Covid-19: Lockdown for unvaccinated and charities face rising demandon November 15, 2021 at 7:39 am

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Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Monday morning.

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Monday morning. We’ll have another update for you this evening.

As Austria faces a surge in Covid cases, about two million people who have not been fully vaccinated are in lockdown. They can only leave home for certain reasons, including going to work and buying food, during the initial 10-day period. “We are not taking this step lightly but unfortunately it is necessary,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg says. With about 65% of the population fully vaccinated, the country has one of the lowest rates in western Europe.

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A rising demand for help from charities this winter has left many concerned about how they will cope, according to research shared with the BBC. Nearly two thirds of the 350 charity managers surveyed said they expected their services to be used more this winter. They put the rise down to a number of factors, including the end of the Universal Credit uplift – introduced during the pandemic. Researchers the Law Family Commission on Civil Society say charities are facing a “perfect storm” of factors, however the government has given them additional support during Covid.

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China was the first country to impose restrictions to tackle coronavirus and with an elimination policy in place it’ll probably be one of the last to ease them. So while other countries look to live with the virus, why is China trying to stamp it out? Find out here.

Medical workers take swab samples on residents in a mass Covid-19 test in the snow in Shandan county in northwest China's Gansu province Saturday, Nov. 06, 2021.

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As Covid passes are now needed to visit cinemas, theatres and concert halls as well as large-scale events and nightclubs in Wales, some are fearing the scheme could be extended further. It’s a “concerning” time for hospitality businesses, according to the Welsh Beer and Pub Association. The Welsh government says no decision on extending passes to hospitality have been made, although infection rates remain relatively high despite falling.

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It’s a hugely popular war dance and it’s performed by New Zealand’s national rugby team the All Blacks before every match but Ka Mate haka has been hijacked by anti-vaxxers. The Ngati Toa Maori tribe has told protesters in New Zealand to stop the using the famous haka, of which they are legal guardians, “immediately” after it was performed during demonstrations last week. Read more here.

Protestors perform a haka during a Freedom and Rights Coalition protest at Parliament on November 09, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand. Protesters gathered outside parliament calling for an end to Covid restrictions and vaccine mandates in New Zealand.

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Government statistics show 142,898 people have now died, with 63 deaths reported in the latest 24-hour period. In total, 9,561,099 people have tested positive, up 36,517 in the latest 24-hour period. Latest figures show 8,652 people in hospital. In total, 50,557,065 people have received their first vaccination

As Covid passes are now needed to go to cinemas, theatres and concert halls in Wales, do you know what the rules are in the other nations? Remind yourself here.

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