‘Lockdown possible in case of post-holiday COVID-19 surge’
‘Lockdown possible in case of post-holiday COVID-19 surge’ MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) warned citizens that the government could be forced to reimpose a strict lockdown after the Christmas season if cases of the coronavirus overwhelm the country’s healthcare system. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, however, said another lockdown would be the last option for the government to control the surge and transmission of COVID-19 nationwide. Interviewed Wednesday on “The Chiefs” aired on One News/TV5, she said the decision to impose a lockdown would depend not only...
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People line up outside the Selfridges department store as non-essential shops are allowed to reopen, after England's second lockdown ended at midnight, in London on Wednesday. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain. Photo: AP Copyright Global Times. All rights reserved.Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc.
Germany extends partial lockdown, warns tougher measures could come
Germany's partial coronavirus lockdown is set to stretch into January - and could become significantly tougher if conditions don't improve - said federal and state leaders on Wednesday after their latest meeting on the pandemic.In an effort to control the spread of the disease, the country has been under a partial lockdown since November 2. That will now be extended until January 10.Last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the premiers of the country's 16 states had pushed the end date back to December 20. The partial lockdown means restaurants, clubs and cultural institutions are shut down and...
Spotify's most-streamed song in 2020 should thank TikTok and lockdown
The prize for this year's most-streamed song should really go to social media. That's because the driving force that made The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" Spotify's top song of 2020 was a viral dance challenge on TikTok.As numerous countries went into lockdown in early 2020, the social media craze saw countless reluctant parents being dragged onto kitchen dance floors by toe-tapping and dabbing teens for a 15-second dance synchronized to the song's punchy, 1980s-style synths.In the course of the pandemic that saw families spending more time online and less outside, the #blindinglightschallenge r...
No Covid-19 lockdown for Chiang Mai, says governor
CHIANG MAI: Chiang Mai remains on high alert but no lockdown is planned following the recent discovery of new Covid-19 infections, provincial governor Charoenrit Sanguansat said on Tuesday.Mr Charoenrit gave the assurance during an early morning visit to boost moral at a checkpoint on a road between Chiang Mai city and Doi Saket district.He said that after Chiang Mai registered its 42nd Covid-19 case, a woman who had returned from Myanmar without going through quarantine, health officials began an intense effort to track down people who had been in close contact with her.They had managed to lo...
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Erin Doherty juggles the blues away
The Crown star reveals she suffered a mental "dip" at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown when her career ground to a halt, shortly after attending the Screen Actors Guild Awards at the start of the year (20).She told Grazia magazine: "We'd just finished filming the fourth season (of The Crown) the week before everything shut down."The brakes got put on everything and my mental health did dip. As an actor, I didn't have a purpose. I'd gone from zero to 200 miles per hour and then back to zero. I glimpsed red carpet life and then it was gone again.""To sit in my own thoughts was a difficult ...
Art on call from German provincial theatre during lockdown
A provincial theatre in the central city of Magdeburg is to present individual performances by phone on request this coming Saturday evening amid a lockdown of public events in Germany.Performances lasting around five minutes can be booked beforehand, with actors and musicians presenting poems, arias and lieder from the literary and musical repertoire, the theatre announced on Monday.The programme, which is entitled "Art on call" and is free of charge, is intended as solace for those thirsting for culture, it said.Theatrical performances have been shut down at least until December 20, putting ...
Penguins at London aquarium watch Christmas films in lockdown
Penguins at London's Sea Life Aquarium have been getting through England's lockdown much like many people: Watching Chistmas films."It's great to see how much our gentoo penguins are enjoying the Christmas movies we've put on for them," Leah Pettitt, an aquarist at the centre, told the British Press Association.The Christmas film "Elf" is being shown to the penguins to help prepare them for visitors again when the aquarium reopens to the public on Wednesday."Whilst they are enjoying these festive films, they're still, just like us, very much looking forward to our real-life guests returning th...
Govt. releases more areas from isolation rules | Daily FT
Pettah, Foreshore and Mattakkuliya are no longer under lockdown, with isolation lifted from the Police Jurisdictions at 5 a.m. today, according to the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of the COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO).According to a statement issued by the Department of Government Information (DGI), the NOCPCO has declared that the above Police Jurisdictions will no longer be isolated, along with the Negombo and Ragama Police Jurisdictions in the Gampaha District.Regarding the relaxation of lockdown in Pettah, Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana stressed that certain restrictions...
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Turkey to impose curfew, weekend lockdown against coronavirus
Turkey will impose a weekday curfew and a full lockdown at weekends to combat the spread of the coronavirus, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, after new cases and deaths hit record highs.Citizens will not be allowed to leave home between 9 pm and 5 am on weekdays or at all at weekends, Erdogan said.Some sectors, including supply chains and production, will be exempt from the measures which will begin on Tuesday, he said."We are taking steps carefully not to turn the health crisis into a full-blown economic and social crisis," Erdogan said.He said transmission in homes had increased and ...
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