Marvel, DC will delay digital comic books during brick-and-mortar closures

Enlarge / Want new issues of your favorite comic book series? Switching to digital this week won't change their lack of availability. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty / Marvel) Comic book fans received a huge blow last week when they learned that a ton of their favorite series wouldn't receive printed runs in the near future due to coronavirus concerns . That might be fine for those fans who
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Brazil’s president attacks media instead of combatting coronavirus

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s shockingly irresponsible and inflammatory verbal attacks on the media as he continues to deny the importance of the coronavirus epidemic, although it has affected Brazil more than any other country in Latin America. After accusing the media of creating “hysteria” and causing panic ever since the start of the coronavirus crisis, Bolsonaro
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Thailand uses Covid-19 to restrict the freedom to inform

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns last week’s decree in Thailand under which the government, on the pretext of regulating coronavirus information, gave itself the right to decide what is true and what is false. The freedom to inform must be respected at this crucial time, RSF says. Thai journalists and media outlets thinking of publishing an article about Covid-19 will think twice because any information about the virus that the government deems to
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Ars Pro Week, day 2: If you subscribe, we’ll pour more ketchup on Lee Hutchinson

Enlarge Coronavirus. Climate change. Worldwide unrest. Mass extinctions. Killer robots . There's a lot of stuff to worry about, and more things get added to the list daily. (Seriously, the robots—why do the scientists keep making them ?!) So let's get this out of the way right now: I'm not here to give you anything else to worry about. But I am going to ask you
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Foreign Ministry marks Palestine Land Day, honoring liberation movement from Israeli occupation

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Monday released a statement on the occasion of the Land Day of Palestine, honoring Palestinian people’s liberation movement from Israeli occupation. According to Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department, the statement said that in the culture and history of the Palestinian people’s campaign, March 30 marks Land Day of Palestine which is reminiscent of Palestinians’ protest and resistance to the Zionist occupiers. It said that after the occupation of the Palestinian territories, the Israeli
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Easter egg ban and lake dyeing – UK police chided for overzealous response

From a ban on shops selling Easter eggs to flying drones to spot people defying self-isolation guidelines, police measures to control the spread of the coronavirus have upset some Britons living in a nationwide lockdown. Some feel the police actions are heavy-handed and applied inconsistently. One retired judge suggested Britain was turning into a police state, although other countries from Spain to Vietnam have applied more draconian measures. New regulations brought in last Thursday give police the power
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U.S. renews sanctions waivers allowing Iran nonproliferation work

The United States has allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to continue their work at Iranian nuclear sites to make it harder for Tehran to develop nuclear weapons, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. Reuters earlier reported that the decision to renew waivers to sanctions that bar non-U.S. firms from dealing with Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization was expected on Monday, citing four sources familiar with the matter including a U.S. official. Jewish News Syndicate, a news outlet
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Pakistani politicians, religious leaders demand end to Israeli illegal occupation

Pakistan political parties and religious leaders expressing solidarity with the oppressed nation of Palestine on Tuesday demanded an end to Gaza Siege and illegal occupation of Palestinian land by the Zionist regime. They made the remarks during a video conference to mark the Land Day of Palestine organized by Palestinian Foundation of Pakistan in southern city of Karachi. Due to the coronavirus outbreak the conference was held through a video link and was attended by prominent Pakistani political
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Florida bucks social distancing trend as COVID-19 cases skyrocket

Enlarge / MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - MARCH 30: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends a news conference in the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot on March 30, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (credit: Getty | Joe Raedle ) As more and more states issue stay-at-home orders, Florida is taking a different—some say dangerous—approach to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the state’s confirmed case counts have rapidly risen
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Germany confirms first INSTEX transaction

The Federal Foreign Office of Germany in a tweet confirmed the first transaction with Iran through the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) on Tuesday. The Federal Foreign Office of Germany wrote in its Twitter page, “France, Germany and the United Kingdom confirm that INSTEX has successfully concluded its first transaction, facilitating the export of medical goods from Europe to Iran.” The message added, “INSTEX and its Iranian counterpart STFI will work on more transactions and enhancing
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"I Haven't Heard About Testing in Weeks": In Leaked Audio, Trump Dismisses Governors' Concerns About Lack of Coronavirus Equipment

Jake Johnson, staff writer "It would be shocking to me that... anyone who has had access to any newspaper, radio, social networks, or any other communication would not be knowledgeable about the need for test kits."
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Coronavirus: Zimbabwe, Nigeria adopt cash-transfers to most vulnerable

The coronavirus epidemic continues to disrupt life across the world. The disruption is all but gathering steam in affected even virus-free African countries. The rate of infection is lower on the continent as compared to Europe, Asia and parts of the Americas, where lockdowns are in place. The impact on gatherings is an area that most African governments have moved to control. A number of business conferences were cancelled on account of the pandemic. A number of governments have also
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IGAD leaders agree to establish regional response to fight coronavirus

March 31, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - The IGAD leaders on Monday agreed to establish a strategy to fight pandemic diseases and an emergency fund for its implementation. The heads of states and governments of the IGAD held a meeting on Monday chaired by the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok who is also the Chair of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government. The extraordinary meeting was dedicated to deliberate on an IGAD strategy to combat the spread
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Darfur holdout group accepts UN calls for ceasefire over cononavirus

March 31, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - The holdout Sudan Liberation Movement/Army of Abdel Wahid al-Nur (SLM/A-AW) accepted the UN's calls for a ceasefire in Darfur but reiterated its rejection to join the peace process in Juba. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier on 22 March issued an appeal for a global ceasefire in the conflict-hit areas across the world to allow efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus and deliver humanitarian assistance to civilians. Three days
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RSF launches Tracker 19 to track Covid-19’s impact on press freedom

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching Tracker-19 to monitor and evaluate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on journalism and to offer recommendations on how to defend the right to information. See the #Tracker_19
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Netanyahu Uses Coronavirus To Lure Rival Gantz Into ‘Emergency’ Government

Benny Gantz, the former Israeli general turned party leader, agreed late last week to join his rival Benjamin Netanyahu in an “emergency government” to deal with the coronavirus epidemic. Two weeks ago he had won a wafer-thin majority vote in the parliament that gave him first shot at trying to put together a coalition government. … Continue reading "Netanyahu Uses Coronavirus To Lure Rival Gantz Into ‘Emergency’ Government" The post Netanyahu Uses Coronavirus To Lure
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12 Tips For Suddenly-At-Home-Schoolers

As each and every one of us grapple with the various changes that have been imposed by the global Coronavirus pandemic, families with school-aged children have their own set of new challenges. A top priority after working hard to keep everyone safe is to keep up with each child’s education needs while also trying to work from home yourself. You may find your suddenly-at-home-schoolers status unproductive and taking you to new levels of frustration and exhaustion. As a
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Sudan's Hamdok to visit Cairo, Addis Ababa for talks on Blue Nile dam

March 30, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok would visit Egypt and Ethiopia in the upcoming days to urge the resumption of negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), his office said on Monday. Hamdok's office announced a call with the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday to discuss the stalled talks despite a series of meetings Washington hosted to break the deadlock. "Hamdok informed (Mnuchin) of his intention to visit Cairo and Addis
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Facing Layoffs, General Electric Workers Demand Company Put Them to Work Producing Ventilators Instead

Julia Conley, staff writer Workers at a jet engine factory in Lynn, Massachusetts stood six feet apart at a protest outside the facility, following social distancing guidelines while calling on General Electric (GE) to put the employees to work building badly-needed ventilators for coronavirus patients.
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How to play Pokémon Go when everyone’s stuck inside

Enlarge / Remember when Pokemon were allowed to get within 6 feet of each other? (credit: Niantic ) While most game makers are seeing booming usage statistics in the era of coronavirus-induced social distancing , Niantic is in the opposite position. The company's games—including Pokémon Go , Harry Potter: Wizards Unite , and Ingress —are all built
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Coronavirus misinformation is the latest test for social media platforms

Enlarge / It's just you and your devices now, in this socially distanced world we all live in for the time being. Too bad the misinformation campaigns aren't also all on hold. (credit: Luis Alvarez | Getty Images ) The presidential race has fallen off the top of every front page nationwide in favor of coronavirus coverage, but 2020 is still very much a high-stakes election year. Twitter
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Turkey: Rights groups call for urgent release of imprisoned journalists, human rights defenders and others, now at risk of Covid-19

News Amid growing concerns over the spread of Covid-19 in prisons, the Turkish government is accelerating the preparation of a draft law that will reportedly release up to 100,000 prisoners. This is a welcome step. Overcrowding and unsanitary facilities already pose a serious health threat to Turkey’s prison population of nearly 300,000 prisoners and about tens of thousands of prison staff. That will only be exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. However, we remain concerned that journalists, human rights defenders and
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Coronavirus: RSF condemns curbs on access to news and information online

News As the Covid-19 epidemic continues to spread across the globe, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on governments that are restricting Internet access and blocking websites to restore the public’s access to information on this vital subject and to allow journalists to use the Internet freely to work and publish their reporting.
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The year of Mario: A ton of classic 3D games reportedly coming to Switch in 2020

Enlarge / Our own approximation of Super Mario Galaxy on a Switch. Nintendo has yet to confirm a slew of rumors that emerged on Monday morning. (credit: Nintendo / Sam Machkovech) According to a flurry of Monday morning reports, Super Mario is coming back in 2020 in a huge way. And it's mostly about reliving the Nintendo mascot's 3D era on Nintendo Switch. The first rumor domino
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'The Strike Wave Is in Full Swing': Amazon, Whole Foods Workers Walk Off Job to Protest Unjust and Unsafe Labor Practices

Julia Conley, staff writer Labor rights advocates on Monday urged support and solidarity with Amazon employees who walked off the job in the company's warehouse on Staten Island following what the workers said was an unacceptable response by Amazon to at least one case of coronavirus at the facility.
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OneWeb goes bankrupt, lays off staff, will sell satellite-broadband business

Enlarge / Illustration of a OneWeb satellite. (credit: OneWeb ) OneWeb has filed for bankruptcy and intends to sell its business, bringing an abrupt end to the company's plan to offer high-speed satellite Internet service around the world. OneWeb announced Friday that it "voluntarily filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the [US] Bankruptcy Code," and "intends to use these proceedings to pursue a
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Yemen still coronavirus free, WHO confirms

Yemen has zero cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) to date, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday. “The only numbers given were cholera-related and not COVID-19. Do not confuse the numbers,” WHO Representative in Yemen Dr. Altaf Musani, said in his update on cholera and COVID-19 situation in Yemen during the regular Facebook live session. Until Sunday morning, Yemen is the only Middle Eastern country where no COVID-19 case has been recorded, he added. Central laboratories in
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Air strikes hit Houthi-held Yemeni capital Sanaa – witnesses

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen carried out several air strikes on Monday on the capital Sanaa, witnesses said. A number of sensitive sites including the presidential palace compound, a military school and an air base close to Sanaa airport were hit, and loud explosions were heard across the city, residents said. The coalition said the operation was aimed at destroying “legitimate military targets including Houthi ballistic batteries which threaten civilian lives.” Bombings in
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Nintendo Switch sells out at retail, leading to third-party price inflation

Enlarge / All of these consoles are pretty hard to find at retailers these days... (credit: Photo Illustration by Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) As citizens worldwide self-quarantine to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus , major retailers are selling out of the Nintendo Switch, leading to secondhand price markups similar to those seen just after the console's successful launch . The Switch is currently
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Arab League urges international organizations to expose Israel’s racist policies

The Arab League called on the relevant international bodies and organizations to expose Israel’s racist policies, condemn the Israeli practices and violations against the basic Palestinian rights and address these Israeli practices, in accordance with the rules of international law and what international conventions and laws have established. On the occasion of the 44th anniversary of Land Day in Palestine, the Arab League hailed the steadfastness and struggle of the Palestinian people, reiterating its absolute support for the brave
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US must end its inhuman approach towards Iran: Pakistan grand mufti

Pakistan’s grand mufti and president Tanzeem-ul-Madaris while condemning the US policy of double standards has asked the Trump administration to end its inhuman approach towards Islamic Republic of Iran. Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman in a tweet message on Monday said that US must lift economic sanctions against Iran so that they can fight against coronavirus. He praised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent stance on sanctions against Iran. President Tanzeem-ul-Madaris also criticized the silence of some Muslims rulers over
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Sudan reports second death from coronavirus

March 30, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - A second patient in Sudan who tested positive for coronavirus has died, the Sudanese federal health confirmed on Monday. The patient was a businessman in the sixties with diabetes and hypertension. He died in Khartoum after his return from the United Arab Emirates on 13 March. On Sunday, Minister Akram Eltom said the number of coronavirus-infected patients has increased to six cases. Medical sources said that doctors and medical workers at Fadhil
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Sudan confirms sixth case of infection with coronavirus

March 29, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan has confirmed a sixth case of infection by the new coronavirus of a Sudanese who recently returned from the UAE, the federal health minister said on Sunday. "The sixth case is of a patient in the sixties who arrived in the country from the United Arab Emirates," said Akram Eltom. All the patients have been infected with respiratory disease outside the country. Four of the six have been in
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Guidance For Burials And Funerals During The COVID-19 Pandemic

British Board Scholars & Imams is a national assembly of Imams, Scholars & Islamically literate Muslim Academics formed to facilitate intra Muslim dialogue on theology, jurisprudence and community welfare. The need for this has been recognised for many years, with the first informal gathering having taken place in 2013. The board is an independent, non-political, non-sectarian and non-partisan network dedicated to a cooperation based on the principle of unity of purpose, as opposed to the uniformity of
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Coronavirus exposes Israel’s political secret (apartheid)

Last night I heard Bill Gates explain the correct global public health response to coronavirus on CNN, and realized that one result of the pandemic is that Israel’s apartheid moment has arrived. Corona will undermine the long public relations campaign carried on by Israel’s friends to prevent a recognition of systematic ethnic discrimination in Palestine. But let’s look at the global response... Source
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Economic and social effects of Coronavirus

Revealed global inequality or similarity? A natural observation on the economic and social effects of Coronavirus's non-location boundedness in the 21st-century globalized earth By Kujiek Ruot Kuajien The most infamous name at least by global standards since its surfacing on the planet is the previously unknown virus (Covid-19). Newsrooms have become centre stage for global updates as well as social media with all sort of analysts passing their views on the web. The sports world has its
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Coronavirus: Ethiopian 'abandons' over 80 destinations, local market halves

The coronavirus epidemic continues to disrupt life across the world. The disruption is all but gathering steam in affected even virus-free African countries. The rate of infection is lower on the continent as compared to Europe, Asia and parts of the Americas, where lockdowns are in place. The impact on gatherings is an area that most African governments have moved to control. A number of business conferences were cancelled on account of the pandemic. A number of governments have also
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Cleaners Are Having to Fight for the Own Protection in the Fight Against Covid-19

Who will save us from the Covid-19 pandemic? And is it the same workers who stand to lose most from it, as its social consequences unfold? As cleaning becomes only more essential, how have cleaners themselves been treated, asks Joe Hayns, and what dangers and opportunities does the crisis present for them? We need to disinfect everything . Continuously. For months. The more we do this, the fewer of us will die – in ICUs
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Saudi Arabia expands partial lockdown, German tourists leave UAE

Saudi Arabia halted entry and exit into Jeddah governorate on Sunday while hundreds of German tourists were repatriated from the United Arab Emirates as the coronavirus continued to spread in the region. The Gulf Arab region has taken drastic measures to try to combat the disease. Oman, where a suspension of international passenger flights went into force on Sunday, documented 15 more infections and Kuwait reported 20 new cases, taking the total in the six Gulf Arab states
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EU calls for an immediate ceasefire in Syria

The European Union on Sunday echoed the call of UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen for an immediate and nationwide ceasefire in Syria, particularly in view of the coronavirus pandemic. “The recently agreed ceasefire in Idlib remains fragile. It must be upheld and extended to the whole of Syria,” said Peter Stano, EU lead spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in a statement. “Ending the hostilities in the country is important in itself, but it is
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Saudi Arabia says no talks on new oil deal, Moscow suggests larger OPEC+

Saudi Arabia said on Friday it was not in talks with Russia to balance oil markets despite rising pressure from Washington to stop a price rout amid the coronavirus pandemic and an attempt by Moscow to fix a rift with the de facto OPEC leader. A three-year supply pact between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers, including Russia, fell apart this month after Moscow refused to support Riyadh’s plan for deeper production cuts, prompting Saudi
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Afghan government announces ‘inclusive’ team for talks with Taliban

Afghanistan’s government announced a 21-member team to negotiate with the Taliban, in a tentative sign of progress for the United States-brokered peace deal. The list announced late on Thursday by the country’s State Ministry of Peace was headed by Masoom Stanekzai, a former National Directorate of Security chief and supporter of President Ashraf Ghani, and included politicians, former officials and representatives of civil society. Five members were women. It was not immediately clear whether Ghani’s political rival Abdullah
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Bahrain’s treatment of its nationals racist inhumane: Bahraini Cleric

A member of the central committee for the Bahraini Cleric Council Sheikh Mohammed Khojasteh referred to the deplorable condition of Bahraini pilgrims in Iran and held Al-Khalifa responsible for deliberately preventing the return of Bahraini residents. The Bahraini government has recently prevented the return of its nationals from Iran which is in violation of all the international agreements and also Bahrain’s regulations. Over 1200 Bahraini pilgrims who had traveled to Iran are left on their own due to
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Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa

News As journalists and media covering the coronavirus pandemic’s spread in Africa continue to be subjected to censorship, acts of intimidation and physical violence, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on African governments not to go after the wrong target and to guarantee press freedom, which is more essential than ever at this time. According to today’s tally, Africa has a total of 3,337 coronavirus cases and 90 deaths.
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Envoy: Imposers of sanctions are accountable for innocent people’s death

Iranian Ambassador to France Bahram Qasemi in a message on Saturday said that those who call for boosting sanctions and maximum pressure in the crisis-stricken world should be responsible for death of thousands of innocent people. Those who are speaking of sanctions and maximum pressures amid the coronavirus-crisis-stricken world and when thousands of people are being killed and in the atmosphere of fear and anxiety should be accountable for the death of thousands of innocent people. Earlier, Iranian
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Bogus coronavirus claims lead Google Play to finally give Infowars the boot

Enlarge / Alex Jones of InfoWars talks to reporters outside a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC (credit: Drew Angerer | Getty Images) On Friday, Google removed the Infowars Android app from its Play Store, extinguishing one of the last mainstream strongholds of infamous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The takedown came on the heels
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What does it means to fight COVID-19 in South Sudan?

By Riak Machar Pathot Our country and the global community are currently confronted and in fear with the serious risk of a pandemic with the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid -19). What we need from the Government today is the careful and considered management of this threat through sensible and real action that will protect our people from this deadly virus that is taking humans lives aggressively. It is so terrible. This includes border protection
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The Coronavirus: a Wake-up Call from Mother Nature

Once the panic, grief, and worldwide turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic has eventually subsided (as it certainly will in due course), our biggest and most important challenge will be not how or if we survived the relatively short term upheavals to our lives, but whether as individuals and societies we learn from the experience and modify our behaviour in the long term. Without attempting to downplay the individual trauma of people losing loved ones unexpectedly, if we wish to try
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