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COVID lockdown empties Delhi streets amid deadly surge

New Delhi led major cities across India into a weekend lockdown Saturday as the country confronts a fierce new coronavirus wave, with more than 230,000 fresh daily cases and families clamouring for drugs and hospital beds. Hopes that South Asia might have beaten the pandemic have been dashed with India seeing over two million new […]

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Portugal reaps benefits of a prolonged COVID-19 lockdown

While most of the Europe Union grapples with new surges of COVID-19 cases and brings back curbs on what people can do, Portugal is going in the other direction. Starting Monday, the Portuguese will be able to go to restaurants, shopping malls and cinemas. Classes will resume at high schools and universities. Schools for younger […]

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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 […]