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April 2021

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5the World The global death toll surpasses 3 million.
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7United KingdomScotland Restrictions on travel and meeting people outdoors are loosened in Scotland 10 days earlier than originally planned.
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8United States Pfizer's CEO says it's likely that a third vaccine dose will be required within 12 months, and possibly annually thereafter.
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11Denmark After finding that 1 in 40,000 people who got it suffered from rare blood clots afterwards, Denmark becomes the first European country to stop giving out the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine altogether. The Danish Health Authority does, however, say that using the vaccine again in the future can't be completely ruled out.
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9United Kingdom The UK is expanding its vaccine 'mix and match' trials. Participants will be adults (over the age of 50) who have already received a first dose of AstraZeneca or Pfizer, and they will be offered a different vaccine for their second dose. The trial hopes to find out if combining vaccines offers longer lasting protection and greater protection against mutations.
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15United States FDA and CDC call for a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, after cases of blood clots occur. (It should be noted that it's 6 cases out of nearly 7 million doses.)
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8United KingdomWales Lockdown restrictions ease again in Wales. Non-essential shops re-open. Hairdressers re-open. Students return to school. Travel into and out of Wales is allowed once more. And driving lessons start again.
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8United KingdomEngland Lockdown restrictions are eased again in England. The new changes include the re-opening of hairdressers and gyms, and allowing pubs and restaurants to serve customers seated in the gardens.
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11ChinaEffectiveness of Chinese vaccines ‘not high’ and needs improvement, top health official says
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10AustraliaIn a Sunday afternoon post to Facebook, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that there is no formal target for Australians to receive their first COVID vaccine shot, backing down from the previous target of October, instead saying "we would like to see these doses completed before the end of the year". This is a significant change in rhetoric from the government, where previously Australia was "at the front of the queue" for vaccines, all Australians were to be fully vaccinated by the end of October, and a goal of four million shots by the end of March was set that was missed by over three million doses.
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11United StatesTrump officials celebrated efforts to change CDC reports on coronavirus, emails show
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13the WorldSupporters tout anti-parasite drug as covid-19 treatment, but skeptics call it the ‘new hydroxychloroquine’ (paywall)
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12United Kingdom People in the UK aged under 30 will be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine because its benefits don't really outweigh its risks for younger people with no underlying health conditions. Of the 20,000,000 people given the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK, 79 developed rare blood clots and 19 of them have died.
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7the WorldCovid-19 linked to depression and dementia, study suggests
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10BrazilBrazilian health professors write in the British Medical Journal, "The catastrophic Brazilian response to covid-19 may amount to a crime against humanity"
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11United StatesTexas. Texas Rangers hold their home opener at full capacity, nearly 40,000 people sitting side-by-side without masks
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17North KoreaJapanOlympic flag.svg To keep its athletes safe from Covid-19, North Korea won't be sending any of them to the Tokyo Olympics.
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8United KingdomScotland Barbers, hairdressers and some non-essential shops reopen in Scotland. 12- to 17-year-olds can play contact sports outdoors again.
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14India Everyone aged over 45 in India is now eligible for the vaccine as the country records 100,000 cases in a day.
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20United Kingdom The British Medical Journal conducted a public survey from March 2020 - January 2021. It found that very few people (less than 1 in 5) request a Covid test if they have symptoms, and only half of those surveyed even knew what the main symptoms of Covid are. *facepalm*

March 2021

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15France Emmanuel Macron announces a 3 week closure of schools amid a third wave of infections. Other measures include closing all non-essential shops and banning people from travelling more than 6 miles away from their homes.
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16United Kingdom Christian satellite TV channel Loveworld is fined ₤125,000 by the media watchdog for airing "potentially harmful" conspiracy theories about Covid. Among other things, they said it was caused by 5G technology, that it was a planned event organized by the "deep state" and that vaccines contain "nanochips" to control and hurt people.
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12Germany Even though the European Medicines Agency says its benefits outweigh any risks, Germany has stopped routinely giving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged under 60 because of concerns about those blood clots.
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11Venezuela Facebook temporarily freezes the account of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro after he claims, without any evidence, that there is a herbal cure for Covid.
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15United StatesTexas. Conman Televangelist John Hagee, who claimed "Jesus is our vaccine," busted getting actual vaccine.
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8United Kingdom Several prominent black British celebrities sign an open letter urging black Britons to get vaccinated.
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11the World So as to be better prepared next time, the leaders of twenty nations call for an international pandemic treaty.
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9ChinaUnited States Covid-19 was made in a Wuhan lab, claims idiot former head of the CDC
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10United KingdomEngland The "stay-at-home" order is lifted in England. Groups of up to six people can meet outside, including in private gardens. More than six people can meet if they come from only two households. Outdoor sports venues reopen and organized outdoor sports can resume. Weddings can be held if they are attended by no more than six people.
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12Mexico Mexico revises its death toll to over 320,000, 60% higher than previously feared.
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14Russia Russia releases its third Covid vaccine.
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9United KingdomWales Travel restrictions within Wales are lifted. Organized outdoor sports for children under 18 can resume. Libraries can reopen as can some outdoor historic sites and gardens.
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17European Union European Union leaders have decided not to ban vaccine exports to the rest if the world. But they insist on AstraZeneca catching up on its vaccine deliveries to EU countries before any can be sent elsewhere.
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24United States Having already met the target of 100 million vaccines, Joe Biden announces he's now aiming to distribute 200 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office.
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6United KingdomScotland The Court of SessionWikipedia, Scotland's highest civil court rules that the Scottish government went beyond its powers by closing all churches because that interfered with freedom of religion as guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. They did not, however, rule that all churches should reopen at once. And remember, you can't just pray the virus away.
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12Sovereign-States-Within-Europe-Flag-Loop.gifUnited States How Europe and the United States lost to Covid-19
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11Germany For Easter, Germany was going to go into an extra strict lockdown with a ban on big family gatherings and all in-person religious services cancelled. But Angela Merkel, has now caved in to demands not to impose that lockdown, scrapped it and called it a "personal mistake".
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15 United States A US trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, containing some 32,000 participants, has found the vaccine to be 79% effective against preventing symptomatic Covid-19 cases and 100% effective at preventing severe illness and hospitalisation. There was also no evidence that the vaccine causes blood clots.
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7 United Kingdom Scientists and vets are warning of a possible link between a new variant of coronavirus B117 [the Kent variant], and heart problems in cats and dogs after an increase in pets presenting with myocarditisWikipedia at a specialist veterinary hospital in Buckinghamshire during the pandemic’s second wave.
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15JapanOlympic flag.svgParalympic flag (2019).svg International spectators will not be allowed at the delayed Olympic and Paralympic games this summer.
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20United StatesIdaho. Remember when Idaho held that fun mask-burning protest? Guess which state's legislature just shut down because of a Covid outbreak.
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12RussiaBased on a statistical analysis, a Russian demographer estimated that the actual total number of COVID deaths in Russia is now at 450,000 — almost 5 times the official reported number of deaths.
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9Pakistan The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has tested positive for Covid. He received his first vaccine dose 2 days prior but it likely hasn’t been enough time for his immunity to build up.
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17United StatesFlorida. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago partially closed due to COVID outbreak.
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7Sweden Estonia The Swedish Medical Products Agency is investigating two deaths, a man and a women in their 60s, which could be linked to AstraZeneca vaccine. However, the SMPA have said "so far, we have neither been able to prove nor disprove a connection between these deaths and the vaccine." Estonian authorities are also investigating after the death of a man in his early 30s who received the AZ jab.
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14France Germany Italy Netherlands Portugal Spain Sweden United Kingdom Various European countries will resume the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. French Prime Minister Jean Castex has said he will receive the vaccine to boost confidence in it. In the UK, Boris Johnson has also stated he will recieve the AstraZeneca jab.
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13France Paris back in lockdown amid fears of a third wave of infections.
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18Tanzania COVID denialist Tanzanian President John Magufuli is dead, likely of COVID.
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12European UnionDenmarkIcelandNorwayNetherlandsIrelandUnited KingdomFlag of Ulster.svg Although the EU says there's no indication the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is connected to blood clots, concerns that is have led to the suspension of its use in Denmark, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland. It will still be used in Northern Ireland.
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7France At the César Awards, French equivalent of the Oscars, actress Corinne Masiero stages a naked protest to demand more government support for the arts during the pandemic.
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9United KingdomScotlandWales Two adults from two different households and four teenagers from up to four different households can now meet up outside in Scotland. In Wales, four adults from two different households can meet up outside, the requirement to stay at home is replaced by one to stay local and barbers and hairdressers can reopen.
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13the World New research shows that exposure to pollen can raise risk of contracting COVID-19, even if you don't have allergy
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24Tanzania Tanzanian President John Magufuli reported to be in India being treated for Covid-19. His previous relationship with covid is mostly famous for being a complete denial that it existed in Tanzania!
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23United Kingdom Freeman on the land, sovereign citizen and other items of pseudolaw have been unsuccessfully cited by non-essential business owners as an excuse to stay open during lockdown. Often cited is Article 61 of the 1215 Magna Carta, which gave some barons the right to decide which laws didn't apply to them. It was stricken from the Magna Carta before the end of 1216.
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18Syria President Assad and his wife test positive for Covid
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10United KingdomEngland Children start to return to school in England for the first time in more than two months. And care home residents can nominate one person who will be allowed to visit them indoors. Hugging and kissing, however, won't be permitted.
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16ItalyAustralia Italy blocks the export of 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia on the grounds that the company hasn't met its obligations to the EU. Australia says it's not a problem because they'll start domestic production of the vaccine soon.
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23Germany Angela Merkel says there's now enough evidence that the Oxford- AstraZeneca vaccine is effective for people of all ages and Germany will approve its use for those over 65.
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18ChinaSouth Africa Fake Covid vaccine distribution network broken up, after arrests in China and South Africa.
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11Isle of Man Just over a month after all social distancing measures on the island were lifted, the Isle of Man starts a 21-day circuit-breaker lockdown after a sudden surge in cases that can all be traced back to a single infected ferry crew member.
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15United States Mississippi. Texas. In spite of warnings against complacency from the Center for Disease Control, the governors of Mississippi and Texas have both announced that most Covid restrictions, including the obligation to wear masks, are about to be lifted.
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17United States Trump and Melania vaccinated in January before leaving White House but kept it quiet.
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16France Although Emmanuel Macron had earlier dismissed it as "quasi ineffective" for older people, France has now approved use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 65 to 74.
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24United KingdomEngland Having the first dose dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine reduces the chance of needing hospital treatment by more than 80%, according to studies in England.

February 2021

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21United KingdomEngland By hiring out her goats to appear on Zoom meetings during lockdown, farmer Dot McCarthy earns ₤50,000. That money has kept the farm open and has meant none of the staff have had to be furloughed.
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21United Kingdom The Queen has had her vaccine and says, "It didn't hurt a bit." To all those hesitant about getting the jab, Her Majesty says they should, "think about other people rather than themselves."
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17United KingdomScotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveils Scotland's "deliberately cautious" route out of lockdown. Non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants should reopen on 26 April. Unlike in England, no date has been given for when all restrictions are expected to be lifted.
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19United StatesNorth Dakota. North Dakota, the state with the highest number of per capita Covid cases, passes a law forbidding mandatory mask wearing.
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14United States Joe Biden and Kamala Harris pay tribute to the more than 500,000 people in the United States who have died from the coronavirus. Sadly, the US death toll from Covid-19 is now greater than the number of Americans who died in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined.
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12United KingdomEngland Boris Johnson unveils the government's "roadmap out of lockdown". Under these plans schools will re-open from 8 March, non-essential shops, hairdressers and gyms will re-open from 12 April, cinemas, hotels and restaurants will re-open from 17 May, and from 21 June places such as nightclubs could re-open. Johnson says each date is conditional, and will depend on certain factors, such as continued success with the vaccination rollout, Covid cases not surging and no new variants emerging.
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9United KingdomScotlandWales Children start to go back to school in Scotland and Wales for the first time since December.
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10Australia Australia begins its vaccination rollout, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison receiving the vaccine in front of television cameras. There has already been some issues though, with anti-vaccination protests taking place and some people in the crowd at the Australian Open tennis final could be heard loudly booing after the vaccine was mentioned.
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12United KingdomWales The first step in the easing of lockdown in Wales. Up to four people from two different households are now allowed to meet up to exercise.
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14United Kingdom Boris Johnson promises to give most of the UK's surplus vaccine supply to poorer countries and urges other G7 leaders to do the same.
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23Vatican CityDecree from Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, the Vatican City's top administrator, states that Vatican employees who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID will be fired.
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-8SpainCatalonia WTF! The world's largest mobile telephony trade show, Mobile World Congress, in the Catalan city of Barcelona is going ahead in June, despite the country being under lockdown due to COVID according to the event's CEO. All what attendees are required to have is a simple negative test 72 hours beforehand.
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15AustraliaUnited Kingdom Just as Australian health consultant states that the country's hotel quarantine is "not fit for purpose" in combatting variants of Covid-19, the UK announces its "Australian-style hotel quarantine" to fight coronavirus variants.
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24North Korea North Korea has adopted a unique way to obtain the vaccine for the disease it claims it does not have - hacking the computer systems of international pharmaceutical companies.
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13 Netherlands The Netherlands gets its government mandated curfew overturned. The law under which the curfew was permitted to pass was exclusively for immediate urgent matters, which the judge deemed the curfew to not fall under. The case is expected to enter higher courts on Friday February 19th. Later the same day (February 16th) another judge decided that to keep public order, the curfew is to remain in effect until the higher courts make a decision.
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27 United Kingdom The UK meets its target to give the first vaccine dose to 15 million of the most vulnerable people by the middle of February.
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20 the World The WHO throws its support behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine amid an international row over its use. South Africa has suspended its rollout due to concerns over its effectiveness on the SA variant, whilst European countries such as France and Germany have advised against people over 65 taking the jab.
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22JapanUnited StatesEuropean Union A lack of specialised syringes in Japan, the US, and EU, could result in millions of doses of the Pfizer vaccine going to waste.
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18United Kingdom The BMJ, one of the world's oldest and most prestigious medical periodicals dating back to 1840, characterizes the incompetent and sometimes intentional mismanagement of the pandemic by world governments as social murder
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27France Europe's oldest woman, Sister Andre, recovers from a Covid-19 infection just in time to celebrate her 117th birthday.
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32United StatesTexas. Congressman Ron Wright (R-TX), long-time Covid denier, dies from... yeah, you guessed it.
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23Tanzania Tanzania, a country that is officially (although not really) Covid free, has no plans to introduce vaccination and the government has suggested that people only need to drink vegetable smoothies and take steam baths to avoid getting the disease.
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31United StatesTennessee. A Chattanooga nurse with a medical condition faints after taking a vaccine jab. Now she, her friends, family and employers are being harassed for covering up her own murder by Bill Gates and replacement with an actress.
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15United StatesWisconsin. Wisconsin Republicans repeal state's face mask mandate. (Alternate source for Europe)
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11NetherlandsWiki Eurovision Heart.svg The Eurovision Song Contest will definitely go ahead this year. Although the pandemic means there's no way there'll be a full live show without any social distancing, there are three other possible options. All contestants will have to submit "live-on-tape" performances of their songs, just in case.
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8Australia More than 500 tennis players, officials and support staff in Melbourne for the Australian Open have to isolate after a worker at their hotel tests positive for the coronavirus. The first day of warm-up matches is cancelled.
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9JapanOlympic flag.svg The International Olympic Committee issues the first Playbook with hygiene rules to follow for those who choose to attend the delayed Tokyo games at their own risk. They still insist the games will go ahead, even though Tokyo is currently in a state of emergency.
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13Switzerland European Union Swiss medical regulators have refused to licence the AstraZeneca vaccination, citing a lack of large scale trials. This comes on the back that many European countries have introduced an age cut-off point, over concerns about the vaccine’s safety for elderly patients.
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12United KingdomIreland The UK's Advertising Standards Agency reprimands Irish airline Ryanair for its commercials with the slogan "Jab & Go", which implied that young people would be vaccinated by the summer and were criticized for encouraging irresponsibility.
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11United KingdomScotland Children should start returning to school in Scotland on 22 February. But lockdown will last until at least the end of the month. And all arrivals in Scotland, not just those from countries on a "red list", will face tougher quarantine rules.
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23United Kingdom Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised almost £33 million for the NHS at the start of the pandemic, has died in hospital with coronavirus.
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19Taiwan A Taiwanese man doesn't have to pay a heavy fine for breaking quarantine after all. He only did it because he was abducted by debt collectors who mistook him for someone else.
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18South Africa It's partly due to lockdown that fewer rhinos were killed by poachers last year.
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11Isle of Man The second lockdown on the Isle of Man comes to an end after 25 days and all Covid restrictions are scrapped, making it the only place in the British Isles with no social distancing measures in place.
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20United StatesWisconsin. Pharmacist who destroyed 500 COVID vaccines agrees to plead guilty and is also a flat earther.
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21Taiwan Taiwan has reported its first death from Covid-19 since May last year. That brings the number of people who have died from the disease on the island to a grand total of eight.

January 2021

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16United Kingdom Capt. Sir Tom Moore, famous for raising millions of pounds for the NHS, hospitalised with coronavirus.
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14Australia The city of Perth goes into a 5-day lockdown after seeing its first locally acquired coronavirus case in 10 months.
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10Guernsey The island of Guernsey, not subject to any Covid restrictions since 11 June last year, goes into lockdown after a sudden surge in cases. All people who attended a dance festival between 19 and 22 January are told to self-isolate.
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26United States According to Duke University estimates, if the federal government had stopped evictions and utility shut-offs it would have prevented about 1.2 million infections and 164,000 deaths
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15France France is to close its borders for all but essential travel from outside the European Union.
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18United KingdomEngland For breaking Covid restrictions by organizing a snowball fight in which hundreds of people took part, two young men are fined ₤10,000 each, Police said they took, "absolutely no pleasure in handing out such heavy fines."
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17China To prevent a virus surge, migrant workers in Chinese cities are encouraged not to travel home to their rural areas for Lunar New Year.
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11United KingdomEngland Boris Johnson says that the reopening of schools to all students, the first step in the easing of the current lockdown, won't happen until 8th March at the earliest.
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25United StatesOklahoma. Oklahoma state officials are trying to return the $2 million worth of hydroxychloroquine the state bought after Trump touted it as a miracle cure for Covid.
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23United StatesWisconsin. Steven Brandenburg, the conspiracy theory-believing Wisconsin pharmacist accused of tampering with vials of Covid-19 vaccine so as to ruin them, pleads guilty to the charges in order to make a plea bargain.
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11United Kingdom British celebrities of South Asian descent come together to urge members of their ethnic group, that has suffered disproportionately from the virus, to get the vaccine and to debunk myths about it.
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13Netherlands There are riots in the Netherlands in protest against new anti-coronavirus restrictions, including a 9:00 pm to 4:30 am curfew.
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36United States The Trump administration apparently had NO PLANS FOR VACCINE PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION. NONE. The jury's still out as to whether this negligence is due to spite, incompetence, or both.
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22United States One bit of good news to emerge from the pandemic: it convinced at least one celebrity anti-vaxxer, The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik, to change her stance on vaccines.
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12United Kingdom Documents suggest that only people with an NHS number will receive the vaccine in the UK, meaning that foreign NHS workers, treating Covid patients, could be denied access to the vaccine.
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13United KingdomEngland A leaked document said everyone who had to self-isolate in England could get paid £500. The government is now downplaying that idea.
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13Portugal Portuguese government decrees the closure of all schools for two weeks
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9United Kingdom Flag of Ulster.svg Northern Irish Health Minister Robin Swann says that around hundred British Army medics are going to assist health staff in Northern Ireland’s hospitals. However, worries of dissent republicans let to three hospitals in Enniskillen, Derry and Belfast refusing the support.
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24United States US Covid deaths surpasses total total US troop losses in WW2.
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11United Kingdom The Glastonbury music festival is cancelled for the second year in a row. If you bought tickets in 2019, you'll be able to use them in 2022.
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19United StatesUnited Kingdom Both the USA (4,131) and the UK (1,800) suffer their deadliest days on January 20th.
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24United States President Joe Biden mandates mask wearing on federal property and will have the US rejoin the WHO
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18United StatesThe Trump administration was reported to have given $850,000 of pandemic relief funding to 5 anti-vaccination groups, including Mercola
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22United KingdomPortugalCabo VerdeSudamerica.jpg Concerns over a Brazilian variant of the virus lead to a ban on travel from South America, Portugal and Cape Verde to the UK.
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38United Kingdom Boris Johnson accused of breaking his own lockdown rules, as he takes a seven mile bike ride, from Downing Street to the Olympic Park, presumably to test his eyesight.
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25Japan With the coronavirus still rampaging across the world, a poll finds that 80% favor cancelling or postponing the Tokyo Olympics
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16Portugal Portugal will go into lockdown effective at midnight Thursday for the period of a month
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16United States In the aftermath of last week's Capitol riots, 3 Representatives have tested positive for Covid-19. During the riots, lawmakers were locked down in crowded, confined locations. The most recent to test positive, Rep. Brad Schneider, has slammed Republican lawmakers for refusing to wear masks during the lockdown.
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32South Africa People in rural South Africa are digging up the bodies of Covid victims, and removing the plastic they were buried in, because the deceased are appearing in their dreams, telling their relatives they cannot breathe.
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25United States The USA suffers its worst daily death toll yet, breaking the 4,000 barrier.
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12Australia The city of Brisbane will have a snap 3 day lockdown following a single positive case of coronavirus. The case found has been identified as the 'UK variant', which scientists estimate could be up to 70% more transmissible than other strains.
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30China Just weeks after saying it would welcome them, China blocks entry for the WHO team, sent to investigate the origins of Covid-19.
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31United StatesWisconsin. Pharmacist Steven R. Brandenburg reportedly gives full confession, admits to being a conspiracy theorist. Also, vaccines in question will be tested to see if they were actually destroyed
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23 United KingdomScotlandEngland Scotland will go into full lockdown from midnight on 5 January with tougher restrictions for the rest of the UK expected in the near future.Update England will also go back into lockdown
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21Zimbabwe South Africa Zimbabwe enters another 30-day lockdown, to counter a spike in festive season infections. Likewise, South Africa returns to medium level restrictions, including a ban on the sale of alcohol, until Jan 15th.
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18FranceBrittany Over 2,500 idiots defy Covid restrictions to attend an illegal rave in Brittany. It would have lasted from December 31 until January 5 if it hadn't been broken up on January 2.
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37United StatesWisconsin. Pharmacist Steven R. Brandenburg at Advocate Aurora Health hospital arrested for deliberately destroying up to 550 doses of the Moderna vaccine, by removing them from the refrigerator they needed to be stored in.

December 2020

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14United States Alaska. Alaska's largest prison Goose Creek Correctional Center in Mat-Su borough, has said just over 90% of its inmates (1115 out of 1236) have contracted COVID-19. Additionally, it has also been reported that over 40% of all prisoners in Alaska contracted the virus.
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8United Kingdom Amid a huge surge in cases, the UK changes its vaccination strategy. Instead of giving people the standard second dose roughly 21 days after the first, the UK will focus on giving as many first doses as possible and not offer a second dose until 12 weeks later. Boris Johnson argues that giving just one dose is enough to provide protection, and it allows more people to have immunity against the virus.
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12United States The New Yorker debuts The Plague Year in their first issue of 2021, detailing exactly how the United States screwed up its response to COVID-19.
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12United Kingdom The Oxford--AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, and doses will start being given on 4 January.
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21United States Louisiana. Incoming US House of Representatives member Luke LetlowWikipedia (R-LA), who was frequently pictured at campaign events without masks or social distancing, dead at 41, from complications of COVID-19.
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13China Journalist Zhang Zhan jailed for "provoking trouble" because of her reporting firsthand accounts of the Wuhan Covid-19 outbreak
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17United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II, in her Christmas Day message, praises people who have risen to the challenges of the year in the UK and around the world and tells those missing their friends and family they are not alone.
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15Vatican City Pope Francis uses his Christmas Day Urbi et Orbi message to call on world leaders to make sure everyone has access to the coronavirus vaccine.
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13Palestine Christmas Eve Mass at the Church of the Nativity was closed to the public and Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, under a strict lockdown and a 7:00 pm to 6:00 am curfew, are generally a bit muted.
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25Vatican City The Holy See has declared that it is morally acceptable for Roman Catholics to recieve Covid-19 vaccines based on research that used cells derived from aborted fetuses
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25United States In an effort to boost public confidence in the jab, Joe Biden receives the Pfizer vaccine on live TV. A few days ago, Mike Pence did the same thing.
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7United KingdomScotlandRestrictions in Scotland will only be relaxed on Christmas Day, not from December 23 to 27 as previously planned. A strict lockdown will come into force across the country from December 26.
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19United States Hospital CEOs have gotten rich cutting staff and supplies just as another wave is striking the country
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13United KingdomFranceIrelandBelgiumEuropean Union At least nine countries have banned travel from the UK, in response to the increased spread of a new strain of coronavirus, which prompted the southeast's move into tier 4. This new strain spreads far easier than previous strains, however does not appear to be vaccine resistant or more deadly. The EU will meet on Monday to discuss a more coordinated response to this new development.
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16United KingdomFlag of Ulster.svg Ireland The Northern Irish Ambulance Service is getting assistance from its Irish colleagues of the HSE for the first time ever, due to a shortage of staff because of COVID-19.
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12United KingdomWalesA full lockdown across Wales, planned for after Christmas, has started early. Restrictions will be eased on Christmas Day only, not from 23 to 27 December as previously planned.
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12United KingdomEngland Christmas cancelled as London and the South East move to tier 4. FOLLOW UP: It gets worse: railway stations were slammed with people leaving London before tier 4 rules went into force at midnight, with trains packed to capacity.
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22United StatesFlorida. Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, claims that deliveries of the vaccine to the state would be delayed, due to "production issues at Pfizer.” Pfizer immediately issue a rebuttal, saying, in effect, that Florida hadn't ordered any vaccines.
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15South Africa A new variant of the coronavirus has been identified in South Africa, which appears to be driving the second wave there, especially among younger people.
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19Australia Australia cancels further research on its domestic UQ/CSL vaccine, after trials showed antibodies that had developed interfered with HIV diagnosis and led to false positives on some HIV tests.
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14France French President Emmanuel Macron tests positive for Covid
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13New Zealand New Zealand economy jumps 14% in the 3 months to 30 September - back to pre-covid levels even without millions of tourists. It is accompanied by revised figures for how much was lost in the lockdown - down from 12.1% to 11%. However the article also warns this is a "one-off" increase due to pent up demand from lockdown, and total GDP is still down on a year ago.
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21United KingdomIsle of ManA man who jet-skied for 4½ hours from Scotland to the Isle of Man, and then walked 15 miles (25km) to his girlfriend's house, has been jailed for four weeks for breaking COVID 19 laws.
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16 United Kingdom A new variant of coronavirus has been identified in the UK, which could be responsible of the sharp rise of Covid cases in the South of England. There's currently no evidence to suggest this variant is more deadly or resistant to vaccines, but the WHO has been notified of its discovery.
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14SwazilandSouth Africa Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini has died in South Africa after his condition rapidly worsened in the past month.
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16Germany Germany will be in lockdown over Christmas and New Year as deaths and infections are at record levels.
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21United KingdomRussia Scientists behind the British Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and the Russian Sputnik V one are to team up and combine the two vaccines to see if together they can create a more effective one.
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29United States The US has reached, and breached, its "9/11 a day" in terms of Covid deaths.
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12IsraelPalestine Gaza strip faces collapse as its health system struggles to obtain test kits due to Israeli blockade
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13Germany Group at ‘epicenter’ of German coronavirus protests placed under state surveillance as covid-19 deaths mount (paywall). Non paywall article at dw.com
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21Canada Canada becomes the second country to approve the Pfizer vaccine for use. It comes days after the UK started rolling out the Pfizer vaccine to vulnerable people outside of clinical trials.
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31United StatesJenna Ellis, another member of Trump's batshit insane legal team, who claimed she was doing God's work in trying to overturn the election result, has - surprise, surprise - the virus.
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22United StatesFlorida. Police raid the home of former state data scientist who accused the government of covering up the extent of the pandemic.
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22United Kingdom 90-year-old Margaret Keenan has become the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination outside of a clinical trial. She said it was the "best early birthday present", as she is turning 91 next week.
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23Italy A man, now nicknamed the "Italian Forrest Gump", stepped outside for a walk after an argument with his wife ended up walking 280 miles!. Police were less impressed than social media, and issued a $485 for breaking Covid curfew laws.
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18United States Trump has been claiming credit for the success of the Pfizer vaccine - and been debunked already - turns out his administration didn't even take advantage of an opportunity to lock in early orders for it, putting Americans at the back of the queue.
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15United Kingdom Darth Vader actor, the late David Prowse's daughter says her father died from Covid-19.
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14United States Superspreader wedding linked to seven deaths of people who didn't even attend
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22United States Because the year 2020 is a poorly written political thriller, Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for coronavirus
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17United StatesOhio. Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine, facing impeachment calls from fellow Republicans, over his mask mandate.
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32United StatesNew York. A 102 year old woman, who survived the 1918 Spanish Flu and cancer, beats Covid-19 twice
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14Portugal Portugal to ban travel between municipalities until Tuesday. The government has also announced its plan to make the vaccine against Covid-19 free and universal
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19United States Joe Biden says on his first day as President he will ask all Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office. He also said he would "be happy" to publicly take a vaccine once it's approved by US public health officials
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19United States Covid-related hospitalizations in the US top 100,000, as the country records its record number of daily fatalities.
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27United StatesNorth Dakota. 1 in every 800 North Dakota residents has died from Covid.
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15United Kingdom The UK becomes the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer vaccine for use. People in high-risk groups could start being vaccinated within days.
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23Belgium Hungary Estonia European Union Police in Brussels have broken up a sex party involving 25 men, which contravened Belgian COVID laws on meeting indoors. The party was noted for involving a number of diplomats and an MEP, who was later identified as Hungarian Fidesz MEP József SzájerWikipedia, an ally of Orbán. He has since apologized and tendered his resignation. Updated: Belgian prosecutors are looking at whether Mr Szájer should be prosecuted for being in possession of an ecstasy tablet that was in his backpack. Also, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said one of its diplomats was at the party.
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17United States Dr. Scott Atlas, Donald Trump's special adviser on the coronavirus who questioned the need for masks, opposed lockdown and supported herd immunity, has resigned.

November 2020

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8United KingdomWales Restaurants, cafés and even pubs in Wales will be temporarily banned from selling alcohol from Friday 4 December.
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20United KingdomEngland Over 150 'Covidiots' have been arrested in anti-lockdown protests in London.
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15United KingdomEngland England's lockdown will end as scheduled on 2 December and the 'tier system' will return, but almost all of the country will have stricter restrictions than before the lockdown.
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11Australia Australian study shows economy vs lockdown is a false dichotomy
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13New Zealand Notably awesome New Zealand now ranked the best place to live in a COVID world.
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8United Kingdom Boris Johnson and the heads of the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have jointly decided what everyone in the UK can do over Christmas For five days from 23 to 27 December, up to three households will be allowed to visit each others homes and travel restrictions will be eased. Scientists warm this could lead to another wave of infection. People are told to be cautious and consider not visiting their families this Christmas.
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11United KingdomFlag of Ulster.svg Northern Ireland is to go back under pretty much full lockdown from 27 November.
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10the WorldUnited Kingdom A third vaccine candidate shows promise. The Oxford University jab is believed to provide 70% protection, with its developers believing 90% protection could be possible after some tweaking. An upside to this vaccine is it is cheaper and easier to store and transport than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
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17United States The US hits 200,000 daily new coronavirus infections.
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32United States Donald Trump Jr tests positive for coronavirus
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8Mexico Mexico reaches one million Covid-19 cases and one hundred thousand deaths
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15United StatesIowa. A lawsuit alleges that a Tyson Food processing plant ordered employees to report for work while managers bet money on how many workers would contract Covid-19
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12Australia Amidst a coronavirus outbreak, the state of South Australia will go into a six day lockdown with all schools and non-essential business closed, no outdoors exercise and only one person per household can leave per day
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11United StatesIowa. Alaska. Illinois. Michigan. Senator Chuck GrassleyWikipedia (R-IA) has tested positive for coronavirus. In addition to him, House representatives Don YoungWikipedia (R-AK) was hospitalized last week due during his battle with coronavirus. On Monday, Representative Cheri BustosWikipedia (D-IL) announced she tested positive with mild symptoms, as did Representative Tim WalbergWikipedia (R-MI) also with mild symptoms.
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29the World Another vaccine shows promise, with Moderna vaccine apparently providing almost 95% protection.
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13United Kingdom Boris Johnson self isolating again after a contact tests positive for the virus.
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19United StatesMinnesota. Minnesota Republicans sent virus alert only to fellow party members but not to members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor PartyWikipedia (their state-level Democratic Party).
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25United StatesIn the wake of Trump's feverish campaign travel, more than 130 Secret Service officers are now in self-isolation after contracting COVID-19.
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21United KingdomEngland The murderer Peter SutcliffeWikipedia, also known as the Yorkshire Ripper, who murdered 13 women between 1975 and 1980, has died after refusing treatment in relation to a COVID-19 infection
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22UkraineUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been hospitalized for COVID-19.
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24United StatesTexas. University of Texas at Austin study: At least 231 people have died from COVID in Texas correctional facilities. 80% were not convicted of a crime, 73% did not have a life sentence, and 27 victims were correctional staff.
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13United Kingdom Collins Dictionary names "lockdown" as the word of the year. The top ten also includes such pandemic-related terms as "furlough", "key worker", "self isolate", "social distancing" and "coronavirus".
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23United States Donald Trump accuses Pfizer of colluding with the US Food and Drug and Administration and the Democrats to keep the good news about a vaccine secret until after the election so as not to let him, in his words, "get a Vaccine WIN".
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12United KingdomWales Wales comes out of its 17-day lockdown. New, slightly less strict, nationwide restrictions come into force.
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31the World One of the leading vaccine candidates is more than 90% effective, early results show. The same drug has no known health risks either.
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13United StatesTexas. The USA hits 10 million cases, with Texas accounting for more than 1 million of those.
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7United KingdomDenmark Due to the coronavirus mutation found among mink that has spread to humans in Denmark, non-British citizens and residents arriving from that country won't be allowed into the UK. An order has been given to cull all the mink in Denmark. There are 17 million of them.
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12United Statesthe District of Columbia. The White House has its third wave of Covid infections, with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and 4 others testing positive.
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9United KingdomEngland The first trial of whole city coronavirus testing will take place in Liverpool. All people who live or work in the city will be offered repeat tests whether they have symptoms or not.
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4Denmark A mutation in the coronavirus found in mink keads to a lockdown in parts of Denmark.
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10United StatesThe US breaks 100,000 new cases for the second consecutive day, with a new record of 118,000 cases.
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16United StatesUS sets COVID record with 100,000 new cases in a single day.
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6United Kingdom Tory-linked firm involved in testing failure given new £347m Covid contract
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6United KingdomEngland Unlike during the first lockdown, pubs weren't going to be allowed to sell takeaway alcohol during the second one. Then the government changed its mind, allowing boozers to support their local boozer by getting some booze to go.
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12FrancePolice pepper sprayed Parisian students in crackdown after students in the city protested against inadequate sanitary measures in schools.
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6United Kingdom England Is the apocalypse coming? Burger King UK is so worried about how the second lockdown is going to affect the restaurant industry, that it asking burger lovers to buy their burgers from rival companies in the meantime including McDonald's!
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9AustriaPortugal Austria and Portugal to implement curfews in wake of infection spikes
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14United KingdomEngland Nigel Farage says the Brexit Party will focus on fighting against lockdown. This campaign for greater freedom of movement comes despite recently campaigning that freedom of movement is a bad thing.
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18Australia For the first time in five months, Australia has had a day with no new Covid-19 cases.

October 2020

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11United KingdomEngland England will have a 4 week lockdown, Boris Johnson announces. The announcement comes the same day as the UK passes 1 million confirmed Coronavirus cases.
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18United States Fauci, in June: Tells US Senate he "would not be surprised if cases reach 100,000 per day soon."
US, 30 Oct: There it is.
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12Germany Germany announces a second, although partial, one month lockdown.
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12United StatesOregon. Oregonian health official delivers daily coronavirus update, including deaths, dressed as a clown.
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5Sweden Sami flag.svg The organisers of a famous Sámi market that happens in the Swedish city of JokkmokkWikipedia, the Jokkmokk Market, a highlight of the Sámi calendar, have said that for next year’s one in February there will be no physical market or events and it will be held entirely online for the first time.
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13France France will go into a second national lockdown, Macron announces.
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17United StatesDaily confirmed COVID cases in the US have risen rapidly and surpassed the summer peak (65,000 average vs. 70,000 average). President Trump, meanwhile, insists that COVID is just fake news and that the US is "rounding the turn".
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15the World New evidence show that antibodies decline rapidly for those who have been infected, suggesting there is no long-term immunity for those who have had Covid previously.
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9Australia Lockdown comes to an end in Melbourne after 112 days.
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12Italy Anti-lockdown protests in Italy turn violent with petrol bombs thrown at officers and tear gas used on crowds. Italy, one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, had introduced tough new restrictions to try and combat the second wave of the virus.
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19PolandPoland president Andrzej Duda has tested positive with the coronavirus.
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13United KingdomScotland Children of Scotland, this Halloween, stay home. That's the advice of Deputy First Minister John Swinney. But cheer up, kids! Santa Claus is comin' to town! Father Christmas can still bring you a wee gift because First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared him an essential worker.
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6United KingdomScotland From November 2, Scotland will have a five-tier system for local restrictions, ranging from level zero (nearly normal) to level four (full lockdown). Even in areas under full lockdown, schools will remain open.
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8United KingdomAccording to The Sunday Times, the UK government is planning to waive the seven-day COVID-19 quarantine rules for senior bankers, hedge fund managers and high-value executives on the grounds that they are promoting “Global Britain”.
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10United States The White House's second wave has arrived, as 5 people, including VP Pence's chief of Staff Marc Short have tested positive for coronavirus. Oh, and the 'genius' head of the coronavirus task force will not quarantine, basically claiming presidential election campaign work is 'essential'. Yeah, sure it is.
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13New Zealand Sorry, sunshine, wrong place: video of former Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters rebuking a question from a coronavirus skeptic goes viral
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16United StatesThe CARES Act covers hospital bills for un-insured COVID patients, but hospitals and health systems aren't telling that to the people who would benefit.
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6BelgiumSophie Wilmes, Belgium’s foreign minister and former prime minister, has been taken into intensive care. However she is currently in a stable condition and it is only a precaution.
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10SpainSpain has now become the sixth country to have over one million COVID-19 cases.
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21United StatesEight million Americans have slipped into poverty since the start of the pandemic.
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16Argentina Argentina becomes the fifth country in the world to have a million confirmed Covid-19 cases.
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12Ireland Ireland is set to go back under a strict lockdown, expected to last for six weeks. Schools will remain open. Otherwise, things will be a lot like they were back in March.
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11United KingdomWales Wales will have a 3 week ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown to try and curb the rising infection rate.
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13United Kingdom Retailers in the UK are warning that there may be a possible shortage of leisurewear (hoodies and sweatpants) and trainers as people are rushing out to purchase these items instead of regular workwear.
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18France French police raid senior government and health officials' homes as part of an investigation into whether or not they've been criminally negligent in their handling of the pandemic.
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11United KingdomWales Wales closes its borders to visitors from coronavirus hotspots elsewhere in the UK.
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22United StatesIn a study of 19 high-income countries since May, the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that, per capita, the number of Americans dying from the virus averages 50% higher than in all of the other studied countries. US deaths are 85% higher than in places such as Germany, Israel and Denmark and 29% higher than Sweden, which was criticized for its virus response.
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8United KingdomFlag of Ulster.svg New restrictions are to come into force in Northern Ireland. Restaurants will only be able to offer take-aways and deliveries. No alcohol will be sold after 8:00 at night. The school half-term holiday will start a week early and last for two weeks instead of one.
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20 United KingdomEngland Labour leader Keir Starmer claims the current restrictions are insufficient and urges the government to enforce a 2-3 week "circuit-break" lockdown in England to bring the virus under control.
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13 United KingdomEngland As confirmed infections skyrocket, with hospitalisations and deaths also increasing, Boris Johnson sets out the new ‘tier system’. Everywhere in England will be listed as either ‘medium’, ‘high’ or ‘very high’ and local restrictions will be made based on a cities place on the tier system. Places listed as ‘medium’ will be subject to normal national rules. Places listed as ‘high’ will be banned from allowing indoor household mixing. Places listed as ‘very high’ will have most pubs and restaurants closed, bans on household mixing (inside and outside) and places such as gyms and leisure centres will be closed. So far Liverpool is the only place listed as ‘very high’, with approximately 600 cases per 100,000 people.
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17SpainConflict between Madrid's city government and Spain's national government as Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez declares a state of emergency in Madrid in order to stop its leader Isabel Ayuso from lifting lockdown rules.
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15United KingdomScotlandMargaret Ferrier, a Scottish MP who went from London to Scotland by train when she knew she had just tested positive for the coronavirus, calls what she did a "blip" and says, "Covid makes you do things out of character." She refuses to resign as an MP even though she has been expelled from the Scottish National Party and party leader Nicola Sturgeon has urged her to quit.
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12Brazil Brazil under quarantine strain as the coronavirus cases pass five million
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19United KingdomUnited StatesSignatories to the Great Barrington Declaration on herd immunity include Dr. Harold Shipman, Dr. I.P. Freely, Dr. Johnny Bananas, Professor Notaf Uckingclue, Dr. Johnny Fartpants, at least one representative of the University of Your Mum, 18 homeopaths and a Mongolian khoomi singer.
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20United States Mitch McConnell avoids the White house these days.
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10United StatesEuropean UnionIran In defiance of European Union's humanitarian concerns, the Trump administration imposes crushing sanctions on Iran which will impact food and medicine imports
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13United StatesNew York. Jewish journalist assaulted by Orthodox Jewish mob at anti-lockdown and pro-Trump protests in Brooklyn
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22United States Add the White House's most shady resident, Stephen Miller to those that have COVID-19.
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12United KingdomScotland All pubs and restaurants will be closed across central Scotland, amid a rise in infections.
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17United StatesSome of the quacks pushing hydroxychloroquine are very upset that Donald Trump wasn't treated with it.
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17United StatesThe Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, and several other senior Pentagon figures, are self-quarantining, after a senior Coast Guard official tests positive.
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20United StatesArkansas. Arkansas Republicans held a maskless event, with Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Louie Gohmert, with tragically predictable results.
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21New Zealand New Zealand took just 3 weeks to stamp out its 3rd covid outbreak. Hardly anyone even noticed it happening as rapid tracing and quarantine measures limited it to 6 people - 1/3 the current number in the White House.
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20United KingdomPublic Health England failed to log nearly 16,000 new Covid cases, because the (pre-2007) Excel spreadsheet they were using as a database, was full. Matt Parker from StandupMaths summarizes events.
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22United StatesAdd Kayleigh McEnany to the list of people caught up in the White House super-spreader event.
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20United StatesNew Zealand da 'Mooch reckons the White House will have more Covid cases than New Zealand!
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10Brazil Approximately 6,373 families have been evicted in Brazil with 18,840 families being under threat of eviction (warning: in Portuguese)
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32United States Catastrophe - The list of people in around Trump who've tested positive continues to grow: Trump Campaign manager Bill Stepien, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins, Kellyanne Conway. EDIT (SAT, 10/3): Chris Christie, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)
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25United States Trump has been taken to Walter Reed Medical CenterWikipedia "out of an abundance of caution" following his coronavirus diagnosis.
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70United StatesTrump and Melania have COVID.
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28United States Hope Hicks, a top aide to Donald Trump, tests positive for coronavirus. Just days ago Hicks travelled with Trump on Air Force One to the Ohio TV debate, and after that to Trump's rally in Minnesota.
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15the WorldUnited Kingdom Loss of sense of smell may be a more reliable indicator of Covid-19 than cough or fever, according to new research in London. Early on in the pandemic, loss of sense of smell wasn't really seen as related to Covid, with it only being listed as an official symptom in mid-May.