Shallow Dive #7: CORONAVIRUS PANIC EPISODE

It could be put off no longer: we finally talk about coronavirus (and other things…)

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Further reading

The UK is attempting a novel and controversial strategy to combat the coronavirus, putting behavioural science front and centre

The US has not been testing enough people, so nobody knows how big its outbreak is.

Andrew Cuomo has been criticised for using prison labour to produce hand sanitiser cheaply for residents of New York State

Italy’s economy is doing very badly.

But will we have a global recession? Nobody really knows.

One thing’s for sure: the stock market isn’t doing well.

And the global economy was already fragile due to Trump’s trade war.

There are various options to deal with the economic fallout. (Trump wants tax cuts.)

Coronavirus has had a dramatic impact on small businesses in Rome.

OPEC wanted to slash oil production, but Russia wasn’t having it.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched yet another crackdown against senior royals in a bid to consolidate power. Bin Salman has undertaken reforms in Saudi Arabia, but his leadership has been questioned after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Guyana elections are disputed as huge oil kitty awaits next President

Two men were sworn in as president of Afghanistan, simultaneously. (The political chaos comes only weeks after a preliminary peace deal was signed between the Taliban and the US and at the same time as coronavirus begins to spread through the country.)

Canada is pushing forward with the criminalisation of gay conversion therapy – here’s how. It’s still a common practice in many places around the world.

Lebanon has defaulted on its debts for the first time.

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