Fines for house parties introduced in England as restrictions tighten
24 January 2021 | 4:37 pm
British Home secretary Priti Patel announces £800 house party fine, which will double for each repeat offence to a maximum level of £6,400. These fines will apply to those who attend "illegal gatherings of more than 15 people in homes".
The UK's Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle said no one is above the law and encouraged lawmakers to speak to him after a senior Conservative lawmaker accused the British government of intimidation on Thursday.
People arriving in England from abroad will no longer have to take Covid-19 tests if they have been vaccinated, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, ahead of an expected announcement.
Denmark is lifting restrictions it had imposed to try to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials in Beijing are reporting more cases around the Olympics, just days before the Games open.
Throngs of revellers filled The Levels bar in Uganda's capital Kampala, dancing to live music and ordering bottle service to their tables. It was a Monday night. Bars and night clubs have reopened nearly two years after the government shut them and banned other of forms of entertainment, part of strict measures to contain COVID-19.
Denmark, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom have lifted most pandemic restrictions despite soaring numbers of infections, but countries such as Germany and Austria have opted to maintain them. DW's Emmanuelle Chaze reports.
Russian airstrikes target a military base near Poland's border with Ukraine in what many papers see as Russia's direct threat to the US-led NATO alliance. Also, Russia asks China for economic and military assistance as Beijing faces pressure to clarify where it stands in the war in Ukraine. Finally, a British minister suggests seizing oligarch's homes to rehouse Ukrainian refugees and American footballer Tom Brady is “unretiring”!
Chancellor Olaf Scholz has pointed to declining hospitalization and death rates as evidence it's time for "a new phase of the pandemic." State leaders have accused him of making unilateral decisions.
The Bundestag lifted the requirement to wear a mask in most places, despite a record number of coronavirus infections. The move has been criticized by the opposition Christian Democatic Union.
European countries such as Germany and Britain are now seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases from the more transmissible BA2 omicron variant. Meanwhile, Indonesia eased rules for tourists.
South Africa has eased rules on travel to the country, where the omicron variant was first identified in November. Meanwhile, China's most-populous city, Shanghai, reports record COVID-19 cases.
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