Celebrities are sharing near-naked pictures of themselves on social media - to encourage fans to stay at home during the Covid-19 lockdown.Among those taking part include models Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Kylie Jenner. View this post on Instagram Sweats 🤍 @_lestien ad gifted A post shared by Rosie HW (@rosiehw) on Mar 30, 2020 at 4:37pm PDT View this post on Instagram He's so sick of the snuggles A post shared by Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) on Mar 30, 2020 at 5:00pm PDTStars such as Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow, have been appearing without make-up on social media from their kitchens, bedrooms and sofas.Other celebs are giving fans a glimpse of the mansions, swimming pools and designer kitchens where they are hunkering down under stay-at-home rules aimed at containing the pandemic.Meanwhile, the cast of the movie Contagion reunited to warn the world against Covid-19.
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A man has been arrested after eight ambulances were damaged in Kent, forcing them out of service as medics across the UK contend with the spread of coronavirus.The 47-year-old from Ramsgate, Thanet, was detained on Wednesday morning on suspicion of causing criminal damage on two dates last month.
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These eerie photos taken by a commuting key worker show how London has become a ghost town during the coronavirus lockdown.The capital – home to 8.9 million residents and usually filled with commuters – is empty as Brits stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Boris Johnson last week ordered the restriction of all but essential travel in public spaces in order to cease the spread of the deadly virus.Only key workers and people whose jobs can ensure they maintain social distancing rules are allowed to travel to work.Latest coronavirus news, updates and adviceLive: Follow all the latest updates from the UK and around the worldFact-checker: The number of COVID-19 cases in your local area6 charts and maps that explain how COVID-19 is spreadingPhotos along the South Bank show the London Eye – one of the Capital's top tourist attractions – at a standstill amid the COVID-19 lockdown.Other tourist hotspots such as China Town, Borough Market and the National Gallery are totally empty.The mid-morning snaps are a stark difference to photos of commuters packed on busy trains from just over a week before.Coronavirus: what happened todayClick here to sign up to the latest news, advice and information with our daily Catch-up newsletter
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The largest lockdown in history is not, to put it mildly, going as planned. Within a few days of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing on national television that the country was being shut down for three weeks, hundreds of thousands took to the country’s highways, marching long distances back to their home towns and villages. Others thronged bus stations—the trains are not running—hoping for a bus back home. At least 22 people have reportedly died in the mass migration, exhausted and hungry.The point of India’s lockdown, as elsewhere, is to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus. But, if anything, this vast movement of people likely means the virus will find its way to the poorer rural parts of India where it could do the most damage. There’s certainly little social distancing in evidence in the photos of thousands of people jostling each other waiting for buses.All this could—and should—have been avoided. There was no need for the government in Delhi not to prepare citizens for what a lockdown would entail. Nor was the government itself anywhere near prepared for what the crisis would ask of its own resources.It can make no excuses for this failure. Given how minimal quarantining and testing has been, it’s been obvious for weeks now that some kind of Wuhan-style shutdown was inevitable in the world’s second-biggest country. And yet the government seems to have worked harder on its own public-relations battle than on figuring out how the lockdown would affect India’s poorest people.This reflects something deeply callous about the Indian state. The government should have recognized that those who earn a daily wage, who might not be able to make rent or even eat, would need to leave cities for their homes in the countryside. Part of the reason it didn’t is that these people have always been invisible to the Indian state. Successive governments have sought to set up welfare systems targeting farmers, or workers in the formal factory sector, or rural women. And, when this administration’s relief package was announced, it was precisely those groups who received aid.Yet those who have taken to India’s highways are the urban poor and recent migrants, who receive very little welfare because they made the mistake of moving away from the villages where they vote and receive their food ration. By relying in this crisis on the same welfare system that pretends they don’t exist, the government left them with no other option but to pack up and leave.Officials probably didn’t want to get adventurous about their relief package and push out more money, quickly, through the channels that already exist. But, as I argued last week, any such shutdown requires the government to move beyond its comfort zone and do things it hasn’t before. At the very least, Modi himself should have had words of reassurance for those most at risk when he announced the shutdown. Part of the Modi mystique is that he himself emerged from relative poverty, making his government’s blindness to the poor at this moment that much more depressing.The scenes that played out after the lockdown—policemen beating up grocery shoppers and deliverymen, exhausted 90-year-old ladies walking 400 kilometers, migrants being hosed down by a chlorine solution—have exposed the cruelty that too often infects India’s dysfunctional state machinery. This is awful at any time but it’s particularly dangerous now, when the lockdown’s success as a public health measure depends upon public cooperation and trust in the government.This deafness to the needs of its own citizens is, in fact, part of why the Indian state struggles to respond to emergencies. Yes, India is a democracy and its leaders are accountable to citizens. But the state itself does not always behave like a democracy should. Democracies do well when every level of the state machinery works to anticipate what people need. Here in India we have authoritarian instincts combined with democratic liberties. It makes for an ineffective combination—and one that is particularly ill-suited to fighting a pandemic or minimizing human suffering.This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Mihir Sharma is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He was a columnist for the Indian Express and the Business Standard, and he is the author of “Restart: The Last Chance for the Indian Economy.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.