Squats, drones and angry mayors: how coronavirus lockdowns are being policed

A third of the world’s population is under lockdown as countries tighten measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. We take a look at some of the strategies – from drones to armed forces, exercises to fines – that governments are using to police their citizens
India’s 1.3bn population locked down to beat coronavirus
Police leaders say enforcing UK lockdown may be impossible

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

  • Greater Brisbane is no longer a COVID hotspot | 7NEWS
  • Coronavirus: Four cases linked to Australian Open | 9 News Australia
  • Elderly people in Norway die after receiving the COVID-19 Pfizer jab | 7NEWS
  • Over 1.6 million inoculated against COVID-19 in Beijing
  • New COVID-19 cases plunge the Australian Open into chaos | 7NEWS
  • In This Story: India

    India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the second-most populous country, the seventh-largest country by land area, and the most populous democracy in the world. New Delhi is the capital.

    It has an exceptionally diverse population, with Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and other religions speaking over 21 recognised languages.

    2 Recent Items: India

  • India lower order frustrates Aussies with Test evenly poised | Vodafone Test Series 2020-21
  • Shardul Thakur whacks Aussies around the Gabba | Vodafone Test Series 2020-21
  • In This Story: UK Lockdown

    In an unprecedented step, the UK Government ordered all British people to “stay at home” on the evening of 23 March 2020, after the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak threatened to overwhelm it’s National Health Service (NHS). A second UK lockdown, with “stay at home” order was enacted by Parliament on Thursday 5th November 2020.

    3 Recent Items: UK Lockdown

  • Coronavirus: UK lockdown starting to have an effect on virus spread, Boris Johnson says
  • UK lockdown “to continue until March” with more than a million Covid cases in England – BBC News
  • Coronavirus pandemic: How UK lockdown will affect border control in Europe?
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