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Austria is beginning another COVID-19 lockdown, as the government seeks to limit the spread of the virus. The lockdown is the first since vaccines became widely available, but it comes as just 65% of the population is fully vaccinated. Most gathering places – such as restaurants, cafes, bars, theatres, non-essential shops, and hairdressers – will
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Seven people have been arrested after rioters clashed with police in The Hague for a second night of violence in the Netherlands, sparked by protests over new COVID-19 restrictions. The unrest came a day after police opened fire on protesters in Rotterdam amid what the port city’s mayor called “an orgy of violence”, leaving three
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Austria is to become the first country in Europe to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory by law and has announced a full national lockdown from Monday, amid a fourth wave sweeping the continent. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said the coronavirus lockdown would run for a “maximum of 20 days”. He also announced it would be a “requirement
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India’s Prime Minister has said his government will withdraw controversial farm laws that sparked year-long protests from tens of thousands of farmers. Narendra Modi made the surprise announcement during a televised live speech, broadcast on Gurpurab – a Sikh festival that marks the anniversary of the birth of the first of the ten Sikh gurus,
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Authorities in New Delhi are considering a first-of-its-kind lockdown to combat worsening air pollution. Schools have already been closed indefinitely as severe smog choked people living in the Indian capital and neighbouring states on Wednesday. The number of dangerous pollution particles in New Delhi’s air was measured at seven times the safe level on Wednesday,
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Ireland is introducing new COVID-19 restrictions including a midnight closing time for pubs, nightclubs and restaurants as the country battles a fourth wave of infections. The measures, which come into effect from Friday, will also see household contacts of those with COVID required to restrict their movements for five days, even if they have been
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