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Re: France figures. The reported deaths corresponds to those who died at an hospital. Probably as many, possibly more elderly people have died in nursing homes. The Health ministry indicated they are looking at adding the numbers from nursing homes, assuming that the victims are tested, even post mortem, which we know is not systematic.

Northern provinces in The Netherlands: do they have strict confinement and social distancing measures in place? If not, it's only a matter of weeks, possibly less, until they reach a similar situation as the provinces south of the Rhine.

by Bernard on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 07:36:23 PM EST
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Protestants, especially Calvinists, tend to be more "standoffish" than Catholics and so should have little difficultly maintaining "social distancing" protocols. It's their default modus operandum. Most Catholics in Italy, Spain and Ireland tend to be more gregarious, socialise a lot, kiss on both cheeks and shake hold hands a lot, hug and embrace. Corona Virus could provoke a second reformation and a return to Victorian values - gloved hands, formal etiquette, obsessive cleanliness, curtsies and bowing rather than hugs and kisses... Hooped dresses that keep "gentlemen" at least a metre away... :-)

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 08:31:26 PM EST
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See my diary ... University Medical Center of Groningen had procured their own test kits and followed WHO policy of testing, testing and NOT the poor and less prepared guidance from RIVM and The Hague ...

Northern provinces to step up testing to 'search and contain' coronavirus | Dutch News |

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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 08:58:03 PM EST
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