Articles on the website call COVID-19 a "fake pandemic" and oppose vaccines. Health experts say it’s “incredibly dangerous”.
Sunny HundalAnother top scoop by @5050oD team at openDemocracy.
US government has funded a big health news website in Armenia spreading “incredibly dangerous” COVID-19 misinformation
Articles on the website call COVID-19 a "fake pandemic" and oppose vaccines. 🤦🏽♂️
The award-winning schoolgirl team is racing against time to help coronavirus patients.
Sunny HundalAfghanistan's all-girl robotics team has turned it focus on coronavirus patients - by making affordable ventilators out of car parts.
And apparently they're about 70% finished already. 👏🏽👏🏽
Sunny HundalIf 100 million people in China are being put in lockdown again, this outbreak is bigger than we're being told.
It also means second waves are far more likely than some western governments are willing to accept
Now authorities are frantically trying to track down 11,000 people who might have been exposed, and prevent a second wave of infections.
Sunny HundalOne guy in South Korea visited five bars and clubs on 1st May. Now authorities are trying to track down *11,000 people* who may have been exposed.
The scale of contact-tracing required here seems mind-boggling to me. 🤯
With cases increasing in tightly-packed dormitories, experts say Singapore offers a salutary lesson.
Sunny HundalInteresting article on Singapore:
- Cases are now rocketing up
- 'Frontline' migrant workers now main victims (it'll be Middle East next)
- "The system worked until mid-March"
- Now under partial lockdown (worse than UK)
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“Sadly most Chinese people really believe the U.S. brought the virus to China and they call it ‘USA virus,’” Lucy, a 45-year-old Chinese American who recently returned to China to take care of her parents, told VICE News.
Sunny HundalDid anyone not see this coming?
'The Communist Party of China has promoted it so aggressively that it has become accepted knowledge among the Chinese populace that the U.S. military imported the coronavirus to Wuhan and began the pandemic'
The big cat is the first known case of a non-domesticated animal with COVID-19 symptoms—and is one of seven sick tigers at the New York zoo.
Sunny HundalAbsolutely crazy.
New York Zoo now has a possible seven tigers sick from Covid-19, who likely caught it from a human zookeeper.
I thought this kind of transmission was impossible 🤷🏽♂️😬🤯
The Chinese government has waged a months-long disinformation campaign to portray itself as the country that defeated the virus, when it attempted to hide it for months.
Sunny HundalA Chinese govt official recently posted a video showing Italians on lockdown clapping and shouting "Thank you, China", for aid.
It was a fake. The applause was actually for work done by Italian medical workers.
Research from Italy and China, shows many people have the coronavirus but no symptoms
Sunny HundalThis seems like a big deal to me.
This BBC programme interviewed an Italian medic who tested EVERYONE in their village, and found 3 in 4 of Covid-19 cases had no symptoms whatsoever, but were contagious anyway.
Swedish authorities estimate that there are more people with COVID-19 who don't show symptoms than those in other countries.
Sunny HundalIn contrast to others, Sweden is going for an aggressive and much faster 'herd immunity' approach.
Its scientists think that achieving immunity now will protect them better during the second and third waves.
We are calling on the government to introduce an immediate livable income guarantee for everyone living in the UK.
Sunny HundalMany Britons are still not self-isolating because they can't afford to do so. The government's support does not extend to them.
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