CNN: University of Michigan students given immediate stay-at-home order amid a spike in Covid-19 cases

CNN: University of Michigan students given immediate stay-at-home order amid a spike in Covid-19 cases. “All University of Michigan undergraduate students are now under an emergency stay-in-place order, after data shows that Covid-19 cases among Michigan students represents more than 60% of all local cases. The order came from the Washtenaw County Health Department on Tuesday, and is set to continue until November 3.”

Coronavirus in Australia: Victoria to ease lockdown as cases fall (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus in Australia: Victoria to ease lockdown as cases fall. “Officials are easing tight coronavirus restrictions in the state of Victoria after more than 100 days of lockdown. From Monday, people will be able to travel further and meet up with more friends without a time limit on how long they spend outside the home. But strict measures remain in place for restaurants and retailers, limiting them to takeaway and delivery options.”

Washington Post: Crime rose unevenly when stay-at-home orders lifted. The racial disparity is the widest in years.

Washington Post: Crime rose unevenly when stay-at-home orders lifted. The racial disparity is the widest in years.. “A Washington Post analysis of 27 cities showed the rolling rate of violent crime in majority-White neighborhoods fell by 30 percent while stay-at-home orders were in effect, dipping to its lowest point in two years. Once the orders were lifted, violent crime in those neighborhoods returned to pre-pandemic levels, but stayed below average when compared with 2018 and 2019. In majority-Black neighborhoods, the rate of violence remained relatively steady while stay-at-home orders were in effect, but rose dramatically after orders were lifted, peaking at 133 crimes per 100,000 residents in July, the highest level in the past three years.”

Covid: Tighter rules kick in for millions in England (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Tighter rules kick in for millions in England. “Millions of people have seen Covid-19 rules tighten as areas have moved up England’s new three-tier alert system. London and York are among those moving up to tier two, meaning people cannot mix with other households indoors. A stalemate continues between Greater Manchester’s local leaders and central government over stricter new measures.”

Coronavirus: Northern Ireland set to impose ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown for four weeks (Sky News)

Sky News: Coronavirus: Northern Ireland set to impose ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown for four weeks. “Northern Ireland is set to become the first part of the UK to impose a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown. Tighter restrictions will be in place for four weeks – with schools closing for two of them, Sky News understands.”

Coronavirus: ‘Rolling lockdowns’ will become norm in Wales (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: ‘Rolling lockdowns’ will become norm in Wales. “People in Wales should “get ready” for rolling lockdowns over the winter months, Wales’ chief medical officer has said. Dr Frank Atherton said Wales could be ‘going in and out of those restrictions over the next few months’. Local lockdown areas now cover 2.3 million people living in Wales.”

Coronavirus: Health experts join global anti-lockdown movement (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Health experts join global anti-lockdown movement. “Thousands of scientists and health experts have joined a global movement warning of “grave concerns” about Covid-19 lockdown policies. Nearly 6,000 experts, including dozens from the UK, say the approach is having a devastating impact on physical and mental health as well as society. They are calling for protection to be focused on the vulnerable, while healthy people get on with their lives.”

NY1: Mayor Proposes Shutting Schools and Non-Essential Businesses in 9 NYC Zip Codes Battling COVID-19 Uptick

NY1: Mayor Proposes Shutting Schools and Non-Essential Businesses in 9 NYC Zip Codes Battling COVID-19 Uptick. “Mayor Bill de Blaiso Sunday proposed shutting down schools and non-essential businesses in nine zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens starting Wednesday due to an uptick in coronavirus cases in those areas. The move requires state approval.”

Coronavirus: Spain imposes partial lockdown on defiant Madrid (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Spain imposes partial lockdown on defiant Madrid. “More than three million people in Madrid have had new restrictions imposed on their lives as Spain tries to control the most serious second wave of Covid-19 infections in Europe. From this weekend, people can travel outside their home districts for essential journeys only. Bars and restaurants cannot serve after 22:00. And a maximum of six people are permitted to meet in any setting.”

Covid-19: Hundreds protest against localised Madrid lockdowns (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: Hundreds protest against localised Madrid lockdowns. “Hundreds of residents in some poorer areas of the Spanish capital Madrid have protested against what they call discrimination ahead of new lockdown measures to stem a rise in Covid-19. The curbs on movement and gatherings start on Monday and affect 850,000 people, many in areas of lower income and with higher immigrant populations.”

Associated Press: Experts worry as US virus restrictions are eased or violated

Associated Press: Experts worry as US virus restrictions are eased or violated. “State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social-distancing rules again after an abortive effort over the summer, allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to open. Fans are gathering mask-free at football games. President Donald Trump is holding crowded indoor rallies. While some Americans may see such things as a welcome step closer to normal, public health experts warn the U.S. is setting itself up for failure — again.”

Coronavirus: Israel marks Jewish New Year with second lockdown (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Israel marks Jewish New Year with second lockdown. “Rosh Hashanah is traditionally a time for big, family get-togethers. But under the new three-week lockdown, Israelis must stay within 1km (0.6 miles) of their homes, with exceptions, and the number of people allowed in synagogues has been greatly reduced.”

Coronavirus: Israeli minister resigns over plans for second lockdown (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Israeli minister resigns over plans for second lockdown. “An Israeli cabinet minister has resigned in protest against plans to impose a second national lockdown. Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman said the restrictions would prevent Jewish people from celebrating religious festivals later this month. The lockdown is due to come into force on Friday, the Jewish new year, and affect Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, on 27 September.”

Phys .org: Lockdown did not reduce ‘most harmful’ type of air pollution in Scotland

Phys .org: Lockdown did not reduce ‘most harmful’ type of air pollution in Scotland. “The significant reduction in vehicle journeys during the COVID-19 lockdown did not reduce the level of toxic fine particles in Scotland’s air, according to experts at the University of Stirling. Analysis of fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) in the first month of restrictions found little change—despite a 65 percent reduction in the number of vehicles on the country’s roads.”