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Labour party leader faces police investigation over COVID gathering
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has been alleged to have broken lockdown rules at a gathering at a Durham MP's constituency office in April 2021 ahead of an election.
China's 'zero-COVID' restrictions curb May 1 holiday travel
China is sticking to a strict “zero-COVID” policy even as many other countries are easing restrictions and seeing if they can live with the virus.
UK MPs approve probe into Boris Johnson's alleged 'partygate' lies
If the inquiry by a committee of MPs finds that Johnson lied to parliament over illegal parties during Covid lockdowns, pressure will intensify for him to resign.
Shanghai allows 4 million out of homes as virus rules ease
China’s case numbers in its latest infection surge are relatively low, but the ruling party is enforcing a “zero-COVID” strategy that has shut down major cities to isolate every case.
Opposition calls UK PM's response to Partygate scandal 'a joke'
Kier Starmer labelled Boris Johnson's response to the Partygate scandal "an insult to the public" after the UK PM renewed his apology in Parliament.
UK PM Boris Johnson fined over Downing Street lockdown parties
The British prime minister and finance minister Rishi Sunak were given six fines between them for breaking the government's own COVID regulations.
Shanghai experiences its second day of lockdown
China's largest city on Tuesday entered the second day of the lockdown's first phase.
China's Jilin province tightens control to prevent virus spread
Health authorities reported 4,770 new infections across the country, the bulk in Jilin province, as the nation's "zero-COVID" strategy is confronted by an Omicron wave.
Shanghai seals off street as city battles worst virus outbreak in two years
An entire street is sealed off and many roads are empty in Shanghai as China wrestles to control the biggest virus outbreak and threat to the nation's zero-tolerance Covid strategy in two years
Dutch government to drop most COVID-19 restrictions as infections fall
Mask wearing and working from home will no longer be required.
Pressure mounts on Boris Johnson to publish delayed 'partygate' report
The PM has pledged to publish in full an official report into his team's activities which allegedly broke lockdown rules... while the delays have prompted many a joke on social media.
Why is Boris Johnson such an easy target for political cartoonists?
Following allegations of Boris Johnson's parties at Downing Street being in breach of coronavirus restrictions, it is a busy time of year for political cartoonists.
Police to investigate lockdown parties at the heart of UK government
The parties in Downing Street, which have caused outrage and sparked calls for Boris Johnson to resign, are already being investigated by a senior civil servant.
Lockdown birthday party claim increases pressure on Boris Johnson
The new allegation that a short birthday bash was held for the prime minister is the latest in a string of accusations of Downing Street gatherings that are being investigated.
New Zealand says it won't use lockdowns when Omicron spreads
“This stage of the pandemic is different to what we have dealt with before. Omicron is more transmissible," Ardern said. “That is going to make it harder to keep it out, but it will also make it more challenging to control once it arrives. But just like before, when COVID changes, we change.”
'In the name of God, go': Tory MP tells Johnson amid parties scandal
At Prime Minister's Questions, one Conservative MP defected to Labour as another called on Boris Johnson to step down.
Online child sexual abuse rose to record levels in 2021, says watchdog
Child safety experts say younger children have been relying more and more on the internet during the pandemic and this is leaving them more vulnerable to online sexual exploitation.
Johnson's office apologises to Queen for party before Philip funeral
Downing Street says the government acknowledges a lockdown-breaching party the night before the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral has caused "significant public anger".
UK PM told to resign after admitting he attended party during lockdown
Opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer accused Boris Johnson of "lying through his teeth" and called on him to "do the decent thing, and resign".
Outrage over claims Boris Johnson's office held party during lockdown
The UK prime minister faces fury over claims that Downing Street staff were invited to a 'bring your own booze' garden party, when social mixing was banned.