Swiss mull limited lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise

Swiss mull limited lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise

People wear masks at the Christmas Market, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Montreux, Switzerland December 6, 2021. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterZURICH, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Switzerland may have to impose another limited lockdown to break the momentum of rising coronavirus cases that threaten to overwhelm its healthcare system, … Read more

Belgium tightens curbs, but avoids lockdown as COVID cases peak

Belgium tightens curbs, but avoids lockdown as COVID cases peak

BRUSSELS, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Belgium tightened its coronavirus restrictions for the third consecutive week on Friday to fight one of Europe’s worst spikes of COVID-19 cases, but stopped short of the strict curbs imposed in the neighbouring Netherlands or Austria.”We cannot allow the train of infection that is thundering through our country to continue … Read more

Stillbirth rates rose in Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown, despite dropping overall in past three years

Stillbirth rates rose in Melbourne's COVID-19 lockdown, despite dropping overall in past three years

When lockdowns began and medical appointments took a shift towards telehealth last year, researchers started watching the numbers very closely.Would telehealth be as good as face-to-face care? How much would a fear of getting infected with COVID-19 deter people from going into clinics and hospitals?Key points:Stillbirth rose from one in 400 to one in 300 … Read more

Queensland COVID-19 border bubble with northern NSW being considered amid Byron Bay hostel lockdown, no new local cases recorded

Police officers perform checks as car crosses newly reopened Queensland-NSW border bubble

The Queensland government is considering a Gold Coast-Tweed border bubble when the state’s roads reopen to New South Wales next month, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says a COVID-19 scare in Byron Bay is a concern.Key points:Queensland authorities will examine the Byron COVID case “very carefully” before enacting a border bubblePremier said the case was a reminder people must get … Read more

Slovakia follows Austria into lockdown amid record surge in COVID cases

Slovakia follows Austria into lockdown amid record surge in COVID cases

PRAGUE, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Slovakia’s government followed the example of neighbouring Austria on Wednesday and ordered a two-week lockdown to quell the world’s fastest rise in COVID-19 cases as the number of people sick in hospital reached a critical level and vaccinations remain low.The restrictions for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people will include closed … Read more

Sydney woman who sparked Newcastle COVID-19 lockdown fined $4,000

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A Sydney woman who breached COVID-19 restrictions by partying in Newcastle before testing positive to the virus and sparking a lockdown has been fined $4,000.Key points:The woman and her friend travelled from Sydney to Newcastle in July and attended two parties Both parties were significant COVID-19 transmission eventsThey visited multiple shops at Charlestown Square without checking inPolice stopped … Read more

Katherine lockdown extended as Northern Territory records two new local COVID cases

Katherine lockdown extended as Northern Territory records two new local COVID cases

The Northern Territory has recorded two new local cases of COVID-19 overnight, Chief Minister Michael Gunner says.Key points:Two people in Katherine, a 33-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man, have tested positive to COVID, taking the current NT cluster to 37 casesRobinson River will transition from a lockdown to a lockoutKatherine’s lockdown has been extended for another 48 hours, pending … Read more

Austria powers down public life as fourth COVID-19 lockdown begins

Austria powers down public life as fourth COVID-19 lockdown begins

Police officers check the vaccination status of shoppers against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the entrance of a store in Vienna, Austria, November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterVIENNA, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Austria powered down public life on Monday as its fourth national COVID-19 lockdown began, making it the … Read more

4,181 new Covid cases confirmed as Coveney urges ‘national effort’ to avoid lockdown

4,181 new Covid cases confirmed as Coveney urges 'national effort' to avoid lockdown

Further lockdowns are not inevitable, but it will require a national effort to avoid them, Minister Simon Coveney has said.He said the country can still avoid the return of enhanced restrictions if people pull together and reduce the spread of Covid-19.Mr Coveney was speaking as a further 4,181 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this afternoon … Read more

NT communities of Binjari and Rockhole in hard lockdown as Covid outbreak expected to worsen | Northern Territory

The Northern Territory’s Covid-19 outbreak is expected to grow beyond currently locked down areas after nine new cases were detected in the remote community of Binjari, about 320km south of Darwin.Binjari and nearby Rockhole have been placed into strict lockdown in response to the outbreak, and the Australian Defence Force has been called in to … Read more

Austria imposes national lockdown as Covid-19 crisis deepens

Austria imposes national lockdown as Covid-19 crisis deepens

The government also announced plans to make vaccinations mandatory from February 1 next year.The national lockdown starting Monday will last for 10 days minimum, and could be extended for a further 10 days, Schallenberg told reporters at a news conference in Vienna.The move comes only days after Austria imposed lockdown measures for all those age … Read more

Austria orders lockdown for those not vaccinated against COVID-19

Austria orders lockdown for those not vaccinated against COVID-19

A person wearing an FFP2 mask sits at St. Stephen’s square amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vienna, Austria, April 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerAustria has one of W.Europe’s lowest vaccination ratesInfections have surged, strain on ICU beds is growingGovt wants to avoid extra restrictions on the vaccinatedA third of population can leave home in … Read more

Dutch face three-week, partial lockdown as COVID-19 cases soar

Dutch face three-week, partial lockdown as COVID-19 cases soar

AMSTERDAM, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Bars and restaurants will close early and sporting events will be held without audiences under a three-week, partial lockdown that is expected to be announced in the Netherlands on Friday evening.Dutch broadcaster NOS said the first such measures in Western Europe since the summer will go into effect on Saturday … Read more

COVID live updates: Restrictions ease in NSW as residents in Katherine and Darwin await lockdown news

COVID live updates: Victoria and the ACT exercise new freedoms today as they continue to emerge from restrictions

Live updates8m ago8 minutes agoSun 7 Nov 2021 at 9:04pmBy Bridget JuddQueensland government ‘re-evaluating’ mask mandateAs Queensland edges closer to the 80 per cent single-dose COVID-19 vaccination milestone, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has flagged potential changes to the mask mandate.In August, former chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young warned Queenslanders that masks could be mandatory until Christmas, … Read more

NT records one new COVID case on day two of lockdown and lockout restrictions

Michael Gunner talks at COVID presser.

The Northern Territory has recorded one new case of coronavirus, Chief Minister Michael Gunner says.Key points:The current NT outbreak has grown to threeKatherine and Greater Darwin are in day two of three-day COVID restrictionsThe new case is a 21-year-old woman who had received one vaccine doseThe new case is a 21-year old woman who arrived in Darwin from … Read more

One new positive COVID case confirmed in NT after snap lockdown takes effect

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner talking at a press conference

A second positive COVID case has been detected in Katherine on day one of a three-day snap lockdown. The case is a household contact of an unvaccinated man aged in his 20s who was confirmed to be COVID-positive last night.Testing for other household contacts is underway, while three household contacts in Darwin’s rural area are isolating and being … Read more

Here are the COVID lockdown rules in place for the next three days in Katherine and Greater Darwin

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Katherine has entered a three-day hard lockdown, and Greater Darwin has entered its first three-day lockout, after the Northern Territory recorded its first case of community COVID-19 transmission.An unvaccinated man in his 20s was confirmed as COVID-positive on Thursday evening.The snap lockdown, which started today, is due to lift at midnight on Sunday.During the announcement last night, NT … Read more

NT’s first case of COVID community transmission sends Katherine into lockdown, Greater Darwin into lockout

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The Northern Territory has recorded its first ever case of COVID-19 community transmission, prompting a three-day lockdown in the Katherine area from midnight.It follows an unvaccinated man in his 20s testing positive after spending time in the community in Darwin’s rural area and Katherine.Katherine residents will only be permitted to leave their homes for five reasons.The case also means Greater Darwin, including … Read more

Panic, lockdown and a rush to vaccinate in Tonga as first Covid case recorded | Tonga

Early on Monday morning, the normally quiet capital of the Pacific country of Tonga, Nuku’alofa city, was packed with cars.There were long queues outside vaccination centres, as well as banks, Western Union outlets and shops as people rushed to prepare for the tiny nation’s first proper lockdown.It came four days after the Kingdom of Tonga … Read more

Tonga prepares for potential lockdown after its first case of Covid-19

Tonga prepares for potential lockdown after its first case of Covid-19

Tonga was one of only a few countries that had not reported a single Covid case since the start of the pandemic. But on Friday, Tonga’s Prime Minister Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa confirmed its first positive case from a passenger who had traveled from New Zealand. The infected traveler arrived in Tonga on Wednesday having flown from … Read more

Covid-19: Calls for Northland to return to lockdown after seven Covid cases

Covid-19: Calls for Northland to return to lockdown after seven Covid cases

Northland checkpoint group, Tai Tokerau Border Control, is calling for the region to return to level 3 restrictions after a small outbreak continues to grow. A total of seven cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Tai Tokerau, which has been in alert level 2 since last week. On Monday, the Ministry of Health reported … Read more

Covid-19 NZ: The biggest day for the Government since the first day of the first lockdown

Covid-19 NZ: The biggest day for the Government since the first day of the first lockdown

ANALYSIS: Today at 10am, New Zealanders will find out exactly what this nation’s post-vaccinated world will look like and when it is likely to arrive. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, joined by ministers Grant Robertson, Chris Hipkins and Peeni Henare, will today unveil the next steps in opening up a society now divided by lockdowns and … Read more

GPs brace for COVID-19 case surge as Melbourne exits lockdown

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With cases continuing to peak ahead of Melbourne’s reopening at midnight, general practitioners like Simon Benson are about to become even busier.Key points:The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners released a report on Thursday calling for more funding for primary care As COVID-19 numbers grow, mild cases will be managed by GPs to ease the burden … Read more

Melbourne readies to exit world’s longest COVID-19 lockdown

Melbourne readies to exit world's longest COVID-19 lockdown

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks along a deserted city bridge during morning commute hours on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders//File PhotoVictoria records second-highest daily rise in casesQantas … Read more

Northern Chinese city in soft lockdown amid latest COVID-19 outbreak

Northern Chinese city in soft lockdown amid latest COVID-19 outbreak

BEIJING, Oct 19 (Reuters) – China reported nine new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases for Oct. 18, the highest daily tally since the end of September, with a northern border city enforcing a soft lockdown to contain infections.Out of the nine local cases, two were found in the northern region of Inner Mongolia, data from the … Read more

No new cases as southern Tasmania passes halfway point of COVID snap lockdown

No new cases as southern Tasmania passes halfway point of COVID snap lockdown

Premier Peter Gutwein says there have been no new COVID-19 cases detected in Tasmania, as the state’s southern region passes the halfway point of a three-day lockdown.Key points:Southern Tasmania has recorded no new cases or exposure sites in the past 24 hoursA record 1,769 tests were conducted on Saturday, including in targeted areasPublic Health is … Read more

Hobart braces for three-day lockdown after COVID hotel quarantine breach

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein gestures in front of a sign saying "keep on top of COVID".

The ABC understands the Tasmanian government is meeting with Public Health to discuss further COVID measures including a short, sharp three-day lockdown in the south.The government will hold a COVID press conference at 2:30pm AEDT.It comes after a 31-year-old man flew into Hobart from Melbourne on Monday without the appropriate border pass.He was taken to a quarantine … Read more

Melbourne set for COVID lockdown exit despite record cases as vaccinations spike

Melbourne set for COVID lockdown exit despite record cases as vaccinations spike

A lone woman, wearing a protective face mask, walks across a city centre bridge as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File PhotoSYDNEY, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Melbourne will exit months of COVID-19 lockdown next week helped by a … Read more

Western Sydney pair with COVID plead guilty to attending Newcastle party linked to Hunter lockdown

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Two Western Sydney women who travelled to the Newcastle region and attended a party before testing positive to COVID-19 have pleaded guilty to breaching public health orders.Key points:The pair were found at a party in Shortland on July 29Both were issued fines and directed to return home to SydneyPolice said the women attended “several locations” in NewcastleNSW … Read more

Sydney’s unvaccinated warned of social isolation when COVID-19 lockdown ends

Sydney's unvaccinated warned of social isolation when COVID-19 lockdown ends

A health worker is stationed at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing clinic set up for residents of surrounding public housing towers in the Redfern suburb, where authorities are working to contain an emerging cluster of cases, as widespread lockdown continues in Sydney, Australia, September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Loren ElliottAustralia’s total COVID-19 cases top 100,000Officials warn unvaccinated … Read more

Muswellbrook plunged into week-long lockdown as COVID infections rise in the Hunter

A man stands at a drive-through COVID-19 testing site wearing a yellow hi-vis vest, face shield and mask and hat.

Muswellbrook has been plunged into a week-long lockdown as COVID-19 infections continue to rise in the Hunter.Key points:Muswellbrook will enter a week-long lockdown as the Hunter records its highest daily increase in casesThe Central Coast has lost its regional status after recording more cases and has rejoined Greater SydneyThe local business community welcomes the roadmap, but … Read more

Truck driver who spent 48 hours in WA returns positive COVID-19 test but no lockdown planned

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A truck driver who spent 48 hours in WA has tested positive for COVID-19, the WA Health Minister has announced.Key points:The driver wore a face mask while out of the truckThe Health Minister described the risk as “low”No lockdown or restrictions will be imposed at this stageBut neither a lockdown nor any other restrictions are being … Read more

Victoria’s roadmap out of COVID lockdown released by Premier Daniel Andrews

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Melbourne will be in lockdown until late October and greater freedoms will be granted to fully vaccinated Victorians once 80 per cent of the eligible population has been double dosed, the state’s roadmap has revealed.Key points:Premier Daniel Andrews has warned there will be “very difficult days” ahead for the state’s health systemA 70 per cent … Read more

Victoria and NSW Covid lockdown protests: violent clashes as police arrest demonstrators | Victoria

Victoria police clashed with anti-lockdown protesters in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, as the Australian state recorded another 535 new coronavirus cases and one death.Around 1,000 protesters gathered in the north-eastern suburbs of Richmond and Hawthorne, forced to make a last-minute change of location after 2,000 police officers formed a “ring of steel” around the Melbourne … Read more