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July 2020

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4United Kingdom England England's cognoscenti proving themselves to be exceptional in these times of plague.
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16European Union United 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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12United States Texas. 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 Zealand New Zealand's health minister David Clark, earlier demoted for breaking lockdown rules, has resigned.

June 2020

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10United States the 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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10United Kingdom Ireland Police 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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9United Kingdom England 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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8United States The Trump administration asks the Supreme Court to dismantle Obamacare
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19the World Global coronavirus deaths top 500,000.
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11United States Florida. 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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25Spain China the 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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16Portugal With a wave of new infections, numbering a total of 4,440, the Portuguese government implements new restrictions in Lisbon
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28United States Research explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic
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14France The 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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17Canada 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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16Serbia Croatia Novak 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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14Japan Fear not! The world's fastest supercomputer is on the job.
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8Saudi Arabia Allah-green.svg This year's Hajj is only open to pilgrims already living in Saudi Arabia.
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20Brazil President 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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9United Kingdom England 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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18the World Flag 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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5South Korea According 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 Kingdom Wales Weddings are allowed again in Wales. Travel restrictions don't apply to people going to them.
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6Germany The 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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15United 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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10Canada Grocery giants are called to testify before Parliament over ending employee wage increase for essential workers
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7Spain European Union United Kingdom Spain fully reopens its borders to visitors from the EU, the Schengen-area and the UK.
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10Malta Restrictions 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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8United Kingdom The UK government scraps its Covid-19 contact tracing app, blaming Apple for the app's short comings.
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12Ireland Pubs 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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15New 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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12China The Chinese government implements new restrictions after an outbreak of Covid-19 in Beijing.
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8Portugal Lagos City Coucil concerned with an active contagion because of an illegal party
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13United Kingdom A cheap, widely available drug can help save the lives of those seriously ill with Covid, UK experts say.
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17Sri Lanka A mock election is held in Sri Lanka to see how the voting process can be made coronavirus-proof.
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12Isle of Man After 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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13United Kingdom A man dies, a woman was raped and 3 people were stabbed at two illegal 'quarantine raves' in Manchester.
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21Brazil Even 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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11Peru Telecom technicians are kept prisoner by villagers in Peru who wrongly believe that 5G technology causes the coronavirus.
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14India I'm sorry Mario -- but your doctor is in another caste
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6United Kingdom England 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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20United States Texas. Texas reports record-breaking Covid-19 related hospitalizations as the state reopens
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22United Kingdom A 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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19Taiwan After 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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16United Kingdom the World Hydroxychloroquine 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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23New 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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11United 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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14the World Flag 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 Kingdom England From 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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25Ireland Irish 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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16Sweden Dr. 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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9United Kingdom A 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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14South Africa Two 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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6Guernsey Guernsey becomes the first place in the British Isles to reopen pubs.
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24United Kingdom England “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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19United States ICE using Covid-19 disinfectant spray that causes bleeding, burns and pain.

May 2020

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9United Kingdom Flag 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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9Italy 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 States China Flag 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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12United 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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9United 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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9United Kingdom Flag 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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11Cyprus Keen 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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16United 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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15United States Pennsylvania. 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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15United Kingdom Starting the UK lockdown just one week earlier could have prevented 30,000 deaths.
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17Sweden Sweden's Chief EpidemiologistWikipedia's W.svg, 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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17the World Flag 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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8United 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's W.svg. 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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13United Kingdom Keen 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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-17United States FDAWikipedia's W.svg 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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12South Africa Cyril 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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25United States A University of Wyoming study found that the cost of not flattening the curve (no social restrictions) was $5.2 trillion higher for the US economy than instituting widespread social distancing measures.
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10Spain The far-right Vox party organizes anti-lockdown protests that draw thousands. Protesters stay in their cars to maintain social distancing.
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9Isle of Man The isle of Man's Chief Minister Howard Quayle says that easing restrictions is much more complex than imposing them. The state of emergency, in place since 16th March, has been extended until 15th June.
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12United States One final viral infusion: Trump’s move to block travel from Europe triggered chaos and a surge of passengers from the outbreak’s center
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16United States North Dakota. GOP governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota offers emotional plea to the anti-mask crowd: Stop this senseless culture war
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17United States According to The Economist ($) 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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20the World According 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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15United 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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12United Kingdom Dominic 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's W.svg a town about 30 miles away from DurhamWikipedia's W.svg on 12th April.
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7India The closure of schools in India leaves millions of teenage girls without any sanitary pads.
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12United 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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6United Kingdom Flag 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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11United States California. Justice Department warns California that stay-at-home order might violate " religious freedom"
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10United States Antivaxxers and anti-quarantiners are showing signs of political alignment
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9Australia Australia's first "COVID-safe" drive-in concert has taken place in Sydney.
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5Greece Greek 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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26United Kingdom 100-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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18United States Oregon. 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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14United Kingdom Flag 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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18France Germany European 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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13United States Trump 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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21United States Georgia (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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17United States California. Churchgoer exposes 180 on Mother's Day service in Butte County that violated state order
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15Australia 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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21United States A 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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32United States A 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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23Brazil 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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15United States Unions find opportunity in restaurants' Covid-19 woes
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16United 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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10Spain Spain to quarantine international arrivals from 15 May
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10Italy 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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20Antarctica India 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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13Lesotho On 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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25United States Wisconsin. 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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12Germany Hardship bringing people together: Alliance of Neo-Nazis, QAnon nuts, and radical Vegans unite to protest Coronavirus lockdown in Germany.
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24Spain 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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16South 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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15China Medics 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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15United 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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9United States California. Elon Musk defies a local ban on factories operating to reopen his electric-car plant in California.
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9Nigeria Nigerian hotels that stay open during the pandemic get demolished.
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3Russia 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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14United States If 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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9France Belgium Netherlands Spain Switzerland Shops 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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9United Kingdom Flag 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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17United 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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17Portugal Portugal's covid-19 related deaths have been in "consistent decline" for nearly a month
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4United States South 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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3United States Colorado. In Colorado, Democrats listen to health care industry lobbyists and abandon public option.
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7United States California. San Francisco's mayor has been accused of abandoning the homeless during the pandemic.
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17North 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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8South Korea Faroe Islands Behind 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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10United Kingdom Ireland France 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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9United Kingdom Flag 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 States Katie 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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22United States Judy Mikovits' antivaxx conspiracy video about COVID "Plandemic" is banned from some social media
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21Australia China United States Former 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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13Netherlands The 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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12Taiwan Taiwan'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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3Germany The German Football League season is set to resume on 15th May. Games will be played behind closed doors.
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9United Kingdom Professor 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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11United States Ireland Irish send money to Native American community to repay for aid during the Great Famine (Ireland)Wikipedia's W.svg
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24European Union It 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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3United States The White House is looking to 'wind down' the coronavirus task force.
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18United 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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4United States Florida. 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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10Guernsey As 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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8Germany Churches 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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8Portugal The state of emergency in Portugal is officially over.
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19United States Michigan. Michigan protesters add blackface to their arsenal of adorable, child-friendly activities.
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19United 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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11United 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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14Spain 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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9Ireland Lockdown 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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16the World Red star.svg May Day was a bit weird this year.
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34United Kingdom the 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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22United 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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4China New cars are being marketed in China as providing the same level of protection as wearing a face mask.
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10United Kingdom The pharmacy chain Boots will provide special safe spaces in its stores for victims of domestic abuse during the lockdown.

April 2020

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10France There will be absolutely no professional sports events at all in France, not even behind closed doors, until September.
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17United States Michigan. 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 States Georgia (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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7Netherlands 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's W.svg. That's why they're spreading a ton of chicken manure on the park.
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13United Kingdom Flag 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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11Italy Italy'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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14Chile Chile 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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11Ireland All 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 Zealand New 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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12Germany Czechia Switzerland Although 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 States Illinois. 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 States Donald 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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7Spain For the first time in six weeks, children under 14 are allowed to step outside of their homes in Spain.
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4the World Allah-green.svg Ramadan is a bit weird this year.
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7United States Young and middle-aged people, barely sick with covid-19, are dying from strokes(paywall)
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19United 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's W.svg 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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13Taiwan Taiwan, 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 States Now 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 States Vice President Mike Pence states the United States of America could largely have the epidemic under control by June.
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13United Kingdom Germany Human 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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0United 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 Kingdom Prime 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's W.svg 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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8Zimbabwe Not 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 States Following 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 States Ohio. John McDaniel, who railed against Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's quarantine order, has died of COVID.
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5United States Treasury 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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8Japan Officials 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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5Israel Prime 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 States Idaho. 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 States New 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 States Trump (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 States Louisiana. 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 World Doctors are noticing a new symptom for COVID-19 especially for young adults, chilblain-like sores on the hands and feet.
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10Ukraine The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)Wikipedia's W.svg 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 States Michigan. 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 World There are so many coronavirus myths that even Snopes can’t keep up
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13United States Florida. 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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1United States Puerto Rico Puerto Rico bans journalists from public press briefings about COVID-19
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14United States While 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 States Trump 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 States For 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 States Italy America 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 States It'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 States Hawaii. 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 States New York. NYPD's agressive policing risks spreading Covid-19 further
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20United States As 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 States On 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 States The 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 States New York. New York now burying unclaimed corpses in mass graves on Hart Island.
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20France United Kingdom We'll just make our own lockdown, with hookers and blackjack!
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27United States Today, 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 States Hospitals say FEMA is seizing crucial medical supplies for unknown reasons
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11China Wuhan's 78-day strict lockdown has come to an end.
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25United States Massachusetts. 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 States United Kingdom After 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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16United States Illinois. 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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23Israel Israel'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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16United States Kansas. 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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25United Kingdom Boris Johnson is in ICU as coronavirus symptoms worsen.
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13United Kingdom Ireland The Orange Order has cancelled all its 12th July parades in Northern Ireland.
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25Australia News 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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13Ireland Former 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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14New 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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16United Kingdom Flag 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 States New 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 Kingdom British 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 States Georgia (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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23United 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 Kingdom The 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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12China Researchers 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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9Thailand Germany United States Another 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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10Turkmenistan Wonder 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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6China France United States Face 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 Nations United Kingdom A UN conference on climate change due to take place in Glasgow, Scotland in November has been postponed.
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15United Kingdom the World Wimbledon is cancelled for the first time since World War II.
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13United States California. 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's W.svg. 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 Kingdom To 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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8United 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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10Netherlands 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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20United States Guam 'Sailors Do Not Need to Die', captain of the USS Theodore RooseveltWikipedia's W.svg 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 Kingdom As Britain stays indoors under the lockdown, goats take to the streets.
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5Hungary Hungary 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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6India India's pandemic lockdown turns into a human tragedy as millions of unemployed workers flee the slums in the cities
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9United 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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12Kenya Kenyan 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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25United States Google 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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7Belarus Belarus 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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12United 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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9China Wuhan partially reopens after more than two months of isolation.
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14United States California. 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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8United Kingdom MedFet 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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9Russia Vladimir Putin says it's the start of a "non-working week".
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10Ireland All people in Ireland are urged to stay home until April 12.
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18United States Trish 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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21United 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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8United States Ralph Drollinger, a fundie 'faith adviser' to Trump, has blamed homosexuality and environmentalism for the COVID pandemic
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18United States California. 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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12France Didier 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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16United Kingdom Prime 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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20United States Virginia. 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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14United States The United States surpasses China's number of reported cases.
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20United States Washington. 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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10Isle of Man The Isle of Man closes its borders to just about everybody, even residents of the island.
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12United States Mississippi. Mississippi's governor issues an executive order effectively prohibiting towns and cities from declaring "stay at home" situations.
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10United States Pennsylvania. Coronavirus threat closes Amish schools, but weddings, church go on
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13United Kingdom Off-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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24United States Canada France Germany Japan Italy United Kingdom European Union The G7Wikipedia's W.svg 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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11United States The FederalistWikipedia's W.svg 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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10United States Missouri. 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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14United States Louisiana. 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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13the World Covid-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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10United Kingdom Prince Charles has tested positive for the virus.
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11Japan the World Olympic flag.svg It's official! The Olympics have finally been postponed.
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5United States Georgia (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's W.svg of disaster readiness has closed 365 restaurants which is just over 30% of its branches due to COVID-19.
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4United States Maryland. 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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5United States Virginia. Against all reason, Liberty University reopens despite the risk of coronavirus infection to students and faculty.
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14United States Texas. 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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5Sweden Greta 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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10India 17% 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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15United States Gwyneth 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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10United States The Eucharist itself is now subordinated to the false god of “saving lives” sayeth 'Christian' nutter.
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11United Kingdom After over 6,000 cases and over 300 deaths, Boris Johnson has imposed strict new restrictions. Brits are now only allowed to leave the house for basic needs (getting food), exercise (once per day) and travelling to work. Baptisms, weddings and other public gatherings are banned and the police will have the power to enforce these rules. Non-essential retail shops will have to close. These measures are to last at least 3 weeks
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11Japan the World Olympic flag.svg It's looking increasingly likely that the Olympics will be postponed, which would be the smart move. (Here's a report not closed to European IPs)
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13India United States California. In a sign that maybe we don't deserve to survive this, Indians celebrated Prime Minister Modi's public call for social distancing, by taking to the streets, en masse. Meanwhile, in California, beaches are still packed, in open defiance of a state order to avoid close contact with others.
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8South Africa As their number of cases nearly doubled to over 400 overnight, South Africa becomes the latest country to go into a 21-day lockdown to try and slow the spread of the virus..
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11Cuba Italy Cuban doctors head to Italy to help battle Covid-19
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14United States White supremacists encourage members to spread Covid-19 to police officers and Jewish people, according to an FBI alert
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9United States New York. Due to more extensive testing, New York state has reached 20,000 positive Covid-19 cases, with 53% being young people (18-49 years old)
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8Congo Rwanda Uganda Conservationists say that mountain gorillas in the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda are in danger from this coronavirus too.
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6Australia Strewth! Brewers both big and small in New South Wales and Victoria have said that there could run out of beer in a few weeks due to the shutdown of breweries.
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8Canada Olympic flag.svgThe Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees has said it is not sending its delegation to, and calling for 1-year postponement of the 2020 Olympics & Paralympics.
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6New Zealand NZ officially under lockdown with level 4 to be enacted by Wednesday 25th of March.
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12Nigeria United States Nigeria has chloroquine poisonings after Trump praised drug.
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3Germany Oh mein Gott! Bundeskanzlerin Mutti Merkel is now in quarantine after meeting a doctor who was later tested positive for COVID-19.
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11United States Kentucky. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has tested positive for coronavirus. He is now in isolation. He was asymptomatic and does not know of contact with an infected person.
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13China China's state-owned & military labs approves human trials for its coronavirus vaccine, in an attempt to beat the US and prevent the latter from patenting their vaccine.
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10Italy Water in Venice clear for the first time in decades, if not centuries, due to coronavirus lockdown. Though this is misleading as it's simpy a result of reduced boat traffic making the sediments remain at the bottom instead of stirred up
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11United Kingdom Gay Pride Flag.svg Since it can't take place in cinemas, the Flare festival, the British Film Institute's LGBTQ+ film festival, will take place online instead.
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7Japan Olympic flag.svg The International Olympic Committee continue failing to look reality in the face as the Olympic cauldron is lit in Japan.
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7United States Texas. Tens of thousands lose their jobs as oil price war slam shale industry. A recent poll found that 18% of US workers have either lost their jobs or had their work hours reduced. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claims the unemployment rate could reach 20% without action. Economists are predicting a tenfold increase of unemployment claims by next week, a two million increase in total
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9United States North Carolina. Georgia (U.S. State). California. Oklahoma. Four (so far) senators, Richard BurrWikipedia's W.svg (R-NC), Kelly LoefflerWikipedia's W.svg (R-GA), Dianne FeinsteinWikipedia's W.svg (D-CA), and Jim InhofeWikipedia's W.svg (R-OK) dumped stock in the days following briefings about coronavirus, before the stock market drove off a cliff.
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17United States Surely in this crisis, the most wealthy and powerful among us will cast aside profiteering and think in terms of human lives saved. Oh. Wait, no. never mind.
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9United Kingdom The cruel myth of the "blitz spirit" is no model for how to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, especially because some of its propaganda photographs are fake
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11Netherlands Wiki Eurovision Heart.svg Due to international travel restrictions and a ban on mass gatherings in the Netherlands, the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest is cancelled.
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4United States Florida. Utah. First congressmen test positive for coronavirus: Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)Wikipedia's W.svg & Ben McAdams (D-UT)Wikipedia's W.svg.
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11United States New York. New York Attorney General threatens legal action if Alex Jones continues to tell viewers that his toothpaste can cure coronavirus
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7United States New York. The New York Stock Exchange trading floor will be closed, after a trader and staff member both tested positive for coronavirus. However, electronic trading will continue.
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5Portugal Portuguese government declares a state of emergency
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6European Union China China will send two million masks and 50,000 test kits to the European Union
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6Iran In an emergency bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, Iran has released approximately 85,000 prisoners
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4European Union Spain In order to stop the coronavirus outbreak, the European Union will close its borders to all non-essential travel. Spain has also closed its frontiers.
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6Ghana Kenya Democratic Republic of the Congo South Africa Senegal Even though they have the fewest reported cases worldwide, African nations such as Kenya, Senegal, the DRC, South Africa and Ghana have enacted drastic measures to fight the spread of Covid-19, including school closures; increased quarantine measures for new arrivals; travel bans to and from Europe, China, Iran and the US; deportations;closure of borders and restrictions on non-essential travel and gatherings.
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4the World Brazil Spain Portugal Coronavirus Update: Death toll surpasses 5,000. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus(though Jair claims it's fake news). Meanwhile the Portuguese and Spanish governments declare a state of alert.
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2United States European Union United Kingdom Trump shuts down all Europe-US travel..... except to UK, 'cos it's not part of Europe any more and its coronavirus isn't dangerous....???
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4the World The World Health Organization (WHO)Wikipedia's W.svg has officially declared the new coronavirus strain a pandemic.
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3Italy NOBODY PANIC! Italy has effectively shut down due to coronavirus fears.
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2United Kingdom UK Health Minister Nadine Dorries has been diagnosed with Coronavirus. At present, 382 in the UK have tested positive for the illness.
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3Italy United States Missouri. In an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Italy, the worst hit European country, the government essentially puts the entire country on lockdown. Meanwhile, in the US, people break quarantine to attend a school dance.
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3China A 36-year old coronavirus patient died of respiratory failure five days after being discharged from hospital, as China continues to report repeat cases of COVID-19 from people thought to have recovered.
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1United States Washington. California. the World Coronavirus: Sixth US death recognized in Washington state while the global casualities surpass 3,000. UPDATE: California declares a state of emergency