Coronavirus live news: Northern Ireland lockdown looms; leaders self-isolate after Macron falls illDecember 18, 2020
French president was ‘very likely’ infected at a European council summit; six-week lockdown looms for Northern Ireland; Biden aide tests positive
- Northern Ireland to enter six-week lockdown from Boxing Day
- French president Emmanuel Macron tests positive
To Australia (where your correspondent currently sits):
The state of Victoria has imposed a ‘traffic light’ restriction system on travellers from New South Wales from tonight.
We are very strongly advising all Victorians not to travel to Sydney. As conditions are expected to deteriorate, and you may not be able to re-enter Victoria without undertaking quarantining for 14 days.
Don’t come from Sydney if you’re planning to come to Melbourne… it won’t be a holiday. It won’t be a Christmas. It won’t be the Christmas or the holiday you were planning. The situation in NSW and Sydney is rapidly evolving.
Cases, hospitalisations, deaths all climbing in the US.
Our weekly update is published. The case data this week is mixed: hope in the Midwest is balanced by strong surges elsewhere, especially California. States reported a record high of new COVID-19 deaths for the second week in a row. https://t.co/VcVmZtu42Y pic.twitter.com/HvAAPec8fI