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Which factions in Chinese politics are pushing for more hawkish/dovish post-COVID international policy?

In the months following the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, China has launched territorial disputes with India, imposed direct control on Hong Kong, and is generally being much more confrontational ...
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What caused the shift from “flattening the curve” to disease eradication in Western societies? [closed]

Back in the middle of March, lockdowns were advertised as a way of "flattening the curve": As the spread of the coronavirus continues, everyone from the medical community to government ...
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What is the Victorian government's long-term COVID-19 strategy for reopening borders?

The Victorian (Australia) government is enforcing strict quarantining rules to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases. The short-term strategy detailed in the daily press release, published on YouTube, ...
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Covid-19 public data accuracy, disclosure, and transparency

With the unprecedented move of the Trump administration to have state Covid-19 data sent to HHS instead of the CDC it warrants to know if any rules\regulations will work differently with this change ...
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After the start of COVID-19, what does Lichtman's keys model currently predict?

I am wondering about the Lichtman's keys model. I wonder what his model is saying now about the 2020 election. How many keys are in Trump's favor, and how many are against? Note to self: if the model ...
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Why hasn't the USA done a statistical sampling of COVID cases?

In all the media reports I have seen over the past few months with respect to the COVID pandemic, I have never heard about any statistically random testing done at any level (state, federal). From my ...
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Why does the US force citizens and US permanent residents located in countries with no and almost no COVID-19 cases to come back to the US?

I read on https://th.usembassy.gov/health-alert-u-s-embassy-bangkok-thailand-july-31-2020/ (mirror): We will not issue visa extension letters for U.S. citizens who wish to stay in Thailand beyond ...
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What was the US government's official plan for dealing with future pandemics prior to 2020?

Pandemics are not a new phenomenon and people like Bill Gates have been talking about preparing for the next one for many years now. Did the US government have an official plan in place for what they'...
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Is there a country where the government cannot force a COVID-19 positive person to enter quarantine / remain hospitalized?

Le Monde argues about the recent Romanian Constitutional Court that basically states that freedom of movement must prevail even for Covid-19 positive persons (translated from French): the ...
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Where did the tendency for President Trump and Republican governors to downplay the need for COVID-19 safety measures originate?

Within the USA it seems the approach to COVID-19 is significantly different depending on the political party of the governor, to the point that it almost seems as if the two parties have a different, ...
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Did the EU PPE Scheme deliver anything?

Towards the end of April 2020, there was significant criticism of the UK government for not joining an EU wide procurement scheme for PPE equipment. Guardian 22nd April Statements from around the same ...
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Has the COVID-19 pandemic created significant changes in the views of the US electorate?

I believe that coronavirus pandemic has caused significant changes in the ideology of the US electorate. For example, sending out stimulus checks has became a bipartisan idea. In my state EVERYBODY is ...
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Have any governments developed tracing apps that have helped with COVID-19?

The effectiveness of Australia’s COVIDSafe app, which tracks contacts between users via bluetooth technology, has been called into question, with some people going so far as to claim that it hasn’t ...
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Why does there seem to be such a big difference in case mortality between the USA and Europe? [closed]

At the time of writing (11 July 2020) the USA have almost 3.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, while Europe has slightly over 1.8 million with the USA passing Europe around 10 May ...
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Public reporting on the motivations for folks to wait hours to get a COVID-19 test and how that impacts local governments? [closed]

When I hear Governors/Mayors/Health officials talk about the current positivity rate for their jurisdiction and that that rate is guiding decisions about opening/closing public activities, I assume (...
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Is there mass unemployment in the USA or is there not?

When reading statements of Donald Trump, e.g. this Tweet, there is a better employment rate than ever in the USA right now. But many news sources in Europe report, that there is mass unemployment. ...
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How did the US prepare for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

President Trump speaking at the end of February (Feb 26th 2020) gave an update about the response of the US to the novel coronavirus outbreak. In an announcement that introduced a new team to tackle ...
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Are Democrat-led states handling COVID-19 better than Republican-led states?

If Democrats are more pro-science than Republicans, and if science helps control COVID-19, then it sounds logical that US states with a Democratic governor will handle COVID-19 better than those with ...
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Are US persons subject to mandatory isolation if they have tested positive for COVID-19? [closed]

(This is a edited version of a prior question that was considered "unfocused" so I am attempting to make the Q clearer) Context: On Friday 6/26/2020 447 new cases of COVID 19 were reported ...
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What's the COVID-19 quarantine plan in the U.S.? [closed]

We've had this thing for a while... It's been 7 months since the initial outbreak, 5 months since it came to the U.S., and 4 months since politicians started quarantines. We now have tests and ...
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What reasons are offered by those who both endorsed social distancing and then endorsed the BLM mass protests?

I hope this doesn't get labeled as a bad faith question. I'm genuinely curious what the rationale is for supporting the mass gatherings and protesting following the death of George Floyd, despite ...
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Is there any reason to believe that face masks increase the risk of racial profiling?

As established at Skeptics, Lincoln County, Oregon, legally requires everyone to wear facemasks to prevent the spread of covid...unless they are a person of color. In other words, only white people ...
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What led the UK Government to switch to a decentralised COVID-19 contact-tracing app?

It was reported in late March that the NHS had been developing a contact-tracing app with an Oxford-based team since mid-January, encouraged by the success of a similar app in China. The app, ...
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What is the current status of Canadian parliament? [closed]

I'm Canadian, but not a huge follower of Canadian politics. I have been reading articles discussing opposition parties' responses and continuing reactions to moves that PM Trudeau is making with ...
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How has the Scottish Government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic differed from that of the UK Government?

As healthcare is a devolved matter in the UK, the Scottish government is broadly responsible for the Scottish response to the pandemic, while the UK government is chiefly responsible for the response ...
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Why do Western countries seem to be less efficient than Asian countries in fighting against COVID-19?

So far it appears that Western countries especially in Europe (e.g. Italy, Spain, UK, France, Germany) struggle to curb the spread of COVID-19. This is in contrast to most Asian countries (China, ...
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What are the implications of Hungary's emergency coronavirus bill?

Today, Hungary's parliament voted by 137 to 53 to enact the new COVID-19 bill, which apparently grants Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sweeping powers, in order to allow Hungary to deal with the crisis. ...
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What is the rationale behind waiting until after the first peak of COVID-19 infections to impose quarantine measures on incoming travellers?

From June 8th 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travellers to the UK, including UK residents, must self-isolate for 14 days by law. If you arrive in the UK on or after 8 June 2020, you will not ...
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Is there an explanation for why ~20% of Americans think the US's response to COVID-19 has been better than South Korea's?

In this article, it's claimed that 20% of the US thinks the US is handling the COVID-19 outbreak better than South Korea, 21% think it's about the same, 26% think it's worse, and 32% aren't sure. This ...
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Why is Italy rejecting 39 billion euros of EU coronavirus aid?

According to tagesschau.de (original article in German, translation here), in response to the European Union's coronavirus aid package, Italy's government has made it clear that "[they] don't want ...
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Are there full details on why the UK Government has stopped reporting how many people have been tested for COVID-19?

As far as I can tell, the last daily update from the Department of Health and Social Care on the pandemic which included figures on how many people have been tested for COVID-19 took place on May 22nd....
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What benefit does the USA gain when it withdraws from WHO?

Donald Trump threatens to quit WHO. Yet I don't see any benefit it could gain by doing so.
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Why are countries still introducing COVID-19 quarantines for travelers from affected regions, even though it's been proven they don't work?

Various governments seem to be playing whack-a-mole with travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines in the recent COVID-19 epidemic. First Chinese residents were banned from numerous countries. ...
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Why does Denmark allow its citizens to return from Sweden, but not admit Swedes?

Returning Danes cause 6km 'corona queue' at Swedish border - The Local While Danes can enter Sweden without restrictions, Swedish citizens are not allowed to cross into Denmark unless they work ...
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Have there been any results of the CDC investigation in the Guatemala suspension of deportations allegedly due to Covid-19-infected deportees?

In an interesting twist of news from a month ago, Guatemala had suspended receiving deportations from the US saying that the US has sent them Covid-19-infected deportees. Well, one flight - the first ...
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Why can one still buy newspapers during lockdown?

In the middle of the Covid-19 lockdown, at least in France and in Italy newsagents are in the list of first-necessity stores that remain open. "To go buy a newspaper" is a legitimate reason to leave ...
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How do leaders choose between lives and money?

Amid the current pandemic many governments imposed heavy social restrictions in an attempt to flatten the curve and thereby save lives, and those restrictions take their toll on the economies. For ...
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What percentage of Frenchmen still think [hydroxy]chloroquine is an effective remedy against Covid-19?

News from almost two months ago: A survey released by French polling institute IFOP on 6 April revealed that 59% of the French population believes chloroquine is effective against the new ...
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Why is Trump promoting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19?

As of this writing (2020-05-18) Trump has publicly recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure for COVID-19. In addition, he has publicly announced that he is taking it himself ...
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Is there any G7 cooperative response for COVID-19?

G7 is a community of the largest economies in the world, according to Wikipedia. Recently, there was a foreign ministers meeting, and then a rather abstract statement after. I expected some ...
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Why is “PMO Cares” in India not under Right to Information?

Why is PM Cares fund not under the purview of right to information yet being managed by the prime minister's office (PMO). Does the prime minister of India have the option to not answer RTI? During ...
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FDA Vaccine Approval - has or can the FDA approve multiple vaccines for the same virus?

Currently there are several competing companies that are trying to develop a vaccine for SAR-Cov-2. As each company has said that they are going to engage in at-risk-production if they think that they ...
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On what countries in the Americas the US has (or hasn't) imposed travel restrictions related to Covid-19?

Interesting news that the US is (only now) considering a travel ban on Brazil. I think the borders with Canada and Mexico were closed sooner. So, on what countries in the Americas did the US impose ...
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How did the US “sabotage” the adoption of the latest World Health Assembly resolution regarding Covid-19?

The Intercept claims that: Last month, Australia led the way in calling for such an investigation, suggesting that it would raise the issue at the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of ...
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What position has the Chinese government had on the origins of COVID-19?

What position, if any, does the Chinese government have on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic? Do they acknowledge that the virus first infected humans as a result of it jumping from an animal to a ...
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What political and social factors underlie Sweden's controversial response to COVID-19?

Sweden has adopted a far less radical set of policies in reaction to COVID-19 than most other European states. Many other European states are in "lock-down", with severe restrictions on ...
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Where does Operation Warp Speed fit in the US government (or GSEs) structure?

Recently announced: "That means big and it means fast," [Trump] said of Operation Warp Speed. "A massive scientific, industrial and logistical endeavour unlike anything our country has ...
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Could the CCP have disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic much earlier as the U.S. claims? [closed]

Could the CCP have disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic much earlier as the U.S. claims? What are the standards in terms of pandemic reporting and did the Chinese Communist Party meet those standards? What ...
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What's the earliest date on public record when the WHO requested to visit Wuhan to investigate COVID-19?

In the context of Trump's administration decision to suspend the funding of the WHO (pending a review), the BBC has this narrative: "Had the WHO done its job to get medical experts into China to ...
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What are the practical effects of the Slovenian government declaring the end of the COVID-19 epidemic?

This article from the Slovenian Press Agency published Thursday night states (in Slovenian) that The government has canceled the epidemic and lifted quarantine at border crossings At tonight's ...