New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel from NSW over two Sydney Covid cases

New Zealand will pause quarantine-free travel from New South Wales from midnight Thursday (NZST), after two community Covid cases were detected in Sydney. The NZ Covid response minister, Chris Hipkins, told reporters the suspension would initially last 48 hours, while the source of infection in the two Sydney cases was investigated. Hipkins said the pause would be “under constant […]

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Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced. The prince married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen, and was the longest-serving royal consort in British history. A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the […]

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Covid-19: Italy begins strict Easter lockdown

Italy has entered a strict three-day lockdown to try and prevent a surge in Covid-19 cases over Easter. All regions are now in the “red zone” – the highest tier of restrictions – as the country battles a third wave, with about 20,000 new cases a day. Non-essential movement is banned, but people are allowed […]

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Italians prepare for a widespread lockdown on Monday.

Italians enjoyed the last weekend outdoors before three-quarters of the population entered into a strict lockdown on Monday, when the government puts in place restrictive measures to fight the rise in coronavirus infections. A more contagious variant first identified in the United Kingdom, combined with a slow vaccine rollout, led to a 15 percent increase […]

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