingdomGrowing evidence of a link between obesity and increased risk from Covid-19 prompts the government to think seriously about tackling the UK's weight problem. Measures will include banning commercials for unhealthy food from TV before 9 o'clock at night.
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8the WorldUnited States Useless, dubious and illegal coronavirus supplements are proliferating on Amazon.
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10United States National Security Advisor, Robert O'Brien, tests positive for coronavirus.
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9United KingdomSpain Britain reimposes 14-day quarantine for travelers from Spain. UPDATE: The British government advises against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary islands.
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14North Korea The "first suspected case of coronavirus" is reported in North Korea.
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12SpainCatalonia A spike in Covid-19 cases in Spain prompts fears of a "second wave". Night clubs and late-night bars in Catalonia are closed.
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18United States Donald Trump tries to blame Black Lives Matter for the uptick in Covid-19 infections, but the data shows otherwise
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17United States Donald Trump changes his stance on wearing masks, saying it's patriotic
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21United KingdomSlow but steady progress seems to be happening in the search for Covid vaccination. A coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford appears to be safe and triggers an immune response. But it's still far too early to tell whether it can prevent infections, futher tests are expected to take place in the coming weeks.
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9United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Georgia governor Brian Kemp sues Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, over Atlanta's face mask requirement, arguing it violates state health orders which prohibit cities and counties from having stricter rules than state guidelines.
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14United States The Trump administration has enacted a policy forcing hospitals to report Covid-19 data to a federal database instead of the CDC
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10SpainNearly 100,000 mink at a fur farm in Spain are to be culled after many of them tested positive for Covid-19, as did eight people who worked on the farm.
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9United StatesUnited KingdomCanadaRussiaAmerican, British and Canadian intelligence agencies say that organizations working on a vaccine for the coronavirus have been subject to cyber attacks from Russian spies.
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24United KingdomMore than a million people in the UK have given up smoking since the start of the pandemic. Some because of coronavirus-related health concerns. Some because they've had difficulty getting to the shops to buy tobacco. And some because they don't have anybody to smoke socially with anymore.
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21South AfricaTo take pressure off South Africa's national healthcare system, the recently lifted ban on alcohol sales has been reimposed and a night-time curfew is in place as well.
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22United KingdomEnglandFace masks will be compulsory in shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July, fines of up to £100 will be issued to those who refuse to comply.
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17the WorldResearchers have found that blood type is likely to play a role as to who is more likely to become infected with COVID as well as to have complications.
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5United KingdomThe UK relaxes Covid quarantine rules on people travelling in from over 70 countries. Countries on this list include France, Italy and Germany. People coming in from Spain will still be required to quarantine if entering Scotland
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15Bolivia Bolivian President Jeanine Anez Chavez and seven ministers have tested positive for Coronavirus.
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24United StatesTexas. Houston's mayor cancels next week's Republican convention, saying, "The public health concerns outweighed anything else."
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7Serbia Demonstrators storm Serbian parliament in protest over lockdown measures
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3United StatesTrump administration officially moves to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization.
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40Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian president who has repeatedly belittled the threat posed by the coronavirus and railed against "dictatorial" regional efforts to stop its spread, has tested positive for it.
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14EgyptPresident Sissi's simultaneous attack on public health and press freedom: It is now illegal to report on the spread of COVID in Egypt.
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5Australia Due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in Melbourne, the borders between the states of Victoria and New South Wales are to close.
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9United KingdomEngland England's cognoscenti proving themselves to be exceptional in these times of plague.
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15European UnionUnited States The European Union has finally agreed on a list of countries whose travelers will be welcome- but US travelers will be excluded
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11United StatesTexas. Texas Governor Abbott requires masks to be worn in public, in any county that has more than 20 coronavirus cases.
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12United States Republican Herman Cain, who attended Trump's rally in Tulsa, is hospitalized for COVID-19
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10New ZealandNew Zealand's health minister David Clark, earlier demoted for breaking lockdown rules, has resigned.

June 2020

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7United Statesthe World US buys up the world stock of remdesivir, a key Covid-19 drug, preventing all other countries from buying it for at least the next three months
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7United KingdomIrelandPolice in Northern Ireland are investigating whether COVID rules over funerals were broken during the funeral of noted veteran republican Bobby Storey, which various senior republicans attended including deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill.
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7United KingdomEngland Whilst cases seem to be falling across most of the country, Leicester will have its own local lockdown as cases in the city are still increasing rapidly.
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5United States The Trump administration asks the Supreme Court to dismantle Obamacare
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17the World Global coronavirus deaths top 500,000.
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9United StatesFlorida. Texas. California. Texas and Florida have closed bars statewide. In California, bars are being closed in 7 counties, and 9 counties are recommending that bars should close voluntarily.
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25SpainChinathe World Spanish virologists have found traces of the novel coronavirus in a sample of Barcelona waste water collected in March 2019, nine months before the Covid19 disease was identified in China
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14Portugal With a wave of new infections, numbering a total of 4,440, the Portuguese government implements new restrictions in Lisbon
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25United StatesResearch explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic
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12FranceThe Eiffel Tower has re-opened to visitors. Strict safety measures are in place with the elevators out of bounds and face masks required for all visitors over 11.
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15Canada Amazon employees in Ontario accuse the company of forcing them to violate social distancing rules due to the work demands it puts on them.
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13SerbiaCroatiaNovak Djokovic organizes a tennis competition with matches played in Serbia and Croatia. Social distancing does not seem to have been observed at all. Djokovic and three other players then test positive for the coronavirus.
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12JapanFear not! The world's fastest supercomputer is on the job.
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5Saudi ArabiaAllah-green.svg This year's Hajj is only open to pilgrims already living in Saudi Arabia.
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18BrazilPresident Jair Bolsonaro is ordered by a judge to wear a face mask when he appears in public in Brasilia and the surrounding federal district.
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7United KingdomEngland Further easing of the UK's lockdown will take effect in the near future. From 4th July Pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers in England will be allowed to re-open. People are told they no longer have to social distance by 2 m (6 ft) and that 1 m (3 ft) is OK.
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16the WorldFlag of WHO.svg 3 months for first million cases, 8 days for latest million - WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns leaders to not politicize responses.
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3South KoreaAccording to the head of Korea Centers for Disease Control, South Korea is in the grip of a second wave of the virus.
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0United KingdomWales Weddings are allowed again in Wales. Travel restrictions don't apply to people going to them.
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5GermanyThe 700 residents of an apartment building in Goettingen, Germany are placed under quarantine. 200 of them try to escape and clash with the police.
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12United States Confession: During his rally in Tulsa, Trump admits to instructing his people to "slow the testing down" because it was "going to find more cases".
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7Canada Grocery giants are called to testify before Parliament over ending employee wage increase for essential workers
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4SpainEuropean UnionUnited KingdomSpain fully reopens its borders to visitors from the EU, the Schengen-area and the UK.
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7MaltaRestrictions on freedom of movement and increasing use of illegally obtained abortion pills due to COVID-19 have led to soul-searching in Malta on its laws regarding abortion. The country has got one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe; it is effectively banned in all circumstances.
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5United KingdomThe UK government scraps its Covid-19 contact tracing app, blaming Apple for the app's short comings.
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9IrelandPubs that hold a restaurant licence in Ireland have been told that they can start to open to punters from the 29 June, provided that they serve a substantial meal that costs at least €9 (US$10.12), and the punters stay for less than two hours according to tourist agency Fáilte Ireland.
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12New Zealand New Zealand public, politicians and press furious that 2 people were let out of quarantine with COVID-19 without being tested. Officials failed to follow simple procedure to test anyone given a "compassionate" release from quarantine.
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9China The Chinese government implements new restrictions after an outbreak of Covid-19 in Beijing.
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6Portugal Lagos City Coucil concerned with an active contagion because of an illegal party
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10United KingdomA cheap, widely available drug can help save the lives of those seriously ill with Covid, UK experts say.
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14Sri LankaA mock election is held in Sri Lanka to see how the voting process can be made coronavirus-proof.
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9Isle of ManAfter more than 3 weeks with no new Covid-19 cases, the Isle of Man becomes the first place in the British Isles to scrap social distancing rules.
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10United KingdomA man dies, a woman was raped and 3 people were stabbed at two illegal 'quarantine raves' in Manchester.
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17BrazilEven though Brazil now has a death toll of 41,828 from Covid-19, the second highest in the world, president Jair Bolsonaro still refuses to accept that the coronavirus is any kind of problem at all. Apparently, he has decided that refusing to take any responsibility for the situation is his best chance of staying in power.
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10PeruTelecom technicians are kept prisoner by villagers in Peru who wrongly believe that 5G technology causes the coronavirus.
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13India I'm sorry Mario -- but your doctor is in another caste
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5United KingdomEngland From June 13th in England, single people who live alone and single parents of children under 18 can form a "support bubble" with one other household. All members of the "support bubble" can then interact freely with each other without having to social distance. They can go inside each other's houses, even to spend the night. And from June 15th, zoos and safari parks in England can reopen and drive-in movies will be permitted.
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19United StatesTexas. Texas reports record-breaking Covid-19 related hospitalizations as the state reopens
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21United KingdomA conspiracy theorist who believed 5G technology caused the coronavirus has been jailed for three years for setting fire to a phone mast.
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18TaiwanAfter eight weeks with no new domestic Covid-19 cases, regulations on mass gatherings, social distancing and mask-wearing are eased in Taiwan, although the Minister of Health and Welfare warns that the crisis is not over. So far, Taiwan, which has not been under lockdown, has suffered remarkably little during the pandemic. On the island of 24 million people, there have been only seven deaths from Covid-19.
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15United Kingdomthe WorldHydroxychloroquine is famous for being Donald Trump's anti-coronavirus drug of choice. Although an article in The Lancet saying it was no good at fighting the disease had to be retracted, researchers on the UK's Recovery trial, run by the University of Oxford, have concluded that it does not save lives from Covid-19.
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21New Zealand New Zealand set to become the first country in the world to eliminate COVID-19 with no new cases in the last 16 days and no cases currently hospitalised. Update: It is official - New Zealand removes all internal restrictions as of midnight tonight (8 June)
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10United States A CDC survey finds that 18 percent of surveyed participants admitted to applying cleaning agents to their skin while four percent admitted drinking or gargling bleach
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11the WorldFlag of WHO.svg The World Health Organization, which had previously said only the sick need wear face masks, now says that in the light of new evidence, everybody should wear a face mask in public.
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13United KingdomEnglandFrom June 15th, passengers on all forms of public transport on England will have to wear face coverings. The British Medical Association says that's not enough and face coverings should be worn in all places where social distancing is not possible. UPDATE: Also from June 15th in England, outpatients and visitors to hospitals will have to wear face coverings and all hospital staff will have to wear surgical masks. This news has come as a shock to the National Health Service trusts that run hospitals in England who say they weren't consulted about it.
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24IrelandIrish alt-right personalities Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters have been told not only that they lost their legal claim that the lockdown is unconstitutional, but they also have to pay the legal costs as well which has said amounts to five figures.
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15SwedenDr. Anders Tegnell, on whose advice there was no strict lockdown in Sweden, has admitted that was a mistake and too many people died. But he still won't say going into full lockdown would have been a good idea.
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8United KingdomA report by Public Health England confirms that members of ethnic minorities are much more likely to die of Covid-19 than white Britons. Why, however, remains unclear.
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13South AfricaTwo months ago, the sale of alcohol was banned in South Africa to help hospitals and the police focus on fighting Covid-19. The booze is now back.
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5GuernseyGuernsey becomes the first place in the British Isles to reopen pubs.
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22United KingdomEngland “Sex? I'd rather have a cup of tea.” The new contact laws in the UK are so vague, that effectively consensual sex between two adults in a private dwelling is in effect illegal in England from the 1st June.
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18United States ICE using Covid-19 disinfectant spray that causes bleeding, burns and pain.

May 2020

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7United KingdomFlag of England.svg From 1st June, the 2.2 million most vulnerable people in England (including those with severe respiratory problems, solid organ transplant patients, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and pregnant women with heart problems), who have been told to remain indoors at all times since March, will be allowed outside once a day.
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7Italy The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens. Only 15 people are allowed in at a time and they have to maintain social distancing. They are given devices that beep if they get too near to someone else.
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14United StatesChinaFlag of WHO.svg Donald "it's not my fault" Trump announces that the US will completely stop funding the World Health Organization and end its relationship with the international body. Trump accuses the WHO of being pressured by China into misleading the world about the coronavirus. He also said it was China that "instigated a global pandemic that has cost over 100,000 American lives".
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10United Kingdom Flag of Scotland.svg Flag of Wales (1959).svg From 29thMay, up to eight people can meet outside in Scotland. But only if they belong to no more than two households. From 1st June in Wales, there will be no limits on the number of people who will be allowed to meet up in a socially distanced way outside, providing they belong to no more than two households. But if you live in Wales, you're told not to go more than 5 miles from your home.
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8United Kingdom Flag of Ulster.svg Outdoor weddings attended by up to ten people are set to be allowed in Northern Ireland from June 8th.
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8United KingdomFlag of England.svg Lockdown is set to continue to ease n England. From June 1st, groups of up to six people from different households will be allowed to meet up outside and children will start to return to school. Dentists will reopen from June 8th and non-essential shops will reopen from June 15th.
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10CyprusKeen to lure back tourists, the government of Cyprus says it will pay for the food, accommodation and medicine of anyone who catches the virus while visiting the island.
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15United States Grim reality: 100,000 dead from Covid-19 in the United States. What's even worse is the realization is that some states likely have inaccurate numbers that under count their toll.
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14United StatesPennsylvania. Pennsylvania State House Republican Andrew Lewis hid his positive coronavirus tests from Democratic legislators who worked with them in the same work spaces and committees. Democrat Brian Sims has called for the resignation of leadership involved in the coverup.
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14United KingdomStarting the UK lockdown just one week earlier could have prevented 30,000 deaths.
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16SwedenSweden's Chief EpidemiologistWikipedia, Dr. Anders Tegnell: Stockholm won't reach herd immunity In May. It's estimated only around 20% have antibodies, the lowest figures for herd immunity working require at least 60% of a population to have antibodies.
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16the WorldFlag of WHO.svg It's Donald Trump's drug of choice for fighting off Covid-19. But the World Health Organization has suspended testing of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus due to safety concerns.
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6United Kingdom Dominic Cummings did a BBC interview to explain himself. Highlights (Links to video clips): He did in fact drive 30 miles to Barnard CastleWikipedia. Not to visit, but because he needed to test his vision before he drove the 260 miles back to London. He also does not regret his actions and he believes he acted legally and reasonably. (The full 14 minute statement.)
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15Japan The state of emergency is officially over in all parts of Japan.
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11United KingdomKeen to preserve the cleaner air of lockdown after it ends, out of 20,000 motorists surveyed, 40% say they plan to walk more, 50% say they plan to drive less, 20% say they plan to cycle more, 25% say they plan to fly less and 25% say they plan to work from home in future.
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-18United StatesFDAWikipedia announced a temporary policy to allow 'flexibility' in food ingredient labeling. While producers would still be required to change labels for substitutions that involve common allergens, producers can for example, substitute canola oil for sunflower oil, without indicating this change on labels.
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11South AfricaCyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, announces that the current lockdown will be eased because it can't be sustained. He stresses, however, that the worst of the outbreak is still to come.
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24United StatesA University of Wyoming study found that the cost of not flattening the curve (no social restrictions) was $5.2 trillion higher for the US economy than instituting widespread social distancing measures.
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9SpainThe far-right Vox party organizes anti-lockdown protests that draw thousands. Protesters stay in their cars to maintain social distancing.
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8Isle of ManThe isle of Man's Chief Minister Howard Quayle says that easing restrictions is much more complex than imposing them. The state of emergency, in place since 16th March, has been extended until 15th June.
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11United StatesOne final viral infusion: Trump’s move to block travel from Europe triggered chaos and a surge of passengers from the outbreak’s center
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15United StatesNorth Dakota. GOP governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota offers emotional plea to the anti-mask crowd: Stop this senseless culture war
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16United StatesAccording to The Economist ($) American church attendance which has been steadily falling, is falling much faster due to the lockdown with one in five churches, and one in three mainline ones, could close for good within the next 18 months.
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19the WorldAccording to a study published in the medical journal The Lancet, hydroxychloroquine, the drug that Donald Trump says he is taking to ward off the coronavirus, actually increases the chances of patients with Covid-19 dying from it.
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14United States Donald Trump has criticized some state governors for allowing liquor stores and abortion clinics to stay open as essential but considering churches to be non-essential and keeping them closed. He says that churches and other places of worship will reopen across the US and he will "override governors" who choose to keep them shut, something he does not have the power to do.
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11United KingdomDominic Cummings, chief adviser to the prime minister, faces criticism for going from London to his parents' house in County Durham, a journey of hundreds of miles, in March during lockdown while he had coronavirus symptoms. UPDATE: Sorry, not once, but two times, and the government is asserting he did nothing wrong. UPDATE 2: A citizen reported to police that Dominic Cummings was around in the town of Barnard CastleWikipedia a town about 30 miles away from DurhamWikipedia on 12th April.
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5India The closure of schools in India leaves millions of teenage girls without any sanitary pads.
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11United Kingdom Brits still believe in conspiracy theories about the pandemic too. Out of 2,500 adults questioned by clinical psychologists from the University of Oxford, 62% agree to some extent that the coronavirus is man-made, 59% agree to some extent that the government is misleading the public about the cause of the virus, and 21% believe Covid-19 is a hoax.
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5United KingdomFlag of Scotland.svg Lockdown will start to ease in Scotland from 28th May, making things a lot more like they already are in England. Schools will reopen on 11th August.
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10United StatesCalifornia. Justice Department warns California that stay-at-home order might violate " religious freedom"
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9United StatesAntivaxxers and anti-quarantiners are showing signs of political alignment
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8Australia Australia's first "COVID-safe" drive-in concert has taken place in Sydney.
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3GreeceGreek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is keen to get tourism going again. Seasonal hotels will reopen in June and international charter flights will resume in July. "Let us make this summer the epilogue of the crisis", Mitsotakis said.
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24United Kingdom100-year-old Captain Tom Moore, who has helped raise £32 million for the National Health Service since lockdown began, is to be knighted.
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16United StatesOregon. Oh cool, another idiotic move by a judge: Oregon county judge strikes down Oregon's public health orders, and refuses to stay his decision while the state appeals to the Oregon Supreme Court. Among reasons the idiot judge cites in his decision: 'damage to Oregonians and their livelihood was greater than the dangers presented by the coronavirus'. UPDATE: The Oregon Supreme Court issues a stay of the county judge, allowing the extension of the public health orders until appeals can be heard.
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12United KingdomFlag of Ulster.svg Lockdown eases in Northern Ireland more than anywhere else in the UK. Drive-in movies, drive-in church services and drive-in concerts will be permitted.
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17FranceGermanyEuropean Union Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel propose a 500 billion euro recovery fund to help the EU countries worst hit by the coronavirus.
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12United StatesTrump claims to have started taking hydroxychloroquine since a week ago despite — or because of — its lack of safety & efficacy for treating or preventing coronavirus
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20United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Governor Kemp of Georgia doctored the statistics to make it look like opening the state was a good idea.
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16United StatesCalifornia. Churchgoer exposes 180 on Mother's Day service in Butte County that violated state order
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14Australia Churches, mosques and temples are allowed to reopen in many parts of Australia. But they can only let in up to ten people at a time, which means that some faith leaders think it's not worth the bother.
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20United StatesA federal judge has denied a "delusional self-aggrandizing" request from "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli to be released from prison so he can work on a coronavirus treatment.
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31United StatesA week after his private criticism of Trump's handling of the pandemic was leaked, Barack Obama has publicly stated that he thinks the Donald and his administration have made a right balls up of it. He also said that the outbreak has spotlighted the racial inequalities that persist in the USA.
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22Brazil A month after his predecessor was fired for disagreeing with the president's handling of the pandemic, Brazil's health minister has quit because he obviously doesn't think the president has a bloody clue what he's doing either.
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14United States Unions find opportunity in restaurants' Covid-19 woes
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15United Kingdom Hundreds have gathered ad Hyde Park, London, to protest the UK's lockdown measures. Among the protesters was Piers Corbyn, the conspiracy theorist brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
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8SpainSpain to quarantine international arrivals from 15 May
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9Italy From June 3rd, travel restrictions will be lifted in Italy, allowing Italians to go wherever they like within the country and even abroad. Foreign visitors will also be allowed back into Italy once again.
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20AntarcticaIndia Antarctica is the only continent on Earth where there have been no cases of the coronavirus. But staff at an Indian research facility there are self-isolating anyway.
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12LesothoOn Tuesday 12th May, Lesotho was the only country in Africa where there had not been a single confirmed case of Covid-19. It's not anymore.
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24United StatesWisconsin. Wisconsin continues to be a shitshow, thanks to their useless Supreme Court: 5-4 decision, struck down Governor Evers's stay at home order is struck down.
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11Germany Hardship bringing people together: Alliance of Neo-Nazis, QAnon nuts, and radical Vegans unite to protest Coronavirus lockdown in Germany.
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23Spain 113-year-old María Branyas, believed to be the oldest woman in Spain, is reported to have successfully recovered from the coronavirus.
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15South Korea Nearly a week after slightly easing up the social distancing guidelines, South Korea is facing a new spike in covid-19 infections
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13ChinaMedics in Henan province in central China are further investigating whether COVID-19, like Ebola, could also be sexually transmittable, after discovering the virus in samples of semen taken from a small sample of infected men.
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13United Kingdom After consulting with druid and pagan groups, English Heritage has decided that summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge have to be cancelled this year.
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7United StatesCalifornia. Elon Musk defies a local ban on factories operating to reopen his electric-car plant in California.
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7NigeriaNigerian hotels that stay open during the pandemic get demolished.
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1Russia Vladimir Putin says that the "non-working period" is over but insists that "danger remains" and urges people to follow "strict sanitation demands".
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13United StatesIf someone shares that ‘Plandemic’ video — or other conspiracy theories about the coronavirus — The Atlantic has some tips on how to respond.
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8FranceBelgiumNetherlandsSpainSwitzerlandShops and schools reopen in France and people no longer need written permission in order to leave their homes. Lockdown similarly continues to ease in Belgium, the Netherlands, (parts of) Spain and Switzerland.
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8United KingdomFlag of England.svg Flag of Scotland.svg Flag of Ulster.svg Boris Johnson unveils conditional plans for a staged reopening of society in England, starting with encouraging many people who can't work from home to return to work and allowing people to spend as much time outside as they like. Lockdown is not set to ease so much in Scotland and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has stressed that people should stay at home. UPDATE: The Northern Ireland Executive publishes a five-point plan for easing the lockdown. Unlike the plans for England,there is no timetable.
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15United States In a private conference call, Barack Obama has strongly criticized Donald Trump's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, calling it, "an absolute chaotic disaster".
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15PortugalPortugal's covid-19 related deaths have been in "consistent decline" for nearly a month
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3United StatesSouth Dakota. In a bid to whiten South Dakota and win the West once and for all, Governor Noem orders natives to remove coronavirus checkpoints.
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4United StatesColorado. In Colorado, Democrats listen to health care industry lobbyists and abandon public option.
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5United StatesCalifornia. San Francisco's mayor has been accused of abandoning the homeless during the pandemic.
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15North Korea Officially, there has still not been a single confirmed case of Covid-19 in North Korea. Not that anyone really believes that.
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6South KoreaFaroe IslandsBehind closed doors, the season has started for South Korea's K-League soccer. The professional game is about to start being played again in the Faroe Islands too.
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8United KingdomIrelandFrance Just about everyone arriving in the UK from any other country (apart from the Republic of Ireland) will have to spend 14 days in quarantine. UPDATE: Arrivals from France will also be exempt.
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8United KingdomFlag of Wales (1959).svg Unlike in the rest of the UK, people in Wales are to be allowed out more than once a day to exercise. Otherwise, not much is set to change.
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15United StatesKatie Miller, the spokesperson for Vice-President Pence and the wife of presidential aide Stephen Miller has tested positive for COVID-19. That makes her the most senior person in the White House to have the condition.
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21United StatesJudy Mikovits' antivaxx conspiracy video about COVID "Plandemic" is banned from some social media
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20AustraliaChinaUnited StatesFormer Australian prime minister and sinologist Kevin Rudd has said the parroting of the conspiracy that COVID-19 came from a lab in Wuhan rather then a wet market in the Murdoch media empire exists for one reason, to get Trump re-elected. He also compares the conspiracy to the dodgy dossier on Iraq, which led to the Iraq War.
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12NetherlandsThe Netherlands has unveiled a roadmap to gradually reopen the economy over the next few months, with extra safety measures being placed on businesses that intend to reopen and cannot work from home. The dates on the roadmap are subject to change, and measures that are being rolled back may be reimplemented if the pressure on the intensive care ends up rising too much.
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11TaiwanTaiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center has given the green light to allowing up to a thousand spectators to attend professional baseball games, that have been played in empty stadiums since April. Fans will, however, have to follow social distancing rules, stay in their designated seats and keep masks on throughout the game.
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4GermanyThe German Football League season is set to resume on 15th May. Games will be played behind closed doors.
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8United KingdomProfessor Neil Ferguson, whose advice to the prime minister was instrumental in setting up the UK lockdown, has quit his role as a government adviser on the coronavirus after admitting that his actions undermined the message of said lockdown. It has been reported that he flouted social distancing rules by letting his lover, a woman married to someone else, continue to visit his house.
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10United StatesIreland Irish send money to Native American community to repay for aid during the Great Famine (Ireland)Wikipedia
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23European UnionIt appears coronavirus may have been in Europe far earlier than previously thought. It has come to light that a French man hospitalised in late December with breathing trouble likely had coronavirus. He had not recently travelled abroad.
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1United StatesThe White House is looking to 'wind down' the coronavirus task force.
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17United States Because the states are reopening too soon, a model favored by the White House for the coronavirus pandemic shifts to dramatically predict more deaths while another model developed by John Hopkins predicts 3,000 deaths per day by June.
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2United StatesFlorida. Texas. Cruise company Carnival has said it will start sailing its cruises from the beginning of August from Miami, Florida and Galveston, Texas.
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9GuernseyAs part of a phased easing of lockdown on the island of Guernsey, each household can choose to pair with one other household. The people that live in the two places can then interact freely with each other in each other's houses and outside. This puts many families in the difficult position of choosing which set of grandparents their children can visit.
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7GermanyChurches reopen in Germany but with several measures in place to try to stop the spread of the virus, including a ban on singing.
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7PortugalThe state of emergency in Portugal is officially over.
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18United StatesMichigan. Michigan protesters add blackface to their arsenal of adorable, child-friendly activities.
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18United States With 30 million unemployed Americans having lost their health insurance, House Democrats unveil bill for emergency expansion of Medicare and Medicaid.
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10United States Three federal prisons, which as a whole have become a center of the pandemic, took email and phone rights from thousands of inmates
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12Spain A week after children under 14 were first allowed outside their homes since lockdown began, older teenagers and adults in Spain are now allowed to go out to exercise for the first time in seven weeks.
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9IrelandLockdown will ease a little in Ireland. People over 70 will be allowed out of their homes. The limit on how far people are allowed to go from their homes to exercise will also be increased a bit.
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15the WorldRed star.svg May Day was a bit weird this year.
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33United Kingdomthe World David Icke has been banned from Facebook for spreading "health misinformation that could cause physical harm". UPDATE: David Icke's YouTube channel has been deleted as a result of his continued violation of the site's policies about denying the existence and transmission of Covid-19.
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20United States Donald Trump insists there's no doubt that the coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan. This goes against what the US national intelligence director's office have already said, that the origins of the virus are still uncertain but it definitely wasn't manmade or genetically modified.
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2ChinaNew cars are being marketed in China as providing the same level of protection as wearing a face mask.
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8United KingdomThe pharmacy chain Boots will provide special safe spaces in its stores for victims of domestic abuse during the lockdown.

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10FranceThere will be absolutely no professional sports events at all in France, not even behind closed doors, until September.
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17United StatesMichigan. Armed terrorists protesters entered the Michigan capitol building, demanding access to the visitor's gallery, which is closed due to coronavirus. Lawmakers ultimately rewarded weeks of bad behavior by refusing to extend a state of emergency declaration and authorizing a legal action by the House to challenge Governor Whitmer's authority and actions regarding her coronavirus response. The stay at home order, which just survived a lawsuit questioning its constitutionality, brought by 4 residents and a business owner, is not impacted by this, and still expires on 15 May.
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16United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Not happy just killing people via coronavirus, Georgia's suspending in-person driving portion of examinations. Basically teenagers who have their 40 supervised hours behind the wheel (which is done via honor system) and a valid instruction permit, they can just obtain a full driver's license... Yeah, can't see anything going wrong here.
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13China One of the Covid19 vaccine being developed has shown promising results after protecting monkeys from infection
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6Netherlands As Amsterdam’s Museum of Bags and Purses announces its permanent closure, The Dutch Museums’ Association reports that as many as 1 in 4 museums many small and medium, may end up permanently closed by the end of the year.
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17South Korea South Korea has said that apart from 4 imported cases, it has no more local cases of COVID-19. This is the first time it has happened in 72 days.
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14Sweden Although Sweden isn't under lockdown, authorities in the city of Lund don't want tens of thousands of people to gather in the park, as usual, to celebrate Walpurgis NightWikipedia. That's why they're spreading a ton of chicken manure on the park.
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13United KingdomFlag of Scotland.svg Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon thinks it's a good idea for all people to cover their faces while in shops and on public transport.
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16United States The House of Representatives had decided not to return on 4 May, and is now discussing its options for carrying out its duties remotely. The Senate will reconvene on 4 May in person.
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11ItalyItaly's strict lockdown is set to ease a little from the start of May onward. Parks, factories and building sites will reopen. Schools will remain closed and, much to the displeasure of Roman Catholic bishops, so will churches.
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14ChileChile will issue certificates to people who have recovered from the coronavirus declaring them to be "virus free" and able to return to work. The World Health Organization strongly opposes this as it's not yet known if people who've had the virus are immune to it.
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11IrelandAll those Irish maidens that are “lovely and fair“ are going to be disappointed, as the organisers have cancelled this year’s Rose of Tralee.
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13United Kingdom Boris Johnson is back at work after being off sick with the coronavirus for three weeks. Although Boris might have recovered, he's certain the country hasn't yet. He says it's not yet time to ease the lockdown and urges the public not to lose patience.
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10New ZealandNew Zealand reports free of undetected community transmission as it slightly loosens its lock-down - non-essential businesses will now be allowed to operate as long as they can maintain social seperation for staff and customers.
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12GermanyCzechiaSwitzerlandAlthough wearing masks in public has become compulsory in most parts of the country, lockdown is starting to ease in Germany. It's starting to ease in the Czech Republic and Switzerland too.
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16United StatesIllinois. A video of a massive house party (a clear violation of social-distancing guidelines and common sense) in Chicago draws international ire during COVID-19 crisis.
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22United StatesDonald Trump cancels his daily coronavirus press briefing by posting on Twitter, "What is the purpose of having White House Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions. & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately. They get record ratings & the American people get nothing but Fake News. Not worth the time & effort!"
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7SpainFor the first time in six weeks, children under 14 are allowed to step outside of their homes in Spain.
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3the WorldAllah-green.svg Ramadan is a bit weird this year.
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6United StatesYoung and middle-aged people, barely sick with covid-19, are dying from strokes(paywall)
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18United States Mark Grenon, “archbishop” of Genesis II, pushers of murdering your autistic children with industrial bleach Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS), pushed the dangerous idea of "curing" the coronavirus with their "miracle cure" in letters he sent to Trump. It's worth noting the FDAWikipedia just obtained a court order last week, to stop the group attempting to murder people by drinking industrial bleach saying their product 'cured coronavirus', because it doesn't.
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13TaiwanTaiwan, not under lockdown, is currently the only place in the world where professional baseball is being played. Games are, however, played behind closed doors in stadiums filled with robots and cardboard cutouts.
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36United StatesNow that hydroxychloroquine is a bust, Trump suggests injecting disinfectant as a potential treatment for Covid-19.. Update: It was a joke, bro. (Sure it was.)
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15United StatesVice President Mike Pence states the United States of America could largely have the epidemic under control by June.
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13United KingdomGermanyHuman trials for a Coronavirus vaccine have been given the green light in the UK and Germany, but warnings have been issued that a vaccine will not likely be available this year.
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-1United Kingdom British coronavirus deaths estimates is approximately 41,000 according to a Financial Times study, double the government's figures
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9Germany Oktoberfest cancelled for the first time since WWII.
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8United KingdomPrime Minister's Questions goes virtual for the first ever time.
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24United States So, remember that magical drug that Trump claimed would save us all? Yeah, in the least shocking development ever: Veterans AffairsWikipedia reports in a study that not only does hydroxychloroquine have no meaningful impact on coronavirus, patients on it had a higher rate of death than those not on the drug.
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10United States The federal government has erected a blockade stopping states and hospitals from getting PPE
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8ZimbabweNot only is Zimbabwe having to cope with COVID-19, they have the double whammy of possibly having of the worst malaria outbreaks in years in the country in a damaged health system.
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21United StatesFollowing Trump's all-caps "liberate" tweets, information security professionals have analyzed the creation of many new internet domains starting with the word "reopen" and have traced many to astroturfing campaigns run by right wing, gun rights, Republican Party, and other conservative and religious groups.
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17United StatesOhio. John McDaniel, who railed against Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's quarantine order, has died of COVID.
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5United StatesTreasury secretary Steven Mnuchin takes the fall for President Trump over the check signature like a good crony. It remains to be seen if Mnuchin will leave due to this like so many others before him.
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7JapanOfficials in the city of Sakura, Chiba Prefecture have beheaded the city's 800 000 beloved tulips to prevent crowds from congregating around them.
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5IsraelPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz have agreed to form a national unity government in response to the COVID-19 crisis
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8United StatesIdaho. Idaho State Representative, Republican (of course) Heather Scott compares the state's lockdown in response to the coronavirus to Jews being sent to the concentration camps.
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7United StatesNew York. Governor Cuomo is temporarily allowing resident New Yorkers to get marriage licenses remotely and to married by Zoom video conference.
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19United StatesTrump (Mar 22): "I’ve felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”
Trump (Apr 16): I was angry, because this [epidemic] should have been told to us. It should have been told to us early. It should have been told to us a lot sooner."
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25United StatesLouisiana. The lawyer of Pastor Tony Spell, who is defying Louisiana's stay at home rule by continuing to hold services, AND who wants you to send him your stimulus check, has tested positive for coronavirus, after attending a church gathering.
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10the WorldDoctors are noticing a new symptom for COVID-19 especially for young adults, chilblain-like sores on the hands and feet.
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10UkraineThe Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)Wikipedia and its followers has refused calls by the government in Kyiv to stop all church services during the important Easter holidays, despite it being a major COVID-19 hotspot.
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19United StatesMichigan. The Michigan Tea Partier group currently making a public nuisance against reasonable public health procedures is an astroturfing organization founded by the political advisor to Betsy DeVos's family.
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20United States End Times pastor and woo supplement vendor Jim Bakker closed out his television program on April 14 by begging viewers to financially support his ministry using checks, as his network has reportedly been unable to process credit card transactions ever since it came under fire for promoting the silver solution it sold as a cure for the COVID-19 coronavirus
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29United Kingdom 99 year old army veteran Tom Moore raises more than 4 million pounds for the NHS for promising to walk 100 laps in his garden before the end of the month, when he turns 100. UPDATE: The amount is currently (2020-04-15 19:49 UTC+1) is nearly £9 million. 2nd UPDATE: The amount is now (2020-04-16 19:13 UTC+1) over £15 million!
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13the WorldThere are so many coronavirus myths that even Snopes can’t keep up
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13United StatesFlorida. Florida man uses his powers as governor to declare prowrestling as an essential service
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23United States Flag of WHO.svgTrump halts WHO funding over covid-19 - says WHO "failed its basic duty". Irony meter blows up.
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0United StatesPuerto RicoPuerto Rico bans journalists from public press briefings about COVID-19
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14United StatesWhile the USNS Comfort stands nearly empty in New York, the USNS Mercy, in Los Angeles, is battling a coronavirus outbreak among its own crew.
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21United StatesTrump administration's inept and dishonest response to covid-19 is destroying the already tarnished image of the USA.
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7Netherlands"Translation: FAQ per subject/education/exams" In the Netherlands the requirements to get a high school diploma are due to the coronavirus not based on the national exams (Central exams), but rather the local school exams. In addition, the requirement to score at least an average of 5.5 across all exam courses has been dropped to scoring at least a 4.0. Students who were relying on the national exams to improve their grades are able to take two or three (depending on course difficulty) extra exams, which if higher than their existing grades will become 50% of their exam score.
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13United StatesFor the nerds here, remember how you had to learn how to program the John H Conway's game of life? Yeah.
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24United StatesItalyAmerica first! as all fifty states implement a disaster declaration for the first time ever, and the US overtakes Italy as the country with the most coronavirus-related deaths. In the same article, The Guardian reports that Republican Senator Tom Cotton is pushing a conspiracy theory for the origin of the virus based on his "common sense".
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27United States"This germ is so brilliant antibiotics can’t keep up with it." Just in case you were wondering how Trump's handling of the pandemic is going.
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15United StatesIt's pretty obvious that Trump and his broken crony administration is directly responsible for the death of thousands of American citizens
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13United StatesHawaii. Amidst a pandemic, landlords are asking (mostly female) tenants for sex in exchange for rent. The Hawai state government establishes an online guide to help female tenants and provide guidance on emergency rent
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14United StatesNew York. NYPD's agressive policing risks spreading Covid-19 further
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20United StatesAs agricultural labourers are declared "essential workers," the White House and DoA plan to cut the wages of foreign guest workers (who make up just 10% of the workforce), to "help U.S. farmers struggling during the coronavirus."
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34United StatesOn a day when the US suffers it's worst coronavirus-related death toll of over 2,000, Trump posts a tweet, seeming to show that he still thinks Warren and Sanders are in the Dem primary race.
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19United StatesThe United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have informed Alex Jones that his InfoWars webshite offers products for sale that claim to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19, in violation of multiple federal statutes.
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20United StatesNew York. New York now burying unclaimed corpses in mass graves on Hart Island.
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20FranceUnited KingdomWe'll just make our own lockdown, with hookers and blackjack!
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27United StatesToday, in How the Coronavirus is Bringing Out the Worst in Conservatives, Brit Hume claims death statistics are being inflated, before Bill O'Reilly jumps in to say those dying from it, were "on their last legs anyway."
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14United StatesHospitals say FEMA is seizing crucial medical supplies for unknown reasons
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11ChinaWuhan's 78-day strict lockdown has come to an end.
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25United StatesMassachusetts. China New England Patriots are bringing 1.2 million n95 masks in their team plane to Massachusetts. Why are they doing this and not the government? Because the feds will seize the PPE of any state whose governor does not sufficiently praise the Fuhrer
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26United StatesUnited KingdomAfter David Icke blathered all over YouTube about 5G and coronavirus, the content provider deleted the interview and has banned all conspiracy theory videos falsely linking coronavirus symptoms to 5G networks
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15United StatesIllinois. Maryland. New York. Washington. Grocery workers, considered essential after decades of demonization, are dying of COVID-19 while in Chicago, 70% of reported deaths are black
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22IsraelIsrael's rabidly homophobic & orthodox health minister, who claimed the Messiah would cure the coronavirus epidemic, has... you know where this is going, right? Netanyahu and other top ministers forced to go into quarantine.
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15United StatesKansas. Riley County, Kansas Commissioners' Republican Chairman Marvin Rodriguez says his state's coronavirus outbreak has been minimal, because "Italy has a lot of Chinese people, and we don’t have that problem here."
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24United KingdomBoris Johnson is in ICU as coronavirus symptoms worsen.
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13United KingdomIrelandThe Orange Order has cancelled all its 12th July parades in Northern Ireland.
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24AustraliaNews Corp Australia is stopping the presses of 60 of the company’s local newspapers due to COVID-19, with media experts predicting that it is highly unlikely they would be starting again.
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13IrelandFormer family doctor Taoiseach [prime minister] Leo Varadkar has re-appointed himself on the medical register so that he can do one day a week medical assistance.
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13New Zealand The Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy can carry on doing their business in New Zealand during the pandemic because Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has declared them "essential workers". Let's hope she doesn't have to say the same about Santa Claus
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14United States Oligarch Elon Musk earns free good publicity by donating ventilators that can't be used on patients with Covid-19
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15United KingdomFlag of Scotland.svg Dr. Catherine Calderwood, Scotland's chief medical officer, resigns after failing to follow her own advice by making the one hour trip to her second home on two consecutive weekends and receiving a police warning for breaking the lockdown.
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10United StatesNew York. A female tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for COVID-19, the first non-human to test positive in the United States.
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15United KingdomBritish prime minister Boris Johnson has been taken to hospital as his condition worsens.
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8United States A doctor stopped covid-19 treatment because she was afraid her patient could gain weight.
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19United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). Incompetent vote-suppressing buffoon of a Georgia governor Brian Kemp forces local authorities to reopen beaches. Perhaps this will speed the Rapture along.
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24United Kingdom Conspiracy theorists who believe 5G causes Coronavirus are attacking cellular phone towers in the UK. NHS England's medical director, Stephen Powis, called out idiots like Amanda Holden and Woody Harrelson for spreading the asinine theory.
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16United KingdomThe NHS Nightingale Hospital, capable of accomodating 4,000 patients and the first of several such planned hospitals only for coronavirus sufferers, opens in London. It was officially opened via video link by Prince Charles, who is himself recovering from the coronavirus.
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15Portugal Portuguese government implements temporary policy of treating residents as full citizens, granting them access to the national healthcare system and social services
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12United States A 2017 military report warned not just of a threat of a novel influenza, but of the consequent scarcity of ventilators, face masks and hospital beds
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12ChinaResearchers have released a report in the journal Nature which says that the COVID-19 outbreak most likely started in infected Malayan pangolins from Guangxi and Guangdong provinces, which were later trafficked and sold in the Wuhan wet market.
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8ThailandGermanyUnited StatesAnother accusation of American “theft” of face masks, this time from a Thai plane heading to Germany which was destined for Berlin police.
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10TurkmenistanWonder why you don’t hear anything about coronavirus in Turkmenistan? Easy, mentioning anything about it even the word lands you in hot water, with people being taken away by plainclothes police in the street.
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6ChinaFranceUnited StatesFace masks from China intended for France were 'hijacked' by the US at the last minute. This happened after the Americans heard about the masks and made a cash offer for them of double that of the French.
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12United NationsUnited KingdomA UN conference on climate change due to take place in Glasgow, Scotland in November has been postponed.
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15United Kingdomthe WorldWimbledon is cancelled for the first time since World War II.
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13United StatesCalifornia. A man is charged with train wrecking, after he allegedly drove a locomotive full speed off the end of the tracks, near the USNS MercyWikipedia. He told the FBI, "he did it out of the desire to 'wake people up,'" and "he thought that the U.S.N.S. Mercy was suspicious and did not believe 'the ship is what they say it’s for.'" among other conspiracy theory type statements.
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20Saudi Arabia Allah-green.svg The Saudi government has said it may ask Muslims to forego doing the Hajj pilgrimage this year due to the COVID-19. This is the first time that Hajj has been stopped temporarily for over 200 years.
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12United KingdomTo keep the homeless magazine The Big Issue running after stopping street sales, it's going to be available in limited branches of Sainsbury's supermarkets and McColl's newsagents for the first time.

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7United States Physicians speak out about how business majors- and not people with medical or nursing degree- dictate how the health clinics and hospitals operate, with the result being inefficient healthcare deliverance all in the name of profit
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9Netherlands The Dutch government opts to extend its current measures until at least 28 April. The week before the 28th, they will reassess the situation and potentially extend it. The MP also urged citizens again to stay home and at least 1.5 metres away from each other.
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19United StatesGuam 'Sailors Do Not Need to Die', captain of the USS Theodore RooseveltWikipedia begs US Navy for further assistance and facilities to house crew off the aircraft carrier as positive cases aboard jump from 3 to over 150 in 7 days. The vessel is currently docked in Guam.
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25United KingdomAs Britain stays indoors under the lockdown, goats take to the streets.
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4HungaryHungary suspends democracy indefinitely after parliament passed a bill, using the pandemic as a pretext, that "gave Orban sweeping emergency powers for an indefinite period of time."
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4India India's pandemic lockdown turns into a human tragedy as millions of unemployed workers flee the slums in the cities
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8United States After a week of backlash at the idea of easing the guidelines to save the economy, President Trump decides to extend social distancing guidelines to the end of April.
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11KenyaKenyan police across the country called out for using harsh beatings and tear gas to enforce the new dusk-to-dawn curfew.
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24United StatesGoogle has taken down the InfoWars Android app from its Google Play Appstore due to frequent disinformation it was releasing about COVID-19.
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5BelarusBelarus draws the attention of sports fans worldwide because it's one of the few countries on Earth, and the only one in Europe, where professional soccer is still being played. President Alexander Lukashenko is obviously not worried about the coronavirus and has told his citizens that drinking vodka will help them to fight it off.
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11United States Grim predictions from White House's coronavirus experts on Sunday news shows. Dr. Fauci: Coronavirus could kill between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans, and infect "millions". Dr. Birx: "Every metro area should assume that they will have an outbreak equivalent to New York,"
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8ChinaWuhan partially reopens after more than two months of isolation.
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13United StatesCalifornia. Texas. Pennsylvania. WTF!? The NRA has filed a lawsuit against the State of California after the state said that all non-essential retail businesses must close during the COVID-19 epidemic, this includes gun stores. In comparison, gun stores are considered essential in Texas and in Pennsylvania.
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7United KingdomMedFet UK a small Manchester-based supplies company which specialises in medical fetishes has donated supplies free-of-charge as to an NHS hospital due to shortages of protective equipment.
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8RussiaVladimir Putin says it's the start of a "non-working week".
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9IrelandAll people in Ireland are urged to stay home until April 12.
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17United StatesTrish Regan has left the Fox Business Network, two weeks after an unhinged rant in which she claimed that the COVID-19 outbreak was "another attempt to impeach the President."
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20United States Republican-controlled Senate passes $2 trillion stimulus bill. The bill is expected to be approved by the House of Representives when it votes on the bill on Friday.UPDATE: Vague language in the bill means that the bill could become a $4.5 trillion bailout for corporations, with purely cosmetic oversight and the promised basic income only applies to people that filed their 2019 tax returns, which could leave up to 30 million working class Americans out of the program
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7United StatesRalph Drollinger, a fundie 'faith adviser' to Trump, has blamed homosexuality and environmentalism for the COVID pandemic
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17United StatesCalifornia. 17-year-old boy who died of COVID-19 was denied treatment from an urgent care clinic because he didn't have health insurance. He went into cardiac arrest on route to an ER.
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11FranceDidier Raoult, the researcher touting his non-randomized study of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for treating COVID, has also published a string of papers that falsified data
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15United KingdomPrime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. Update Health Secretary Matt Hancock has now also tested positive and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is self-isolating after "experiencing symptoms"
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19United StatesVirginia. One of the first deaths of coronavirus in Virginia was a singing pastor who was on tour claiming that COVID-19 was "made up anti-Trump hysteria"
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13United States The United States surpasses China's number of reported cases.
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19United StatesWashington. A public radio station in Washington state will no longer be airing White House press briefings on the coronavirus “due to a pattern of false or misleading information provided that cannot be fact checked in real time.”
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9Isle of ManThe Isle of Man closes its borders to just about everybody, even residents of the island.
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11United StatesMississippi. Mississippi's governor issues an executive order effectively prohibiting towns and cities from declaring "stay at home" situations.
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9United StatesPennsylvania. Coronavirus threat closes Amish schools, but weddings, church go on
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12United KingdomOff-licences, little shops that specialize in selling booze, have been added to the government's list of essential retailers allowed to stay open during the pandemic. Supermarkets have been selling out of beer and wine.
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23United StatesCanadaFranceGermanyJapanItalyUnited KingdomEuropean Union The G7Wikipedia will not be releasing a joint statement on coronavirus. Why? Because the United States demanded the statement refer to the coronavirus as "Wuhan Virus".
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10United States The FederalistWikipedia published an op-ed, "How Medical ‘Chickenpox Parties’ Could Turn The Tide Of The Wuhan Virus", basically advocating deliberately infecting people so they get immunity. You know the thing the UK was going to do, until they realized it would kill an insane number of people and isn't guaranteed to work. Now would it surprise you to hear that the person who wrote this piece of trash is not licensed to practice medicine?
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9United StatesMissouri. Oh, great. Just when you thought we had enough problems, now the right wing cranks are starting to get restless. Man in Missouri dies in a shootout with the FBI trying to acquire a truck bomb, to attack a hospital. Apparently prompted to act over a 'stay at home' order issued by the mayor.
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13United StatesLouisiana. Insane pastor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, defying governor's order against gatherings of more than 50 people by hosting over 1,000 churchgoers at services. "It’s not a concern," said the pastor. "The virus, we believe, is politically motivated. We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says. We have 27 buses on Sundays picking up people in a five-parish area," he said.
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12the WorldCovid-19 is a couple of trivial mutations from other wild-type coronaviruses and is not a genetically engineered bioweapon. Real shocker there.
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9United KingdomPrince Charles has tested positive for the virus.
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10Japanthe WorldOlympic flag.svg It's official! The Olympics have finally been postponed.
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4United StatesGeorgia (U.S. State). You know when the current situation is extreme, when the southern U.S. restaurant chain Waffle House, noted for the Waffle House IndexWikipedia of disaster readiness has closed 365 restaurants which is just over 30% of its branches due to COVID-19.
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3United StatesMaryland. Some possible light at the end of the tunnel, scientists from John Hopkins University in Baltimore says that the COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be mutating quickly so a vaccine could offer lasting protection against the virus.
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4United StatesVirginia. Against all reason, Liberty University reopens despite the risk of coronavirus infection to students and faculty.
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13United StatesTexas. Kentucky. Today, in "Awful Republican Responses to the Coronavirus," Texas' (of course) Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick suggested that the elderly risk catching the virus and nobly sacrificing themselves, in order for the younger people to keep working. because that's how being pro-life works. In addition, Kentucky Senator, Rand Paul, who happens to hold an M.D., continued showing up to his office and the Senate, and was using the Senate's gym and pool, all while waiting for the results of his - now confirmed as positive - coronavirus test.
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4SwedenGreta Thunberg has said on her Instagram feed that she suspects that she and her father have the virus, and is self-isolating herself.
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9India17% of the world's population goes into lockdown, as Modi issues a 21-day decree, trying to slow the spread of the virus.
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14United StatesGwyneth Paltrow-Approved Doctor: Coronavirus might not even exist, and that symptoms attributed to the virus are likely being caused by widespread fear
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9United StatesThe Eucharist itself is now subordinated to the false god of “saving lives” sayeth 'Christian' nutter.