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Airbnb to close in China amid repeated Covid lockdowns

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Airbnb is closing down its business inside China indefinitely, as the country’s zero-Covid policy, lockdowns and travel restrictions continue. On Tuesday Airbnb told its China-based users it would cease taking all boo...

Ukraine war and China lockdowns drive fastest UK price rises in years

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The cost of household goods such as toys, furniture and clothing is rising by the fastest rate in more than 15 years as the impact of the war in Ukraine combines with Covid lockdowns in China. Non-food inflation accel...

China’s lockdowns will help lessen global oil demand, predicts IEA

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Draconian lockdown measures introduced in China to combat outbreaks of Covid-19 mean global oil demand will not be as high as expected, the International Energy Agency has said, helping cushion the impact of the dwind...

Two years on, what have we learned about lockdowns? – podcast

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Over the past two years, countries around the world have shut down their societies in last-ditch efforts to contain the pandemic. Some, like China, have enforced strict lockdowns as part of a zero Covid strategy. Othe...

How Covid lockdowns triggered record rainfall in China

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China’s record-breaking rainfall during summer 2020 was linked to Covid lockdowns, research suggests. Hundreds of people died and millions were evacuated as unprecedented rains fell over heavily populated regions of e...

IMF warns China over cost of Covid lockdowns

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China, the world’s second largest economy, should review its zero-tolerance approach to the pandemic or risk damaging the global recovery, according to the head of International Monetary Fund. Kristalina Georgieva sai...

Covid lockdowns may have increased UK terrorism threat, says security minister

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The terrorism threat to the UK may have been made worse by Covid lockdowns, a security minister has suggested. Damian Hinds, the MP for East Hampshire who became security minister in August, told the Daily Telegraph t...

Boris Johnson pressed to say if there were parties in his flat during lockdowns

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Boris Johnson is under growing pressure to confirm whether parties were held in his Downing Street flat in defiance of Covid rules during last year’s lockdowns. The prime minister’s former adviser, Dominic Cummings, c...

Wales: 14 schools to add hour a day to help pupils catch up after lockdowns

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A number of schools in Wales are extending their day by an hour to try to help youngsters catch up after Covid lockdowns. The Welsh government will invest up to £2m on the trial, allowing 14 primaries and secondaries ...

School lockdowns risk more cases like Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, says Ofsted head

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The head of the Ofsted schools inspectorate has said England risks a repeat of cases such as Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, the six-year-old abused and murdered in his own home last year, if schools and social services are di...

Biden advises ‘concern, not panic’ over Omicron and says no to lockdowns

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Joe Biden on Monday said the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus was a “cause for concern, not a cause for panic”, as the US implemented restrictions on travel from South Africa and several other countries. In rem...

No school, no hair cut: one girl’s journey through one of the world’s longest Covid lockdowns

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When she finally cut her hair, Antonella Bordon had trouble sleeping. At the age of 12, her first haircut meant more to her than a simple change of style. For most of her childhood, Bordon’s silky hair ran all the way...

‘I just want to go back to normality’: how repeated lockdowns changed our hair habits

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In the middle of Melbourne’s sixth lockdown, I decided I needed to do something about my hair. With the chances of restrictions easing looking less and less likely, I caved and ordered a tube of toner that my hairdres...

Nurses and shop staff in UK face tide of abuse since end of lockdowns

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People in public-facing jobs are facing rising hostility and verbal abuse since the end of the Covid lockdowns, according to organisations which represent them. Half of all shop, transport, restaurant and hotel worker...

‘Nastier than ever’: have Covid lockdowns helped fuel online hate?

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The coronavirus pandemic has been punctuated by outbursts of online hate that have had real-world consequences. The most alarming examples are the 6 January riot in Washington, which was spurred by rightwing groups or...

How Melbourne’s ‘short, sharp’ Covid lockdowns became the longest in the world

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It has been a long 19 months in Melbourne. As of Tuesday 5 October, Australia’s second-largest city will have been in lockdown for 246 days – overtaking Buenos Aires as the city that has spent the most cumulative days...

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