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China: Videos of clashes in Shanghai over restrictions and lack of food supplies go viral

Videos of clashes between police and people being forced out of their homes in Shanghai has gone viral on the internet as the city enters a third week of Covid-19 lockdown. Some residential compounds are being turned into quarantine centres. Millions are confined to their homes as Shanghai battles a fresh outbreak of the virus. […]

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Boris Johnson faces calls to resign over drinks party during Covid-19 lockdown

Boris Johnson faces calls to resign after he admitted attending a drinks party during lockdown. The prime minister apologised for the way he handled the event in the Downing Street garden in May 2020 and said he understood the public’s “rage” over it. Cabinet members including deputy PM Dominic Raab rallied round Mr Johnson. But […]

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China puts 3rd city under lockdown after reporting two cases of Omicron variant, millions affected

A third Chinese city has locked down its residents because of a COVID-19 outbreak, raising the number confined to their homes in China to about 20 million people. The lockdown of Anyang, home to 5.5 million people, was announced late Monday after two cases of the omicron variant were reported. Residents are not allowed to […]

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United Kingdom: As many as 100 invited to Downing Street “bring-your-own-booze” drinks event during lockdown

As many as 100 people were invited to a “bring-your-own-booze” drinks event in the Downing Street garden during the first lockdown. Reports suggest the PM and his wife attended the gathering on 20 May 2020. But Boris Johnson has declined to say whether he was among those there. The Metropolitan Police said it was in […]

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Three Downing Street parties to be investigated for Covid-19 rule breaches

An official investigation into government staff parties is to focus on three events that took place last year. Downing Street parties on 27 November and 18 December, and at the education department on 10 December will be examined for Covid rule breaches. Paymaster General Michael Ellis said any potential criminality uncovered would be reported to […]

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British PM Boris Johnson apologises for Christmas party blunder

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologised and his adviser resigned on Wednesday after a video surfaced showing his staff laughing and joking about a party in Downing Street during a Christmas COVID-19 lockdown last year when such festivities were banned. For more than a week, Johnson and his team have repeated that no rules were […]

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BioNTech and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine neutralises Omicron variant with three shots

BioNTech and Pfizer said on Wednesday a three-shot course of their COVID-19 vaccine was able to neutralise the new Omicron variant in a laboratory test and they could deliver an Omicron-based vaccine in March 2022 if needed. In the first official statement from vaccine manufacturers on the likely efficacy of their shot against Omicron, BioNTech […]

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Russia: Man kills two people and wounds four others in Moscow after being told to put face mask

Russian officials on Tuesday reported that two people were killed and four others were wounded after a gunman opened fire in a Moscow government service center after being told to put on a face mask The man took out a gun and started shooting in the building after arguing with a security guard who told […]

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Belgium: Police fire water cannon, tear gas on protesters opposing Covid-19 restrictions

Protesters opposing compulsory health measures against the coronavirus pandemic in Belgium were dispersed by police water cannons. Some 8,000 people marched through Brussels towards the headquarters of the European Union, chanting “Freedom!” and letting off fireworks. The crowd was smaller than the 35,000 vaccine and lockdown sceptics who marched last month. Protesters were blocked from […]

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Germany imposes curbs on unvaccinated people, considers Covid-19 vaccine mandate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said unvaccinated people will be excluded from non-essential shops, and cultural and recreational venues in Germany, and parliament will consider imposing a general vaccine mandate. Speaking on Thursday after a meeting with federal and state leaders, Merkel said the measures were necessary in light of concerns that hospitals in Germany could […]

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Austria Lockdown: Mass protesters gather in Vienna against fresh restrictions

Thousands of protesters gathered in Vienna on Saturday after the Austrian government announced a nationwide lockdown to contain the quickly rising coronavirus infections in the country. The far-right opposition Freedom Party was among those who have called for the protest and vowed to combat the new restrictions. The Austrian lockdown will start early Monday and […]

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Russia shuts shops, restaurants, schools and most workplaces as Covid-19 infections and deaths soar

Shops, restaurants and schools have shut in Moscow in a partial lockdown, as Russia battles record Covid deaths and infections. Only essential shops like supermarkets and pharmacies are allowed to open in the capital, while food outlets are only providing takeaways. Authorities have also given workers across Russia nine days off from Saturday in a […]