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Weekly Roundup Of News And Opinion - w/e 28 March

by The Participator – 28 Mar 2020

Our weekly roundup of news and opinion articles that we thought were important, mostly UK news but foreign news stories of interest to us as well. Please remember this is not intended to be a comprehensive news round up.


Emergency "lockdown" measures were announced by the UK Government, including fines for those who did not obey the rules. From the UK Government:

One of the stranger exemptions from the lockdown - off licences. From the Express:

According to some, drinking alcohol is a really bad idea if you are vulnerable.

UK PM Boris Johnson, heir to the throne Prince Charles, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and a chief medical adviser have all been reported as already having the virus, but so far no reports that any of them are seriously ill. From the Times:

From the Express:

A restriction of rail services led to commuters cramming tightly on to the trains that were available. From the Daily Mail:

A study by Oxford University claimed that the virus may have already infected half the UK population. From the Financial Times (requires a login):


New epidemiological model suggests the vast majority of people suffer little or no illness

The same story from the Daily Mail:

The incubation period for the virus has been claimed to be anything from 1 to 24 days (the longest period comes from a claim from Chinese government scientists). From Fox Business:

However patients in the UK are still being advised they did not need to quarantine themselves for that long (only 7 days at the time of writing, please check the latest advice if you have the symptoms). From the NHS:

The BBC published a map showing where most cases are so far. From the BBC:

The biggest number were in London so far according to the above article.

The impact on government spending could prove to be immense. From the Express:

Voices of dissent were still audible. From spiked-online:

From the Telegraph:

Police drones were used to spot people out for walks in the countryside:


“For heaven’s sake, Derbyshire police, get a sense of proportion. These people were taking exercise (permitted) and maintaining social separation (mandated). There are much more important matters which you should be pursuing. https://t.co/17lRUn8nKz”

From spiked-online:

This story from the BBC was challenged:

From spiked-online:

From the Spectator:

The death toll in Italy has risen. From Breitbart:

We have seen the Italians singing opera from the balconies in Italy, but some balconies in Spain have apparently been used for a different sort of singing:


“Muslims across Spain celebrate their victory... Al-Bayyazin Mosque in Granada made public Adhan after 500 years since the Islamic call to prayer was banned in Spain. During the coronavirus lockdown, Muslims throughout Spain have been screaming the Adhan from windows & streets. https://t.co/DOPxHkZCyc”

MP Naz Shah campaigned for special consideration for Muslim and Jewish burials:


“I'm so relieved that the Government have listened to what we've said about religious burials for Muslim and Jewish people and have brought forward an amendment to address our concerns. I don't need to push my amendment to a vote. Thank you so much to everyone for your support!”

Fortunately Gordon Brown is waiting in the wings to save the world for a second time. From the Guardian:

A world run by Gordon Brown, what could possibly go wrong? Let us know in the comments below.


From the Daily Mail:

From Breitbart (Sunday):

From the Daily Mail:

Contrary to what the headline suggests however, they succeeded in crossing the channel with the assistance of the UK Coastguard.


From the BBC:

From the Times:


Meanwhile the crisis at the Greek border continued. Here's some more footage of Turkish police firing tear gas (we assume) at the Greek side of the border.


“Video from y-day In the shadow of the #Coronavirus crisis, Turkish police fired around 1000 tear gas cannisters at the Greek border guards defending the border fence from thousands of migrants trying to storm it Hey Turkey, shouldn't countries work together in times of crisis? https://t.co/pk2ODmcEHZ”


From Breitbart:

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