Coronavirus live news: US deaths could reach 240,000 as UN says world faces worst crisis since WW2
by Helen Sullivan on abril 1, 2020 at 3:30 am
US has one 1 in 5 cases globally; global cases pass 850,000; record daily fatalities in UK, France, Italy, Spain and Russia. Follow the latest updates. White House officials predict up to 240,000 US coronavirus deathsAustralia coronavirus – live updatesThe most extreme lockdown controls around the worldSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.30am BST Thousands of people have urged Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic to let them briefly walk pets during a curfew introduced over the coronavirus crisis, local media reported Tuesday. 4.18am BST A very worrying report out of the Pacific region now. The Northern Mariana Islands, which is a US commonwealth in the north Pacific, has seen its first coronavirus-related death – a 70-year-old man. The commonwealth now has six confirmed cases of coronavirus and officials warn there is evidence of community transmission.The Northern Mariana Islands now has six confirmed #COVID19 cases including one death of a 70-year-old man. The CNMI lacks #coronavirus testing capacity and just 19 tests have been conducted on neighboring Guam, with 12 pending. Officials say there’s evidence of community spread. pic.twitter.com/FBpuHEk9wV Continue reading...
From Houseparty to Zoom: our digital lives in lockdown
by Presented by Anushka Asthana with Alex Hern; produced by Hannah Moore and Iain Chambers; executive producers Phil Maynard and Nicole Jackson on abril 1, 2020 at 2:00 am
The lockdown across the world has led people to desperately seek out new tools for maintaining their work and social lives online. But UK technology editor Alex Hern argues he’s been living this way for yearsThe sudden lockdown imposed on millions of people around the world has seen a transition of nearly every aspect of daily life migrate online. From business meetings to religious services and house parties, there are tech solutions which, if not quite as satisfying, have quickly become the new normal. But for the Guardian’s UK technology editor, Alex Hern, this has been no revolution. He tells Anushka Asthana that for as long as he can remember, he has lived and worked online. Continue reading...
Teargas, beatings and bleach: the most extreme Covid-19 lockdown controls around the world
by Rebecca Ratcliffe in Bangkok on abril 1, 2020 at 1:01 am
Violence and humiliation used to police coronavirus curfews around globe, often affecting the poorest and more vulnerableCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs coronavirus lockdowns have been expanded globally, billions of people have found that they are now faced with unprecedented restrictions. Police across the world have been given licence to control behaviour in a way that would normally be extreme even for an authoritarian state. Related: ‘We can’t go back to normal’: how will coronavirus change the world? Continue reading...
Trump warns of 'painful two weeks' as officials predict up to 240,000 US coronavirus deaths
by David Smith in Washington on abril 1, 2020 at 12:42 am
President offers unusually sombre press conference with projections that take physical distancing measures into accountCoronavirus – live US updatesLive global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDonald Trump has warned America to brace for a “very, very painful two weeks” as the White House projected that the coronavirus pandemic could claim 100,000 to 240,000 lives, even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.Striking an unusually sombre tone at the start a marathon two-hour briefing, the US president defended his early handling of the crisis and displayed models that, he said, justified his decision to keep much of the economy shut down. Continue reading...
Parents with their children, home haircuts and no affairs: the virus has forced us to live in a weirdly moralistic way | Brigid Delaney
by Brigid Delaney on abril 1, 2020 at 12:18 am
Society is being reshaped, but did we expect it to look like this?Imagine if you just got out of a silent 40-day retreat without wifi and returned to society not knowing about the virus. What would you think had happened?My first thought would be that a plain people religious group (think Quaker, Mennonites or Amish) had become our new rulers. Continue reading...