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‘I don’t like mandates’: Germans and Austrians on new Covid measures

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The German government has announced a lockdown for the unvaccinated and is considering making Covid vaccines mandatory, after weeks of record infections in the country and much of German-speaking Europe. In Austria, t...

From masks to clubs: how Covid measures compare across the UK

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In Wales, 2-metre social distancing will be mandatory in offices, and measures including one-way systems and physical barriers will be introduced in businesses to protect customers and staff, from 27 December. In Sco...

MPs fail to live up to hype as debate on Omicron measures underwhelms

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Maybe it was because none of the votes were really ever in doubt. Or maybe it was because the lockdown sceptics’ real beef has never been with the health secretary. It’s been with the prime minister whom they blame fo...

To live with Covid, we will still need vital public health measures

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At a time of steep rise in Covid infections, with one in 20 people in England testing positive in recent weeks and hospital admissions going up, William Hanage is right to remind us all that measures in addition to va...

Green energy measures saving households £1,000 a year – analysis

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Energy efficiency measures have already saved the average British household about £1,000 a year in energy bills, and further insulation and home improvements could halve future bills, analysis has shown. But the futur...

Spain cuts soaring energy bills with emergency measures

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Spain’s government has passed emergency measures to reduce sky-high energy bills by redirecting billions of euros in extraordinary profits from energy companies to consumers and capping increases in gas prices. In the...

England’s bars and restaurants cheer absence of new Covid measures

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Hospitality bosses have welcomed news that the government has ruled out additional Covid restrictions in England before the busy New Year’s Eve trading period. Businesses had been calling for certainty, with bars and ...

Javid advised to take ‘stringent’ Covid measures within a week, leak reveals

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Britain’s top public health officials have advised ministers that “stringent national measures” need to be imposed by 18 December to avoid Covid hospitalisations surpassing last winter’s peak, according to documents l...

Josh Frydenberg announces ‘targeted’ cost of living measures ahead of federal budget

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The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, says improved economic conditions will allow the government to deliver a “targeted” cost of living package in this month’s budget, while gradually improving the budget bottom line. In t...

No 10 accused of sidelining behaviour experts on latest Covid measures

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Senior scientific advisers have publicly accused the government of sidelining behavioural experts and appearing unwilling to listen to “uncomfortable truths” on vaccine passports and masks during the pandemic. The sci...

One in four cities cannot afford climate crisis protection measures – study

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One in four cities around the world lack the money to protect themselves against the ravages of climate breakdown, even though more than 90% are facing serious risks, according to research. Cities are facing problems ...

Coronavirus live news: Japan to expand quasi-emergency measures; Brazil ‘running out of sedatives’

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Covid cases continue to surge in Cambodia, Thailand and India; reports emerge of Brazilian health workers forced to intubate patients without sedatives; Japan to extend Covid restrictions to 10 regions

Loch Lomond: calls for safety measures after four people drown

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Urgent calls have been made for water patrols and safety warnings on Loch Lomond after four people drowned during the hot weather in Scotland. The family of a teenage girl killed there last year and a local MSP accuse...

Government faces Tory backbench revolt over plan B Covid measures

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Downing Street is facing a damaging revolt over planned Covid restrictions after dozens of Tory backbenchers threatened to rebel or abstain in fury over the proposed new rules and Boris Johnson’s handling of the Chris...

Influential rightwing Christians lead opposition to Idaho Covid measures

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The controversial rightwing Christ Church – and its pastor, Douglas Wilson – have led an uncompromising campaign of opposition to coronavirus public health measures in Idaho, revealing the church’s powerful influence ...

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