• Instagram Launches New Video Chat Feature To Encourage Users To Stay At Home

    The world is currently facing an unprecedented crisis with the coronavirus outbreak, and one of the ways to help prevent further spread of the virus is by staying at home and practicing social distancing. This is done to help lessen the burden on healthcare workers and hospitals, many of whom are currently under immense stress.

    However, we imagine that many people at home are no doubt bored and restless as activities that would normally be done in a group and with friends are no longer viable. To help ease that boredom, Instagram has announced a new video chat feature that is designed to help encourage users to remain at home, while at the same time allowing them to remain social.

    According to Instagram, “To help people stay connected, we’ve launched media sharing, a new feature that allows you to view Instagram posts together with your friends over video chat. You

  • Covid-19 Poses a Heightened Threat in Jails and Prisons

    On Monday, Mo Korchinski drove to pick a woman up from prison. Korchinski is the project administrator for Unlocking the Gates Peer Health Mentoring Program, which provides support for formerly incarcerated people during the first 72 hours of their release. Korchinski had wasted the trip. The woman she had come to collect wasn’t able to leave custody. Due to extra security measures put in place during the global outbreak of Covid-19, she will have to wait a further 14 days before she can travel from prison to a post-correctional treatment facility, just in case she has been exposed to coronavirus while incarcerated. “It’s hard enough to find somewhere to go after prison any time,” Korchinski says. “Now with Covid-19, it’s way harder.” The woman will have to wait, and hope she doesn’t get sick.

    While deferring long-awaited freedom is depressing, the idea of coming down with coronavirus in prison is

  • Malaysia extends movement control order as coronavirus cases surge to 1,600

    Malaysia will be extending its movement control order (MCO) as cases of coronavirus surge to 1,624.

    In total, the Southeast Asian nation has reported 16 deaths so far from the COVID-19 virus.

    In a live-telecast message to the people of Malaysia, prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin said that the MCO will be extended to April 14, 2020 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    ***To be updated.

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  • Telecoms are sneaking ‘stay home’ messages onto customers’ smartphones

    Some mobile phone operators, including Vodafone and Orange S.A., have started inserting coronavirus-related public health suggestions to stay indoors onto customers’ smartphones in recent days, using the small snippet of text that typically accompanies the connection signal symbols in the top left of a phone screen.

    According to social media consultant Matt Navarra, who began posting and retweeting examples to his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon, messages are appearing on the phones of customers in Germany, courtesy of UK-based telecom Vodafone.

    According to a wave of replies to Navarra’s initial tweet, similar messages are showing up all over the world, too. Users have replied with screenshots of their own showing various versions of “stay home” in a number of different languages.

    That includes Romania (“Stamacasa”); Peru (“YoMeQuedoEnCasa”), Turkey (“EvdeKal”), and Indonesia (“DiRumahAja”). And people in Belgium, France, India, and Nigeria are reportedly seeing either English versions of the phrase or