Germany eyes tougher curbs as infection rate soars

Germany’s incoming coalition parties unveiled fresh proposals on Monday to fight the country’s COVID resurgence, as the weekly rate of new coronavirus infections hit an all-time high. Germany registered an incidence rate of 201.1 new cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said,…

As lockdown ended, Nik’s anxiety about his body returned

For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here. The closer he inched toward lockdown ending, the more Nik Mitchell’s anxiety grew. The 27-year-old musician, from Abbotsford in Melbourne, has struggled with disordered eating and over-exercise throughout his 20s, and while he was in a better place in early 2020,…

China virus cases rise as Delta variant challenges Beijing

China’s coronavirus cases hit a seven-month high on Tuesday, after a cluster at a test site drove up numbers as the Delta variant challenges Beijing’s grip on the pandemic. State media has described the current outbreak—which has sparked local lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions—as the most severe since the…

Curfews return in Spain as infections soar in young people

Spanish regions are bringing back curfews as well as restrictions on socializing and nightlife to contain a sharp rise in coronavirus infections as the fast-spreading delta variant races through the country’s unvaccinated young people. Catalonia and Valencia, two Mediterranean coast regions with major virus outbreaks, are limiting social gatherings to…

Oslo tightens up anti-Covid measures as cases rise

The Norwegian capital Oslo on Monday announced tougher measures to stem the spread of coronavirus, closing secondary schools and restricting the number of visitors to homes, as COVID case numbers rise. Of particular concern to the municipality is the spread of the more contagious British variant of the disease. A…