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Flouting Quarantine

By Tom Douglas[1]

Boris Johnson Covid-19 Press Conference 20/03Boris Johnson Covid-19 Press Conference” by Number 10. Used under: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

As I write this, COVID-19, an illness caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, is sweeping the globe. Over 15,000 people have died, and it is likely that at least one hundred times this many have been infected with the virus.[2]

The outbreak has brought the ethics of quarantine, isolation and enforced social distancing to public attention. Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and China have been praised in the press for their rigorous deployment of quarantine and other liberty-restricting measures. By contrast, the US and UK have been widely criticised for their relatively lax approach.

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Published 24th March 2020