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From school closures to rubbish collection, the COVID-19 pandemic has had broad impacts on day-to-day life. Governments face the challenge of maintaining essential services now that many ordinary activities are fraught with risk. See how governments’ responses compare on the key issues of public information, policing and justice, emergency government,public services, education, and international cooperation.

Emergency government

How governments are changing their own powers and procedures in response to the pandemic

International cooperation

How governments are working together to respond to the pandemic

Public services

How governments are ensuring that essential public services continue during the pandemic

Public information

How governments are keeping their citizens informed about measures to respond to the pandemic


How governments are changing education systems during the pandemic




Policing and justice

How governments are using the police, militaries and the justice system to respond to the pandemic

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