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6-Week Lockdown Begins in City With 860 Active Cases

That's the move taken by Melbourne, Australia

(Newser) - Around 5 million Australians are now back under a strict lockdown after a resurgence in coronavirus cases in the country's second-largest city. As of midnight Wednesday, Melbourne residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential business, reports Reuters . The restrictions will be in place for at... More »

European Nation Is Back to Ordering Lockdowns

Nearly 300K people are ordered to stay at home

(Newser) - Authorities in northwestern Spain have ordered the lockdown of a county with a population of 71,000 for fears of a coronavirus outbreak, the AP reports. Regional authorities in Galicia announced Sunday that movement to and from A Mariña county located on Spain's northern Atlantic coast will be... More »

McDonald's Reacts to the Latest Coronavirus Surge

The chain won't be adding dine-in service for at least 3 weeks

(Newser) - McDonald's is hitting the brakes on its US reopening plans as the coronavirus surges across the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. The megachain issued a statement Wednesday saying restaurants won't be told to add dine-in service for the next three weeks. Takeout, delivery, and drive-thru service, however,... More »

In This State, the Party's Over

Other states and New York City are also reimposing or extending lockdowns

(Newser) - It's tough timing for California—but what can you do? On Wednesday, with July 4 around the corner, Gov. Gavin Newsom called on 19 counties to tighten their coronavirus restrictions. That means closing indoor dining at restaurants and indoor entertainment venues like arcades, bowling alleys, and movie theaters, as... More »

Trapped by Virus, Man Sails 5K Miles to Get to Elderly Parents

Juan Manuel Ballestero journeyed from Portugal on sailboat after flights into Argentina were canceled

(Newser) - When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Juan Manuel Ballestero was on the island of Porto Santo in Portugal, and the native Argentinian could've remained there indefinitely. But "I didn't want to stay like a coward on an island where there were no cases," Ballestero tells the New ... More »

We've Become Obsessed With Sourdough Vids During Lockdown

Viewership of sourdough-tied content has spiked in pandemic, and David Lynch is now a weatherman

(Newser) - During the coronavirus lockdown, have you become obsessed with watching sourdough-related content on YouTube? This may sound oddly specific, but if you fall under that umbrella, you're definitely not the only one. CNET reports that between mid-March and the end of May, the average number of daily views of... More »

New Zealand Makes an Exception for James Cameron

Director and crew given entry to nearly virus-free nation to shoot 'Avatar' sequels

(Newser) - No outsiders are generally allowed inside New Zealand these days as the nation continues its three-month-old travel ban to keep COVID-19 in check . If you're James Cameron, however, there's a little wiggle room. Bloomberg reports that the director and a 30-person crew have been bestowed with an exemption... More »

Sheriff Who Said Lockdown Was Unconstitutional Has Virus

'This line of work is inherently dangerous,' says Mark Lamb, sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona

(Newser) - An Arizona sheriff who disagreed with his governor's stay-at-home order amid the pandemic and said he wouldn't enforce it now has COVID-19 himself. Mark Lamb, the sheriff for Pinal County, made his announcement Wednesday, per the Arizona Republic . "Unfortunately, as a law enforcement official and elected leader,... More »

Fauci Has a Word About the 'Second Wave'

And researchers offer a stern word about mask-wearing

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci issued a word of calm Friday as coronavirus case numbers spiked across several US states. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said on CNN the latest uptick may not be the "second spike" many fear, but "when you start to see... More »

NYC Begins to Reopen. Now, a 'Toxic Trifecta'

The triple whammy of virus, unemployment, and systemic racism pose a new challenge for city

(Newser) - The city that never sleeps is getting back to work. New York City has been in near-total lockdown for almost three months amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it's finally reached a "turning point," entering the first phase of reopening Monday, CNBC reports. Nonessential businesses in retail, manufacturing,... More »

Staying at Home May Have Kept Virus at Bay for 60M Americans

In China, that number is estimated at 285M, per new research

(Newser) - It's been a frustrating time for millions around the world during stay-at-home orders as a result of COVID-19. But a new study suggests this wasn't all for naught, offering "fresh evidence that aggressive and unprecedented shutdowns ... were necessary to halt the exponential spread" of the virus, despite... More »

Cate Blanchett: 1, Chainsaw: Zero

Actress doing OK after lockdown accident left her with a 'little nick to the head'

(Newser) - If you've been having a hard time stuck at home during the pandemic, consider yourself lucky you haven't been attacked by a chainsaw (unless you have, in which case ... carry on). During a podcast conversation with ex-Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Cate Blanchett revealed just such a thing... More »

Kentucky Governor Hanged in Effigy

Protesters marched to governor's mansion after gun rights, anti-lockdown rally

(Newser) - Republican and Democratic leaders in Kentucky have condemned gun rights and anti-lockdown protesters who hung an effigy of Gov. Andy Beshear on the Capitol grounds near the governor's mansion in Frankfort Sunday. The effigy had a note around its neck reading "sic semper tyrannis"—"thus always... More »

Boris Johnson Stands by Lockdown Scofflaw

Aide who traveled to parents' house despite travel ban will keep his job

(Newser) - Faced with near-universal calls for the ouster of a top aide who flouted his own lockdown, Boris Johnson stood solidly with Dominic Cummings on Sunday, in what the New York Times calls a "blustery performance." "He followed the instincts of every father and every parent, and I... More »

Trump: My Drug Regimen Has Changed

The president talks about his hydroxychloroquine use in a wide-ranging interview

(Newser) - President Trump has apparently said goodbye to hydroxychloroquine. Appearing on the Sinclair Broadcast Group program Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, Trump said his regimen on the controversial drug is complete: "Finished, just finished," he said in the interview that aired Sunday, per USA Today . "And by the... More »

Fauci Issues Warning About State Lockdowns

The infectious-disease official says staying closed could cause 'irreparable damage'

(Newser) - Ditching stay-at-home orders too quickly? "Suffering and death." Imposing them for too long? "Irreparable damage." Anthony Fauci spoke Friday to CNBC about the apparent tight-rope walk state officials are facing as they loosen lockdown rules. "I don't want people to think that any of... More »

NASA Wants You for a 'Unique Adventure'

You can get paid to live for 8 months in social isolation as study for future moon, Mars missions

(Newser) - When astronauts venture to the International Space Station, they may be socially isolated from everyone else on Earth for months on end, but they're able to spread out and take part in activities that can keep them occupied during downtime. But, as BGR.com notes, with a manned mission... More »

One Week Could Have Made Big Difference in Deaths

Study suggests 36K fewer people would have died in US if guidelines went into effect earlier

(Newser) - The number of COVID-19 deaths in the US is nearing 100,000, but a new study suggests the figure would be dramatically lower if widespread social-distancing measures went into effect just one week earlier than they did, reports the New York Times . The study out of Columbia University estimates that... More »

Scientists Suggest '50/30' Approach to Reopening

As in 50 days of lockdown, followed by 30 days of easing, in a continuous cycle

(Newser) - As the world tries to figure out the right balance of safety vs. normalcy in reopening after the pandemic, a team of international researchers is suggesting a model: 50 days of strict lockdown, followed by 30 days of easing, in a continuous loop. This turned out to be the best... More »

Greenhouse Gas Numbers Are In, and They're Remarkable

Carbon dioxide emissions dropped by 17% amid pandemic, but scientists say it won't last

(Newser) - Scientists have completed the first comprehensive look at how the pandemic has affected greenhouse gas emissions, and the big stat is eye-popping. Daily emissions dropped 17% in April as nations around the world went into lockdown mode, according to the study in the Nature Climate Change journal. That figure is... More »

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