U.K. imposes new national lockdown as coronavirus and new variant spread rapidly

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England until at least mid-February to combat a fast-spreading new version of the coronavirus. Johnson said the country is at “a critical moment,” with cases rising rapidly in every part of the country. Read more: Britain must vaccinate 2 million a week […]

Levels of carbon dioxide at record highs despite coronavirus lockdowns: UN – National

Greenhouse gas concentrations climbed to a new record in 2019 and rose again this year despite an expected drop in emissions due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday, warning against complacency. Many scientists expect the biggest annual fall in carbon emissions in generations this year as measures to contain coronavirus […]

U.K. sees early signs coronavirus infections levelling off amid new lockdown – National

Some tentative signs emerged Friday to suggest that the U.K.’s coronavirus resurgence is levelling off after wide-ranging restrictions were imposed. In its weekly survey of new infections, Britain’s statistics agency said the rate of growth of the virus in England appeared to be slowing around the time a new four-week lockdown took effect on […]

France, Germany face new round of coronavirus lockdowns as cases surge – National

A new wave of lockdowns and business closings swept across France, Germany and other places in Europe on Wednesday as surging coronavirus infections there and in the U.S. wipe out months of progress against the scourge on two continents. The resurgence and the resulting clampdown sent a shudder through Wall Street. The S&P 500 […]

Coronavirus surge pushes Czech Republic into 2nd lockdown, breaking gov’t pledges – National

Czechs had been assured it wouldn’t happen again. But amid a record surge of coronavirus infections that’s threatening the entire health system with collapse, the Czech Republic is adopting on Thursday exactly the same massive restrictions it slapped on citizens in the spring. Prime Minister Andrej Babis had repeatedly said these measures would never […]

Countries zero in on coronavirus hot spots as cases rise again globally – National

After entire nations were shut down during the first surge of the coronavirus earlier this year, some countries and U.S. states are trying more targeted measures as cases rise again around the world, especially in Europe and the Americas. New York’s new round of virus shutdowns zeroes in on individual neighbourhoods, closing schools and […]

Reality check: No, the WHO didn’t reverse its position on coronavirus lockdowns – National

The World Health Organization has been working this week to clarify its stance on pandemic lockdowns after one of its officials acknowledged the negative economic consequences such measures can bring.  Dr. David Nabarro, the organization’s special envoy on COVID-19, made an appeal for world leaders to “stop using lockdowns as your primary control method.” […]

New coronavirus shut downs, restrictions prompt backlash in U.K. – National

LONDON — The British government is set to announce new restrictions Monday on business and socializing in major northern England cities with high infection rates. But pubs, restaurants and other businesses are pushing back, arguing that they are not to blame for a resurgent outbreak. Local authorities in hard-hit cities including Liverpool and Manchester […]