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Austrian chancellor threatens lockdown for unvaccinated

Austrian chancellor threatens lockdown for unvaccinated

Austria’s Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. European Union leaders conclude a two-day summit on Friday in which they discuss issues such as climate change, the energy crisis, COVID-19 developments and migration. Credit: Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP Unvaccinated people in Austria could face new lockdown …

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Study finds an increase in unplanned pregnancies during the first lockdown

Study finds an increase in unplanned pregnancies during the first lockdown

There were nearly twice as many unplanned pregnancies during the first lockdown compared to before, finds a major study led by researchers from UCL and University College London Hospital. The study, published today in BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health, is the first to assess changes in women’s self-reported access to contraception as a consequence of …

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Latvia goes back into lockdown as COVID rate spikes

Latvia goes back into lockdown as COVID rate spikes

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Latvia plunged back into lockdown on Thursday with non-essential shops closed and cinema, theatres and hairdressers shutting down for a month in a bid to break the world’s worst COVID rate. Latvia has seen 1,406 COVID infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days, the highest per capita rate in …

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New Zealand sets 90% vaccine target to end lockdown

New Zealand set a 90-percent vaccination target Friday for scrapping lockdowns as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled a plan to open up despite the stubborn grip of the Delta variant. Ardern said her goal had shifted from eliminating COVID-19 to minimising its spread in the community by ramping up vaccinations. She said the change meant …

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Melbourne eases months-long COVID lockdown restrictions

Melbourne eases months-long COVID lockdown restrictions

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain One of the world’s most locked-down cities will reopen late Thursday, with Melbourne residents hoping this sixth bout of stay-at-home restrictions will be their last. Five million people in Australia’s second-biggest city have endured lockdowns totalling more than 260 days since the beginning of the pandemic. But now that 70 percent …

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Latvia to impose lockdown over Covid spike

Latvia to impose lockdown over Covid spike

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said on Monday that the Baltic state will go into lockdown for a month due to surging coronavirus infections and a poor vaccination rate. “I apologise to those who have already been vaccinated, but the restrictions will apply to everyone,” Karins told reporters after a 10-hour …

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Russia hits new record for COVID-19 deaths, resists lockdown

Russia hits new record for COVID-19 deaths, resists lockdown

Medical workers carry a patient suspected of having coronavirus on a stretcher at a hospital in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. Russia’s daily coronavirus infections and deaths are hovering near all-time highs amid a laggard vaccination rate and the Kremlin’s reluctance to toughen restrictions. Russia’s state coronavirus task force reported 29,409 new …

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Report concludes UK waited too long for virus lockdown

Report concludes UK waited too long for virus lockdown

In this Friday, March 6, 2020 file photo, the front page of the Evening Standard is displayed at Bond Street Station, in London. A U.K. parliamentary report has concluded that Britain’s Conservative government waited too long to impose a lockdown early in the COVID-19 pandemic. The report Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 says that caused the …

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Sydney lockdown ends after 106 days

Sydney lockdown ends after 106 days

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Elated Sydneysiders were emerging from almost four months of “blood, sweat and no beers” early Monday as a long coronavirus lockdown was lifted in Australia’s largest city. Sydney’s more than five million residents have been subjected to a 106-day lockdown, designed to limit the march of the highly transmissible Delta variant. …

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Significant psychological toll from COVID lockdown for people with histories of mental illness

Significant psychological toll from COVID lockdown for people with histories of mental illness

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain New research suggests more priority needs to be given to support the health of New Zealanders struggling with mental illness during COVID-19 lockdowns—with findings showing many people with mental health histories struggle and are disproportionately affected. The University of Otago study measured the psychological distress, anxiety, wellbeing and suicidality of around …

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