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UK’s general crime rate drops during coronavirus lockdown

Laws put in place as precaution to the coronavirus outbreak have proven effective in minimising crime within the UK.  

Just over six weeks ago the UK government enforced the lockdown, adding restriction laws; where people may not leave their homes or partake in gatherings.

UK citizens have generally failed to abide by these laws. As stated by the guardian, more than 3,203 fines have been issued at this point in time.

One-third of fines were issued were to those aged 18-24, with another third to those aged 25-34.

Nevertheless, majority of the country have remained at home. This has resulted in a steady drop of the UK’s overall crime rate and more importantly, coronavirus cases.

There have been many claims that Knife crime has surged within recent years and become more and more common. Lockdown has almost brought this to a complete halt.

Police report a massive drop in burglary, rape and assault. However, there have has been a 3% rise in domestic violence and a surge with fraud crimes.

Many online banks recommend customers to be mindful whilst using their emails and the distribution of their personal information. Many have been tricked through fake emails about TV license cancellation.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Thanks to all Londoners for staying home these last six weeks.<br><br>You are all heroes, but we need you to keep it up.<br><br>Please stay home continue to protect the NHS and save lives. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/LondonTogether?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#LondonTogether</a><br><br>Show your support by sharing this video. Thank you. 💙 <a href=”https://t.co/Sc2cW3vd9D”>pic.twitter.com/Sc2cW3vd9D</a></p>&mdash; Metropolitan Police | #StayHomeSaveLives (@metpoliceuk) <a href=”https://twitter.com/metpoliceuk/status/1256244842511949825?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 1, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js&#8221; charset=”utf-8″></script>

All in all, the UK’s implementation was proven effective in more ways and one and will continue to be so if followed correctly.

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LIVE from lockdown

Has social distancing left you stuck inside feeling all types of lonely and melancholy? Well Instagram is looking like your best escape.

Mental health experts and many others have shamed Instagram in the past; describing it as a relentless emphasis on promoting ‘perfect’ lifestyles and the cause of low self-esteem issues.

However, in the case of entertainment during these stir-crazy times, its proven to be a sort of savour.

Everyone will be spending more time on social media than usual, as there’s nothing better to do. But celebrities and influencers are cooped up in their homes just like the rest of us.

To save their own sanity and provide their followers with some sort of entertainment, many have taken to Instagram LIVE to provide us with a much-needed laugh.

Singer Tory Lanez has remained active on his LIVE since coming out of prison.

On the 1st of April, he and Drake broke the record for the most Instagram LIVE viewers. The LIVE had over 300 thousand viewers.

The 27 year old singer was banned later that month from hosting Instagram LIVE’s after a twerking performance incorporated inappropriate antics with a sex toy.

On a lighter note, yesterday Tom Holland made a Marvel quiz via his Instagram LIVE.

The Spiderman star, 23, was joined by his brother, Harry, 21, and their family friend Harrison Osterfield, 23, which was hosted by his parents’ charity, The Brothers Trust.

The actor left his fans hysterical as he didn’t realise as he read the questions off of paper cards, the answers were revealed to his live viewers on the back.

He continued to do so even after his brother Harry rushed in and warned him previously.

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Other influencers have taken a more serious approach with their lives. Such as content creator Nia the Light, who has consistently been on her Instagram LIVE with something different each day.

Actively putting content out in series on her page, such as #NiaTalkShow where she’ll collaborate with Influencers with similar platforms to her own.

Her LIVE’s usually consist of talks, general advice, hair care and demonstrations of at home exercises.

At the request of her audience, Nia also started a series called #TravelWithNia. Within this series she posts holiday trips she’s taken thought the years on her Instagram story.

Later saving them to her highlights, making them available for later viewing.

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Thing to keep you busy during lockdown

  1. Netflix

Most of us will be watching a lot more TV than normal as it is, so I’m sure this was not a needed recommendation. But I suggest Netflix specifically due to its algorithms. It constantly recommends films and series which are similar to things you have previously watched. Also, it’s range of genres will keep you entertained for days on end.

2. Read

Reading requires a sort of dedication and time consumption that movies do not. They also allow you to use your own imagination. Your own interpretations. Downloading books on your phone is extremely easy if you don’t have access to any books.

3. Download TikTok

Learning and rehearsing TikTok dance routines takes up a lot of energy. Both kids and adults have been using the app to pass time, so it’s entirely worth a try. 

4. Practice cooking

Broadening your personal menu will keep you busy in those evenings of boredom. Attempt to cook things you’ve never tried before. Or even baking.

5. Learn a language

To learn a new language is not easy, but definitely a remarkable achievement. It strengthens learning skills that many of us have not touched upon since school times. But study of a new language will keep your brain stimulated and ultimately provide you with a great new skill. 

6. Work out

Having absolutely nothing to do can demotivate you to put in that exercise you really need. Therefore, is extremely important you set out some time to keep yourself active. Working out at home provides a sort of comfort gym lacks. The amount or intensity you do is entirely up to you. 

7. Pamper day

In times like this it is urged to take extra care of yourself. As specially in such stressful times. Set aside a day to do more nothing than usual. Have a long bath, wash your hair, etc.

8. Seek out new hobbies

Invest in something you are passionate about. Do that little bit extra that may help you with any career goals or aspirations you may have.

9. Clean

There’s literally no better time to declutter your life than now. Take this as an opportunity to deep clean your home and free up some space. All those clothes you don’t wear; put them in a bag to give to charity. That cabinet full of God knows what; have a look through it. Sort out all those little areas you never get around to on a regular day. 

The ‘Chinese virus’

President Donald Trump is no stranger to triggering public upsets. In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, there has been swift discussion over the seriousness he is taking regarding the situation.

The US president sent out a tweet on the 16th of March, referring to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus”.

During his daily Coronavirus taskforce briefing, he again said the same thing: “I’d like to begin by announcing some important developments in our war against the Chinese virus”. When questioned about his use of wording, he dismissed racist accusations, stating that “it is not racist” and justifies his wording with “it (coronavirus) comes from China, I want to be accurate.”

Trump further attempts to justify himself through claims the China blamed the creation and spread of the virus upon American soldiers. Therefore, is constant use of the phrase is based off of a blame game between the US and Chinese government.

China’s official news agency, Xinhua, has said that president Trump’s language was “racist and xenophobic.” Due to Trump’s history of accused racist remarks, the constant usage of ‘Chinese virus’ is more likely to be to be taken as malicious.

There have been numerous reports of racially motivated attacks occurring within the US and UK, which recurring targeting of those from China and other East-Asian countries. All despite reassurance via the media that ethnicity has no effect on an individuals’s carrying of the virus.

The World Health Organisation has advised against any statements making link between China and the coronavirus. They also believe that further misuse will result in increased violence and discriminatory attacks if not corrected. The severity of the situation is simply too great for such inconsideration.