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France has since 2011 an official published plan to fight an influenza pandemic. It was prepared following the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. As far as I can tell, it did not envision a complete lock-down of the type that has been put in place in many countries, possibly because the disease was not expected to overload hospital intensive care units to the same extent. ...


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No, there are no detailed plans. Let me describe the current situation: We are up in the air, flying by visual flight rules through a dense fog of unclear data. We try not to hit the mountain, but we don't know how high it is. Some people say it's just a hill like all the others. We don't even know our own altitude. We were forced to shut down one engine to ...


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No, they haven't, and the reason is: The epidemiologists know full well that the second wave is usually more deadly than the first, but they're reluctant to dwell on this because they have to focus on getting the population (and the politicians) to accept the restrictions that limit the effect of the first wave. The reaction to these restrictions, both in ...


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In New Zealand, where I live there is a pretty good long term framework as least if not a plan. Save lives manage the spread until a vaccine is available. The government has communicated that this 'Event' will last about 18 months maybe even 2 years. So has implemented a 4 Level system. https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/ Level ...


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Argentina isn't officially in a state of 'indefinite' lockdown. Up until yesterday, the plan was that the lockdown would last until March 31st. Yesterday the president announced that the lockdown would be extended until April 12th. Unofficially, the plan is very clearly that the plan changes according to the situation. But the official plan is that the ...


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Unfortunately, in the current state of things the only "plans" that can be made are minor variations on 1) Hope someone comes up with a vaccine (real soon|someday). 2) Admit that if #1 doesn't happen, just about everyone is going to get it, lots of people will die, and we just have to hope that it's something you can only get once. 3) Lie to the public, ...


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Yes, the IOC has such plan (yeah, I know it's not a country) The postponed Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8 in 2021, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed. Of course, for a sports org is much easier to say "see you next year", relative to what country can do. The US scrapped more immediate plans to "reopen by ...


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While discussions on lifting restrictions have already been started (here in Germany they were initiated by opposition parties), there is no sane politician that would announce a concrete plan. Even the opposition politicians initiating the debate do not want to name any dates, and would rather use a vague "as early as possible". Nobody knows when the peak ...


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Perhaps contrary to common belief, there are (actually lots) of competitive & relatively free elections held in China, especially in the 2007-2012 reform era. However, those were limited to the local level, and the elected officials had little influence at higher levels. Competitive and relatively free elections are held at the village level. Under ...


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Hannah Arendt in her book The Origins of Totalitarianism writes about how both Communist and non-communist Authoritarian regimes operate, and one of the Key features is that the political party in charge elevates itself above the State and as a result create institutions with deliberately murky and overlapping powers, the party then presides to undermine its ...


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Elections in China (PRC) are hierarchical. Local districts can elect representatives, however a complex system of committees and primary elections ensures that only Communist-party backed candidates can appear in the election. Higher levels of government are chosen by local government groups, further ensuring that the Communist Party retains control. Thus ...


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Yes. Under section III.08 of the Ohio Constitution: The governor on extraordinary occasions may convene the general assembly by proclamation and shall state in the proclamation the purpose for which such special session is called, and no other business shall be transacted at such special session except that named in the proclamation, or in a subsequent ...


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There are "election monitors", but they have no enforcement powers. The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights specifies a right to elections: The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ...


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