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So what? Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian president
At most just a little flu or a little cold.’ Bolsonaro’s broadcast
If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19 which are well beyond what they should be, it’s estimated that 200 million people have died probably by the time I finish this talk. Joe Biden, rally 20 September Philadelphia, cited The Federalist
There’s still so much we don’t know about Covid19. All we know for certain is that it’s a virus that affects the respiratory system that the Chinese manufactured in a lab in a desperate final attempt to kill Prince Philip. Frankie Boyle’s New World Order s4e1, BBC 2020
To help in the fight against Covid the government wants people to get their weight down. It’s a two-stage approach: Stage 1: more cycle lanes; Stage 2: more austerity famine. Frankie Boyle’s New World Order s4e2
Basically, the government’s priority seems to be to keep pubs open no matter what. Presumably, because their pandemic strategy makes a lot more sense when you’re pissed. Frankie Boyle’s New World Order s4e3
As Covid cases rise it’s good to see the government taking social distancing seriously by making sure anyone who’s feeling ill is getting a test 300 miles away from their family. Frankie Boyle’s New World Order s4e4, BBC 2020
A test and trace app has been launched in England. Unfortunately, the elderly will have to be shown how to download the App by a young person. And the proximity will make it inevitable that they get Covid and die. Frankie Boyle’s New World Order s4e5, BBC 2020
Covid-19 will eventually bring the people of Britain closer together in our mass graves. Frankie Boyle’s New World Order s4e7, BBC 2020
It would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden this evening. Prime Minister’s Private Secretary, memorandum 20th May 2020
Coronavirus: More than 25,000 patients discharged to care homes in crucial 30 days before routine testing. Independent online article 2 June 2020
Go to the banya. Two or three times a week will do you good … When you come out of the sauna, not only wash your hands, but also your insides with 100 millilitres [of vodka]. Alexander Lukashenko, leader Belarus
Nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion. Donald Trump
Just over 100 days ago a deadly virus took an unprepared world by storm. But as the world scrambled to react to this growing emergency, an astonishing global scientific effort began: to understand the nature of this new enemy and how to fight it. Horizon: Coronavirus, BBC 2020
We’re facing one of the greatest medical and scientific challenges in history. ibid.
This is a completely new strain … All viruses have to hijack the cells of other organs ... Viruses infect all life forms … Where do these new strains emerge from and why? ibid.
Scientists had mapped the virus’s gene and discovered it shares 96% of its genetic code with a virus found in bats. ibid.
South Korea: mass testing rather than lockdown to suppress the spread. ibid.
Four months ago the world was stopped in its tracks by a deadly virus. Science is now centre-stage changing the lives of millions. But the science often seems confusing. Early predictions were wide of the mark. Wonder drugs have failed to deliver and immunity passports are yet to materialise. Horizon: Coronavirus II
There were three papers published in early 2019 predicting exactly that. ibid.
It’s thought Coronaviruses have been infecting animals for millions of years. ibid.
Scientists still don’t know how many a-symptomatic people there are. ibid.
The Coronavirus has now been with us for over a year. During that time our knowledge of the virus and the disease it causes has increased dramatically. Horizon: Coronavirus: What We Know Now, BBC 2021
The Coronavirus has also moved on though: it’s changing shape; it’s becoming harder to pin down. So far we’ve seen new variants emerging around the globe. ibid.
Variants will emerge that can escape the vaccine. ibid.
Tonight: are we in danger from a deadly virus? It’s killing abroad but will it take hold in Britain? Are we prepared? And how can we stop it? Tonight: Dead Virus: Is Britain Prepared? ITV 2020
This is Wuhan: a Chinese city of eleven million people. In happier times a bustling metropolis. But now in the grip of a lethal illness. It’s called Coronavirus, and it has left a city bigger than London locked down. The streets are down, hospital jammed with the sick and in some cases the dying. ibid.
Thousands of people have now contracted the Coronavirus in China. At least 170 have died. The authorities there are desperately trying to contain it. ibid.
Tonight: The UK braced for more Coronavirus cases. The reality of life in quarantine. How do we all keep ourselves safe? And how close are we to a vaccine? Tonight: What Next for Britain?
Across the globe almost 60,000 infected, more than 1,300 deaths and rising, the overwhelming majority of those in China. ibid.
Tonight: Britain’s first death linked to Coronavirus. Are we now on the verge of a mass epidemic? The PM says Britain will cope; medics say we shouldn’t panic. But some are preparing for the worst. Will rises cost him jobs and the economy? And, what do we need to know? Tonight: Coronavirus: What You Need to Know
Covid-19: 115 cases have now been identified across the UK, and that number will inevitably rise. ibid.
Italy: Over 100 dead and over 3,000 infected. ibid.
Tonight: how can we protect older people from the Coronavirus? We have the latest advice and hear from families who are deeply concerned. Will thousands of pensioners face months of isolation? And can our health service and social care system cope? Tonight: Coronavirus: Protecting the Elderly
Coronavirus has spread across the globe causing destruction to all our lives in ways we have never seen before. ibid.
The first evidence that older people were more likely to die from Covid-19 came from China. ibid.
Britain in lockdown. The doctors battling against the virus. Pushed to breaking point. And have we been too slow to react. These are unprecedented times. It’s hard to believe what’s happening. Tonight: Coronavirus: Protecting the Elderly
Britain and a quarter of the world’s population is now in lockdown. ibid.
Tonight: America’s war with the Coronavirus. How a global health crisis is threatening to overwhelm the world’s superpower. How vulnerabilities in American society are now being exposed by this pandemic. And is President Trump’s controversial leadership helping or hindering the spread of the virus? Tonight: Trump and the Virus: America in Crisis
The number of Americans testing positive is soaring. More than any other country on Earth. ibid.
The prime minister is still in hospital. The nation is still in lockdown and under pressure. Is testing the key to ending isolation? And how much longer will lockdown last? Tonight: Lockdown, How Long Can It Last?