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Cook Islands panic abates after first ever Covid case proves to be a false alarm

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The Cook Islands has spent recent days in a state of panic. On Friday, the tiny Pacific country, one of the few countries to avoid any Covid cases throughout the pandemic, announced its first case: a 10-year-old boy w...

Don’t panic, says the government. Leave that to us

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It wasn’t the cheeriest of Jonathan Van-Tam’s public appearances. Normally the sight of the deputy chief medical officer presiding over a Downing Street press conference at which no politicians are present is somewhat...

Panic, lockdown and a rush to vaccinate in Tonga as first Covid case recorded

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Early on Monday morning, the normally quiet capital of the Pacific country of Tonga, Nuku’alofa city, was packed with cars. There were long queues outside vaccination centres, as well as banks, Western Union outlets a...

Why everything you’ve heard about panic buying might be wrong

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With queues outside petrol stations and claims that selfish punters are using jerry cans to stockpile fuel, one word has become synonymous with the supply chain crisis that has hit the UK in recent weeks: panic. But t...

Panic at the pumps could herald a brave new Brexit order. I have my doubts

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Driving across France last Thursday was like driving in Britain used to be – no worries about petrol and no queues. Returning to London was a brutal tipping into another reality. One of the first duties of a governmen...

Panic buying rather than shortages causing queues at UK petrol stations, AA head says

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Panic buying rather than supply chain issues is driving the shortage of fuel at some petrol stations in the UK, the president of a motoring association has said, amid continued reports of queues for fuel on Saturday. ...

Tesco warns of Christmas panic buying if driver shortage persists

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Tesco has warned government officials that empty supermarket shelves caused by a national shortage of HGV drivers could lead to panic buying across the UK in the lead up to Christmas. “Our concern is that the pictures...

‘Panic made us vulnerable’: how 9/11 made the US surveillance state – and the Americans who fought back

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On the morning of 11 September 2001, an 18-year-old was driving his white Honda Civic on the way to work as a freelance web designer. It was a beautiful day under a sparkling blue sky, and as he sped down Maryland’s R...

Out of control and rising: why bitcoin has Nigeria’s government in a panic

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When the Nigerian government suddenly banned access to foreign exchange for textile import companies in March 2019, Moses Awa* felt stuck. His business – importing woven shoes from Guangzhou, China, to sell in the nor...

Why the USWNT shouldn’t panic about their Olympic thrashing by Sweden (yet)

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Norway 2-0 USA. That was the score of the US women’s soccer team opener the last time the Olympics were played in Asia. The distance from Qinhuangdao, site of that 2008 game, to the final in Beijing seemed vast, and n...

‘Virulent microbes everywhere’: how can anxious people fend off reopening panic?

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I recently took my first flight since the pandemic began. As I arrived at the airport, I prepared for a scene of utter carnage: people everywhere, all of them insisting on breathing; virulent microbes reveling in a fi...

Team GB athletes ‘in a panic’ before Olympics after teammates isolate

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Several Team GB athletes have spoken of their panic and trepidation after six of their teammates were forced to self-isolate after a passenger on their flight to Tokyo tested positive for Covid. The six athletes were...

Desperate graduates rush to study ‘panic masters’ after job rejections

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Thousands of students are applying to study “panic master’s” courses after getting no response to their job applications in the shrinking pool of graduate roles. Universities including UCL, Cambridge and Edinburgh, to...

From viral videos to Fox News: how rightwing media fueled the critical race theory panic

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Viral videos of impassioned parents denouncing critical race theory at school board hearings have become a cornerstone of the movement to ban its teaching. In one such video, a mother declares critical race theory (CR...

Carbs are king: cereals sales surged amid pandemic panic buying, new data shows

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When the panic set in at the start of the pandemic, Australians rushed out and bought a whole lot of carbs, new food sales data reveals. Sales of cereals – which include pasta, rice and flour – spiked by 40% in March ...

Don’t panic! England must resist temptation to change too much

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Oh dear. This wasn’t how it looked in the brochures. If you believe everything you read England’s progress through Euro 2020 Group D has now become a kind of social media meme made flesh. How it started: 37 goals in q...

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