Why are people protesting against coronavirus restrictions? | Inside Story

As governments ease coronavirus lockdowns, they’ve imposed safety measures like mandatory face coverings and social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Tens of thousands of protesters defied bans on mass gatherings to attend ‘anti-Corona’ rallies in Europe.
But government leaders insist the restrictions must stay in place, especially as cooler months approach in the northern hemisphere.
So, how should we balance our rights while reducing new infections?

Presenter: Halla Mohieddeen


Heidi Larson – Director, The Vaccine Confidence Project.

Dr Bharat Pankhania – Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School

Donna Dawson – Psychologist

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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.

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