Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, and Education Minister Stephen Lecce, right, on July 30, 2020, before announcing the government’s plan for reopening schools in the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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With sufficient testing and co-ordination, reopening schools and businesses in areas without active outbreaks can be as effective as a wide lockdown in minimizing COVID-19 cases, according to a new model.
While the focus has been on containing ‘hot spots’ of COVID-19 outbreaks, understanding why some areas have few or no cases could point the way to a staged reopening that starts with these areas.
Leicester will remain under lockdown while other parts of the UK open up.
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Second waves of coronavirus cases are far more likely to be driven by poverty and economic necessity.
Research into life on the trading floor reveals the importance of being in the room for things to run smoothly.
The new normal: Parisians eat and drink on restaurant terraces for the first time since lockdown began in March.
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When considering how to exit lockdown, we need to think about people who have died from COVID-19 as well as those who have died because other health care was postponed.
In lower-income countries, 50-day cycles of lockdown with relaxed periods in between could strike a balance between controlling the virus and getting economies running again.
We should make more use of randomised controlled trials – usually used in medicine – to understand which measures were effective in controlling COVID-19.
National models on the spread of COVID-19 have helped us through this crisis. But we’ll need local models to get us through the next stage.
The UK government’s alert levels, to guide the country’s exit out of lockdown.
The equation ‘COVID alert level = R (rate of infection) + number of infections’ simply does not add up to a number between one and five.
When is the right time to wave the green flag?
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Federal authorities have input, but states reign supreme – unless they decide to let local governments make the call.
Everyone wants less time commuting, better email etiquette and new places to work from.
People, some wearing masks, enjoy a walk in a park in Rome as Italy, the first nation to impose a nationwide lockdown against the coronavirus, begins to reopen – slowly.
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It’s possible to evaluate countries’ readiness to lift their lockdowns, based on how well they managed the first wave of the pandemic, and how ready they are for a digital economy.
Protesters seeking relief from lockdown restrictions, like these in Missouri, are being marshaled and egged on by conservative political operatives.
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Research and investigative journalism call into question the authenticity of – and actual public support for – recent protests demanding governments lift lockdowns and ‘reopen’ the US economy.
Singapore only introduced a partial lockdown in early April.
Lockdowns will have to be lifted cautiously and new waves of infection are likely.
A crib sheet for Dominic Raab.
Ending pandemic restrictions too early could cause a second wave of disease.
The UK has acted tactically to avert disaster – the basic problem has not been solved and there is no exit in sight. But there is a long-term prospect of things changing for the better.