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# Lockdown

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# restrictions
Israel begins easing third lockdown after one-third of population receives first vaccine dose
Despite the inoculations, Israel has been registering a daily average of 6,500 new Covid-19 cases.
# Australia
Single case of Covid-19 sends Perth into snap lockdown
Roughly two million residents of the city must stay at home as of this evening.
# Lockdown
Netherlands anti-curfew protests spark clashes with police
Hundreds gathered to protest a curfew in place until February.
# Lockdown
Northern Ireland: Lockdown extended until 5 March, decision next week on opening schools at earlier date
Deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill said this afternoon that the health service is facing into its “toughest week”.
# China
Partial lockdown imposed in Beijing over handful of Covid-19 cases
Seven cases of the virus were reported in the city today, including six in southern Daxing district.
# Lockdown
'About 30%' of construction sites remaining open despite Level 5 shutdown
Some of the biggest FDI sites in the country are open under government exemptions.
# Lockdown
Portugal becomes latest European country to return to full lockdown
Schools will remain open there.
# Lockdown
Advocacy groups to meet Education Minister tomorrow over closure of special education schools
Disability advocates have said that the closure of schools “left families and children with special educational needs reeling”.
# Covid lockdown
Hancock defends UK police fining two women £200 for driving 8km to go for a walk
“I’m absolutely going to back the police because the challenge here is that every flex can be fatal,” the UK Health Secretary said.
# Lockdown
Cabinet sub-committee agrees to shut schools and construction sites until 1 February
The decision was made this evening.
# Lockdown
Boris Johnson announces new national lockdown for England
The British Prime Minister made the announcement in a televised address setting out new emergency measures.
# Childcare
Explainer: What childcare options are available in Level 5 and who gets priority?
The government has asked parents who are not essential workers to keep their children at home.
# Lockdown
National lockdown to be imposed in Scotland for rest of January, Sturgeon announces
Sturgeon also confirmed that most pupils will be learning from home for at least the rest of the month.
# Lockdown
Restaurants and pubs to close from 3pm as new Covid-19 restrictions kick in
It is not clear when these businesses will be able to reopen.
# tighter restrictions
Italy to go into strict lockdown over Christmas, New Year
Under the new measures, shops, bars and restaurants will be closed.
# NPHET advice
Tánaiste warns: 'If we wait until 6 January, restrictions might be tougher and go on for longer'
A new lockdown in January had been suggested, but the government is warning that the restrictions may come sooner than expected.
# Lockdown
Public warned against 'festive free-for-all' as restrictions ease in Northern Ireland after two-week circuit break
Like the rest of Ireland, however, wet pubs in Northern Ireland must remain shut.
# Welcome back
Fans to return to football stadiums and racecourses in Britain from today
A limited number of supporters will be welcomed back.
# Coronavirus
Macron outlines France’s baby steps out of lockdown
France’s infection rate per 100,000 people is now less than a third of what it was at the start of November.
# reopening
Retailers call on government to move forward re-opening of sector to Monday
Cabinet is meeting today to discuss the Level 5 exit plan.
# Leaving lockdown
Lockdown lifting announcement due on Friday, but won't clash with the Late Late Toy Show
Cabinet will meet today to discuss the government’s exit plan.
# limited numbers
Fans set to return to sports stadiums in England from December
Up to 4,000 spectators will be allowed into grounds in low-risk areas.
# levelling down
Government to consider international data and effect of visitor restrictions as it plots exit from Level 5
The Taoiseach has said that “no decisions have been made as yet” as to exactly what restrictions will follow Level 5.
# circuit breaker
South Australia to end circuit-breaker lockdown early after pizza parlour blunder
A tough lockdown for the state’s almost two million people will now end late tomorrow.
# Covid-19
'We have to get the doors open before Christmas': Retailers and pubs call for clarity on re-opening
The Vintners Federation of Ireland said outdoor-only service is “useless” for many pubs.
# we believe
SuperValu's Christmas advert with a 2020 twist draws warm reception online
SuperValu’s advert features a boy called Conor, who is awaiting a mysterious Christmas visitor.
# word of the year
Collins Dictionary names ‘lockdown’ its Word of the Year for 2020
Its annual list of additions is dominated by terms such as ‘social distancing’, ‘key worker’ and ‘self-isolate’.
# prison lockdown
Suspected outbreak of coronavirus at Mountjoy Prison postpones firearms trial
The suspected outbreak has led to the postponement of a firearms trial at the Special Criminal Court.
# Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying rates in Ireland soared by '28% during lockdown'
The younger children were, the more likely they were to be victims, the study found.
# France
Paris hospitals near capacity after upsurge in coronavirus cases
France is currently in a partial lockdown to try and reduce Covid-19 numbers.
# New Rules
England's new Covid-19 lockdown starts today - here are the rules
Labour’s Keir Starmer said it would be “madness” not to extend the measures if they didn’t work.
# curfew
Italy imposes national curfew and locks down 'red zones'
Italy was the first European country hit by coronavirus.
# restrictions
Takeaway beers allowed in England after government U-turn on lockdown rules
New rules state drinks must be pre-ordered online or by phone.
Confusion sown by UK ministers over rules for England's lockdown
New rules are coming into effect in England on Thursday in an effort to control the spread of Covid-19.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you adhering to the Level 5 restrictions?
We’re set for another month of Level 5.
# Him Again
Nigel Farage is rebranding the Brexit party into an anti-lockdown party
The party which took no seats at last year’s British general election is seeking a new approach.
# restrictions
England’s national lockdown could be extended beyond 2 December, Gove admits
Michael Gove said it would be ‘foolish’ to predict what would happen with the pandemic over the next four weeks.
# Coronavirus
England on lockdown until 2 December, Boris Johnson announces in another U-turn
Schools will remain open but pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops are to shut.
# Coronavirus
England faces stringent national lockdown under plans being considered by Boris Johnson
Johnson is expected to announce the measures at a press conference on Monday, according to The Times.
# Mental Health
Christmas crafts, nursing home concerts and virtual 5km runs all part of Keep Well campaign
Taoiseach Michéal Martin launched the campaign today.