Coronavirus: The unusual ways countries are managing lockdowns

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Serbia’s nightly “dog-walking hour” did not quite work and had to be scrapped Countries across the globe are taking unprecedented measures to prevent the coronavirus spreading, ranging from the extreme to the relaxed to the creative. We’ve taken a look at some of the more unusual steps countries have taken

How birth is changing in the age of coronavirus

Image copyright Twitter/ Emma Gallagher The coronavirus crisis is throwing many pregnant women’s birth plans up in the air and leading some health trusts to increase home births. The image captured hearts on social media 10 days ago. Faolán, Gaelic for “little wolf”, was born in Drogheda in Ireland on Saturday 14 March and a

Coronavirus: Racist ‘zoombombing’ at virtual synagogue

Image copyright Family who attended the meeting Image caption One family held up a sign of peace amid the abuse A synagogue service being held online has been hijacked by racist accounts which posted anti-Semitic abuse to congregants, the BBC has learned. The meeting was being held on video chat app Zoom. “Zoombombing” – where

Big splash: The world’s largest designer of water parks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGeoff Chutter says that when hiring staff he looks for positivity rather than skills. In 1980 Geoff Chutter found himself “mortgaged to the underside of the nostrils”, and the owner of a brand new water park. The then 28-year-old had no previous experience of working in the

Coronavirus: Rescue for Brits stuck in India ‘too little, too late’

Image copyright Carl Allcott Image caption Carl Allcott said he did not understand why the UK government had not acted sooner to repatriate its citizens British tourists trapped in India have called on the government to act quickly to bring people home. Darren Turner, 34, and Alex Ainley, 36, travelled to northern India to take

Sainsbury’s uses ‘loophole’ to keep Argos open

Image copyright Getty Images Sainsbury’s has been accused of exploiting a loophole to keep Argos outlets open during the UK lockdown. Under government restrictions, all non-essential shops have been closed for the past week. As supermarkets are an exception, Argos concessions within Sainsbury’s shops remain open. But workers fear health risks and customers said they

Coronavirus: Playing classical music for South Korea hospital patients

Won Hyung-joon was playing his violin at home and broadcasting on social media to comfort people during the coronavirus outbreak, when staff at the arts and healing centre at South Korea’s Myongji hospital asked him if he’d perform for their Covid-19 patients. The concert was held just outside a hospital room occupied by a family,

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