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IN THE PAPERS – Thursday, April 2: We look at concern over the imminent shift of the coronavirus pandemic from wealthier to poorer countries. In the UK, papers blast the government for its failure to test healthcare workers for the virus. There’s disappointment in the worlds of sports and the arts after Wimbledon and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival became the latest major events to be cancelled. But on the bright side, you can now watch celebrities reading bedtime stories online.
We start with a warning from public health experts in The Washington Post. They say that while New York and Italy may be the current frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, it will soon spread to nations far less equipped to deal with an outbreak. The paper gives the example of Peru, where they say despite authorities doing everything right, including an early national lockdown, cases have still surged nearly 60 percent since the weekend.
Papers in the UK are scandalised by the lack of Covid-19 testing for employees of the National Health Service. On Wednesday, the government admitted that of the 125,000 NHS employees suspected of having the virus, only 2,000 have been tested. The Independent is one of many papers today demanding “Why?”
As the UK recorded its biggest daily death toll, London’s major tennis tournament Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since World War II. French sports paper l’Équipe is paying tribute to the “crossing out” of Wimbledon. The paper quotes the reaction of Roger Federer, who tweeted “There is no GIF for these things that I am feeling.”
The arts world has also taken a major blow with the first-ever cancellation of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Edinburgh Evening News is trying to take it in its stride – treating it like a long intermission. They say: “We’ll be right back after the break.”
In the meantime, there is more and more cultural content to be found online. In one of the latest initiatives, A-list celebrities from Lupita Nyong’o to Dolly Parton have been reading bedtime stories on Instagram. The project, called “Save With Stories”, is meant to raise money for charities that support children. It’s also a comforting addition to your nightly lockdown routine.