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Panicdemic (#6)



  • Coronavirus closes meat plants in Canada and the United States as world’s largest pork producer warns of shortages

    • An Olymel pork plant in Yamachiche, Quebec, shut on March 29 for two weeks, after nine workers tested positive for the coronavirus.

    • Maple Leaf Foods suspended operations on April 8 at its Brampton, Ontario poultry plant, following three COVID cases among workers at that facility.

    • Harmony Beef in Alberta, Canada, shut its cattle slaughter operations on March 27 for two days, after a worker tested positive for the new coronavirus, prompting some federal inspectors to stay away from the site.

  • Performance Food furloughs 3,000 employees as coronavirus takes toll

    Grocery distributor Performance Food Group Co (PFGC.N) said on Monday it had furloughed about 3,000 employees and cut pay, while funneling 1,100 workers to help keep its retail clients’ shelves stacked as it deals with the pressures exerted on supply chains and its business by the coronavirus crisis.

  • Coronavirus: What’s happening to the beer left in pubs?

    Fifty million pints – give or take.

    That’s the amount of beer expected to go unused in barrels if pubs remain closed into the summer because of coronavirus. Publicans are currently unable to sell their lagers, ales and ciders – save for takeaways and home deliveries.

  • Starving and Cannibalistic: America’s Rats Getting Desperate Amid Pandemic

    “A restaurant all of a sudden closes now, which has happened by the thousands in not just New York City but coast to coast and around the world, and those rats that were living by that restaurant, some place nearby, and perhaps for decades having generations of rats that depended on that restaurant food, well, life is no longer working for them, and they only have a couple of choices.”

  • McDonald’s temporarily closes Chinese branch which banned black people

    A clip shared on Twitter by Black Livity China on Sunday showed a sign at a McDonald’s branch banning black customers: “We’ve been informed that from now on black people are not allowed to enter the restaurant. For the sake of your health consciously notify the local police for medical isolation, please understand the inconvenience caused. police TEL:110,” it read.

  • Stop the Apple and Google contact tracing platform. (Or be ready to ditch your smartphone.)

    Instead of an app, the technology is pushed down the stack into the operating system layer creating a Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform. This means the technology is available all the time, for all kinds of applications.

  • South Africa’s Ramaphosa blasts ‘despicable’ crime wave during coronavirus lockdown

    Since a nationwide lockdown was announced on March 27 in a bid to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, 148 people have been arrested and charged with crimes relating to gender-based violence.

    Dozens of schools have been burgled, trashed or burnt to the ground and state-owned utility Eskom has reported an increase in cable theft and vandalism, further disrupting an already overburdened power supply.

  • Coronavirus: China strips virus research from internet

    According to the directive issued by the Ministry of Education’s science and technology department, “academic papers about tracing the origin of the virus must be strictly and tightly managed”.

    Under the new policy, all academic papers on COVID-19 will require an extra vetting process before being submitted for publication.

    Studies on the origin of the virus will receive extra scrutiny and must be approved by central government officials, according to the now-deleted posts.

  • Demand for Child Pornography in India Spiked Since Coronavirus Lockdown

    Data from Pornhub, the world’s largest pornography website in the world, also reveals that traffic from India has increased by 95 per cent between March 24 and March 26 2020, as compared to their average traffic, pre-coronavirus, the ICPF claimed.

    The overall demand for child pornography was an average of 5 million per month in 100 cities on the public web during December 2019, which has now spiked.

    The report reveals up to a 200 per cent increase in demand for violent content which shows children “choking”, “bleeding” and ‘tortured”. “Metro cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai, besides many Tier II and capital cities, which are seeing a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, have been red-flagged by the December study as hotspots for child pornography,” the ICPF said.

  • During this coronavirus pandemic, ‘fake news’ is putting lives at risk: UNESCO

    “There seems to be barely an area left untouched by disinformation in relation to the COVID-19 crisis, ranging from the origin of the coronavirus, through to unproven prevention and ‘cures’, and encompassing responses by governments, companies, celebrities and others.”

    Translation: we want global censorship power. Starting with hiding the Chinese origin of COVID-19.

  • Coronavirus: Huawei urges UK not to make 5G U-turn after pandemic

    The government has banned Huawei from the most sensitive parts of the UK’s mobile networks, and limited it to 35% of the periphery, which includes its radio masts.

    But critics argue it is a security risk to allow the Chinese company to play any role at all because of fears it could be used by Beijing to spy on or even sabotage communications.

  • Where now for travel? Lonely Planet closures point to an uncertain future

    As travel has outpaced the growth of the global economy for the last eight years, Lonely Planet has grown to become the world’s largest travel publisher, accounting for 31.5% of the global guidebook market. But with planes grounded, borders closed and people quarantined, where travel is headed next is anyone’s guess.

  • Patel refuses to take children from Greek camps threatened by Covid-19

    It has also emerged that charities recently asked EU countries to help “decongest” the Greek island camps ahead of a possible Covid-19 outbreak. Again, the UK government is understood to have refused to offer assistance, with MSF saying that a number of EU countries including Germany, France, Luxembourg, Finland, Belgium and Bulgaria had volunteered to help transfer 2,000 children from the islands.

  • It’s party after party as Kenyans trick the system

    The erection of roadblocks to stop the movement of Kenyans in and out of Nairobi, Mombasa Kwale and Kilifi counties was tested to the limit, piling pressure on the police.

    The ban on operation of bars and nightclubs also appeared to do little to stop cheeky Kenyans from holding parties, which were moved to houses.

    Those who were adventurous enough partied in parks, even along the road. Security agencies had a rough time tracking down those breaking the law, eventually arresting dozens.

  • NHS coronavirus app: memo discussed giving ministers power to ‘de-anonymise’ users

    Produced in March, the memo explained how an NHS app could work, using Bluetooth LE, a standard feature that runs constantly and automatically on all mobile devices, to take “soundings” from other nearby phones through the day. People who have been in sustained proximity with someone who may have Covid-19 could then be warned and advised to self–isolate, without revealing the identity of the infected individual.

    However, the memo stated that “more controversially” the app could use device IDs, which are unique to all smartphones, “to enable de-anonymisation if ministers judge that to be proportionate at some stage”. It did not say why ministers might want to identify app users, or under what circumstances doing so would be proportionate.

  • UK to remain in lockdown as coronavirus deaths rise above 11,000

    Finance minister Rishi Sunak has told colleagues Gross Domestic Product could shrink by up to 30% this quarter because of the coronavirus lockdown, The Times newspaper reported, adding Sunak was pushing for restrictions to be eased.

    Bye entitlements.

  • Leaders seize new powers to fight coronavirus, fears grow for democracy

    While leaders around the world fight the spread of the coronavirus, they’re amassing sweeping new powers. As legislatures limit or suspend activities in the name of social distancing, many of the norms that define democracy – elections, deliberation and debate, checks and balances – have been put on indefinite hold.

    The speed and breadth of the transformation is unsettling political scientists, government watchdogs and rights groups. Many concede that emergency declarations and streamlining government decision-making are necessary responses to a global health threat. But they question how readily leaders will give up the powers they’ve accrued when the coronavirus eventually subsides.

    Bye democracy.

  • It’s ‘People, People, People’ as Lines Stretch Across America

    In cars and on foot, they are snapping on masks and waiting for hours to stock up on groceries, file for unemployment assistance, cast their ballots and pick up boxes of donated food. The lines stretch around blocks and clog two-lane highways.

  • Did China Try to Influence Germany to Give Positive Comments on Its Covid-19 Management? Yes, Claims Report

    Senior officials and staff at German government ministries were invited “to speak in positive terms about China’s management of the coronavirus,” Die Welt said, citing a confidential foreign ministry document.

    However a German intelligence source told Die Welt that “Chinese officials are pursuing an intensified information and propaganda policy with regard to the coronavirus”.

    Trump and his administration had made a point of referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus”, infuriating Beijing.

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