Deconfine or double down? Covid-19 in France, Turkey, Sweden and Russia

From Russia, where mobile phone apps track citizens to ensure compliance with lockdown, to Sweden, which never confined and opted instead for herd immunity, François Picard’s panel of journalists assess the situation in their country and discuss how the entertainment industry is adapting to the new normal, between the Rolling Stones’ eerie new single and budding Zoom-made TV formats. 

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • ‘Anything the Queen says has immense power’: Robert Buckland welcomes vaccine intervention
  • Hong Kong: Public scepticism over Sinovac COVID jab
  • ‘It’s horrible!’: First people leave quarantine hotels after 10-night stay
  • Some minority communities in the UK reluctant to get COVID jab
  • China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine shots arrive in Argentina
  • In This Story: Donald Trump

    Donald John Trump was the 45th President of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and raised in Queens, a borough of New York City, and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School.

    5 Recent Items: Donald Trump

  • Mark Meadows: Biden’s not following the science, he’s following the money
  • High hopes for new US ambassador to UN on her first day
  • New York District Attorney Obtains Trump’s Tax Returns
  • Trump supporters want to ‘blow up’ Capitol, police chief warns
  • Prosecutors Obtain Millions of Pages of Trump’s Tax Records | The Tonight Show
  • In This Story: France

    France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

    6 Recent Items: France

  • Haute couture, summer 2021: A fashion laboratory
  • US carries out air strikes targeting ‘Iranian-backed’ militias in Syria
  • Myanmar coup: Protesters accuse China of backing military junta
  • Dolphin deaths ‘outrage’ French NGOs, who demand stop to trawling
  • Understanding ‘laïcité’, France’s special brand of state secularism
  • The Germans turning to hunting to ‘ethically’ source food
  • In This Story: Russia

    Russia, or the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It extends from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east, and from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the south.

    Russia spans more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area, stretching eleven time zones, and bordering 16 sovereign nations. Moscow is the country’s capital.

    The Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991 and since 1993 Russia been governed as a federal semi-presidential republic. Russia is a major great power, with the world’s second-most powerful military, and the fourth-highest military expenditure. As a recognised nuclear-weapon state, the country possesses the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons.

    3 Recent Items: Russia

  • High hopes for new US ambassador to UN on her first day
  • Russia Moves Navalny From Moscow Jail, Possibly to Prison
  • Armenia PM warns of coup, as army demands he quit
  • In This Story: Sweden

    Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains. Its principal cities, eastern capital Stockholm and southwestern Gothenburg and Malmö, are all coastal. Stockholm is built on 14 islands. It has more than 50 bridges, as well as the medieval old town, Gamla Stan, royal palaces and museums such as open-air Skansen.

    2 Recent Items: Sweden

  • Who’s to blame for the EU’s slow coronavirus vaccine rollout? | DW News
  • Covid-19 pandemic: The Swedish exception?
  • In This Story: Turkey

    Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly on the Anatolian Peninsula in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe.

    Istanbul, which straddles Europe and Asia, is the country’s largest city, while Ankara is the capital. The majority of the population identifies as Turkish, around 20% identify as Kurdish.

    3 Recent Items: Turkey

  • Mother throws children from burning building
  • Four children thrown to safety from burning building in Istanbul
  • Armenia PM warns of coup, as army demands he quit
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