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Greek islands are shielded from the Coronavrus crisis

The few refugees who are coming from Turkey to one of the Greek islands these days are not allowed to go to the quarantined camps

So far, infections with the new type of corona virus have occurred in Greece, especially on the mainland around Athens and Thessaloniki and 49 people have died so far.

For the first time, an infection of an asylum seeker was reported on Tuesday – the woman, who lives in the Ritsona camp near Athens, had given birth to her child in a hospital and apparently got infected there. The child’s father and child are not infected themselves. In Ritsona there are rooms where infected people can be brought into self-isolation.

Otherwise, the numerous refugee camps in Greece have so far been spared by the virus. The situation on the islands is generally better than on the mainland, because there are massive access restrictions not only for the camps, but also for the islands themselves.

On March 20, Giannis Plakiotakis, Minister of Island Policy, announced that without exception, people who are registered on the islands and those who are responsible for supply are allowed to travel to the islands. This preventive measure appears to have been successful at least so far

Asylum applications are currently not accepted

Newly arriving refugees that travel to the islands on boats from Turkey are not accommodated in the camps because they are quarantined to prevent the outbreak of Covid-19 infections and there are strong exit restrictions.

The Ministry of Migration is now proposing that the new arrivals be accommodated in hotels.

Last week only 56 people came to the islands and the week before 105 people. During the same period, 362 people came to the islands in the previous year, however, these people currently have no possibility to apply for asylum because they too are to be quarantined “for reasons of public health”.

In Camp Moria on Lesbos, where around 20,000 migrants and refugees live in mostly self-made tents, and in all other Greek camps, numerous measures have been taken to prevent the virus from spreading. Refugees in Moria contribute to prevention by sewing mouth-nose masks from fabric.

More sanitary facilities and better water supply

The UN refugee agency UNHCR in Greece supports the Greek government to minimize the risk of the virus spreading in the camps, for example, more sanitary facilities are to be built, the water supply improved and more hygiene articles distributed.

“We also support the authorities in setting up medical facilities for screening and isolation, improving access to high quality information for asylum seekers through hotlines and interpreting, and mobilizing refugee communities to offer help to the residents of reception centers on the islands,” said Tscheschirkow. The UNHCR is also strengthening its coordination with non-governmental organizations and authorities.

218 asylum seekers brought to the mainland

In addition, ATMs and shops are to be set up in the camps so that asylum seekers no longer visit supermarkets outside the camp. The Greek government brought 218 asylum seekers from the islands to the mainland last week, compared to more the previous week, almost 2,000 people. NGOs are calling for more refugees to be brought to the mainland.

Refugees and migrants in the East Aegean islands are relatively young on average. 34 percent of them are under the age of 18. But not only the camps in Greece are home to migrants. Reception centers with thousands of migrants each are also located in other Balkan countries such as Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Contagion prevention measures are now being taken there too.

Security forces remain on land borders

However, the Greek government has decided that the suspension of the right to apply for asylum will not be extended. This suspension was valid for March after the Turkish head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan tried unsuccessfully send migrants to the EU. Those migrants who came to Greece in March should be deported without any legal protection.

Greek forces will remain on the land border with Turkey, although the Turkish government has now transported the migrants who were brought there in early March back into the country. Erdogan wanted to get thousands of migrants across the Greek border into the EU in early March to put pressure on the EU – but the Greek security forces prevented it.

The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis thanked the army and the police for their efforts. “We have managed to ensure a very important matter for our country and for Europe: the ability and efficiency to protect our land and sea borders,” said Mitsotakis. At the border there had been repeated clashes between security forces and migrants trying to break through the barriers for weeks. The Turkish government has apparently brought the migrants back inland because of the outbreak of coronavirus infections in Turkey.

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Travel Restrictions within Sweden to be Lifted

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Covid-19 infection and Cannabis

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The novel pathogen Covid-19 can become a danger to all people due to its high infectivity. At the same time, it is worrying that no standardized treatment options are known so far, with which disease courses can be alleviated and shortened, healing processes can be supported or the development of difficult courses can be slowed down. Whether symptoms appear after infection and how violently they develop depends primarily on the functioning of your own immune system.

Covid-19 infection and cannabis

There is serious evidence that vaporized tobacco-free cannabis could help manage a Covid-19 infection.

In the search for suitable remedies, some patients included the use of cannabis on their own initiative. After all, the already known medical effects of cannabis (including anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti-convulsion, enlargement of the bronchi, soothing) underline that the use of cannabis, especially the vaporising inhalation of cannabis flowers, could be a way to alleviate symptoms or to contribute to the healing of the disease. This survey aims to gather the experiences of Covid 19 patients who have used cannabis more or less specifically to cope with their own health situation.

Covid-19 patients are all people who have received a positive test result and have developed no or more or less severe symptoms of the disease. Anyone belonging to this group of people is asked to complete this questionnaire to the best of their knowledge and to make their personal experiences accessible to LimeSurvey.

Also particularly interesting are data that provide information about the further course of an infection / disease over a longer period of time. That is why LimeSurvey plans to collect and evaluate this experience again in four weeks with a questionnaire. It would therefore be helpful if patients provided LimeSurvey with this information via the second questionnaire that is then also available on the website.

The survey is carried out by: Prof. Dr. Gundula Barsch , Merseburg University of Applied Sciences, Eberhard-Leibnitz-Strasse 2, Department of Social Affairs, Media and Culture, 06217 Merseburg and Christoph Roßner, interdisciplinary cannabis expert, Ulmer Str. 11, 87700 Memmingen.

Drug use after lockdown

Drugs educators and drug testers from The Loop in Manchester (Great Britain) have started a survey on drug use and the changes in the drug black market (availability, prices, qualities).

A number of northern European drug counseling centers, including The Loop, have developed a very short, anonymous survey to collect data on how drug and alcohol use has changed during public lockdown. The link here leads to the English language version. This survey aims to collect comparable data across Europe to inform drug and harm reduction services and support drug and alcohol users in these challenging times.

3 versions of this survey will be released, which will be released in three phases of the Covid 19 pandemic. The phase 1 survey will initially take place during the period of the strongest lockdown. In phase 2, the restrictions will be relaxed across Europe in a few months, and in phase 3 the consequences in late summer or early autumn will be recorded. At the end of each phase of the survey, The Loop will immediately provide European drug advice centers with a summary of the results of each survey.

The short, anonymous survey, which mainly has to be ticked, and which takes around 10 minutes to complete, is being carried out as part of a trans-European COVID-19 and drug use survey.

 

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Thailand in Crisis – No work without Tourists

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The holiday paradise lives from tourism, a dangerous addiction, as can now be seen in the corona crisis.

The corona crisis is leaving deep traces in Thailand, although not necessarily in the health sector. The number of infected people, at just over 3000, is relatively low – with a population of around 70 million people, but the government ordered border closed and the slowdown in the global economy have hit Thailand’s economy hard.

Airports closed

Thai Airways still advertises its services on the Internet with airy promises, but the Thai state carrier has not been flying since April and until the end of June, none of their planes will take off as Thailand’s airports are closed for international flights.

The over 20,000 employees of Thai Airways are hard hit as the airline cut the wages this month from EUR 2,500 to EUR 350, said a Thai Airways steward via WhatsApp and he fears that he will lose his job and doesn’t want his name mentioned.

Badly hit state airline

He didn’t know what would happen to the employees. “We only learn everything from the media,” but this practice suits Thai Airways, after all THAI was known for the opaque business practices, says the temporarily unemployed flight attendant.

The Thai economy has failed to promote innovation and prepare itself for a crises
Somprawin Manprasert – Chief Economist of the Thai Bank of Ayudhya

Even before the corona crisis, the state-owned Thai airline was badly hit. The airline has now asked the Thai government for a loan of almost EUR 2.3 billion, otherwise THAI would have to file for bankruptcy.

However, the government gave no money, but provided Thai Airways under the supervision of a bankruptcy judge. This is to ensure that the airline is restructured and the management is changed ao that the airline can continue to fly and keep its employees, it said.

Lack of innovative ability

For Somprawin Manprasert, chief economist at the Thai Bank of Ayudhya, the collapse of Thai Airways is a symbol of the state of the Thai economy. Thai Airways as a state-owned company has not adapted and improved in recent years, he says.

“That doesn’t work in a constantly changing world in which you have to remain competitive,” says Manprasert. “In the same way, other Thai industries have failed to promote innovation and prepare themselves for crises.”

A severe economic crisis threatens

In recent years, Thailand has mainly focused on tourism and the production and export of cars and electronic devices. Because of Corona and the closure of the borders, tourism has collapsed completely and exports fell drastically in the first quarter.

Experts emphasize that – as elsewhere in the world – Thailand’s economy will grow more slowly than before the crisis and some economists even predict that the country will slide into the worst economic crisis since the 1998 Asian crisis.

According to a World Bank report, many Thais will soon have difficulty meeting their basic needs.

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China is said to have held back data on coronavirus for days

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At the beginning of the corona pandemic, China apparently provided the WHO with a minimum of information. Nevertheless, the WHO is said to have tried to make China appear in the best light – probably to persuade the country to provide more details.
China has withheld essential information about the novel corona virus for more than a week. The news agency AP has evaluated internal documents and emails and conducted numerous interviews. Accordingly, the Chinese authorities already had detailed knowledge of the genetic code of the virus for days – knowledge with which tests, medicines and vaccines can be developed.

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Corona App in China : Fear of permanent surveillance

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China controls its citizens in the corona pandemic using a smartphone. Now there is growing fear that the spying could become permanent.

BEIJING | In the corona pandemic , a health app determines the everyday life of the Chinese. In front of supermarkets, bars or hospitals, every citizen must first scan a QR code with their smartphone. Access is usually only granted to those who can show a green lettering on their display: “No abnormal condition” is then displayed under a photographed ID card. The app thus proves that its user has neither Covid-19 nor a suspected case due to its movement sequences of the last 14 days.

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The population accepted the digital surveillance with stoic composure , after all it was used to search for infection lines. However, the fact that the QR code now threatens to become permanent has triggered a storm of indignation.

The local government in the metropolis of 9 million people, Hangzhou, south of Shanghai, proposes to “normalize the practice of the health code that was introduced in February”. In the future, every citizen should not only be assigned a traffic light color (from green to yellow to red) via QR code, but also a score from 0 to 100, which makes the state of health measurable.

The final grade would not only include medical records and health tests, but also personal data about the lifestyle of the citizens: alcohol consumption, smoking behavior and the general level of exercise. According to their own statements, the local health authorities even plan to use Big Data to create health profiles for individual residential complexes and companies.

Criticism on Weibo

The proposal caused outrage on Weibo, the dominant social medium in China. A health score could lead to discrimination in job interviews, it is said. But above all, the online debate revolves around cuts in privacy: “It is difficult to push back power once it has spread. That has always been the case in human history, ”says one user. Another scoffs: “If I get sick, do I have to let the whole world know?”

In Communist China, there are no concerns about data protection compared to Europe, but the increasing surveillance is primarily the cause of urban residents from the wealthy east coast region. Officials have also called for more data protection from the official side: The country’s cyberspace authority, for example, spoke out in favor of using the data collected from the users during the pandemic exclusively for disease prevention.

On Monday, the Communist Party announced during the National People’s Congress that it would introduce a new data protection law. So far, companies have had to pass on sensitive data to the government when it comes to national security interests.

During the corona crisis, most Chinese accepted digital surveillance. At the same time, however, the app has shown how citizens are exposed to technology that is prone to errors. For example, on a Sunday in April, the app for foreigners living in Beijing suddenly spit out a yellow QR code – a sign to stay at home – but for no apparent reason.

The health authorities in Hangzhou have not been deterred by technical shortcomings or indignation on social media and the permanent QR code could already be introduced in June.

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