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Alternating lockdown strategy can help defeat COVID-19 and sustain socio-economic activity

Social distancing—from mobility restrictions to complete lockdowns—can take many weeks, possibly even months, a potentially devastating outcome for social and economic stability. One of the challenges is that the sick cannot be selectively isolated, since many of the spreaders remain pre-symptomatic for a period ranging from several days to as much as two weeks—invisible spreaders […]

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How to hack your sleep, energy and mood in lockdown

There is something about this lockdown that is really sapping our energy levels. Gone are the enthusiastic early-morning jogs and the after-work baking sessions of the early lockdowns. Now, we can barely drag ourselves from our beds to our desks to our sofas. It’s no surprise that people are feeling particularly groggy. The accumulated stress […]

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Greece extends lockdown past 2 months, expands vaccinations

Greece has extended a two-month lockdown by at least one week, through Jan. 18, and announced plans Friday to increase the number of people getting COVID-19 vaccines from 5,000 per day to 8,000 per day. Restrictions the Greek government imposed in early November shut non-essential retail stores, entertainment venues, and restaurants and allow people to […]

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Israel announces third nationwide virus lockdown

Israel announced Thursday that it will impose a nationwide lockdown from next week, its third of the COVID-19 pandemic, just days after it began vaccinations against the virus. “A general lockdown will be imposed from 17:00 (1500 GMT) on Sunday for two weeks,” a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said. “There is an […]

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Italy imposes partial lockdown for Christmas holiday

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on Friday announced there will be a partial lockdown nationwide for most of the Christmas holiday season, citing concerns that gatherings of families and friends could re-ignite the virus’s spread. The new decree puts strict limits on movements on holidays and weekends from Dec. 21 through the Jan. 6 Epiphany holiday, […]

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Tougher COVID rules for Wales, weeks after leaving lockdown

Wales will introduce more stringent restrictions in an attempt to bring down rising coronavirus infection rates ahead of an easing of the rules over Christmas, the devolved government said Friday. Wales only emerged from a two-week countrywide “firebreak” lockdown on November 9, but rising rates and concern over a post-Christmas spike meant further action was […]

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Sri Lanka capital to go into lockdown after virus surge

Sri Lanka’s capital will go back into lockdown from Friday following a surge in coronavirus cases, authorities said Thursday. The South Asian island nation of 21 million people has reported more than 9,200 COVID-19 infections, with over half detected in the past three weeks after more than a thousand garment factory workers tested positive. Around […]

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Australia’s second-biggest city eases lockdown as virus cases fall

Lockdown restrictions in Australia’s second-biggest city were eased slightly Sunday following a steady decline in new coronavirus cases, but officials stopped short of ending a controversial “stay-at-home” rule. More than 100 days after the lockdown was imposed on Melbourne’s five million residents to fight an out-of-control surge of COVID-19 cases, authorities said that as of […]