Worldwide madness in the time of plague

From Harper’s Weekly Review:

In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro flouted the government’s recommendation to stay indoors, and gangs in Rio de Janeiro enforced their own lockdown. “If the government won’t do the right thing, organized crime will,” their official statement read.

U.K. prime minister Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, who said at a press conference four weeks ago that he had shaken the hands of people hospitalized for the coronavirus and whose government had promoted a policy of herd immunity, announced that he had tested positive for the virus.

The president of Belarus criticized other nations’ responses to the coronavirus as “just another psychosis” and recommended as treatments 40 to 50 grams of vodka daily, going to a Russian-style sauna two to three times a week, and working on a farm.

A technical officer at the World Health Organization warned that consuming alcohol was an “unhelpful coping strategy” for cabin fever.

English police officers pulled over a man who had put his wife in the trunk because the £15 windows he had purchased on eBay took up too much space in his car.

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