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New Lockdown - COVID-19 Lockdown Exit Analysis - 10th Jul 2020

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Millions under Australia lockdown as global cases hit 12 million

Millions of people in Australia's second-biggest city went into lockdown on Thursday to battle another coronavirus outbreak, as the number of infections worldwide surged past 12 million. Caseloads and death tolls have risen relentlessly in many of the world's biggest nations, with three million confirmed cases in the United States alone. In Melbourne, five million people began a new lockdown just weeks after earlier restrictions ended as Australia battles a COVID-19 resurgence, with residents bracing for the emotional and economic costs.
9th Jul 2020 - FRANCE 24

Localized lockdowns show that we're in the most complex phase of coronavirus yet

From English cities to the Spanish seaside and Australian housing estates, local lockdowns are cropping up all over the world as countries ease restrictions only to encounter new coronavirus outbreaks. After months of closures, governments are eager to reopen schools and businesses to allow people to get on with their lives. But fresh clusters of infection have seen leaders forced to reimpose restrictions in some hotspots, even as rules are eased elsewhere in the same country. Beijing re-entered a partial lockdown in mid-June after a new coronavirus outbreak linked to a food market in the Chinese capital, while at least 24 states in the US are pausing or rolling back their reopenings as cases accelerate, amid fears that earlier restrictions were relaxed too fast
9th Jul 2020 - CNN

Coronavirus: Hundreds flee Victoria for South Australia before midnight border lockdown

A man faces being fined after it's believed he allegedly tried to cross the border from Victoria into South Australia last night without permission. At midnight, the border between the states closed after hours of traffic banking up as people fled the coronavirus-stricken state before the new restrictions began. The traffic slowed to a trickle late last night but a 9News camera filmed one man allegedly breaking the rules to drive to South Australia.
9th Jul 2020 - 9News

'This lockdown seems different': second time around, Melbourne is on edge

Melbourne residents will be locked down from midnight on Wednesday. It is both easier and much harder this time around. Easier because remote working routines have already been established and because, this time, we know what to expect. And harder, because we know what to expect. Gone is the optimism that powered the first Australia-wide lockdown in March, where people spoke of flattening the curve and experimented with baking sourdough and bought jigsaw puzzles for their children after the prime minister declared them “absolutely essential”. The curve has flattened, bent, and bounced back up. The jigsaw puzzles have all been completed, and children who were prepared to go along with the first seven-week lockdown being a fun adventure are now anxious. Holidays were cancelled, again.
9th Jul 2020 - The Guardian

Millions of Australians back in lockdown amid Melbourne virus outbreak

Australia's second largest city, Melbourne, went back into lockdown at midnight on Wednesday, forcing five million Australians to stay home for all but essential business for the next six weeks to contain a flare-up of coronavirus cases. State police were patrolling the city and setting up checkpoints on major roads to stop people heading out to regional areas and spreading the virus from what is now Australia's pandemic epicentre, with 860 active cases. "The window for police discretion is very small and is closing as the threat to public health and safety created by those breaching the Chief Health Officer's directions is too great," Victoria police said in a statement. Cafes, bars, restaurants and gyms which only recently reopened had to shut again. Police had no comment on whether anyone has been stopped or fined since midnight.
9th Jul 2020 - YAHOO!

Australian city wakes to another lockdown as more state borders close

Australia’s second-most populous state will relax restrictions on many of the 3,000 people locked down in nine public-housing towers despite surging numbers of COVID-19 cases, state premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday
9th Jul 2020 - Reuters UK

Melbourne shop owners fear the worst as second lockdown begins

Locals accept the decision to reimpose Covid-19 restrictions but say they need help to get through it
8th Jul 2020 - The Guardian


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Indian city imposes 'triple lockdown' as coronavirus cases surge

Thiruvananthapuram in the southern state of Kerala implemented what it called a "triple lockdown" this week, as India overtook Russia to record the world's third-highest number of coronavirus infections. Kerala's strict early measures to curb the coronavirus's spread meant it had just about 100 cases in May, a scenario that propelled its health minister - a retired teacher with a previously low profile - to rockstar status. But since then nearly half a million people, mostly migrant workers, have arrived back in Kerala from abroad or from other Indian states. On Wednesday, the state recorded the highest single-day spike of 301 infections, taking the total to 6,301. Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who had voiced concerns about an outbreak if people were not tested before coming back, has attributed the rise in numbers to the returnees, saying they account for more than 80% of coronavirus cases. "The city seems to be sitting on an active volcano," said Kadakampally Surendran, the state minister in charge of the area, urging people to "strictly follow" the lockdown measures.
8th Jul 2020 - Dhaka Tribune

'Vocal minority are twisting Leicester lockdown to spread foul, racist ideas' says anti-racism group

An anti-racism group says the blame for Leicester’s local lockdown lies with central Government and not Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, whom it says are being stigmatised and scapegoated as a result of rules being extended in the city and surrounding areas. Leicester Stand Up To Racism has received backing from Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe, local politicians, religious leaders, community figures and union representatives since putting out an open letter for the public to sign, urging people not to pay attention to those it says are using the local lockdown to “spread their foul racist ideas”. The letter reads: “Leicester people stand together and place responsibility for this crisis, both in Leicester and nationally, at the door of central Government.
8th Jul 2020 - Leicester Mercury

Panic-buying returns as Melbourne braces for lengthy lockdown

Shoppers in Australia's second-biggest city stripped supermarket shelves Wednesday as millions in Melbourne prepared for a return to virus lockdown, with warnings the new restrictions will cost the economy Aus$1 billion a week. Five million residents were ordered back into a six-week lockdown beginning midnight Wednesday into Thursday as soaring community transmission of the coronavirus brings more than 100 new cases daily. A further 134 infections were detected in the past 24 hours -- small in comparison to the tens of thousands in hard-hit countries like the US and Brazil but considered a major spike in Australia, which had otherwise been successful in containing COVID-19.
8th Jul 2020 - FRANCE 24

Australian police lock down major state border

Australians wanting to enter New South Wales state from Victoria in the early hours of Wednesday (July 8) were forced to show permits allowing travel or be turned around, as officials scramble to contain a coronavirus outbreak. Libby Hogan reports.
8th Jul 2020 - Reuters

Six-week lockdown imposed on Australia's Melbourne

The Australian city of Melbourne is heading back into a six-week lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases. Officials from the state of Victoria reported 134 new infections. The numbers in the rest of the country have remained in the single digits.
8th Jul 2020 - Deutsche Welle

Covid-19 lockdown like the one in Australia can happen here if we're careless'

Malaysians are reminded to remain vigilant and practise self-discipline to remain safe from Covid-19, to prevent possible lockdown as faced by those in Melbourne, Australia, who are once again placed under restrictions due to surge in cases. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said any prior efforts to curb the virus would be futile if continuous preventive measures were not being practised by everyone. "With the cooperation of all Malaysians, our country has managed to contain the spread of the virus. However, this does not mean that we can be careless as the virus is still around us. Hence, we must ensure that we always practice self-discipline.
8th Jul 2020 - New Straits Times

Coronavirus crisis: Victorian lockdown to cost Australian economy $6 billion, says Josh Frydenberg

Victoria’s latest coronavirus lockdown is expected to cost Australia’s economy $6 billion and significantly slow the nation’s economic recovery. Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg confirmed about $1 billion a week was expected to be lost during the lockdown, currently expected to last six weeks. “We will see a substantial economic impact as a result of these restrictions coming back in," he said on 2GB. He added later on Sky there would be a “serious impediment to the speed and the trajectory of the nation's economic recovery, not just Victoria”.
8th Jul 2020 - The West Australian

How Melbourne ended up under a second Covid-19 lockdown

For weeks now the Victorian government has been desperately trying to get the coronavirus outbreak under control. It locked down postcodes, public housing towers and finally Melbourne itself. In this episode of Full Story, reporter Melissa Davey explains how it all unfolded
8th Jul 2020 - The Guardian

Uzbekistan to introduce second lockdown from July 10

Uzbekistan will impose a second lockdown between July 10 and Aug. 1 to curb a new surge in cases of the novel coronavirus since the easing of its first set of restrictions in late May and early June. The Central Asian nation’s government said on Wednesday it will limit the movement of vehicles and close non-food shopping malls, markets, parks, cafes, restaurants and sports and entertainment venues. Uzbekistan saw a surge in fresh COVID-19 cases in June after lifting many of the restrictions introduced earlier. It has confirmed almost 11,000 cases with 40 deaths; more than a half of the latter occurred within the last two weeks. Neighbouring Kazakhstan has also imposed a second lockdown from July 5, citing a jump in cases.
8th Jul 2020 - Reuters UK

Dozens injured in Belgrade rioting sparked by new virus lockdown

Serbian police fired tear gas at anti-government protesters after being pelted with flares and stones on Wednesday as thousands protested in front of the Belgrade Parliament despite warnings that such gatherings could spread coronavirus infections. The evening before, violence erupted when a crowd stormed Parliament in protest of plans to reimpose a lockdown following a new spike in COVID-19 cases. Forty-three police officers and 17 protesters were injured and there were 23 arrests. Although President Aleksandar Vucic hinted Wednesday he may back down from his plan to introduce a weekend lockdown, demonstrators began gathering in front of the Serbian Parliament building around 6 p.m
8th Jul 2020 - Reuters UK

Millions of Australians brace for lockdowns amid Melbourne virus outbreak

Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, went back into lockdown at midnight on Wednesday, forcing five million Australians to stay home for all but essential business for the next six weeks to contain a flare-up of coronavirus cases. State police were patrolling the city and setting up checkpoints on major roads to stop people heading out to regional areas and spreading the virus from what is now Australia’s pandemic epicentre, with 860 active cases.
8th Jul 2020 - Reuters UK


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Madagascar reimposes lockdown in capital as coronavirus cases surge

Madagascar has reimposed a lockdown in its central region, which includes its capital Antananarivo, in an effort to tackle an increase in coronavirus cases in the city, according to the country's government. Schools and universities in the city have been closed and nonessential travel within the region is prohibited until July 20. Authorities say churches will be shut, and public gatherings of more than 50 people have been banned. The government said troops have been deployed to affected districts to ensure residents comply with containment measures, including a curfew in the capital city, the government said.
7th Jul 2020 - CNN

Assam: Entire state bowed before Corona, lockdown will remain for 6 days

The epidemic corona outbreak is spreading rapidly throughout the country. Like other states, Assam is becoming a victim of corona. To overcome the virus in the state, complete lockdown will continue in Jorhat from 9 July to 15 July. To stop the spread of coronavirus, the lockdown will continue till 7 pm on July 9. According to the order of DDMA, District Magistrate and President of Jorhat, all the weekly markets will be closed in the entire district. State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that 786 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Assam on Monday, of which 598 cases are from Guwahati city.
7th Jul 2020 - News Track English

Parts of Australia to re-enter lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge

Australian officials said Tuesday residents and businesses in Melbourne and other areas will soon re-enter a state of lockdown due to abrupt surges in COVID-19 cases. Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire region will begin the new six-week lockdown period beginning at midnight on Wednesday, officials said. The move came after Victoria state reported nearly 200 new coronavirus cases Monday -- its largest daily increase to date.
7th Jul 2020 - UPI.com

Is South Africa heading back into lockdown - and what can the UK learn?

As coronavirus cases surge and deaths begin to mount, South Africa’s government has left the country’s population guessing about whether a lockdown will be reimposed. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Monday that a new hard lockdown “cannot be ruled out”, but denied that a decision was imminent. His intervention followed several days of mixed messages about whether South Africa would reverse the easing of what have been some of the strictest social distancing restrictions in the world.
7th Jul 2020 - The Week UK

Coronavirus UK: Leicester's infection rate falls, lockdown stays

Health Secretary said there is no set benchmark at which lockdown will be lifted. Leicester went into England's first local lockdown last week in spike of Covid-19 Mr Hancock said officials want to see 14 days of data before evaluating rules
7th Jul 2020 - Daily Mail

Coronavirus: Gütersloh lockdown lifted after German court ruling

A German court has ended a lockdown imposed to tackle a coronavirus outbreak at a meat packing facility. While a lockdown was "not unreasonable" at first, the court ruled that authorities should have replaced it with more focused measures. Officials in North Rhine-Westphalia brought back a lockdown around Gütersloh in June after more than 1,500 Tönnies plant workers tested positive. It was due to end on Wednesday, albeit with the option to extend it again. But the state's Higher Administrative Court overturned the measures with immediate effect on Monday, calling them disproportionate. Restaurants, bars and gyms can now reopen in Gütersloh district, and up to 10 people can meet outside - in line with national restrictions. Kindergartens will reopen on Wednesday, officials said.
7th Jul 2020 - BBC News

Spain imposes second local lockdown

Spain has imposed a second local coronavirus lockdown in two days following a rise in infections. Lockdowns were reintroduced in the country’s north-west preventing 70,000 people from leaving the region, with gatherings of 10 people to be banned and caps on the patrons in venues to be reviewed. Spain recorded 21 new cases of the virus in the past 24-hour period, taking the total to 106 active cases.
7th Jul 2020 - NEWS.com.au

Australia's second-biggest city under new virus lockdown

Five million Melbourne residents were ordered back into lockdown after coronavirus cases surged in Australia's second-biggest city Tuesday. State Premier Daniel Andrews announced a six-week lockdown would begin Wednesday, warning "we can't pretend" the coronavirus crisis is over. It is the first such spike in Australia since the virus was believed surpressed countrywide in April, and a brutal reminder that risks remain even as life returns to normal.
7th Jul 2020 - FRANCE 24

Algeria to place targeted lockdown measures against COVID-19

Algerian Health Minister Abderrahman Benbouzid said Monday that a renewal of nationwide lockdown "is not on the agenda right now," but the government will choose "a targeted lockdown" in regions with a significant increase in coronavirus cases. "The failure to comply with precautionary and preventive measures" were among many reasons for the rebound of cases in Algeria, Benbouzid said in a press conference. As of Monday, Algeria had 16,404 confirmed cases with 959 deaths. The country reported the first infection with the coronavirus on Feb. 25, an Italian national who was subsequently sent back home. Algeria has taken preventive measures, including lockdown, since March to contain the spread of the pandemic, and has resumed economic and commercial activities since June 7 as part of the effort to ease the lockdown
7th Jul 2020 - China.org.cn

Melbourne: FM issues warning after new Australian lockdown

Nicola Sturgeon has called on Scots not to drop their guard against Covid-19 after Australia put the city of Melbourne back into lockdown for six weeks due to rising coronavirus cases. The border between Victoria and New South Wales, Australia’s two most populous states, will be shut for the first time in 100 years as authorities try to contain the outbreak in the city. The border had not faced restrictions since the 1919 Spanish flu pandemic. The Victorian state of Melbourne reported 127 new Covid-19 infections overnight – its biggest daily spike since the pandemic began earlier this year. It also reported Australia’s first two deaths in more than two weeks, bringing the national death toll to 106.
7th Jul 2020 - The National

Australia's second largest city heads back into coronavirus lockdown

Lockdown measures were reimposed in Australia’s second biggest city on Tuesday, confining Melbourne residents to their homes unless undertaking essential business for six weeks, as officials scramble to to contain a coronavirus outbreak. The decision, which affects around 4.9 million people, was announced just hours before the busy border between Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, and New South Wales is scheduled to close for the first time in a century. From midnight on Wednesday, everyone in Melbourne will be required to stay home unless travelling to work, studying, shopping for food or attending medical appointments. Restaurants, cafes and bars will be able to provide takeaway service only, gyms and hair salons closed, household gatherings limited to two people and the current school vacation extended.
7th Jul 2020 - Reuters UK

Serbia reintroduces lockdown after highest daily Covid-19 death toll

Serbia’s president announced the reintroduction of a lockdown after the Balkan country reported its highest single-day death toll from coronavirus. President Aleksandar Vucic called the virus situation in the Serbian capital of Belgrade “alarming” and “critical” as the city’s hospitals neared their capacity limits.
7th Jul 2020 - Irish Examiner

Court overturns local lockdown on German slaughterhouse town

A court in western Germany overturned an emergency lockdown imposed in the town of Guetersloh following a coronavirus outbreak in a slaughterhouse there, ruling that the restrictions were disproportionate. The ruling, after some 1,500 workers were infected, throws into doubt the system of quick lockdown responses and rapid track-and-trace on which Germany has been relying to move into the second phase of its fight against the pandemic. After the outbreak, the premier of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia brought in a week-long lockdown, imposing social distancing on the town of about 100,000 people and closing many cultural institutions to try to stop its spread. A legal challenge brought by a private individual against the first week of lockdown was rejected. But when it was extended to run for another week until Tuesday, an entertainments company operating in the district put in a second challenge and the court changed its mind, saying authorities had had time to impose more targeted restrictions.
6th Jul 2020 - Reuters

Court overturns local lockdown on German slaughterhouse town

A court in western Germany overturned an emergency lockdown imposed in the town of Guetersloh following a coronavirus outbreak in a slaughterhouse there, ruling that the restrictions were disproportionate. The ruling, after some 1,500 workers were infected, throws into doubt the system of quick lockdown responses and rapid track-and-trace on which Germany has been relying to move into the second phase of its fight against the pandemic. After the outbreak, the premier of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia brought in a week-long lockdown, imposing social distancing on the town of about 100,000 people and closing many cultural institutions to try to stop its spread.
6th Jul 2020 - Reuters UK


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Leicester lockdown: Police warn of 'confusion' over differences between law and government guidance

Official police guidance has warned of “confusion” over the Leicester lockdown and gaps between the law and government instructions. While pubs and hotels have reopened across England on Saturday, non-essential businesses in the city have been forced to shut down because of a rise in coronavirus infections. Official police guidance has warned of “confusion” over the Leicester lockdown and gaps between the law and government instructions. While pubs and hotels have reopened across England on Saturday, non-essential businesses in the city have been forced to shut down because of a rise in coronavirus infections. Relaxed laws for the rest of the country now allow people to gather in groups of up to 30 without a risk assessment, but in Leicester the limit is set at six outdoors and two indoors.
6th Jul 2020 - The Independent

Coronavirus: Another spike forces Spain into second local lockdown in 24 hours

Bars and restaurants will operate at half capacity and face masks will be compulsory, even when outdoors at beaches or pools.
6th Jul 2020 - Sky News

The likely losers from Victoria re-entering lockdown

Domestic travel companies, financial services, non-discretionary retailers, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and toll road operator Transurban (ASX:TCL) are on a watchlist of sectors hurt by Victoria’s new COVID-19 restrictions. “This is a major blow for the travel and tourism sectors given many investors were hoping to see increasing interstate travel, a trans-Tasman bubble as early as July and certain international routes by the end of the year. This is now looking very optimistic,” Milford Asset Management portfolio manager William Curtayne said. For financial services companies the threat is more if rolling lockdowns in specific geographic areas become the new normal, lenders will face rising non-performing loans from businesses and residents trapped in the restricted zones.
6th Jul 2020 - Yahoo Finance Australia

Man arrested for fleeing Vic lockdown

A 32-year-old Victorian man has been arrested for fleeing one of the public housing towers in Flemington currently in COVID-19 lockdown. He was taken into custody after biting a police officer.
6th Jul 2020 - Sky News Australia

Melbourne towers residents translated Covid-19 information sheet into 10 different languages in 24 hours

“Some residents put together an information sheet and they translated that into 10 written and five oral languages within 24 hours and distributed it among their networks in order to help get government messaging across,” Lemoh said. “I’ve been involved in public health projects like this and if the government had to do this on their own, it would have taken them at least six months to get that kind of translation work done.’
6th Jul 2020 - The Guardian

Israel reimposes restrictions after COVID-19 spike

Israel on Monday reimposed a series of restrictions to fight a spike in coronavirus infections, including the immediate closure of bars, gyms and event halls. In public remarks at a special cabinet session on the health crisis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had to reverse course to avoid a wider lockdown that could paralyse its economy, where unemployment is just above 20%. The Bank of Israel on Monday forecast a 6% economic contraction in 2020. “The pandemic is spreading - that’s as clear as day. It is rising steeply daily and it is dragging with it, contrary to what we had been told, a trail of critically ill patients,” Netanyahu said.
6th Jul 2020 - Reuters UK

Palestinians, Israelis face new lockdowns amid coronavirus surge

Israel ordered thousands of people into quarantine after a contentious phone surveillance programme resumed, as Palestinians in the occupied West Bank returned to life under lockdown following a surge in coronavirus cases in both areas. A statement on Sunday from Israel's health ministry said "many" messages had been sent to Israelis following the renewed involvement of the Shin Bet domestic security agency. The Israeli daily Haaretz reported more than 30,000 people were notified they must enter quarantine since Thursday.
5th Jul 2020 - Al Jazeera English

Spain Announces Second Local Lockdown In 24 Hours After Spike In Coronavirus Cases

La Marina is the second region in the country to re-enter lockdown, after a fresh outbreak saw more than 100 people test positive for coronavirus.
5th Jul 2020 - Huffington Post UK

County in Spain Back on Lockdown After New Coronavirus Infections

An entire county in northwestern Spain is on lockdown all week because authorities fear a new COVID-19 outbreak even after the federal government ended a nationwide lockdown. Officials in La Marina in the Galicia region placed all 70,000 residents in a countywide quarantine after several bars in the area reported new cases. Only essential travel in and out of the county is allowed and gatherings of more than 10 people are forbidden. The lockdown will be in place through Friday. The La Marina lockdown comes a day after authorities in Lleida in Catalonia reimposed a lockdown, affecting more than 200,000 people. Jesus Vazquez Almuina, Catalonia’s health minister, said he wants to avoid what he calls “an exponential growth” of COVID-19 in the popular tourist destination since more than 100 cases have been confirmed in the last two weeks.
5th Jul 2020 - Voice of America

Spain imposes second local coronavirus lockdown in two days

The northwestern Spanish region of Galicia imposed restrictions on about 70,000 people on Sunday following a COVID-19 outbreak, a day after Catalonia also introduced a local lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. People living in A Marina along Spain’s northern coast in the province of Lugo will not be able to leave the area from midnight on Sunday until Friday, two days before regional elections in Galicia on July 12. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, speaking at a local political rally in Bilbao on Sunday, urged people not to lower their guard, but called for calm as “the early detection of these outbreaks shows the health system is much better prepared” than in March.
5th Jul 2020 - Reuters UK

COVID-19: Spain's Catalonia region reimposes lockdown amid spike

Spain's Catalonia region reimposed a strict lockdown on 210,000 people in one area Saturday after COVID-19 infections spiked. Catalan President Quim Torra said residents were not allowed to enter or leave Segria, an agricultural area west of Barcelona, including Lleida, a city in the west of Catalonia.
4th Jul 2020 - UPI News


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Coronavirus: Spain imposes local lockdown in Galicia

Officials in Spain's north-western region of Galicia have re-imposed restrictions on an area of 70,000 people following a Covid-19 outbreak. Only those travelling for work will be allowed to leave or enter the coastal district of A Marina from midnight on Sunday to Friday. The move comes a day after the north-eastern region of Catalonia imposed a similar local lockdown.
5th Jul 2020 - BBC News

Madagascar re-imposes lockdown amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Madagascar has placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new spike in coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions were eased, the presidency announced on Sunday. In as statement, “The Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown,” the presidency said. No traffic will be allowed in or out of the region starting Monday until July 20 and a strict curfew will be imposed on street movement by people. “Only one person per household is allowed to go out into the street between 6:00 am (0400 GMT) and 12:00 pm (1000 GMT),” said the statement. The measures have been taken “because of the spread of the epidemic and the increase of COVID-19 cases,” it added. Madagascar was used to registering dozens of COVID-19 cases a day however, the country has recently seen an exponential rise in daily numbers, jumping to a record 216 cases on Saturday after a total of 675 people were tested.
5th Jul 2020 - cgtn.com

Catalan government confines residents of Segrià in Lleida due to rising coronavirus cases

The Catalan regional government on Saturday confined residents of the comarca of Segrià, in Lleida, given the rising number of coronavirus cases that have been detected there. The affected area is in the south of the province, on the border with neighboring Huesca and Zaragoza provinces, and contains 38 municipalities, including the city of Lleida. The comarca – a traditional administrative division in parts of Spain – holds a population of slightly more than 200,000 inhabitants, and occupies 1,400 square meters of land.
4th Jul 2020 - EL PAÍS in English


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Leicester lockdown: Boohoo 'putting workers at risk of coronavirus'

Online fashion retailer Boohoo has defended its business practices after a workers' rights group said staff at Leicester factories that supply the group were at risk of coronavirus. The allegations came after a local lockdown was imposed on the city. Labour Behind the Label said workers were "being forced to come into work while sick with COVID-19". Boohoo said it had "terminated relationships" with factories over the treatment of workers. Labour Behind the Label said it had also received reports that workers who wished to isolate were being denied pay and factories had been operating illegally throughout lockdown.
2nd Jul 2020 - BBC News

Coronavirus: Threat of significant fines and jail time as Melbourne tightens lockdown rules

More than 300,000 people in Australia are going into lockdown for a month - with a neighbouring state threatening to fine or jail anyone who travels from coronavirus hotspots. More than 30 suburbs in Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, are going to face tightened restrictions for four weeks - prohibiting them from leaving home unless they are buying food, exercising, or have a health appointment. New South Wales (NSW), a nearby state that includes the cities of Canberra and Sydney, has now imposed measures designed to deter visitors from Victoria.
2nd Jul 2020 - Sky News

Australia steps up police patrols in Melbourne's locked down virus hotspots

Australian police set up suburban checkpoints in coronavirus hotspots in Melbourne on Thursday and were considering using drones to enforce stay-at-home orders as authorities struggled to contain new outbreaks in the country’s second-largest city. More than 1,000 police set up posts around 36 suburbs, which returned to lockdown after a spike in new infections. While the rest of Australia opened state borders and loosened social distancing restrictions, Melbourne’s state of Victoria promised to fine those in the affected zones that breached curbs on non-essential movement. Victoria reported 77 new cases, up slightly from the previous day and in line with weeks of double-digit daily increases.
2nd Jul 2020 - Reuters

Uncertainty in the border zones as checkpoints ring locked-in suburbs

Closed cafes, checkpoints, quiet streets and a prevailing sense of uncertainty: welcome to the borderlands – the places along the invisible line separating 10 locked-down postcode zones from the relative freedom of the outside world. "It's uncertain, especially on the first day," said Claudette, who runs Union Square Fish and Chips, which lies on the locked-down side of the Brunswick-Brunswick West postcode border.
2nd Jul 2020 - The Age

Kazakhstan implements second lockdown after COVID cases surge

Kazakhstan will implement a second, softer lockdown for two weeks from July 5 to help combat a surge in coronavirus cases, the government said on Thursday. Authorities will close some non-essential businesses, limit travel between provinces, cut public transit services’ hours of operation and ban public gatherings. The measures may be tightened or extended later, the cabinet said in a statement. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered new curbs after coronavirus cases in the Central Asian country rose more than sevenfold following the lifting of its first, more restrictive lockdown in mid-May
2nd Jul 2020 - Reuters UK

People attempting to flee Leicester lockdown zone could face £100 fine

People attempting to flee Leicester amid the local lockdown could face fines, police have warned. Amid widespread confusion about how the new rules will work, it has emerged that officers will issue fines — believed to be up to £100 — as a last resort for those who breach the coronavirus restrictions in the Midlands city. Nottinghamshire Police said it would be working with British Transport Police to ensure people are not leaving on trains from Leicester to visit Nottingham. Anyone spotted travelling out of Leicester will be stopped and asked to return home, with financial penalties issued as a ‘last resort’. Craig Guildford, chief constable of Nottinghamshire Police, said his officers will also be working with Leicestershire Police, with any intelligence of minibuses or coaches coming into the city being stopped.
1st Jul 2020 - Metro


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Will the threat of fines really make us comply with lockdown laws?

With the suburban lockdown taking effect in a few hours, what are the chances that the 300,00 residents will comply with a second round of tough stay-at-home orders? Griffith University surveryed almost 2,000 people five weeks after the first mandatory lockdown orders came into affect, and found only half were complying with the measures. We speak with one of the researchers about what could make us more compliant this time around.
1st Jul 2020 - ABC News

Muddled messaging over Leicester lockdown leaves locals baffled

By Tuesday morning, the fact that Leicester was facing a new lockdown was clear. The only question was: what, exactly, did that mean? On a day of confusion in the Midlands city, the council tried to set out the boundaries that would be in place on the outskirts of town, but some residents complained of a lack of communication and a lack of clarity over which side of the all-important red line they lived. Debbie Bass, who runs Sugar and Ice, a cake decoration and supply shop, said she had only 15 minutes’ notice that her business would have to close again. As the shop falls outside Leicester city council’s boundaries, she thought she would be able to open at 10am on Tuesday and continue to restore a business that was just beginning to pick up again two weeks after reopening.
1st Jul 2020 - The Guardian

Leicester lockdown: Boundary line branded 'stupid' by residents

Residents on a street cut in half by the Leicester lockdown boundary line have branded it "stupid". Some addresses on Bowhill Grove are now subject to the tighter restrictions introduced on Monday, while others are not. One resident said people living in the lockdown area could easily walk over the line to a nearby pub. Leicestershire County Council said the boundary had been drawn up rapidly and was "an imprecise science". It comes as shadow health secretary and Leicester South MP Jonathan Ashworth said people in the city were confused by the rules.
1st Jul 2020 - BBC News

Which countries and cities have gone back into lockdown as Melbourne puts 300,000 under local lockdown?

Australia is locking down around 300,000 people in Melbourne due to a spike in coronavirus cases. Victoria has now reported 73 new Covid-19 cases, causing 10 hotspot postcodes to be placed in lockdown from midnight. The state’s premier Daniel Andrews said today that public health officials would be going door-to-door in the most affected suburbs and offering free testing to residents. It’s one of a number of places across the world where restrictions have once again been tightened in the wake of cases surging – with Leicester also facing a local lockdown even as measures are eased across England. Where else has gone back into lockdown?
1st Jul 2020 - Metro

Fears that other towns and cities could follow Leicester into local lockdown

It is an "illusion" that the UK is past the worst of the Covid-19 epidemic, a leading scientist has warned amid fears that other towns and cities could follow Leicester into lockdown.
1st Jul 2020 - Lancashire Evening Post

Tensions flare as Italian town marks new Covid-19 outbreak and fresh lockdown

When a new outbreak of Covid-19 occurred in the Italian town of Mondragone, violations of an ensuing two-week lockdown incensed some locals who blamed migrant workers. But when far-right leader Matteo Salvini came to town Monday, he was met by protesters, who said he was seeking to exploit the situation for political gain
1st Jul 2020 - FRANCE 24 English

Hebron sees 200 new virus infections in hours, area ordered locked down

Neighborhoods in virus hotspots Ashdod, Lod to be placed on lockdown Ministers agree on a seven-day lockdown of neighborhoods in virus hotspots Ashdod and Lod to stem the spiraling COVID-19 outbreak. The so-called coronavirus cabinet will convene on Thursday to debate additional measures, tweets Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
1st Jul 2020 - The Times of Israel

Today: Philippines extends lockdown in central city : The Asahi Shimbun

The Philippine president has retained a strict lockdown in a central city he described as a new coronavirus hot spot, while the capital and the rest of the country were placed in lighter quarantines. President Rodrigo Duterte made the announcement Tuesday night on TV, further stretching three-month lockdowns and quarantines that officials call successful but his critics describe as ridden with failures and confusion. The Philippines has among the most COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 37,500 people infected, including 1,266 who have died. Duterte blamed Cebu city, which will remain under a lockdown up to July 15, for many violations of the rules that led to infection spikes. “Cebu is now the hot spot for COVID. Why? Many of you did not follow. So don’t get mad at me,” he said.
1st Jul 2020 - Asahi Shimbun

Getting people to follow coronavirus restrictions is harder the second time around

With residents in 10 Melbourne postcodes banned from non-essential travel until at least July 29, the need for continued vigilance is clear. Across Victoria, the ongoing spike in coronavirus cases means a range of restrictions are still in place, yet for people outside the worst-affected areas these restrictions may seem more like guidelines than rules. There may be many different interpretations of the reinstated restrictions. Also, having been granted some freedoms after the initial lockdown period, people will be reluctant to go back.
1st Jul 2020 - ABC News

Coronavirus: NZ could use localised Covid-19 lockdowns like Australia, says Ashley Bloomfield

A second round of stay at home orders will kick in Wednesday for parts of Melbourne hit by Covid-19, and the Director-General of Health says similar measures could be used here if needed. Dr Ashley Bloomfield told Morning Report implementing targeted lockdowns was "definitely something that could happen and we have done some work and are doing further work on if there was a localised outbreak wither in a suburb, town, city or region what sort of measures should we put in place". New Zealand had worked closely with Australia since the start of the outbreak, so it would be watching to see how the second lockdown was handled across the ditch, he said.
1st Jul 2020 - Stuff.co.nz

Australia's medical chief 'much less worried' now city is locking down outbreak suburbs

Australia's medical chief says he is "much less worried" now Melbourne is rolling out strict lockdowns on suburbs hit by the new coronavirus outbreak. Acting Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly said with well over 100,000 tests done since Thursday and new measures to lock down hotspots, have left him "confident" the situation will be brought under control. However he said it is a possibility more lockdowns could be implemented.
1st Jul 2020 - 9News

Coronavirus: Threat of significant fines and jail time as Melbourne tightens lockdown rules

More than 300,000 people in Australia are going into lockdown for a month - with a neighbouring state threatening to fine or jail anyone who travels from coronavirus hotspots. More than 30 suburbs in Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, are going to face tightened restrictions for four weeks - prohibiting them from leaving home unless they are buying food, exercising, or have a health appointment. New South Wales (NSW), a nearby state that includes the cities of Canberra and Sydney, has now imposed measures designed to deter visitors from Victoria.
1st Jul 2020 - Sky News

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield reacts to second Victoria Covid-19 lockdown

A second round of stay at home orders will kick in tonight for parts of Melbourne hit by Covid-19, and the Director-General of Health says similar measures could be used here if needed. Dr Ashley Bloomfield told Morning Report implementing targeted lockdowns was "definitely something that could happen and we have done some work and are doing further work on if there was a localised outbreak within a suburb, town, city or region what sort of measures should we put in place". New Zealand had worked closely with Australia since the start of the outbreak, so it would be watching to see how the second lockdown was handled across the ditch, he said. "We would be looking to use exactly these sorts of measures and approaches [being used in Melbourne] to avoid having to put the whole country up an alert level."
1st Jul 2020 - RNZ

Mayor of Leicester hasn’t been told where local lockdown border will be placed

Speaking about the lockdown to Sky News today, Sir Peter said: ‘We were talking with the Chief Constable yesterday about the role he and his officers will have to play in this, because obviously the council doesn’t have the resources to do it.
1st Jul 2020 - Metro

Australia to lock down 300,000 in Melbourne suburbs after coronavirus spike

Authorities will lock down more than 300,000 people in suburbs north of Melbourne for a month from late on Wednesday to contain the risk of infection after two weeks of double-digit rises in new coronavirus cases in Australia’s second most populous state. Australia has fared better than many countries in the pandemic, with around 7,920 cases, 104 deaths and fewer than 400 active cases, but the recent jump has stoked fears of a second wave of COVID-19, echoing concerns expressed in other countries. Globally, coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday, a major milestone in the spread of a disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months. From midnight, more than 30 suburbs in Australia’s second-biggest city will return to stage three restrictions, the third-strictest level in curbs to control the pandemic. That means residents will be confined to home except for grocery shopping, health appointments, work or caregiving, and exercise.
1st Jul 2020 - Reuters

Leicester games to go ahead despite local lockdown

Leicester City’s matches will go ahead as planned and they will continue to train at their Belvoir Drive facilities despite a stringent lockdown in the city after a spike in local COVID-19 cases, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Leicester, in England’s eastern Midlands, accounted for 10% of all positive coronavirus cases in England in the past week, prompting police to enforce a local lockdown.
1st Jul 2020 - Reuters UK


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Bogota mayor insists on second lockdown in Colombia's capital

Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez on Monday insisted on a second lockdown in Colombia’s capital, effectively ending the economic reactivation promoted by President Ivan Duque. The city’s health authorities will raise its alert level to red once Bogota’s intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy rate has reached 75% as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. At that point Lopez wants to impose a second lockdown to prevent the collapse of the healthcare system, the mayor has said on several occasions. On Tuesday morning, hours before the mayor was set to meet with national government officials, the ICU occupancy rate had risen to 73.4% from 71.4% the night before.
30th Jun 2020 - Colombia Reports

Lockdown restrictions reimposed in some US states as COVID-19 infection rate soars

Lockdown restrictions have been reimposed in some US states as COVID-19 infection rates across the country soar. A tally taken by John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, has shown that some 42,000 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the US in the last 24 hours, bringing the national total of positive diagnoses to nearly 2.6 million. Although US President Donald Trump’s White House administration has continued to blame expanded testing regimes for the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases, governors in several states have reimposed lockdown restrictions in an attempt to curb coronavirus transmission.
30th Jun 2020 - Extra.ie

Stay away from us, Nottingham police tell people from lockdown Leicester

Nottinghamshire Police have said they will issue fines as a last resort for those who breach the lockdown measures and travel from Leicester to Nottingham this weekend. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said a coronavirus spike in Leicester will mean all non-essential shops and schools will close again to all but key worker children. He also said pubs, bars, restaurants, and hairdressers will not be able to open from July 4 in Leicester and some of the surrounding areas. People from Leicester now need to avoid all non-essential travel. The restrictions will be in place for at least the next two weeks.
30th Jun 2020 - Leicestershire Live

Leicester put in tighter lockdown after rise in coronavirus cases

Leicester is to be put under a tighter lockdown than the rest of country from Tuesday after the English city reported an increase in coronavirus cases, confronting the government with the first test of its ability to control the virus while opening up the economy. Health secretary Matt Hancock said non-essential shops had been told to close on Tuesday and schools asked to shut their doors to the majority of their pupils from Thursday. Classes will remain open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers. But the city’s mayor and a local senior doctor criticised the way the testing system was working, complaining about the lack of data at local level and efficacy of the track and trace system. A spike of more than 900 cases since mid-June, which local officials were only made aware of late last week, had led Public Health England (PHE) to support the first big “local lockdown”.
30th Jun 2020 - Financial Times

Expert on what Nottingham should do after local lockdown begins in Leicester

An expert on infectious diseases has spoken of the importance of social distancing in Nottingham following the extension of lockdown imposed in nearby Leicester. Keith Neal, emeritus professor of the epidemiology of infectious diseases at the University of Nottingham, has weighed in after it was revealed on Monday (June 29) evening Leicester would be placed in a local lockdown. Following an announcement by Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, the East Midlands city is set to remain in lockdown for a further two weeks after a significant increase in coronavirus cases in the city - which is just 40 minutes drive from Nottingham. Non-essential shops will be shut from Tuesday, June 30 and schools are set to close after Mr Hancock said Leicester’s seven-day infection rate was 135 cases per 100,000 – three times that of the next highest city. Concerns were raised as to exactly where the lockdown would be enforced, with parts of Leicestershire crossing over Nottinghamshire's border.
30th Jun 2020 - Nottingham Post

Leicester lockdown: 'Shocked' residents prepare for new restrictions

Non-essential shops in Leicester have closed suddenly as the government imposed the first local lockdown in the UK. Pubs and restaurants hoping to reopen at the weekend also have to delay plans for at least two weeks, while schools will be shut for most pupils. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the city had "10% of all positive cases in the country over the past week", while the city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby urged people to "stick together" as Leicester tackles a rise in confirmed coronavirus cases. Shoppers in the city centre had been enjoying a brief return to a sense of normality before the announcement and many were anticipating a visit to a pub or restaurant this weekend.
30th Jun 2020 - BBC News

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews reimposes lockdown measures in hotspots

Victoria has reintroduced stay-at-home orders for a number of Melbourne suburbs in a bid to contain a surge in new coronavirus cases.
30th Jun 2020 - ABC News

Australian State Imposes 4-Week Lockdown in Hotspot Suburbs

Australia’s second-most populous state is imposing a four-week lockdown across parts of Melbourne, attempting to contain a spike in coronavirus infections that’s jeopardizing its economic recovery. From late Wednesday night, people across 10 areas will face fines if they leave their homes other than for work or school, for care or care-giving, for daily exercise, or to buy food and other essentials, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters. Government grants will be awarded to Victorian businesses forced to close during the lockdown.
30th Jun 2020 - Bloomberg

Covid 19 coronavirus: Decision due on return to lockdown for parts of Victoria

A decision on whether parts of Victoria will be thrown back into lockdown is likely today as the state's hot spot testing blitz comes to an end. Calls are growing for a localised lockdown – focusing on the hot spots in Melbourne – rather than statewide restrictions coming back.
30th Jun 2020 - New Zealand Herald

Leicester: how have you been affected by the local lockdown?

Leicester is the first city to experience a local lockdown with non-essential shops and schools closed from Tuesday. Restrictions are set to be in place for two weeks after infections rose, with Leicester accounting for around one in 10 of all coronavirus cases in the past week. We want to hear from local people, schools and business about their experiences. We’re interested in hearing from those who are working directly with the pandemic, whether it’s with the NHS or local test and trace. How do you feel about the local lockdown?
30th Jun 2020 - The Guardian

Uzbekistan imposes new restrictions as COVID-19 cases rise again

Uzbekistan has imposed an overnight curfew in some parts of the country, including the capital Tashkent, as it seeks to curb a fresh rise in COVID-19 infections following the gradual lifting of a two-month lockdown. The Central Asian nation had been cautiously lifting a nationwide lockdown that had been in place in April and May. However, after a decline in COVID-19 cases between mid-April and mid-May, it has once again seen a steady rise. The new restrictions will see residents of “red” and “yellow” areas deemed at higher risk barred from leaving their homes between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. except for medical emergencies, the government said on Tuesday. Large shopping malls and markets will also be closed on weekends across the country.
30th Jun 2020 - Reuters

Britain locks down city of Leicester after COVID-19 flare-up

Britain has imposed a stringent lockdown on the English city of Leicester following a local flare-up of the novel coronavirus, overshadowing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s attempts to nudge the country back to normality. The United Kingdom has been one of the world’s worst-hit areas, with more than 54,000 deaths in confirmed or suspected cases, though infections have waned and many restrictions are to be lifted across England from Saturday to revive the economy. But the authorities were forced to take action in Leicester, a city of around 330,000 people, where the seven-day infection rate was three times higher than the next-worst city. Leicester, in England’s eastern Midlands, accounted for 10% of all positive cases in England in the past week, the government said. “It’s depressing,” Stuart Towers, landlord of the Market Tavern pub told Reuters. “We were all looking forward to opening Saturday and the next thing you know that’s it. What do we do now?”
30th Jun 2020 - Reuters UK

Australia's Victoria state introduces suburban lockdowns to curb new outbreaks

Authorities on Tuesday ordered the lockdown of 36 suburbs in Australia’s second biggest city Melbourne in an attempt to stop a spike in coronavius cases, a dramatic departure from the relaxation of restrictions elsewhere in the country. From midnight on Wednesday the first suburb-specific stay-home order will be imposed on some 320,000 people, the Victorian state Premier Daniel Andrews told a news conference on Tuesday. Residents in the suburbs must stay home unless travelling for work, school, healthcare, exercise or food for a period of four weeks.
30th Jun 2020 - Reuters UK

Canada extends COVID-19 international border closures, mandatory quarantine order

Canada is extending a global travel ban and mandatory quarantine measures that require most travelers to Canada, including citizens returning home, to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, the Canadian government said on Tuesday. The mandatory quarantine order is now in effect until at least Aug. 31, while the travel ban for most other foreign travelers is extended to at least July 31, according to federal documents. The measures, designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, were set to expire on June 30. Travel by U.S. citizens are covered under a separate agreement, which was extended earlier this month to keep the U.S.-Canada border closed to all non-essential travel until at least July 21. U.S. citizens who are not deemed essential are still subject to the quarantine.
30th Jun 2020 - Reuters


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UK's first local lockdown to be discussed by Government today

Coronavirus testing data will be discussed at a Monday morning meeting between Leicester’s mayor and Government officials amid suggestions a local lockdown could be imposed on the city. City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby and the council’s director of public health Ivan Browne will be present to examine the data behind a local surge in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks. Sir Peter said the council was only provided with detailed testing information for the first time on Thursday – a week after Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that there was a local outbreak in the city. It comes as restrictions are being eased elsewhere in the UK, with parks and shops with outdoor entrances able to reopen in Scotland, and schools in Wales welcoming more pupils
29th Jun 2020 - Wales Online

Coronavirus: How would a local lockdown work in Leicester?

Leicester could be kept in the current stage of lockdown for another two weeks, because of a local surge in coronavirus cases. That means pubs and restaurants would remain closed when they open in the rest of England from Saturday, and social distancing guidelines would stay at 2m (6ft). But local politicians say it is unclear how restrictions can still be maintained in one area.
29th Jun 2020 - BBC News

Germany extends lockdown in district hit by COVID-19 in abattoir

The western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said on Monday that as a precaution it would extend by one week a lockdown in one of two districts affected by an outbreak of the coronavirus at a slaughterhouse. NRW premier Armin Laschet said restrictions keeping bars, museums, galleries, cinemas, sports halls, gyms and swimming pools shut would remain in place in the district of Guetersloh for now even though the outbreak was under control. A lockdown in the neighbouring district of Warendorf will be lifted on Tuesday because the number of positive tests there was lower than in Guetersloh.
29th Jun 2020 - Reuters

Kazakhstan heads for second COVID-19 lockdown after botched reopening

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered his government on Monday to prepare a package of coronavirus restrictions similar to the hard lockdown that the Central Asian nation imposed in March-May after a recent sharp rise in infections. Tokayev gave his cabinet two days to draft the new measures and scolded senior officials, formally reprimanding a few, for botching the reopening and allowing the outbreak to resurge in the country of 19 million. "In foreign observers' opinion, the situation in Kazakhstan is critical, on the brink of spiraling out of control," he said, adding that the government was considering several lockdown options and ways to support the economy.
29th Jun 2020 - MSN

Coronavirus cases surge worldwide, governments consider renewed lockdowns

India’s 20,000 new infections was a new daily record. Several states reimposed partial or full lockdowns after the total number of cases jumped by nearly 100,000 in one week to 548,318. While some states have tightened precautions, in the worst-affected regions of Maharashtra, which includes India’s financial capital, Mumbai, and Delhi, home to the federal capital of New Delhi, most restrictions have been eased, with restaurants, shopping malls and parks reopened, and public buses and shared-ride services back on the roads.
29th Jun 2020 - Globalnews.ca

Portugal, Italy, Spain: Several European countries reimpose local lockdowns

The number of coronavirus cases is starting to rise again in several countries, especially in the south of Europe. Portugal, for example has recently reimposed lockdown measures in some neighbourhoods around Lisbon.
29th Jun 2020 - RTL Today

UK city of Leicester could be the first to face local lockdown after virus surge

The central English city of Leicester could be the country's first to face a local lockdown due to a rise in coronavirus cases, the UK's Home Secretary Priti Patel said Sunday. The Midlands city recorded 658 new cases in the two weeks up to June 16, many linked to fresh outbreaks at food production plants. Patel told the BBC that there have been "flare-ups across the country in recent weeks, in just the last three or four weeks in particular". "For local outbreaks, it is appropriate to have local solutions in terms of infection control, social distancing, screening and many tools," she added.
29th Jun 2020 - FRANCE 24 English

Half a million in lockdown as Beijing fights new virus cluster

China imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people near the capital to contain a fresh coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, as authorities warned it was soon to "relax" over the new cluster of cases. After China largely brought the virus under control, hundreds have been infected in Beijing and cases have emerged in neighbouring Hebei province. Health officials said Sunday that Anxin county -- about 150 kilometres (90 miles) from Beijing -- will be "fully enclosed and controlled", the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the city of Wuhan earlier this year.
29th Jun 2020 - FRANCE 24

Asia Today: Seoul Considers New Curbs as Virus Cases Climb

The capital district of the northeastern state of Assam on the Bangladesh border has reimposed a full lockdown until July 12 following a spike in cases. Another border state, West Bengal, has extended its lockdown until July 31. However, in India’s worst-affected states, Maharashtra, which includes India’s financial capital, Mumbai, and Delhi, home to the federal capital of New Delhi, most lockdown restrictions have been eased, with restaurants, shopping malls and parks reopened, and public buses and shared-ride services back on the roads.
29th Jun 2020 - The New York Times

Spike in COVID-19 Cases Brings Renewed Lockdowns

A rise in coronavirus cases around the world is prompting authorities in some countries, including India and the United States, to reimpose lockdown restrictions, as the head of the World Health Organization said the pandemic “is not even close to being over.” "Most people remain susceptible. The virus still has a lot of room to move," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday during a virtual briefing in Geneva. “Although many countries have made some progress globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up," he said. India reported another record one-day increase in confirmed cases Monday with nearly 20,000, a jump of more than 100,000 in a week. The country trails only the United States, Brazil and Russia in total confirmed cases since the pandemic began late last year in China. Part of India’s Assam state has reimposed its lockdown through July 12, while West Bengal state extended its restrictions until the end of July.
29th Jun 2020 - Voice of America

Seoul considers new lockdown measures as virus cases climb

With people increasingly venturing out in public, new clusters are tied to a variety of places. Health Minister Park Neung-hoo announced on Sunday that the government is prepared to implement stronger social distancing measures if the epidemic continues to grow. He said the strongest measures — including banning all gatherings of more than 10 people, shutting schools, halting professional sports, and restricting operations of non-essential businesses — will be enforced if the daily increase in infections doubles more than two times during the span of a week.
29th Jun 2020 - ShropshireStar.com

China puts half a million people in lockdown as Beijing fights new cluster

China imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in a province surrounding the capital to contain a fresh coronavirus cluster on Sunday, as authorities warned the outbreak was still "severe and complicated." After China largely brought the virus under control, hundreds have been infected in Beijing and cases have emerged in neighbouring Hebei province in recent weeks. Health officials said Sunday that Anxin county -- about 150 kilometres (90 miles) from Beijing -- will be "fully enclosed and controlled", the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the city of Wuhan earlier this year. Only one person from each family will be allowed to go out once a day to purchase necessities such as food and medicine, the county's epidemic prevention task force said in a statement.
29th Jun 2020 - IBTimes UK

Coronavirus deaths hit 500,000 worldwide as China imposes local lockdown and Seoul considers new measures amid spike

Texas has seen a surge of cases after allowing businesses to reopen following the US' nationwide lockdown, and has begun to reimpose restrictions. Both Vice President Mike Pence and Texas Governor Greg Abbott acknowledged the rapid rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the state in recent weeks after Mr Abbott began allowing businesses to start reopening in early May. "Covid 19 has taken a very swift and very dangerous turn in Texas over just the past few weeks," said Mr Abbott, who on Friday again shut down bars and limited restaurant dining, a day after Texas reported a record high confirmed positive tests of 5,996.
29th Jun 2020 - Evening Standard

Hebei: China locks down 400,000 people after virus spike near Beijing

China has reinstated a strict lockdown near Beijing, affecting around 400,000 people, after a small surge in cases. The restrictions have come into force in Anxin county in Hebei province near the capital. After the pandemic emerged in China at the end of last year, the country has managed to get new infections to a consistently low level. To avoid a second wave, even small surges are taken very seriously by the country's health authorities.
29th Jun 2020 - BBC News

Coronavirus in Victoria: Daniel Andrews considers suburban lockdowns as 49 new cases confirmed

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, says the state will consider potential stay-at-home orders and suburban lockdowns to contain several coronavirus clusters in Melbourne, after another 49 cases of coronavirus were detected on Saturday – the highest daily number since April. The overall total has increased by 41, with eight cases reclassified after further testing found these indeterminate results to be negative. On Sunday afternoon, the federal deputy chief medical officer Michael Kidd told reporters that while Victoria’s spike was “of genuine concern” it was not a second wave. “This is not a second wave,” he said. “What we’re seeing in Victoria is exactly what was planned when we have outbreaks occurring across the country.” He praised the Victorian government’s response so far, saying it was “very vigorous and appropriate”.
29th Jun 2020 - The Guardian

Leicester lockdown: Restrictions could be extended for two weeks

Pubs and restaurants in Leicester may stay closed for two more weeks due to a surge in coronavirus cases, the city's mayor has said. Sir Peter Soulsby said the government had recommended current restrictions are maintained for a further fortnight. He told the Today programme the city could "remain restricted for two weeks longer than the rest of the country". The prime minister said Public Health England and local authorities had the power to bring in a local lockdown. There have been 2,987 positive cases in Leicester since the pandemic began, with 866 of those - 29% - reported in the two weeks to 23 June.
29th Jun 2020 - BBC News

Leicester Faces Local Lockdown As Covid-19 Cases Under Scrutiny

Coronavirus testing data will be discussed at a Monday morning meeting between Leicester's mayor and UK Government officials amid suggestions a local lockdown could be imposed on the city. City Mayor Peter Soulsby and the council's Director of Public Health Ivan Browne will be present to examine the data behind a local surge in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks. Soulsby said the council was only provided with detailed testing information for the first time on Thursday in a week after Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that there was a local outbreak in the city. It comes as restrictions are being eased elsewhere in the UK, with parks and shops with outdoor entrances able to reopen in Scotland, and schools in Wales welcoming more pupils. The Welsh Government said schools will operate with staggered starts and breaks for check in, catch up and prepare sessions starting on Monday.
29th Jun 2020 - London South East


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'I am angry': Germans back in lockdown demand accountability

Germany puts two western districts on lockdownDW (English)Germany resumes lockdown for 500000 people after COVID-19 spikeBusiness InsiderSecond German district in lockdown because of local outbreakThe Brussels TimesThe giant meatpacking company at the heart of Germany's new coronavirus hotspotCNNView Full coverage on Google News
25th Jun 2020 - The Guardian

‘Smart Lockdowns’ Are the Future in Europe

Germany, Italy and Portugal are betting on smaller, local shutdowns to prevent a new surge of coronavirus infections.
25th Jun 2020 - Bloomberg

Vulnerable to 2nd wave, India must consider limited lockdown in hotspots

With India vulnerable to a second wave of the Covid pandemic, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Randeep Guleria feels in order to contain a further surge, a limited lockdown in hotspots and extensive contact tracing, where volume of cases is high, can be considered along with a micro-plan to prevent leakage into other non-containment areas. In an exclusive chat with IANS, Guleria said the wave of Covid cases may flatten by end July or early August. He urged not to compare India with European nations like Italy and Spain. He said focus should be on 10 key cities that continue to contribute extensively to the spike. People must continue to follow social distancing, wearing mask and other precautions at least for a year, even after cases begin to decline, the AIIMS Director said, as India reported close to 17,000 cases in 24 hours and crossed 4.7 lakh in just five months. India which was steadily unlocking to return to new normal found a number of states issuing lockdown in parts most affected by the virus as cases mounted quickly.
25th Jun 2020 - Outlook India

Rest home locked down for 18 hours over coronavirus threat

Palmerston North rest home was forced to lock down for 18 hours after one of its staff members displayed coronavirus symptoms after having contact with a person recently returned to New Zealand. The Masonic Court staff member had two symptoms of the virus, although the person they'd had contact with had tested negative for Covid-19 and completed a period of isolation. Rest home chief executive Warick​ Dunn said following advice from health authorities, the home decided to close its doors to visitors until test results were returned. It was closed about 6pm on Wednesday and had reopened by midday on Thursday, when the staff member's test came back negative.
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Germany outbreak sparks fresh local lockdown

German authorities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have reimposed lockdown restrictions in two districts after a spike in cases, with more than half a million people affected. One area is home to a meatpacking plant where more than 1,500 workers have tested positive. State premier Armin Laschet said the "preventative measures" in Gütersloh district would last until 30 June. Neighbouring Warendorf district has also seen restrictions return. The state's health minister, Karl-Josef Laumann, announced the second lockdown just hours after the first, saying further measures were needed "in order to protect the population". It is the first time lockdowns have been reintroduced in Germany since the country began lifting nationwide restrictions in May.
23rd Jun 2020 - BBC News

Coronavirus lockdown reintroduced in Aragon just a day after Spain entered its ‘new normality’

JUST a day after Spain entered the ‘new normality’ three regions have reverted to Phase 2 of lockdown after a new coronavirus outbreak. Monday’s move affects 67,700 people in administrative districts in Aragon. This new outbreak involves 50 infections and is thought to be the most serious of 11 outbreaks reported throughout Spain, including those in Madrid, Catalonia and the Canary Islands.
23rd Jun 2020 - Olive Press

COVID-19: Tougher lockdowns for Victorian hotspots

Tougher lockdown measures may be in place for suburbs which have a higher number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria. Joining Virginia is Oscar Yildiz, Deputy Mayor of Moreland, which has been named as one of these hotspots which health authorities have advised against travelling to.
23rd Jun 2020 - ABC News

Melbourne back in coronavirus lockdown - and the dire consequences for the rest of Australia

Australians fatigued by months of coronavirus lockdown face being forced back indoors as Victoria battles a second wave of COVID-19 infections. The unexpected spike risks other states refusing to open their borders as planned, having closed back in March to stop the virus spreading. Victoria recorded 17 cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, 11 of which are from an unknown source, marking its 17th consecutive day of double-digit infections.
23rd Jun 2020 - Daily Mail

Germany puts Guetersloh in lockdown after virus outbreak at meatpacking plant

The premier of the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said on Tuesday he was putting the Guetersloh area into lockdown until June 30 after a coronavirus outbreak at a meatpacking plant there. "We're reintroducing contact restrictions, as in March," Armin Laschet told a news conference. "It is a preventative measure."
23rd Jun 2020 - Swissinfo

Germany imposes local lockdown after virus outbreak at meat plant

The western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Tuesday put two municipalities back into lockdown until June 30 after an outbreak of the new coronavirus at a meatpacking plant. Guetersloh, home to some 100,000 people, and the neighbouring town of Warendorf, became the first areas in Germany to fall back under lockdown measures that had been gradually lifted since the end of April. State governor Armin Laschet, who had previously led calls for Germany to ease its lockdown restrictions, said bars, museums, galleries, cinemas, sports halls, gyms and swimming pools in Guetersloh and Warendorf would be closed, and picnics and barbecues prohibited. “We will lift the measure as soon as possible, when we have certainty about the safety of the infection,” Laschet told a news conference. “It is a preventative measure.”
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Coronavirus: Extra police enforce German tower block quarantine

Police reinforcements have been sent to maintain a coronavirus quarantine on a tower block in the German city of Göttingen after violence on Saturday. Seven-hundred people were placed in quarantine, but about 200 who attempted to get out clashed with police. Residents - now fenced off - attacked police with fireworks, bottles and metal bars, officials said. The quarantine was imposed on Thursday, after two residents tested positive, then more tests showed 102 infections.
22nd Jun 2020 - BBC News

France mulls new lockdown on French Guyana as Covid-19 spreads

The coronavirus has been spreading faster in the last 10 days in French Guyana and the French government is not ruling out imposing a new lockdown on the overseas territory, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe's office said on Sunday. The prime minister's office also said in its statement that the government would be stepping up its resources to tackle the virus in the region, located on the northeastern coast of South America
22nd Jun 2020 - FRANCE 24 English

Quezon City street placed on 'special concern lockdown'

Quezon City placed part of a private subdivision's street on special concern lockdown (SCL) after recording six active cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the same area. In a statement sent to reporters on Monday morning, the city's local government disclosed that a portion of King Christian Street in Kingspoint Subdivision in Barangay Bagbag was flagged for SCL after a confirmed active case reportedly infected three people in the same household and two other households in the area.
22nd Jun 2020 - PhilStar.com

Victoria should consider hard lockdown: experts

Two of the experts behind Australia’s COVID-19 strategy say Victoria should consider a hard lockdown of up to eight weeks or brace for continual outbreaks and last-minute changes to restrictions until a vaccine is created. As the state experiences a rise in cases out of step with the rest of Australia, with 117 new cases recorded in the seven days to last Sunday, experts who prepared a special government report say they were not surprised by Victoria’s decision not to proceed with a planned relaxation of restrictions.
22nd Jun 2020 - The Age

Police prepare to enforce coronavirus hotspot lockdowns if outbreak grows

Police will enforce strict stay-at-home directions in Victoria's coronavirus hotspots if the spread of COVID-19 cannot be suppressed before July 19, as epidemiologists warn a "severe regional lockdown" might be needed sooner to curb the outbreak. Victoria's coronavirus outbreak has prompted Prime Minister Scott Morrison to offer military assistance to enforce hotel quarantine – after infection-control breaches at two state-run quarantine hotels – and NSW residents have been warned not to visit Melbourne. Police have already ramped up patrols across the state including in the local government areas of Moreland, Darebin, Hume, Cardinia, Casey and Brimbank, where there have been several cases over the past week, prompting the Andrews government to hold back on easing restrictions.
22nd Jun 2020 - The Age

Germany struggles to impose local coronavirus restrictions

Authorities in Germany’s Goettingen and North Rhine Westphalia regions have called on police to enforce quarantine measures following a rise in local coronavirus infections and trouble getting people to adhere to isolation rules. Health authorities needed police reinforcement to maintain lockdown conditions at a tower block in Goettingen after a riot broke out on Saturday where around 700 people had been placed into quarantine. “Around 200 people tried to get out, but 500 people complied with quarantine rules,” Uwe Luehrig, head of police in Goettingen, said at a press conference on Sunday. In the ensuing fracas, eight police officers were injured after residents started to attack law enforcement officials with bottles, fireworks and metal bars, Luehrig said.
22nd Jun 2020 - Reuters UK

Kazakhstan to lock down city at weekend as COVID-19 cases jump

Kazakhstan will impose a two-day lockdown in the northern city of Kostanay and four nearby towns next weekend after a jump in fresh COVID-19 cases, local newspaper Kostanayskiye Novosti reported on Monday. Residents of Kostanay and the four towns, including mining hubs Rudny and Lisakovsk, will be barred from leaving their houses except for work or urgent necessities on June 27-28, the newspaper reported, citing local authorities. The move continues a trend towards weekend restrictions in the oil-rich nation of 19 million which has seen the number of COVID-19 cases more than quintuple to about 28,000 since lifting a nationwide lockdown in mid-May.
22nd Jun 2020 - Reuters UK


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Greek community in lockdown after spike in cases

Greek civil protection authorities have imposed a seven-day complete lockdown on a community in the country's north-east, after a spike in coronavirus cases over the past week. Residents of the Echinos community in the province of Xanthi are forbidden from leaving the area, and are under a 24-hour curfew. They can leave their homes only to buy food or medication, and must wear a mask. Only vehicles resupplying food stores and pharmacies are allowed into Echinos, while all other retail businesses have been shut.
18th Jun 2020 - Sydney Morning Herald

Beijing faces new lockdown as cases spike in Chinese capital

China extends lockdown to more areas in BeijingAnadolu AgencyBeijing’s Partial Lockdown a Sign of the World’s New NormalThe New York TimesCoronavirus in Beijing: China cancels flights, shuts schools and forbids people from fleeingTelegraph.co.ukNew Coronavirus Outbreak, Second Wave Fear In China Prompt Travel Warnings But No LockdownForbesView Full coverage on Google News
18th Jun 2020 - Euronews


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Coronavirus: Berlin households in lockdown after positive tests

Authorities in Berlin have placed 369 households under quarantine after dozens of people tested positive for coronavirus. Officials in the southern district of Neukoelln said the outbreak involved homes in seven different locations and in some cases with 10 people living together. Berlin's top health official, Dilek Kalayci, urged those residing in the German capital to use a new government-backed contact tracing app, rolled out today, to help limit the spread of the virus.
17th Jun 2020 - Daily Mail

Fresh lockdown in Beijing after coronavirus outbreak spreads

Beijing has imposed lockdown rules on its 21 million residents and urged them not to travel outside the capital after a coronavirus outbreak spread to four other Chinese provinces. The city recorded 31 new cases overnight, bringing the total to 137 since the first new case was identified and linked to the huge Xinfadi food market last week. Authorities in Zhejiang province said that a man who runs a business at the market had returned home with symptoms and multiple cases linked to Xinfadi have been reported in Hebei, Liaoning and Sichuan. Several other provinces are now quarantining travellers from Beijing and residents wishing to travel outside the city must now have tested negative for the virus in the previous seven days.
17th Jun 2020 - The Times

Beijing under partial lockdown, raises alarm level amid latest Covid-19 outbreak

Beijing on Tuesday announced a partial lockdown for the capital city and elevated its emergency response for the coronavirus to the second-highest level after reporting a cluster of infections tied to a food market. Chen Bei, deputy secretary general of the Beijing Municipal Government, said at a televised press conference on Tuesday evening that all neighbourhoods in districts that have been classified as high- and medium-risk areas will be closed immediately and all residents must stay home and take nucleic acid tests to confirm if they have been infected. No visitors will be allowed into these areas. In addition, all primary and secondary schools will switch to online learning and all universities will be closed. Entertainment venues will shut down as well.
17th Jun 2020 - South China Morning Post

Coronavirus in Beijing: Lockdown extended citywide as outbreak grows

Beijing's municipal government on Wednesday imposed citywide movement restrictions in an attempt to curb a fresh outbreak of coronavirus, Chinese state media reported. The "closed management" orders require that entry points to all residential communities be guarded 24 hours a day, with strict registration measures enforced and controls on movement of people. The local government also raised its COVID-19 alert level, as the outbreak has spread to multiple districts in the city. China's capital had downgraded its alert level just 10 days ago.
17th Jun 2020 - DW (English)

Beijing Returns to Lockdown After 106 COVID-19 Cases Reported in Recent Days

Beijing is reintroducing strict lockdown measures and conducting mass testing of residents after a fresh cluster of COVID-19 cases emerged in one of its largest wholesale food markets. The Chinese capital went into what state media calls “wartime mode” after 106 new cases were reported around the Xinfadi wholesale food market in Beijing’s southwestern Fengtai District. The city has deployed 100,000 epidemic control workers, put at least 28 local communities under strict lockdown, and kept closed schools, sports and entertainment facilities that were scheduled to reopen. Officials in Beijing are barring residents who live in high-risk areas from leaving the capital, and taxis and ride-sharing services have been banned from taking people outside the city.
17th Jun 2020 - Voice of America

Congo mining provinces impose new COVID-19 lockdowns

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo’s southeastern mining heartland announced temporary lockdowns on Tuesday in an effort to widen coronavirus testing and prevent a worrying situation from worsening, governors said. Cases have multiplied in the central African nation despite the imposition of short-term lockdowns in some urban centres and restrictions on movement. A lack of local testing has fanned fears the virus is spreading undetected.
17th Jun 2020 - Reuters UK

Japan PM Abe says punishable stay-at-home orders an option if 'absolutely necessary'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged during a parliamentary committee meeting on June 15 that the Japanese government could consider punishable stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Responding to a question asked in a House of Councillors Audit Committee meeting by Makoto Nagamine, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Abe said, "If we were in a situation where it was absolutely necessary, we would of course look into (punishable stay-at-home measures)." But he followed the comments by saying, "It would come with wide controls on people's private rights, so we'd have to think carefully about it."
16th Jun 2020 - The Mainichi


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Chennai to reimpose lockdown on June 19

A lockdown will be reimposed on Friday on some 15mn people in Chennai and several neighbouring districts in Tamil Nadu, state officials said, as coronavirus cases surge in the region. Home to 1.3bn people, India has been gradually lifting a nationwide lockdown in a bid to get the economy back on track. But new infections have still been rising across the country - particularly in Chennai. “Full Lockdown from 19th for Chennai, Thiruvallur, Chengalpet & Kanchipuram districts,” the Tamil Nadu state government tweeted yesterday. It will be in place until the end of June.
16th Jun 2020 - Gulf Times

Parts of India, Africa re-instate lockdown to manage Covid-19 clusters

The state of Tamil Nadu in India will impose a “complete” 12-day lockdown to bring down the number of Covid-19 cases which, on Monday, reached over 46,000. Tamil Nadu is the second worst hit state in India, after Maharashtra.
16th Jun 2020 - RFI

Beijing reintroduces strict lockdown following new outbreak

Beijing is reintroducing strict lockdown measures and rolling out mass testing after a fresh cluster of Covid-19 cases emerged from the city's largest wholesale food market, sparking fears of a resurgence of the deadly outbreak.
16th Jun 2020 - CNN

Beijing expands lockdown as new coronavirus cases top 100

Chinese authorities have locked down a third area in the capital Beijing as they rush to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak which has infected more than 100 people. The resurgence in China, which appeared to have largely contained the virus, highlights public health experts’ calls for vigilance as many nations move forward with easing virus restrictions to revive their economies. Officials in New Zealand, which had not seen any new cases in three weeks, said they are investigating after two women who flew in from London to see a dying parent were allowed to leave quarantine and drive halfway across the country before they were tested and found to be positive.
16th Jun 2020 - Bury Times

More lockdown measures in Beijing as fresh coronavirus outbreak grows

China reported 40 more coronavirus infections Tuesday as it increased testing and lockdown measures in parts of the capital to control what appeared to be its largest outbreak in more than two months. The new cases included 27 in Beijing where a fresh outbreak has been traced to the city’s largest wholesale market and bring the city’s total to 106 since Friday. Tests were administered to workers at the Xinfadi market, anyone who had visited it in the past two weeks or anyone who had come in contact with either group. Fresh meat and seafood in the city and elsewhere in China was also being inspected. Experts say food is an unlikely source of transmission though the virus can survive on surfaces and packaging for a period of time. An infected person who visited or worked at the market is considered a more likely source.
16th Jun 2020 - MarketWatch

Beijing ramps up testing and lockdown measures as outbreak grows

China increased testing and lockdown measures in parts of the capital Tuesday to control what appeared to be its largest coronavirus outbreak in more than two months. The 40 new cases reported Tuesday included 27 in Beijing, bringing the city's total to 106 since Friday. Many of the recent cases have been linked to Beijing's Xinfadi wholesale market and authorities have been testing market workers, anyone who visited the market in the past two weeks and anyone who came into contact with either group. Fresh meat and seafood in the city and elsewhere in China was also being inspected on the unlikely chance that was how the virus spread.
16th Jun 2020 - CBC.ca

A Case Study for Second Wave Lockdowns

Lockdowns are no panacea, especially when governments fail to utilize the time to prepare, or return to normal too swiftly. They are also not the only way to control the virus: Simple remedies like promoting cleanliness and restricting large gatherings can help, as in Mumbai’s sprawling Dharavi slum. Lockdowns are also, in their more malleable version, one of few tools in the global kit to tackle a pandemic that may yet drag on for months. Unfortunately, best execution requires data and trust. That means the states that need it most, like Pakistan, are those least able to deliver.
15th Jun 2020 - Bloomberg


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India's Chennai To Reimpose Lockdown As Coronavirus Cases Surge

A lockdown will be reimposed Friday on some 15 million people in the Indian city of Chennai and several neighbouring districts, state officials said, as coronavirus cases surge in the region. Home to 1.3 billion people, India has been gradually lifting a nationwide lockdown in a bid to get the economy back on track. But new infections have still been rising across the country -- particularly in Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu. "Full Lockdown from 19th for Chennai, Thiruvallur, Chengalpet & Kanchipuram districts," the Tamil Nadu state government tweeted Monday. It will be in place until the end of June.
15th Jun 2020 - International Business Times

India's Chennai to reimpose lockdown as coronavirus cases surge

A lockdown will be reimposed Friday on some 15 million people in the Indian city of Chennai and several neighbouring districts, state officials said, as coronavirus cases surge in the region. Home to 1.3 billion people, India has been gradually lifting a nationwide lockdown in a bid to get the economy back on track. But new infections have still been rising across the country -- particularly in Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu. "Full Lockdown from 19th for Chennai, Thiruvallur, Chengalpet & Kanchipuram districts," the Tamil Nadu state government tweeted Monday. It will be in place until the end of June.
15th Jun 2020 - FRANCE 24

India's Chennai to reimpose lockdown as coronavirus cases surge

A lockdown will be reimposed Friday on some 15 million people in the Indian city of Chennai and several neighbouring districts, state officials said, as coronavirus cases surge in the region. Home to 1.3 billion people, India has been gradually lifting a nationwide lockdown in a bid to get the economy back on track. But new infections have still been rising across the country -- particularly in Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu. "Full Lockdown from 19th for Chennai, Thiruvallur, Chengalpet & Kanchipuram districts," the Tamil Nadu state government tweeted Monday. It will be in place until the end of June.
15th Jun 2020 - RTL Today

China Coronavirus Second Wave Risk 'Very High' Says Beijing Official as Lockdown Reinstated After Record New Cases

New cases of the novel coronavirus in China have climbed past 100 over the past two days, with a record 36 new cases reported Sunday in the Chinese capital of Beijing, city officials confirmed Monday, sparking fears over a potential second wave of the virus in the country. For the second consecutive day, the country's latest daily case count was the highest it's been since around mid-April, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The new cluster of cases is linked to Beijing's Xinfadi wholesale food market, a sprawling complex over 20 times larger than the seafood market in Wuhan where the first outbreak is suspected to have originated, Reuters reports.
15th Jun 2020 - Newsweek

NCOC identifies 20 cities across Pakistan with potential Covid-19 hotspots

The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on Monday identified 20 cities across Pakistan with potential Covid-19 hotspots using a strategy termed as 'testing, tracing and quarantining (TTQ)', according to press release issued by the centre. The TTQ strategy involves ramping up Covid-19 testing followed by rapidly tracing the contacts of confirmed positive cases, and effective quarantining of positive and suspected cases.
15th Jun 2020 - DAWN.com

Parts Of Beijing Under Lockdown After Coronavirus Outbreak Linked To Market

An outbreak of coronavirus linked to a Beijing market has sparked fears of a second wave of Covid-19. An area of China’s capital has been put into lockdown – with 24-hour guards in place – after dozens of people tested positive for coronavirus. Out of the 517 people tested for Covid-19 at the Xinfadi market in Beijing – one of the biggest wholesale markets in Asia – 45 tested positive, Reuters reported. The BBC said the cluster of cases was the first time any Covid-19 cases had been reported in the city in more than 50 days. The entire Xinfadi market was shut down at 3 am on Saturday after two men working at a meat research centre who had recently visited the market were reported to have the virus.
15th Jun 2020 - Huffington Post UK

Beijing lockdown tightens as new coronavirus outbreak spreads

China’s capital enters ‘extraordinary period’ after 36 new cases are linked to a second seafood market
15th Jun 2020 - The Guardian

Coronavirus: Beijing locked down amid second outbreak

China has put in place 'war time'-style lockdown measures in Beijing after a second COVID-19 outbreak.
15th Jun 2020 - 9News


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12 states see rising Covid-19 hospitalizations as Arizona asks hospitals to activate emergency plans

Health experts have long warned about a second peak in Covid-19, and now a rise in cases has pushed Arizona to tell its hospitals to activate emergency plans. Arizona is one of the 19 states with the trend of new coronavirus cases still increasing. While 22 are trending downward, trends in nine states are holding steady. Nationally more than 1.9 million people have been infected by the virus and more than 112,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. At its peak, Arizona's intensive care unit beds were 78% in use. As of Monday, 76% were occupied. Arizona's Director of Health Services Dr. Cara Christ asked that hospitals "be judicious" in elective surgeries to ensure bed capacity. "We know Covid-19 is still in our community, and we expect to see increased cases," the Arizona Department of Health Services tweeted Tuesday night.
10th Jun 2020 - CNN


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The UK may need local lockdowns. But can it make them work?

To keep on top of local outbreaks, the government is setting up a Joint Biosecurity Centre, an independent body made up of civil servants that will sit alongside the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). The group will monitor the spread of coronavirus across the country and run an alert system, advising the chief medical officers of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who in turn will advise ministers on how to deal with regional spikes in infection. How exactly the alert system will work has not yet been outlined.
9th Jun 2020 - Wired.co.uk


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Coronavirus news live: UK death toll reaches 39,045 and some parts of the country could be put into lockdown again if there are local flare-ups

Another 324 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, bringing the official death toll to 39,369. NHS England today recorded 143 more deaths in hospitals, with the updated toll taking into account deaths in care homes and the wider community. Across all settings, Wales announced seven more deaths, Scotland had 12 and Northern Ireland had two. A preliminary daily tally of 164 is calculated by adding up the individual counts announced by each of the home nations. The number of deaths involving coronavirus in the UK has reached its lowest weekly level for seven weeks, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which was released this morning.
2nd Jun 2020 - Metro

Coronavirus in Wales: New lockdown measures 'may be needed in winter'

Some lockdown measures may have to be reintroduced in the winter, Health Minister Vaughan Gething has warned. A top Welsh Government official said there was a "real prospect" of a resurgence of the virus later in the year. Mr Gething said it will depend on the prevalence of coronavirus. Meanwhile the minister announced NHS health boards are looking at how they can restart planned NHS operations and cancer services. Speaking at the Welsh Government's daily press briefing, Mr Gething said more details would be published on Wednesday. On Monday restrictions in Wales were relaxed so people from two different households could meet outdoors, but it is only if they travel in a local area.
2nd Jun 2020 - BBC News

Midlands MPs back 'local lockdown' measure if coronavirus cases surge

Restrictive lockdown measures could be re-introduced in areas with "flare-ups" of the pandemic, Government officials have said. It comes after the West Midlands was branded a "hotspot" at the start of the fight against the virus – with the death toll since hitting more than 2,350. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said any decision would be made by the Government using advice from health experts. Stuart Anderson, MP for Wolverhampton South West, said the country was in "uncharted territory" when it came to lifting restrictions.
2nd Jun 2020 - Express & Star


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Coronavirus in Scotland: New lockdown laws warning after weekend breaches

Scotland's coronavirus guidelines could be enforced by new laws if "even a minority" continue to flout them, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The first minister relaxed restrictions north of the border on Friday, allowing more people to meet up while outdoors. She said the "vast majority" had complied with recommendations not to travel and to keep gatherings small. But Ms Sturgeon said it was clear that not everyone had complied, with police dispersing more than 2,000 gatherings. Police Scotland said there had been 1,391 "compliant dispersals" of groups of people over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with another 650 where groups broke up "after a police warning
1st Jun 2020 - BBC News


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Coronavirus: South Korea set to bring back lockdown restrictions after sharp increase in new cases

‘There’s a need to maximise social distancing in areas where the virus is circulating, to force people to avoid public facilities and other crowded spaces,’ say health officials
28th May 2020 - The Independent

South Korea re-imposes some coronavirus restrictions after spike in new cases

South Korea has reimplemented strict lockdown measures in the capital Seoul following the biggest spike of new coronavirus infections in nearly two months. Museums, parks, and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, health minister Park Neung-hoo said. Companies are being urged to reintroduce flexible working hours among other measures. The move follows the biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases in 53 days, in a country that appeared to have brought the outbreak under control. The new lockdown will take effect in the capital’s metropolitan area, which is home to half of South Korea’s 51 million people. It will remain in place until June 14.
28th May 2020 - The Guardian

Namibia puts coastal town on lockdown after new COVID-19 infections

Namibia has put the coastal town of Walvis Bay under complete lockdown after recording two positive cases of COVID-19 after 45 days of zero new infections, President Hage Geingob said on Thursday. Speaking at a media briefing, Geingob said at midnight on June 1, all 14 regions, with the exception of Walvis Bay, will transit from stage 2 to more moderate precautions under stage 3, until June 29, for a period of 28 days or two incubation periods. "Due to recent developments, the Walvis Bay local authority area will revert to stage 1 with 7 days and will remain effective until midnight June 8, 2020. This strict but necessary restriction on the movement of people is needed to ascertain the extent of possible spread of the disease," Geingob said.
28th May 2020 - China.org.cn


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Total lockdown turns Karnataka into ghost state

A total lockdown on Sunday turned Karnataka into a ghost state, with an eerie silence and uneasy clam prevailing across its cities and towns. As decided by the state government to contain the coronavirus spread, the Sunday lockdown comes after a partial relaxation of restrictions on weekdays since May 19 to revive economic activity and restore near-normalcy
24th May 2020 - Times of India


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New Coronavirus Outbreak in China Prompts Limited Lockdown

The emergence of dozens of new coronavirus cases around a northeastern Chinese city has prompted authorities to lock down the area and replace some officials, a limited return to strict controls at a time when the government is trying to spur economic activity.
21st May 2020 - Wall Street Journal

New Coronavirus Outbreaks Push China to Impose Wuhan-Style Lockdown in the Northeast

Infections in the northeast have led officials to sequester hundreds of thousands at home. “China doesn’t want to take any chances,” one expert said.
21st May 2020 - The New York Times


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Russian Province Reinstates Lockdown After Renewed Coronavirus Spike

The Saratov region in southern Russia has reinstated its ban on outdoor walks and activities, a top regional official said Monday after a nearly weeklong spike in new coronavirus cases. Local authorities had eased the restrictions last Tuesday, the day Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a nationwide “non-working” period that was intended to slow the outbreak. The Saratov region reported more than 100 new cases every day since May 13, bringing its total from 1,232 to 1,980 in a week.
20th May 2020 - The Moscow Times

Chinese city put under Wuhan-style lockdown after fresh coronavirus outbreak

Chinese authorities have imposed strict lockdown measures in the north-eastern city of Shulan amid fears of a fresh Covid-19 outbreak. Shulan, home to around 700,000 residents, has had 19 confirmed cases of coronavirus since May 7, according to China Daily, which described it as the ‘latest pandemic hotspot in the country’. Earlier this month, officials reclassified the city as ‘high risk’ following a cluster of new infections connected to a woman who had not travelled and with no known exposure to the virus.
20th May 2020 - Metro


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Fears of new coronavirus outbreak in Chinese region of 100million people after two cities went into Wuhan-style lockdown

Fears of a possible new outbreak in a Chinese region of over 100 million residents have been fuelled after two cities from the area went under Wuhan-style lockdown. Officials from Jilin province of north-eastern China appointed two hospitals today as designated coronavirus facilities to deal with the overwhelming spike of suspected COVID-19 patients. Chinese officials have imposed strict quarantine measures on two cities in the province of Jilin amid fears of a local infection cluster continuing to spread and threaten neighbouring areas.
19th May 2020 - Daily Mail on MSN.com

São Paulo Tops China's Death Toll, Doria Could Decree Lockdown

The state records nearly 4,700 deaths from coronavirus, and the health system is close to collapse in the capital.
19th May 2020 - The Rio Times

China puts city of Shulan under Wuhan-style lockdown after fresh Covid-19 cases

China brings back strict coronavirus lockdown for 5 million people as two cities sealed off after new spikeThe SunMillions of Chinese back in lockdown as fears grow over second coronavirus waveMirror OnlineOver 100 Million in China’s Northeast Face Renewed LockdownBloombergChina forces millions of people back into lockdown again amid fears of second outbreakExpress.co.ukView Full coverage on Google News
19th May 2020 - The Guardian

Coronavirus Australia: More lockdowns after fresh outbreak

Two aged care homes in Victoria have been placed in lockdown following the detection of new positive cases. It comes after the nation’s death toll reached 100 on Tuesday after a 93-year-old woman became the 19th person to die at Newmarch House aged care home in Sydney’s west, a facility that accounts for almost a fifth of all known coronavirus deaths in Australia. Earlier today Qld’s Health Minister Stephen Miles said authorities were preparing for thousands of positive cases every day following a case at a nursing home in Rockhampton. Remarkably, none of the hundreds of residents and staff from the centre have returned positive tests since the drama emerged last week, but Mr Miles said it’s too early to feel relieved as testing continues.
19th May 2020 - NEWS.com.au

Shulan locked down as fears grow over China’s northeast virus cluster

Villages and residential compounds sealed off and only one person per household can go out every two days to buy supplies. At least 34 infections in Jilin province and neighbouring Liaoning are linked to a case in the small city
18th May 2020 - South China Morning Post


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Over 100 Million in China’s Northeast Thrown Back Under Lockdown

Some 108 million people in China’s northeast region are being plunged back under lockdown conditions as a new and growing cluster of infections causes a backslide in the nation’s return to normal.
18th May 2020 - Bloomberg

Countries that imposed lockdown again as coronavirus cases spiked

At least six countries have had to restart their coronavirus lockdowns weeks after loosening them. China, Germany, Iran, South Korea, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia all reimposed partial new measures after discovering a spike in infections. The renewed lockdowns are often limited to various districts where the virus has spiked, or limited to particular aspects such as travel restrictions or a curfew. The decision to ease lockdown measures may not have been dictated solely by public health: many of these six countries have been under political or economic pressure to reopen.
18th May 2020 - Business Insider


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Coronavirus China, South Korea, Germany: Cities back in lockdown

Everyone who hasn’t had COVID-19 is tinder for a fresh pandemic eruption. And doubts persist that those who have had it remain immune for long. Which means herd immunity – the level of resistance within a community necessary to stifle any outbreak – remains an intangible dream. “Herd immunity is not this magical number where once you reach that point nobody else gets infected,” La Jolla Institute for Immunology in California immunologist Shane Crotty told Popular Science. “It would no longer be a full-blown epidemic once you get to herd immunity, [but] the virus would still spread, it would still infect people, it would still kill people. It would just be a less common event.”
14th May 2020 - NEWS.com.au

China’s Jilin city goes into partial lockdown to contain virus cluster

Train and long-distance bus services halted, schools closed and gatherings banned as vice-mayor warns of ‘major risk of further spread’ - Six new community cases have been confirmed, bringing total to 21 – all linked to a laundry worker in nearby Shulan
13th May 2020 - South China Morning Post


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Some countries reimposing coronavirus lockdowns after renewed spikes

Lebanon on Tuesday became the latest country to reimpose restrictions after experiencing a surge of infections, almost exactly two weeks after it appeared to have contained the spread of the virus and began easing up. Authorities ordered a four-day, near-complete lockdown to allow officials time to assess the rise in numbers. The reemergence of coronavirus cases in many parts of Asia is also prompting a return to closures in places that had claimed success in battling the disease or appeared to have eradicated it altogether, including South Korea, regarded as one of the continent's top success stories.
13th May 2020 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

China’s Jilin city goes into partial lockdown to contain coronavirus cluster

Jilin city in northeast China has closed schools, imposed restrictions on transport and banned gatherings as a cluster outbreak sparks fears of a new wave of Covid-19 infections. Train and long-distance bus services have been stopped, gatherings banned and indoor public venues closed after six new cases were confirmed on Tuesday. That brought the total to 21 community cases, with two asymptomatic patients, since the first infection in the cluster was reported a week ago. Anyone who wants to leave Jilin – the second biggest city in the province of the same name – must provide a negative report for a nucleic acid test done in the 48 hours before departure. Social gatherings have also been banned and indoor public venues – such as theatres, internet cafes, mahjong parlours and public bathhouses – have been closed until further notice, the statement said.
13th May 2020 - YAHOO!


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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says second lockdown would cost more than $4 billion a week

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the economy will expand by nearly $10 billion a month once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, but he's warned Australians of the huge cost if a second lockdown is needed. Mr Frydenberg was originally scheduled to deliver his second budget tonight, but instead outlined the massive impact to the economy of the coronavirus pandemic. Calling it a "one in a hundred year event" that has put the Australian way of life on hold, the treasurer said COVID-19 was a health and economic shock, the likes of which the world has never seen.
12th May 2020 - 9News


New Lockdown - COVID-19 Lockdown Exit Analysis - 8th May 2020

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`If this thing boomerangs': Second wave of infections feared

As Europe and the U.S. loosen their lockdowns against the coronavirus, health experts are expressing growing dread over what they say is an all-but-certain second wave of deaths and infections that could force governments to clamp back down. “We’re risking a backslide that will be intolerable,” said Dr. Ian Lipkin of Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity. Elsewhere around the world, German authorities began drawing up plans in case of a resurgence of the virus. Experts in Italy urged intensified efforts to identify new victims and trace their contacts. And France, which hasn’t yet eased its lockdown, has already worked up a “reconfinement plan” in the event of a new wave.
6th May 2020 - The Associated Press


New Lockdown - COVID-19 Lockdown Exit Analysis - 7th May 2020

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`If this thing boomerangs': Second wave of infections feared

As Europe and the U.S. loosen their lockdowns against the coronavirus, health experts are expressing growing dread over what they say is an all-but-certain second wave of deaths and infections that could force governments to clamp back down. “We’re risking a backslide that will be intolerable,” said Dr. Ian Lipkin of Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity. Elsewhere around the world, German authorities began drawing up plans in case of a resurgence of the virus. Experts in Italy urged intensified efforts to identify new victims and trace their contacts. And France, which hasn’t yet eased its lockdown, has already worked up a “reconfinement plan” in the event of a new wave.
6th May 2020 - The Associated Press