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Slaying of UNC Faculty Member Launches Tense Lockdown

UNC police took a suspect into custody after a search

(Newser) - A faculty member was shot to death Monday at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, sparking an hourslong campus lockdown and a search for the suspect. Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz told students in an email that he was "devastated and saddened" by the killing of the faculty member at Caudill...

Boris Johnson, Lawmakers Spar Over COVID Parties
Boris Johnson: 'I Did Not Lie'

Boris Johnson: 'I Did Not Lie'

Lawmakers question former prime minister about parties he hosted during lockdown

(Newser) - UK lawmakers questioned Boris Johnson for more than three tense hours on Wednesday, pressing him about whether events he hosted while prime minister broke COVID lockdown rules and drawing defiant denials that he misled them. A House of Commons committee is investigating assurances Johnson made to Parliament after parties at...

Fire Kills 10 in Locked-Down Region of China

Neighbors say COVID restrictions kept fire engines at a distance

(Newser) - A fire in an apartment building in northwestern China's Xinjiang region killed 10 people and injured nine, authorities said Friday, during the stringent lockdowns that have left many residents in the area stuck in their homes for more than three months. The fire broke out Thursday night in the...

Shanghai Disney Visitors Just Got an Unpleasant Surprise

Park closed indefinitely on Monday, and guests inside can't leave till they show negative COVID test

(Newser) - An NPR headline from early Monday morning notes that, due to COVID, Shanghai Disney and its adjacent shopping community will be closed indefinitely from Halloween on forward. What that headline fails to mention is that all the visitors at the theme park when officials decided to abruptly close the gates...

They Claimed 'New World Order' on COVID; Judge Hit Them Hard

Anti-vaxxers fueled by conspiracy theories must pay Aussie federal, state gov'ts $150K in legal fees

(Newser) - Every Australian state except for one, as well as one territory and the nation's federal government, is set to recoup tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees after a federal judge ruled against an anti-vaxxer group, saying the members had failed to prove their claims that COVID mandates...

Health Officials Tried to Lock Everyone In an Ikea. Then, Chaos

Patrons bust out of Shanghai store after lockdown due to customer's close contact with COVID patient

(Newser) - Usually when it's closing time at a store, patrons calmly make their final purchases and exit. The scene was a bit more chaotic over the weekend at an Ikea in Shanghai after health authorities tried to lock everyone inside following a coronavirus report tied to one of the customers....

China Locks Down Resort City, 80K Tourists
Outbreak Strands 80K Tourists

Outbreak Strands 80K Tourists

Chinese resort city reports 263 cases in a day, prompting lockdown

(Newser) - All flights and trains out of the Chinese tropical resort city of Sanya have been canceled in response to a COVID-19 outbreak, stranding more than 80,000 tourists. A lockdown went into effect Saturday after 263 cases were confirmed, the BBC reports. Officials said tourists in Sanya, plus anyone who'...

Shanghai Prepares to Lift 2-Month Lockdown

'I could die' from happiness, resident says

(Newser) - Shanghai authorities say they will take major steps Wednesday toward reopening China's largest city after a two-month COVID-19 lockdown that has set back the national economy and largely confined millions of people to their homes. Already, a steady stream of people strolled in the Bund, the city's historic...

Zero Cars Were Sold in Shanghai Last Month

Lockdown hit city's economy hard

(Newser) - Shanghai is finally beginning to emerge from a long, harsh lockdown that was initially supposed to last only a few days—but the economic damage will take time to recover from. In what Bloomberg sees as evidence of how strict the lockdown was, not a single car was sold in...

Residents Complain About Being Fenced Off in Shanghai

Government takes down online video about conditions during COVID lockdown

(Newser) - Shanghai residents are objecting to the Chinese government's stepped-up lockdown to keep the coronavirus from spreading in the city, a campaign that now includes fencing off streets and residential buildings. "This is so disrespectful of the rights of the people inside, using metal barriers to enclose them like...

Calls for Johnson's Resignation Grow Amid 'Partygate' Update

British PM will be fined by police for breaching COVID regulations during lockdown bashes

(Newser) - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office said Tuesday that he and Rishi Sunak, the nation's Treasury chief, will be fined by police for breaching COVID-19 regulations following allegations of lockdown parties at government offices while millions in Britain were barred from meeting with friends and family, per the...

Shanghai Officials Fired Over COVID Response

Authorities say they failed to control outbreak

(Newser) - Three local officials in Shanghai have been sacked over a slack response to the COVID-19 outbreak in China’s largest city, where residents are complaining of harsh lockdown conditions leading to shortages of food and basic necessities. An official notice Friday gave no details of the allegations against the three...

Shanghai Locks Down Other Half of City

West side is locked down, but lockdowns on east side could be extended

(Newser) - About 16 million residents in Shanghai are being tested for the coronavirus during the second stage of the lockdown that shifted Friday to the western half of China's biggest city and financial capital. Meanwhile, residents of Shanghai’s eastern districts who were supposed to be released from four days...

China's Economy Slips Below a Key Threshold

Activity in manufacturing, services contract for first time since February 2020

(Newser) - The omicron variant of COVID-19 is hitting the world's second-largest economy hard. Amid efforts at containment, China's official Purchasing Managers' Index for the manufacturing sector dropped below 50 on the 100-point scale in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday, meaning activity contracted after four straight months...

Shanghai Begins Unusual Phased COVID Shutdown

City of 26M will be locked down one half at a time

(Newser) - COVID lockdowns may be nonexistent in the US these days, but not so in China: Its biggest city, Shanghai, begins a massive shutdown on Monday that will play out in two phases, reports CNBC . Those who live of east of the Huangpu River, which divides the city, will be shut...

VP Harris Landed at Joint Base Andrews. Then, 2 Intruders

Authorities say a teen with a weapon was arrested Sunday night, one person still on the loose

(Newser) - After her appearance Sunday at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to mark the 57th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," Vice President Kamala Harris flew back to the DC area, arriving at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland close to 9pm. That's when, per base officials, two intruders...

Levi's Exec Says Her COVID Views Cost Her a Job

Jennifer Sey spoke out against school lockdowns

(Newser) - A former Levi's exec is calling out her longtime employer in an essay, saying she was forced out of her job because of her views about school COVID lockdowns. In the essay on the Substack channel Common Sense , Jennifer Sey writes that she got into hot water with the...

Boris Johnson Apologizes After Scathing 'Partygate' Report
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Potential Trouble for Johnson: 300 Photos

British prime minister under fire after scathing report on Downing Street parties

(Newser) - (This file has been updated throughout with new details.) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized Monday after an inquiry concluded that Downing Street parties while Britain was in lockdown represented a “serious failure” of judgment. But Johnson brushed off calls to quit over the “partygate” scandal, promising...

DeSantis: Wish I'd Been 'Much Louder' Against Trump's COVID Move

Fla. governor says he wishes he'd spoken up to protest shutdowns in early pandemic

(Newser) - Things have started to get tense between Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump, starting when the former president appeared to call the Florida governor "gutless" this week for not admitting whether or not he'd received the COVID booster shot. Now, DeSantis is firing back, second-guessing how Trump handled things...

Woman Stuck in Blind Date's Home Due to Lockdown

Chinese woman had gone to man's home for dinner

(Newser) - In China, more than 20 million people in several cities are under strict lockdown orders—and while some people are having trouble getting enough food , the tight controls have also created some more amusing situations. In Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan province, a woman started a video diary...

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