New York Times: I’m Incarcerated. This Is My Covid Lockdown Story.

New York Times Magazine: I’m Incarcerated. This Is My Covid Lockdown Story.. “I was in my prison cell in upstate New York one afternoon in mid-​January when someone called out, “Suits walking!” The Sullivan Correctional Facility superintendent, a gray-haired man in his 60s named William Keyser, had come into the cell block with a mask strapped to his face, accompanied by a pair of deputies. Now he stood in the belly of the block in his suit and tie, pulled down his mask and announced that he was putting us under quarantine.”

Covid: Outdoor meetings and sport to resume in England (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Outdoor meetings and sport to resume in England. “Two households or groups of up to six people are now able to meet outside in England again as the stay-at-home Covid restrictions order comes to an end. Outdoor sport facilities including tennis courts and golf courses are also reopening, and organised outdoor sports can resume in the latest easing. And weddings will also be on again, attended by up to six people.”

NBC News: Covid-19 cases are rising. States are opening up anyway.

NBC News: Covid-19 cases are rising. States are opening up anyway.. “After several weeks at a plateau, Covid-19 cases in the United States are rising again, the clearest warning sign yet that the country could face another “avoidable” surge, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The uptick comes at a critical time, when Americans are exhausted and desperate for a return to normalcy, but also perhaps better equipped than at any other point in the pandemic to turn the tide, thanks to increased vaccine supply.”

Coronavirus: Germany’s Merkel reverses plans for Easter lockdown (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Germany’s Merkel reverses plans for Easter lockdown. “German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled plans for a strict lockdown over Easter, just a day after the measures were announced. Mrs Merkel said the plan was a ‘mistake’, adding that she took responsibility for the U-turn. The proposed lockdown was agreed with regional leaders on Monday, with restrictions set to be tightened between 1-5 April.”

COVID-19 lockdowns and demographically-relevant Google Trends: A cross-national analysis (PLOS ONE)

PLOS ONE: COVID-19 lockdowns and demographically-relevant Google Trends: A cross-national analysis. “The spread of COVID-19 and resulting local and national lockdowns have a host of potential consequences for demographic trends. While impacts on mortality and, to some extent, short-term migration flows are beginning to be documented, it is too early to measure actual consequences for family demography. To gain insight into potential future consequences of the lockdown for family demography, we use cross-national Google Trends search data to explore whether trends in searches for words related to fertility, relationship formation, and relationship dissolution changed following lockdowns compared to average, pre-lockdown levels in Europe and the United States.”

Nature: Large socio-economic, geographic and demographic disparities exist in exposure to school closures

Nature: Large socio-economic, geographic and demographic disparities exist in exposure to school closures. “This study introduces and analyses a U.S. School Closure and Distance Learning Database that tracks in-person visits to the vast majority of K–12 public schools in the United States from January 2019 through December 2020. Specifically, we measure year-over-year change in visits to each school throughout 2020 to determine whether the school is engaged in distance learning after the onset of the pandemic.”

Travel+Leisure: Italy Heads Into Another Lockdown As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Travel+Leisure: Italy Heads Into Another Lockdown As COVID-19 Cases Surge. “The ‘red zone’ regions — those with more than 250 cases per 100,000 residents — are now under strict lockdowns, with all non-essential stores closed and people only allowed to leave their homes for work or health reasons. Currently, half of Italy’s 20 regions, including the cities of Milan, Rome, and Venice, are under those orders. Those in the ‘orange zone’ can’t leave their towns or regions, but restaurants and bars are allowed to offer takeout and delivery, the news site explained. The current restrictions will be in place through at least April 6.”

BBC: Covid-19: Dutch police break up anti-lockdown protest

BBC: Covid-19: Dutch police break up anti-lockdown protest. “Police in the Netherlands have used water cannon to clear anti-government demonstrators from a park in The Hague. Some 2,000 demonstrators rallied in the centre of the city to protest against Covid-19 restrictions and other government policies. Mounted officers as well as riot police with batons and dogs moved in after some of the protesters refused to leave at the end of the demonstration.”

Phys .org: Air pollution fell sharply during lockdown

Phys .org: Air pollution fell sharply during lockdown. “The far-reaching mobility restrictions at the beginning of the COVID pandemic in March 2020 created a unique situation for atmospheric sciences: ‘During the 2020 lockdown, we were able to directly investigate the actual effects of drastic traffic restrictions on the distribution of air pollutants and on the emission of climate gases,’ says Innsbruck atmospheric scientist Thomas Karl. With his team, he has now published a detailed analysis of air quality during the first lockdown in the city of Innsbruck, Austria, in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.”

Vanity Fair: The Best Online Art Exhibitions to Explore During Lockdown

Vanity Fair: The Best Online Art Exhibitions to Explore During Lockdown. “Relentless rain, January blues and a mysterious lack of novelty bakes on our Instagram feeds—the U.K.’s third lockdown is proving undeniably dreary. But as we reach for our favourite sweatshirt-and-leggings ensemble and prepare for more laptop-fuelled weekends, we can thank museums and galleries around the world for keeping our cultural appetites satiated. We’ve delved into the art scene to find more online offerings, so settle in for another round of well-deserved virtual escapism.”

The Guardian: The information warriors fighting ‘robot zombie army’ of coronavirus sceptics

The Guardian: The information warriors fighting ‘robot zombie army’ of coronavirus sceptics. “Sometimes, Stuart Ritchie feels like he’s being pursued by an army of smiley faces. The lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, is not delusional: instead, and somewhat to his surprise, he is on the frontline of a coronavirus information war. The emojis often decorate the Twitter profiles of the self-proclaimed ‘lockdown sceptics’, a subset of social media users who remain unconvinced that coronavirus restrictions are necessary, even as the number of deaths in the UK approaches 100,000.”

Covid: Police and protesters clash during Dutch curfew demo (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Police and protesters clash during Dutch curfew demo. “Riot police in the Netherlands have clashed with protesters angry at new coronavirus restrictions. Officers used water cannon and tear gas to clear demonstrators in Eindhoven. They had gathered in defiance of a new 21:00 (20:00 GMT) curfew. Some protesters threw fireworks, looted supermarkets and smashed shop windows. There were smaller demonstrations in the capital, Amsterdam.”