Cautious East, wild West: Nations diverge on right way to exit lockdown

SEOUL/HONG KONG/TOKYO — Hanging on a guardrail along a walkway at Yangjae Stream, a large public park in southern Seoul, a massive banner politely asks locals to stay away. Earlier in the spring, the park was closed for weeks as South Korea struggled to rein in what once was the world’s largest outbreak of the novel coronavirus outside of China.

It has since reopened, but visitors must wear masks. Takeout food, groundsheets and tents — mainstays of park outings in South Korea — are banned due to social distancing guidelines meant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Despite South

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What I learned from spending Ramadan under coronavirus lockdown

GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA — In any normal Ramadan, the month Muslims spend daytimes fasting as part of our religious practice, I would be anticipating the delights of iftar, the meal which breaks the fast in the evening, and looking forward to the week I spend in my hometown with my family.

Stretching across the whole ninth month of the shifting Islamic calendar, at the moment falling in spring, Ramadan requires fasting from dawn to dusk every day until Eid al-Fitr, the festival which ends the month. In Muslim-majority countries like Malaysia, fasting is a national ceremony, with community outreach, annual

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living in the busiest part of London under lockdown

Many of these new arrivals opened shops and restaurants serving native cuisine, while the rooms above were subdivided to such an extent that by 1851 Soho was the most densely populated area of London, with 327 inhabitants per acre. In The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy described Soho as “untidy, full of Greeks, Ishmaelites, cats, Italians, tomatoes, restaurants, organs, coloured stuffs, queer names [and] people looking out of upper windows”. 

The population declined during the Second World War but kept a cosmopolitan atmosphere, spiced by drinking clubs, dance halls, theatres, music venues and, increasingly, the sex trade. The sex trade has

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Grandparents will still receive NI credits for ‘digital’ childcare during lockdown

Grandparents can continue to top up their state pension through National Insurance (NI) credits received in return for looking after their grandchildren during the crisis, despite not being able to do so in person.

Anyone over the age of 70 has been advised to be particularly stringent of the social distancing rules and avoid gatherings with friends and family regardless of medical conditions. 

This means that grandparents up and down the country will no longer be able to look after their grandchildren in person, but many have done what they can to keep helping out from afar. 

The Government recognised

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