MacCallum pushes back against Fauci claim of misinterpreted lockdown threats


Fox News host Martha MacCallum pushed back against National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci Wednesday after he claimed that the public has been “misunderstanding” the threat of additional lockdowns.

In an interview on “The Story”, Fauci was asked to respond to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who accused Fauci Tuesday of ignoring the data surrounding school closures and low coronavirus transmission rates among children.

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“First of all, that is totally incorrect that I refused to look at the data. I looked at all the data,” Fauci said. “And I have been saying for a considerable period of time that we should have as our default position getting the children back to school or keeping them in school.”

Fauci said he believes there is a “misunderstanding” surrounding the term “lockdown,” arguing that “when you 

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Lockdown loneliness may worsen Parkinson’s disease symptoms


Social isolation during the coronavirus pandemic may worsen Parkinson’s symptoms, researchers report.

They gathered five years of information on the social and emotional well-being, diet and physical activity of 1,500 Parkinson’s disease patients. They were most recently surveyed in December 2019.

Those who reported feeling the loneliest got less exercise, were less likely to have a healthy diet, and had a lower quality of life, according to the study published recently in the journal NPJ Parkinson’s Disease.

“That surprised us,” said study author Dr. Indu Subramanian, a neurologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the Southwest Veteran Affairs Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers.

“One of the most detrimental things is actually being lonely,” she said in a university news release.

The negative effect of loneliness on Parkinson’s disease symptom severity was as large as the positive effect from exercise, according to Subramanian.

She noted

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Dibsy reveals he’s struggled to maintain 20 stone weight loss over lockdown


Obese Dibsy, 28, who lost 20st in a year reveals he has ‘massively struggled’ to maintain his weight loss after the Covid-19 lockdown had huge ‘effect mentally’ on him

  • Darren McClintock, 28, from Middlesborough, weighed 40st at his heaviest
  • He enlisted the help of personal trainer Mike Hind, who helped him lose 20 st 
  • Mike encouraged weight loss by putting up posters banning him from takeaways
  • Dibsy admitted his weight has crept on while struggling to cope with lockdown  

A man who lost a staggering 20 stone in just 12 months has revealed the weight has crept back on after his world was ‘turned upside down’ by the Covid-19 lockdown.’  

Darren ‘Dibsy’ McClintock, 28, from Middlesbrough, hit the headlines last year when it emerged he weighed 40 stone before dropping half of

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England’s coronavirus cases fell by roughly 30% during lockdown


Coronavirus cases dropped by around 30% in England during the country’s second national lockdown, researchers say.



a group of people walking down the street: Pedestrians wearing masks pass a Christmas tree in Covent Garden in central London on November 22, during England's four-week national lockdown.


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Pedestrians wearing masks pass a Christmas tree in Covent Garden in central London on November 22, during England’s four-week national lockdown.

Swab tests on more than 105,000 people showed that Covid-19 infections are declining in England, according to an interim report from the Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT) program.

The report includes results from home coronavirus tests taken between November 13 and 24, and shows that “an estimated 0.96% of England’s population has the virus, or around 1 in 100 people.”

“This is roughly a 30% drop in the number of infections compared with previous findings, where more than 1 in 80 or 1.3% of people had the virus as of 2nd November,” according to the researchers from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI.

The four-week national lockdown

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Covid infections in England down by nearly a third since second lockdown


Coronavirus infections in England have fallen by nearly a third since the country entered its second lockdown, swab tests on 105,000 volunteers have shown.



a city street: Photograph: Jacob King/PA


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Photograph: Jacob King/PA

There was a 30% drop in cases across the country over almost a fortnight this month, with 96 people infected per 10,000 between 13-24 November, down from 132 per 10,000 between 26 October and 2 November.

The R number, which shows the level of transmission, is now 0.88. Any figure above 1 means the virus is growing exponentially.

The findings, from the government-funded React mass surveillance study, have been welcomed as proof that both the England-wide lockdown that began on 5 November, and the system of different tiered restrictions that preceded it, succeeded in reducing transmission of the virus.



a city street: A quiet Pershore Street in Birmingham.


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A quiet Pershore Street in Birmingham.

The proportion of people infected in the English areas

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In Canada, a Push to Keep Schools Open in Second Lockdown


He added, “Schools should be the very last thing to close.”

As a vast country with strong regional governments, back-to-school plans in September varied nationwide. For instance, in Quebec all elementary and high school students were required to attend classes in person, with masks required for grade 5 and up. In Alberta, children could return to school physically, or continue to attend online.

In the largest province, Ontario, masked high school students attend smaller classes in person, but only every other day — and often for just a few hours. Meanwhile, younger students are crowded into classes with no additional spacing between desks and, in some cases, no mandatory masks. That prompted protests and petitions by students and parents, criticism by epidemiologists and other experts, and a court case launched by four teachers’ unions, who were concerned their members would be put at risk. Newspapers carried stories about parents creating

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No ‘Free for All’ After Lockdown Ends: PM

An updated three-tier system of restrictions will be implemented in England after the current national lockdown ends on 2 December, the Prime Minister announced today.

The new regime will mean that people will be able to leave their home for any purpose, and meet others in outdoor public spaces, subject to the ‘rule of six’.

Weddings and outdoor sports will be able to resume, and shops, gyms, and the wider leisure sector can reopen.

Addressing the Commons by video link from Downing Street, Boris Johnson warned the Government was “not going to replace national measures with a free for all”. Instead, there would be “a regional, tiered approach, applying the toughest measures where COVID is most prevalent”.

He told MPs that:

  • People in tier 1 should work from home wherever

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Can you travel for exercise in lockdown? Covid restrictions around keeping fit outdoors in England, explained




a person riding on the back of a park: People will be encouraged to exercise outside again as England enters a second lockdown (Photo: Getty)


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People will be encouraged to exercise outside again as England enters a second lockdown (Photo: Getty)

Gyms and leisure centres have closed their doors for a second time this year, as England went into a month-long lockdown in November.

This means people will have to brave the winter weather and exercise outdoors for at least the next four weeks.

Here is everything you need to know about where you can exercise, how far you can travel to get there, and who you can go with.

Where can I exercise during lockdown?

The rules state that you can exercise outdoors during lockdown. They do not give a time limit for how long you can exercise for, but do say you should “minimise time spent outside your home”.

Outdoor public places include:

  • Neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, and the countryside
  • Public gardens and grounds (whether or not you
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South Australia to Lift Lockdown Early, Allow Outdoor Exercise


The original six-day lockdown that began Thursday will end at midnight Saturday.

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South Australia will lift its lockdown early and immediately allow outdoor exercise after fears authorities were dealing with an extremely infectious strain of the virus proved unfounded.

The state was plunged into one of the strictest lockdowns in the world on Thursday, after contact tracers believed a man became infected after buying a takeaway pizza. It turns out he lied to contact tracers, and had worked at the restaurant and been in close contact with another infected worker for several shifts.

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Adelaide on Friday. The original six-day lockdown that began Thursday will end at midnight Saturday.

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Authorities were “operating on a premise that this person had simply gone to a pizza shop, very short exposure and walked away with having contracted the virus,” Police Commissioner

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Australian state starts ‘circuit breaker’ coronavirus lockdown; limits movement, bans outside exercise


A region in Australia is returning to early coronavirus pandemic days after a six-day lockdown began midnight Wednesday, bringing an entire community to a standstill amid a new virus cluster.

The state of South Australia implemented a “circuit breaker” lockdown in an attempt to quash a COVID-19 outbreak that grew to 22 infections this week in the state capital Adelaide. The strict measures closed schools, universities, bars and cafes.

“We are going hard and we are going early,” Premier Steven Marshall said Wednesday. “Time is of the essence.”

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A lone man walks in a nearly empty pedestrian mall in Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. South Australia state, which includes the city of Adelaide, is in a six-day lockdown as schools, universities, bars and cafes closed from Thursday and only one person from each household will be allowed to leave home each day, and only for specific reasons. (David Mariuz/AAP Image via AP)

A lone man walks in a nearly empty pedestrian mall in Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. South Australia state, which includes the city of Adelaide, is in a six-day lockdown as schools, universities, bars and cafes closed from Thursday and only one person from each household will be allowed

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