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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Lockdown

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# Vaccines
Australia PM 'sorry' for slow vaccine rollout, as Sydney records record jump in Covid cases
The vaccination rate is currently languishing around 11%.
# Australia
Sydney lockdown extended by at least two weeks as city struggles to contain Covid outbreak
In the past 24 hours, 97 new cases were recorded, more than the 89 reported the previous day.
# Lockdown
Australian apartment blocks placed in hard lockdown in efforts to curb Covid outbreak
Australia’s latest Covid-19 outbreak began in mid-June and has since grown to 767 cases.
# Australia
Sydney extends lockdown for at least another week as Delta cluster grows
The lockdown is now expected to end on Friday 16 July.
Opinion: We've spent weeks preparing for indoor dining - who is going to foot that bill?
Rachel Keane of Póg Cafe Group says people in the industry are tired and fed up of the lack of clear communication from Government.
# Australia
Australia's outback hub goes into lockdown as anger mounts over slow vaccine rollout
About 5% of Australians are reported to be fully vaccinated.
# Australia
10 million now in lockdown as fourth Australian city issues stay-at-home orders
Australia is now battling flare-ups of the highly contagious Delta variant.
# Coronavirus
Millions in Sydney wake to two-week lockdown as Australia tries to contain Delta outbreak
The flare-up has been a shock for a city that had returned to relative normality.
# Live Music
Musicians call for clear plan to reopen live entertainment industry
Up to 100 demonstrators took part in a protest in Dublin calling for a commitment from the government to reopen the sector.
# Public Opinion
Ireland's Covid measures consistently less restrictive than majority wanted – ESRI
‘Overwhelming majority’ have supported public health measures and would have preferred them to be more restrictive.
# Delta Variant
Johnson poised to delay UK Covid lockdown lifting to July as experts urge caution
Ministers are considering putting back the final easing of controls in England for four weeks as cases of the Delta variant surge.
# South William Street
Gardaí maintain visible presence in Dublin city centre after public order incidents
Members of the public order unit have conducted patrols in the area all day today.
Gardaí arrested 14 people, including five juveniles, as violence broke out on the street.
Reports from sources that gardaí were attacked with glass bottles has been confirmed by gardaí.
One garda was treated in hospital for a leg injury.
# England
English exit from lockdown reportedly to be delayed by two weeks as Covid cases surge
Social distancing and mask wearing could be set to remain in place until 5 July, according to multiple reports.
# Australia
The city of Melbourne has been placed in lockdown after a spike in Covid-19 cases
A slow roll out of vaccines and hotel quarantine failings have been blamed for the spike in cases.
# Covid-19
‘High degree of confidence’ vaccines work against Indian variant, Matt Hancock says
The British Health Secretary said it is “appropriate” to push on with the major easing of lockdown in England.
# level 3 plus
At a glance: Everything you need to know about the reopening plan announced tonight
These are all the key dates you need to know.
The government agreed to ease a number of Covid-19 restrictions on a phased basis from next month.
Inter-county travel, more outdoor meetings and increased numbers at funerals and wedding services from 10 May.
The Taoiseach said: "Hope is returning."
Guests at wedding ceremonies to increase to 50 on 10 May - but only six allowed at reception if indoors
'A degree of normality is returning': Here's when restrictions are set to be lifted heading into the summer
Taoiseach announces reopening plan with haircuts, click-and-collect and garden meet-ups back from 10 May
Cabinet agreed a range of measures this afternoon.
Hairdressers and inter-county travel due to reopen on 10 May, while beer gardens and outdoor dining set for 7 June
Government likely to scrap €9 rule as minister says outdoors makes it safe 'not whether you eat chicken nuggets'
# Nepal
Offices closed and markets shut as Nepal imposes 15-day lockdown amid surge in Covid cases
The lockdown was imposed in most of the Himalayan nation’s major cities and towns.
# India
India’s capital to lock down as nation’s virus cases top 15 million
New Delhi has reported 25,462 cases and 161 deaths in the past 24 hours.
# Bolsonaro
Brazil president rejects lockdown despite record Covid-19 death toll
Brazil’s Health Ministry registered 4,195 deaths yesterday.
# Lockdown
Eight arrests over planned protest in Dublin city centre
Seven men and one woman were arrested.
# Lockdown
Sharp decline in recorded crime rates in 2020 amid pandemic
The biggest drop was in burglary and related offences, falling by over a third in 2020 compared to the previous year.
# Jabs
Ireland yet to receive Covid vaccine offer from UK, says Coveney but government interested in discussing it
The United Kingdom reportedly plans to supply Ireland with 3.7 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
# One Year On
UK falls silent to remember Covid-19 victims, marking one year since its first lockdown
The public is also being urged to stand on their doorsteps at 8pm with a candle or light.
# restrictions
This report to NPHET breaks down how lockdown in Ireland compares to other countries
Restrictions on hospitality, curfews and gatherings are among the key differences between countries.
# Lockdown
London police warn there will be arrests if people protest this weekend
Police faced criticism for how they handled demonstrations following the killing of Sarah Everard.
# Stormont
'We have a long way to go': NI ministers agree path forward for 'cautious' easing of lockdown
The plan includes up to six people from two households being able to meet outdoors in a private garden from 1 April.
# Coronavirus
24 hours that changed everything: An oral history
People across Ireland – including key decision-makers – tell the story of Thursday 12 March 2020.
# Construction
Building company launches High Court action against government's construction shutdown
It claims the private construction sector is being unfairly discriminated against.
# Northern Ireland
Arlene Foster vows that current lockdown will be Northern Ireland's last
The powersharing administration faced criticism for not attaching dates to its pathway to recovery.
# Northern Ireland
Stormont ministers to finalise details of lockdown exit plan
The plan is likely to outline the sequence in which current lockdown restrictions will lift.
# Stormont
Ministers to iron out final details of Northern Ireland's lockdown exit strategy today
The plan is likely to outline the sequence in which current lockdown restrictions will lift.
# the times we live in
Why the start of the pandemic might feel like a million years ago rather than just one
We speak to an expert on humans perception of time.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why is the government changing the Living With Covid plan again?
We take a look for this week’s podcast episode.
# Lockdown
'A time will come when they diverge': Government yet to consider plan of what to do when restrictions ease in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland remains in lockdown until 1 April.
# easing lockdown
Level 5 restrictions to remain in place until at least 5 April, Cabinet sub-committee agrees
The government is expected to publish its updated Living with Covid plan this week.
# Lockdown
Restrictions for March to be set out 'with clarity' this week, minister says
Legislation on mandatory hotel quarantine is due to come before the Dáil this week.
# Lockdown
Strict restrictions set to remain in place until May as all primary school students to return by 15 March
Progress in driving down Covid-19 numbers is slowing down in Ireland.
# Lockdown
Prolonged lockdown restrictions on the cards 'until the Easter period', says Taoiseach
The priority remains the phased return of schools and construction, and not much else in the weeks to come.
# extended
Germany to extend lockdown until 7 March amid concern over variants
Some exceptions will be made with hairdressers permitted to resume business on 1 March.