It looks like the EU has a dictatorship among its members (Hungary)- #Covid-19 updates…

Orban was the first authoritarian to grasp opportunities during the pandemic…

[Coronavirus] Orban granted indefinite ‘authoritarian’ power

Ushering in a new era for Hungary – and for the EU – the central European country becomes the first to be ruled by decree, after Orban’s party forced virus emergency laws through parliament.

Hungary Is a Dictatorship Now. Kick It Out of the EU and NATO.

NATO troops should not be asked to spill blood for Viktor Orban.

Coronavirus: Countries reject Chinese-made equipment

The Netherlands, Spain and Turkey have all said some Chinese-made equipment is substandard.

1,610 new cases confirmed in Turkey, death toll hits 168

Turkey’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to 168 on March 30, as the number of confirmed cases increased
CNN – By Rob Picheta and Stephanie Halasz, CNN – Mar 30, 7:10 AM

(CNN) Hungary’s parliament has voted to allow Prime Minister Viktor Orban to rule by decree in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic, giving the populist leader extra powers to unilaterally enact a series of sweeping measures. The bill, which

Bloomberg – Zoltan Simon – Mar 30, 6:05 AM

Sign up here for our daily coronavirus newsletter on what you need to know, and subscribe to our Covid-19 podcast for the latest news and analysis. Hungary’s parliament handed Prime Minister Viktor Orban the right to rule by decree indefinitely

[Interview] How Europe coped with pandemic 100 years ago

The 1918 flu pandemic “was just another thing to put up with” for people numbed by World War One – but there were also parallels with today, a British academic says.
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Turkey has placed 39 residential areas in 18 provinces under quarantine as of March 30 to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed 131 people in the country.

Estimating actual COVID 19 cases (novel corona virus infections) in an area based on deaths

Estimating actual COVID 19 cases (novel corona virus infections) in an area based on deaths. Based on work by Tomas Pueyo at:…


The Mathematics of Predicting the Course of the Coronavirus

Epidemiologists are using complex models to help policymakers get ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the leap from equations to decisions is a long one.

Impact of Covid-19 on the gig economy

Guest: Dr Kelle Howson | Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute

Coronavirus capital by capital: How are Europeans coping with shutdown?

Europeans face a blizzard of restrictions on their freedoms as authorities try to stop the spread.

Most Americans take it for granted that in the 1960s, more than 58,000 U.S. soldiers died in something called the Vietnam War. In Vietnam, however, there is no such thing as the Vietnam War. It is known there as “the American War.”

Anthropologists have known for decades that the names we give to things can be profoundly consequential. Words and names define the building blocks from which we assume the world is made up. They become our common sense. But seemingly self-evident words actually express a point of view. This may only become clear when we realize others have different building blocks or when the words are challenged.

Why fighting the coronavirus depends on you

If we can slow the virus down, it could save hundreds of thousands of lives. Read more about the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic at In March 2020, the World Health Organization officially classified Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as a pandemic. That means the disease no longer constitutes just an outbreak or even an epidemic; the coronavirus has now spread around the world, and will continue to reach into other countries and communities. That’s in part because of how contagious the virus is. When you’re infected with the flu, it takes about two days before you start to show symptoms. But coronavirus symptoms take an average of five to six days to appear, so it’s easy to spread well before you notice that you’re feeling sick. Many people are spreading it while going about their daily lives as usual. The risk is that once coronavirus starts to spread in a community, about 20% of cases are severe and may require hospitalization. As those cases multiply, hospitals can fill up quickly. And people with severe cases of COVID-19 who can’t receive proper medical attention are at a much higher risk of dying. Ideally, we would be able to stop the virus from spreading entirely. We can’t do that right now. What we can do is slow it down, so that the severe cases get spread out over a longer period of time, and hospitals are less likely to be overwhelmed on any given day. And that’s where each one of us comes in. The best way to slow down the spread is for everyone — healthy, sick, young, old — to limit social contact as much as possible, immediately. This is called social distancing, and it only works if enough of us do it. But if we do, it could mean the difference between the life and death of someone you know.

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