FRANCE 24’s most read stories from 2020

In a year when global headlines were dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s no surprise that the most read stories from 2020 were about coronavirus – from national lockdown strategies to long-term complications to hopes of a possible cure.

Sweden’s Covid-19 strategy has caused a “strengthening of the epidemic”

Sweden is known as one of the few countries that has chosen to lock down to contain the spread of coronavirus. But given that the country has a much higher number of deaths per million than its Nordic neighbors, many observers have suggested that the Swedish method failed.

How does the coronavirus compare to the Spanish flu?

The coronavirus crisis inevitably led to comparisons with the last epidemic that shook the world: the Spanish flu. Although the Great War overshadowed it in the public consciousness, this outbreak killed at least 30 million people worldwide – with some estimates even putting the figure at 100 million from 1918 to 1919. But are the two epidemics really comparable?

France’s Coronavirus Lockdown: What You Can and Can’t Do

A strict 15-day shutdown that required people in France to stay at home came into force in mid-March and banned all but essential excursions in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Can coronavirus infect someone twice?

Up to ten percent of coronavirus patients who leave medical facilities in Wuhan after testing negative for Covid-19 then appear to have become infected, according to the South China Morning Post. This is not the first time that re-infection has been reported.

For some survivors, coronavirus complications can be a lifetime

As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus increases worldwide, the number of recoveries is thankfully more than four times the number of deaths. But medical experts told Jowharthat Covid-19 can cause serious long-term damage to the lungs, heart, brain and other organs – and that for some patients, these complications can be permanent.

From ‘hoax’ to pandemic: Trump’s shifting rhetoric about coronavirus (video)

From criticizing the “hysteria” over the Covid-19 outbreak of a democratic scam to announcing a national emergency and urging all Americans to work from home and avoid public spaces, US President Donald Trump’s rhetoric about the coronavirus pandemic changed within weeks. .

Will an old malaria drug fight the coronavirus?

Hydroxychloroquine has been used for about 70 years to treat malaria, rheumatic conditions and other diseases. Now its potential use in the fight against coronavirus has become a source of hope for many, following encouraging results from a clinical trial in France. But experts warned that there is still uncertainty about its effectiveness.

Clearer water, cleaner air: The environmental effects of coronavirus (video)

From crystal clear waters in Venice’s canals to dramatic declines in pollution levels in major cities, the coronavirus pandemic has had a number of positive effects on the environment as millions around the world are placed in lockdown.

‘Clap your hands’, says Modi, but India needs more to deal with the coronavirus crisis

India reported 206 cases of coronavirus and five deaths on March 20. But with its large population, high poverty rates and poor public health care, the world’s largest democracy can be a Covid-19 ticking time bomb. So when Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation, the Indians were looking for measures to address the crisis. Instead, they received populist symbolism.

France facilitates Covid-19 locking: What you need to know

France began a “gradual” easing of its lock-in measures in Covid-19 on 11 May. Here’s everything you need to know about the new restrictions.