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New Zealand police arrest two men for smuggling boot full of KFC chicken into lockdown-hit Auckland

New Zealand police caught two individuals trying to enter Auckland with a boot full of KFC chicken and tens of thousands of dollars. The men were charged with breaching the country’s tough Covid-19 rules. Under Auckland’s strict Level 4 lockdown, all restaurants, including take-away services, remain closed. Police said the men, aged 23 and 30, had […]

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Man who escaped prison 30 years ago turns himself in as Covid lockdowns make him jobless, homeless

A 64-year-old fugitive walked into a Sydney police station to give himself up almost 30 years after he used a hacksaw blade and bolt cutters to escape from prison, police said on Wednesday. Darko Desic decided to go back to prison because Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown made him jobless and homeless, media reported. Desic surrendered at […]

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Vietnam’s covid-19 restrictions adds concerns to global coffee supply

Vietnam’s covid restrictions have added concerns to global supplies of coffee. The exporting hub of Ho Chi Minh has been kept under tough travel restrictions after a surge in cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Vietnam is a major producer of robusta, the bitter tasting bean used in instant coffee and some espresso […]

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New Zealand police break one person anti-lockdown protest in Auckland

A one-person anti-lockdown protest in central Auckland was shut down, after the police were alerted to discussions of a potential gathering on social media. New Zealand police officers said on Friday after hearing a protest was being planned, but only one person arrived with the intention of protesting, “Police have been in the area and […]

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Australia’s Qantas to furlough 2,500 workers as local lockdowns impact air travel

Qantas says it will stand down 2,500 staff — affecting pilots, crew and airport workers — as a lockdown in Sydney impacts air travel across Australia. The furlough will last for at least two months, the airline said. Qantas said it would pay staff until mid-August, after which they could apply for government support payments. […]

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Australia deploys military personnel to enforce Covid-19 lockdown

Australia has deployed hundreds of soldiers to Sydney to help enforce a Covid lockdown. A Delta outbreak which began in June has produced nearly 3,000 infections and led to nine deaths. Australian Defence Force soldiers will undergo training on the weekend before beginning unarmed patrols on Monday. But many have questioned whether military intervention is […]

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Anti-lockdown protests grip multiple Australian cities, dozens arrested

Protests have been taking place in multiple cities of Australia against restrictions imposed to tackle rising coronavirus infections. Thousands gathered in Sydney, in Melbourne and Brisbane. People chanted “freedom” as they marched through the centre of Sydney. Officers said they had made 57 arrests. Australian governments have re-imposed lockdowns across the country amid a surge […]

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Australia’s Victoria state to go into five-day snap lockdown amid virus surge

The Australian state of Victoria entered into a snap lockdown from late Thursday, after it recorded two more local cases of the virus. The latest outbreak brings the total number of virus cases there to 18. This is the fifth lockdown Victoria has experienced since the pandemic began last year. New restrictions will last until Tuesday. […]

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Spain’s top court declares last year’s strict Covid-19 lockdown unconstitutional

Spain’s constitutional court has ruled that last year’s strict coronavirus lockdown was unconstitutional. The ruling leaves the door open for people who were fined for breaking the rules to reclaim the money they paid. But the court said it would not accept lawsuits from people and businesses who want to sue the government because they […]

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Sri Lanka suspends three players from their tour of England for breaching bio-bubble

Three Sri Lanka players have been sent home from their tour of England for breaching bio-secure protocols. Vice-captain Kusal Mendis, opener Danushka Gunathilaka and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella have all been suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket. It follows images, shared on social media, appearing to show the trio in Durham city centre. Sri Lanka met England […]

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Two sunbathers fined for breaching Covid rules after they got frightened by a deer and had to be rescued

Two sunbathers have been fined for breaching Covid rules after they got spooked by a deer and had to be rescued from bushland. The men, who were sunbathing naked on a beach south of Sydney, were found after they called for assistance. They were fined $750 for breaching a public health order banning those in […]

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Sydney lockdown extended after highly infectious Delta variant cases rise

Sydney has gone into a two-week lockdown after a rise in the number of coronavirus cases. More than one million people in central and eastern suburbs were already under restrictions imposed on Friday following a jump in cases. The lockdown now covers the whole city and some surrounding areas, and is extended from one week […]