The Moving Curve: Episode 40

Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a Chennai-based data journalist. Every night on this mini-cast, I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m considering this question: when and how should you lift a lockdown?

Tomorrow morning, some important restrictions will lift: https://www.news18.com/news/india/faqs-on-lockdown-3-0-whats-permitted-and-whats-not-as-per-govts-revised-guidelines-2601607.html

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has proposed five tests that the country must meet before it can exit the lockdown: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52493500

Spain: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/spain-emerges-lockdown-strict-measures-ease-200502115013183.html

Italy: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/03/anger-as-italy-slowly-emerges-from-long-covid-19-lockdown

The Czech Republic and Denmark: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/30/danes-and-czechs-say-easing-lockdowns-has-produced-no-covid-19-surge

Victoria Turk’s article for Wired: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/new-lockdown-rules

Trying to restart the economy and restore livelihoods to vulnerable people will be important policy objectives for all governments, which they will need to balance against the risk of new infections. In upcoming episodes, I’ll examine India’s rationale and whether the data supports it.

Thank you for listening. This episode was edited by Anand Krishnamoorthi. Tomorrow — a new question.

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I am a data journalist based in Chennai, India.

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