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Germany to extend coronavirus lockdown until March 28
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Germany to extend coronavirus lockdown until March 28

Germany plans to extend its coronavirus lockdown until March 28 but some restrictions will be eased starting from March 8, Focus Online reported, citing a draft agreement for talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of the 16 federal states. Merkel is due to discuss lockdown options with the states heads tomorrow, as coronavirus cases in Germany reached more than 2.4 million.
UK’s PM eyes end to lockdown as vaccines reach one-third of adults
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UK’s PM eyes end to lockdown as vaccines reach one-third of adults

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set today to start unwinding England’s third and — he hopes — final coronavirus lockdown, as a quickening UK-wide inoculation drive relieves pressure on hard-hit hospitals. In a statement to parliament, Johnson is expected to confirm the reopening of all English schools on March 8 in the first big step towards restoring normal life, nearly a year after he imposed the first stay-at-home order. The Conservative prime minister, who was accused of acting too late and relaxing curbs too early last year, says he will lay out a “cautious but irreversible” plan to ensure no more lockdowns. “Today I’ll be setting out a roadmap to bring us out of lockdown cautiously,” he said in a Downing Street release, ahead of his House of Commons appearance and a televised ...
New Zealand in coronavirus lockdown as UK variant cases reported
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New Zealand in coronavirus lockdown as UK variant cases reported

A coronavirus outbreak that sent New Zealand’s biggest city into a snap lockdown over the weekend involved the more transmissable UK variant, health officials confirmed today, the first time the strain has been detected locally. Auckland’s nearly two million residents were plunged into a new three-day lockdown yesterday after three new Covid-19 cases were detected in the city. Genome sequencing of two the cases — all three are immediate family — revealed they were the B1.1.7 variant. The source of the cases remains unknown, authorities said, adding they were scanning international genome databases for a match. “We were absolutely right to make the decision to be extra cautious because we assumed it was going to be one of the more transmissible variants,” Prime Minister Jacinda Arder...
Dutch anti-lockdown riots extend to a third night
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Dutch anti-lockdown riots extend to a third night

Police arrested at least 70 people after rioting broke out for a third night around the Netherlands yesterday, after weekend protests that were initially linked to dissent over a government decision to implement a nighttime curfew. But the motivation behind the vandalism and other incidents yesterday in cities ranging from Rotterdam and Amsterdam to smaller centres of Haarlem, Geleen, and Den Bosch was no longer clear, with rioters overwhelmingly in their teens. Police Chief Willem Woelders said on television that 70 arrests had taken place by around 10 pm local time. Water cannons were used against looters in Rotterdam and tear gas used to disperse crowds in Haarlem. Prime Minister Mark Rutte had earlier yesterday condemned the riots over the weekend in which anti-lockdown demons...
UK extends Covid lockdown till July 17
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UK extends Covid lockdown till July 17

The British government has extended the nationwide lockdown till July 17 and has also decided to quarantine travelers from high-risk Covid-19 countries for at least 10 days as it is unable to arrest the rising numbers of new Covid variant infections. The Telegraph reported on Saturday, the British government has quietly extended lockdown laws to give councils the power to close pubs, restaurants, shops, and public spaces until July 17. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail said, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will force travellers from high-risk COVID-19 countries to quarantine in hotels for ten days, in a decision to be taken on Monday. On Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government could not consider easing lockdown restrictions with infection rates at their current hig...
Hong Kong orders thousands to stay home in two-day virus lockdown
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Hong Kong orders thousands to stay home in two-day virus lockdown

Thousands of Hong Kongers were ordered to stay in their homes on Saturday for the city's first coronavirus lockdown as authorities battle an outbreak in one of its poorest and most densely packed districts. The order bans anyone inside multiple housing blocks within the neighborhood of Jordan from leaving their apartment unless they can show a negative test. Officials said they planned to test everyone inside the designated zone within 48 hours "in order to achieve the goal of zero cases in the district". The South China Morning Post said the measures covered about 150 housing blocks and up to 9,000 people with hundreds of police on standby to enforce the lockdown. Hong Kong was one of the first places to be struck by the coronavirus after it burst out of central China. It h...
England launches fines crackdown on lockdown-breakers
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England launches fines crackdown on lockdown-breakers

Police in England will be able to issue bigger fines to those breaking coronavirus lockdown measures by partying, with penalties of up to £6,400 (RM35,400), interior minister Priti Patel said yesterday. The new fines regime, which comes into force next week, targets those attending house parties and other illegal gatherings, with penalties doubling for each offence. People caught at parties of more than 15 will initially face £800 fines, and could then face a maximum of £6,400 for further breaches. “The science is clear: Such irresponsible behaviour poses a significant threat to public health,” Patel said at a Downing Street press conference. “We will not stand by while a small minority put others at risk.” Current fines stand at £200, with police only able to hit the organi...
France starts 6 pm curfew to slow Covid-19
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France starts 6 pm curfew to slow Covid-19

People across France started heading home late this afternoon to meet a new, 6 pm curfew intended to help stem the spread of coronavirus infections, especially a more infectious variant. The virus has killed 70,000 people in France, the seventh highest toll in the world, and the government is particularly worried by the more transmissible variant first detected in Britain, which now accounts for about 1 per cent of new cases. The curfew was brought forward two hours to 6 pm and runs until 6 am. In addition, from Monday, anyone travelling to France from outside the European Union will have to show a negative Covid-19 test and self-isolate for a week upon arrival. “These measures were necessary given the situation. While worsening, it remains relatively better than many countries ar...
UK woman fined for going on 160km road trip to buy McD meal during Covid-19 lockdown
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UK woman fined for going on 160km road trip to buy McD meal during Covid-19 lockdown

A woman in the United Kingdom has been penalised for driving 160km for a McDonald’s meal during the nationwide lockdown to contain Covid-19. British newspaper Evening Standard reported that the driver in her 30s was slapped with a fine of £200 (RM1,104) after she travelled from Lincolnshire to Scarborough to have burgers with her sister. North Yorkshire Police chief inspector Rachel Wood said the woman had violated lockdown regulations which only allow essential travel during the pandemic. “Driving through three counties to get a burger is not classed as essential travel. “Most people in North Yorkshire are trying really hard to stop the spread of Covid in our communities and protect the vulnerable. “When this pandemic is over, we know everyone’s looking forward to going whe...
UK economy shrank in November as new lockdown hit
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UK economy shrank in November as new lockdown hit

 Britain’s economy shrank by 2.6% in November, the first monthly fall in output since the country was under its initial COVID lockdown last April as new restrictions were imposed to slow the spread of the disease. However, the scale of the decline was much smaller than most analysts expected - a Reuters poll had pointed to a 5.7% contraction. Britain’s economy is now 8.5% smaller than it was before the start of the coronavirus pandemic in February. “Many businesses adjusted to the new working conditions during the pandemic ... while schools also stayed open, meaning the impact on the economy was significantly smaller in November than during the first lockdown,” ONS statistician Darren Morgan said. The Bank of England had estimated Britain’s economy would shrink by just over 1% over the...
Dehradun gears up for weekly shutdown on Sunday
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Dehradun gears up for weekly shutdown on Sunday

The Uttarakhand state capital is preparing for a weekly lockdown of all market places on Sunday with the exception of shops selling essential items. The Dehradun district administration has issued orders for closure of all market places in Dehradun due to surge in COVID-19 cases in the city, the District Magistrate on Saturday. "Restrictions have to be placed as Covid-19 cases are increasing in the city," said Dr Ashish K Srivastav, District Magistrate, Uttarakhand. The state has recorded 4812 active cases of coronavirus till present, while 67514 people have recovered from the deadly virus, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) bulletin reported today. Last week Uttarakhand government has postponed the reopening of the colleges. Cabinet Minister Madan Kaushik earl...
Australia’s toughest lockdown pays off with no Covid-19 cases for 28 days
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Australia’s toughest lockdown pays off with no Covid-19 cases for 28 days

The state at the center of Australia’s worst coronavirus outbreak has gone 28 days with no new cases of the virus, an enviable record as the US and many European countries grapple with surging infections or renewed lockdowns. One of the world’s strictest and longest stay-at-home orders enabled Victoria to crush community transmission after a daily peak of about 700 cases in early August. The success means Australia will be among a handful of western nations that can look forward to Christmas with limited restrictions on family gatherings and what authorities are calling a Covid-normal summer. The 28-day run is “an extraordinary achievement psychologically as well as practically, in terms of opening up the economy,” said Sanjaya Senanayake, an infectious diseases physician and associa...
Karnataka minister rules out full lockdown in Bengaluru
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Karnataka minister rules out full lockdown in Bengaluru

Amid speculation of another lockdown in Karnataka to contain rising cases of Covid-19, Revenue minister R Ashoka on Thursday ruled out a full lockdown of the state capital Bengaluru. “Lockdown will not be imposed on the entire city of Bengaluru,” he said. On Friday, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is scheduled to meet all legislators from Bengaluru cutting across party lines to take a decision on the capital. Yediyurappa’s deputy C N Ashwath Narayan also cautioned that another lockdown might trip the economic revival. “That’s (lockdown) a suggestion by many opposition leaders. At present that question doesn’t arise. Revival of economy has just started. Livelihood is very essential. If you go back, I think it becomes very difficult and people will face problems,” said C.N. Ashwat...
Is lockdown loneliness making us loners?
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Is lockdown loneliness making us loners?

Man is a social animal and hence staying in self-isolation or quarantine isn’t something that comes naturally to them. However, over the past few months a large number of the world’s population has been affected by due to COVID-19 lockdown, and many are experiencing the impact of social isolation. With the new normal, solitary confinement seems to have moved out of the confines of a prison and has entered our homes and workplaces or home offices given that we’ve been working from home, making isolation and loneliness as big a threat to our physical and mental health as obesity, hypertension, depression and more. Loneliness counter-intuitively can also result in a decreased desire for social interaction. To understand the mechanics of this paradox, UCL researchers based at the Wolfson...
Paris cafes, restaurants partially reopen post-lockdown
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Paris cafes, restaurants partially reopen post-lockdown

Parisians who have been cooped up for months with takeout food and coffee will be able to savor their steaks tartare in the fresh air and cobbled streets of the City of Light once more — albeit in smaller numbers.. The city famed for its vibrant cafe society and coffee culture will get some of its pre-lockdown life back as cafes and restaurants partially reopen Tuesday. The Paris City Hall authorized the opening of outside seating areas, but indoors will remain closed to customers until at least June 22. Dampening the mood of new freedom, social distancing of one meter (about three feet) between tables will be obligatory and drastically reduce the numbers. For the city well-known for its tiny chairs and fashionably-small 50-centimeter-wide (20-inch-wide) round tables that often to...