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# Lockdown

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# respiratory illness
North Korea locks down capital over 'respiratory illness', report says
Residents of Pyongyang have been ordered to stay in their homes
Last year
2022
# pandemic
China expands lockdowns as Covid-19 cases hit daily record
Officials in the government of Zhengzhou have declared a ‘war of annihilation’ against the virus.
# Courts
Man jailed for throwing firework during anti-lockdown protest, which perforated garda's eardrum
The man later told Gardaí that he had no intention of causing trouble that day
# debunked
Debunked: World Economic Forum did not say Covid lockdowns were test for ‘social-credit scheme’
Irish social media users shared a headline from a fake news site
# Mental Health
Third of UK prisoners show symptoms of 'severe anxiety disorder' due to pandemic
Decreased visiting opportunities were a major issue for most respondents.
# beergate
Starmer and Rayner will not be fined over ‘beergate’, say police
The British Labour leadership duo had vowed to quit if police had taken action against them.
# Carer
Woman jailed for 18 months for stealing from elderly lady she cared for during lockdown
O’Connor was stealing from the elderly woman, who had dementia, for the first four months of the pandemic.
# China
'There's no why': Shanghai rages at endless Covid lockdown
China’s capital is trying to fend off a Covid-19 outbreak with restrictions on movement.
# Shanghai
Shanghai cautiously eases lockdown as deaths rise
China’s largest city is inching towards reopening.
# China
Shanghai lockdown eased following reports of disorder
About 6.6 million people can go outdoors, but some must stay in their own neighbourhoods in the Chinese city.
# Partygate
Snap poll indicates 57% believe Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak should resign
Boris Johnson was fined over attending a gathering to mark his 56th birthday at No 10, at which he was ‘ambushed’ with a cake.
# Shanghai
Shanghai to start easing lockdown after mass Covid testing
Large swathes of the city, with a population of 26 million, have been under lockdown since March 28.
# China
Shanghai residents ‘running out of food’ under Covid lockdown
Strict anti-coronavirus controls are confining most of its 25 million people to their homes.
# Partygate
Police to issue Covid-19 fines against people who attended lockdown parties at Downing Street
The Metropolitan Police said investigators will refer the 20 fixed penalty notices to the ACRO Criminal Records Office.
# Lockdown
Half of Shanghai in lockdown to curb Covid-19 outbreak
Authorities are imposing a two-phase lockdown of the city of about 25 million people to carry out mass testing.
# Lockdown
Nearly 30 million people under lockdown in China as Covid-19 cases surge
China reported 5,280 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, more than double the previous day’s tally.
# Lockdown
Australia will reopen borders to tourists on February 21
Australia’s ports and airports shut to tourists in March 2020.
# Partygate
Boris Johnson clings on despite demand to ‘in the name of God, go’
David Davis warned Tories the party faces “dying a death of 1,000 cuts” if MPs do not swiftly oust the prime minister.
# Covid party
'The party's over, Boris': British papers slam Johnson as pressure mounts over No 10 parties
The Telegraph is among the papers to report that Johnson’s premiership is in jeopardy over a series of No 10 lockdown parties.
# lack of support
Large numbers of people with drug addictions were 'left to kill themselves slowly' during lockdowns
Substance abuse support groups were closed for five months in 2020 – with catastrophic impacts for the people who attend them.
Substance abuse support groups were classed as non-essential services for five months from March 2020, leaving people without a lifeline.
A survey of 157 drug and alcohol support services found that 84% of the support groups saw an increase in drug use among their clients.
“The ball was dropped by the government and people were left to kill themselves slowly for the first year of the pandemic," said one support worker.
'No plans' to reinstate HSE rehab unit closed during pandemic
Over 3,500 on wait list for a detox bed, with over 140 residential beds still closed
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# Xian
Groceries to be delivered to residents of Chinese city under strict Covid-19 lockdown
The city of Xi’an with a population of 13 million people has been put into lockdown after a surge of cases.
# covid christmas
Netherlands to go into Christmas 'lockdown' says Prime Minister
Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the measures are intended to try to stop a surge of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
# Austria
Austrian Chancellor on vaccine mandate plans: 'You don't only have rights, you have obligations'
The country has entered a strict lockdown to combat soaring coronavirus cases.
# restrictions
Number of Covid-19 cases can be reduced without going into lockdown, Taoiseach says
He said measures needed to combat the virus now were different to those required earlier in the pandemic.
# Austria
Austria imposing national lockdown for all and making vaccinations mandatory
The lockdown will start from Monday and will be evaluated after 10 days.
The lockdown will start from Monday and will be evaluated after 10 days.
It's planned that Covid-19 vaccinations will be mandatory from 1 February next year.
Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg blamed the unvaccinated for an “attack on the health system”.
# Lockdown
Austria begins lockdown for those not vaccinated against Covid-19
About 65% of Austria’s almost nine million people are vaccinated.
# Austria
Austria plans lockdown for those not vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19
Only around 65% of the population is fully vaccinated in Austria.
# Greece
Tighter restrictions announced for non-vaccinated in Greece as daily cases surge
The new measures come in this weekend.
# New Zealand
New Zealand region moves to alert level three lockdown from today
Minister Chris Hipkins said that the new cases were separate from other active cases in the region and as a result, it’s “unclear at this point how they could have picked up the virus”.
Voices
Opinion: 'Covid left many feeling disregarded by society because they don’t live in a family unit'
Yvonne Barnes-Holmes says that the level of suffering created by a lack of social interaction is just beginning to emerge.
# New Zealand
New Zealand drops 'Covid zero' goal after Delta outbreak
Jacinda Ardern said that a Delta outbreak had been a “game changer” and that a new approach was needed.
# covid19
New Zealand tightens travel rules as Covid-19 spreads
The national flag carrier Air New Zealand also announced it was introducing a “no jab, no fly” policy.
# Coronavirus
Boris Johnson ‘dead set’ on avoiding future lockdowns in new Covid plan
He is to due to set out his plan to get England through coronavirus over the autumn and winter.
# Auckland
New Zealand records first Covid death in over six months
The woman is the 27th person to die with Covid-19 in New Zealand and the first recorded since 16 February.
# Auckland
New Zealand extends national Covid-19 lockdown
Jacinda Ardern said there were signs the outbreak would soon peak if stay-at-home orders remained in place.
# jacinda ardern
New Zealand PM Ardern warns coronavirus outbreak will grow
Nationwide stay-at-home orders were issued yesterday when just one case had been identified.
# Australia
Sydney warned to brace for higher Covid numbers as lockdown continues
New South Wales premier said the state today hit a new peak with 291 cases detected.
# Australia
Troops hit Sydney streets to help enforce its prolonged lockdown
Meanwhile, stay-at-home orders were extended in Brisbane.
# New South Wales
Sydney extends lockdown as Covid-19 cluster grows
The lockdown of Australia’s largest city will last at least until 28 August.
# Vaccines
Australia PM 'sorry' for slow vaccine rollout, as Sydney records record jump in Covid cases
The vaccination rate is currently languishing around 11%.