Canceling dinner reservations could now have ‘devastating’ effects for a restaurant

As countries come out of lockdown, pub and restaurant owners have a simple plea for punters: honor your bookings. Drinkers and diners who fail to cancel before blowing off a reservation were estimated to cost the British hospitality industry £16 billion ($22.2 billion) in 2019. Now, after more than a year of diminished trade, what… Continue reading Canceling dinner reservations could now have ‘devastating’ effects for a restaurant

India’s Crusade To Save Babies And Moms In The Pandemic

Ezhil Arasi Kumar was 8 weeks pregnant and due for her first prenatal visit — which would include an ultrasound scan. But she didn’t go. Her appointment had been scheduled around the time when India’s 21-day lockdown began, with little notice, on the eve of March 24, 2020. Not a single private hospital was open… Continue reading India’s Crusade To Save Babies And Moms In The Pandemic

Midnight drinkers flock to Britain’s beloved pubs as lockdown eases

The U.K. has eased its lockdown further with the reopening of non-essential shops and perhaps the most keenly-missed social hotspot — pubs — able to welcome customers to their gardens again on Monday. Hairdressers, beauty and nail salons and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas are now allowed to reopen and overnight stays… Continue reading Midnight drinkers flock to Britain’s beloved pubs as lockdown eases

Wanted man picks jail over spending more time on lockdown with his housemates

A wanted man gave himself up to police to get away from his housemates during lockdown, an officer has revealed. The suspect, who was wanted on recall to prison, had become so sick of the people he was living with that he told police he would rather be in jail. Initially, the man broke off… Continue reading Wanted man picks jail over spending more time on lockdown with his housemates

New Zealand City Goes Back Into Lockdown After New Coronavirus Cases Detected

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 14: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses media quesitons during a COVID-19 press conference on February 14, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand. Auckland is now at Level three with the rest of the country on level two. Three new locally acquired COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Auckland on Sunday with genomic testing underway to confirm if the cases are linked to any of the more infectious coronavirus strains. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty Images)

After three members of a family in New Zealand’s largest city tested positive for the coronavirus, the city of Auckland has gone into lockdown — and the entire country is on high alert. In a televised address Sunday evening, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country is taking a “precautionary approach that has served us… Continue reading New Zealand City Goes Back Into Lockdown After New Coronavirus Cases Detected

Wuhan’s Lockdown Memories One Year Later: Pride, Anger, Deep Pain

A woman wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus walk in a park along Yangtze River in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on January 19, 2021. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

A year ago, on January 23, 2020, China imposed an absolute lockdown in the Chinese city of Wuhan. For more than two months, nearly all of its 11 million residents could not leave their apartments. Anyone displaying symptoms was taken to hastily-built quarantine centers to prevent family infections. The legacy of the lockdown has splintered… Continue reading Wuhan’s Lockdown Memories One Year Later: Pride, Anger, Deep Pain

Federal Prisons On Lockdown Because Of ‘Current Events’

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. All federal prisons in the United States have been placed on lockdown, with officials aiming to quell any potential violence that could arise behind bars as law enforcement prepares for potentially violent protests across the country in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Authorities are locking down all federal prisons as the country braces for potential violence leading into Wednesday’s swearing-in of President-elect Joe Biden. The lockdown was announced early Saturday morning. A statement from the Bureau of Prisons does not specify the length of the lockdown but says the agency was securing all of its facilities as… Continue reading Federal Prisons On Lockdown Because Of ‘Current Events’

NEWSCOVID-19: Nigerian govt clears air on another total lockdown from next week

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has told Nigerians to ignore rumours of fresh lockdown alert in circulation on social media. PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, said this in a short video released on Thursday. The rumour started following the emergence of a purported WhatsApp message from a member of the PTF, which… Continue reading NEWSCOVID-19: Nigerian govt clears air on another total lockdown from next week

NEWSNigerian govt to impose fresh nationwide lockdown as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

The Federal Government has said it will be left with no option than to impose a fresh lockdown in the country if the number of COVID-19 infections continues to spike. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVIF-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this on Friday during a media briefing in Abuja. Aliyu said… Continue reading NEWSNigerian govt to impose fresh nationwide lockdown as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

COVID-19: It’s difficult to talk about another lockdown — Gov Lalong

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau says it is difficult to talk about another lockdown  as states strive to contain the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lalong spoke with State House correspondents after a private meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The governor said that he contracted and… Continue reading COVID-19: It’s difficult to talk about another lockdown — Gov Lalong