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U.K. Leaders Hail a Return to Normal; Their Phone App Disagrees


In a week when Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised England a return to normality after the end of months of lockdown rules, a coronavirus-weary nation has instead been battered by a new crisis.
This one is being called the “pingdemic.”
“There does seem to be utter chaos at the heart of government at the moment: You have ministers not speaking from the same script, and that suggests that there isn’t a script,” said Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, adding that it was obvious that a rise in case numbers — which the government itself predicted — would mean more people being pinged.

This was covered in the New York Times, Bangkok Post (clipping available on request)
Professor Tim Bale



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