COVID-19: How are other countries reacting to cases and deaths rising?


With Ireland in the middle of Lockdown III, were all once again being reunited with Zoom quizzes, virtual office meetings and the wonders that are on Netflix.


We can only travel within 5km for exercise and urgent reasons, and banana bread will soon become as popular as it was last year.


But how are other countries dealing with second or third spikes of the coronavirus?


England


People in England must stay at home and only go out for certain reasons.


It is illegal to leave home without a "reasonable excuse".


If you don't have one, police can fine you 200 for a first offence - doubling for further offences up to a maximum of 6,400.


Scotland


Like Ireland, the Scots have their own tiered restriction levels - from zero to four.


Mainland Scotland (and the isles of Skye, Arran, Bute and Gigha) have moved to "enhanced level four" until at least the end of January.


People should only leave home for essential reasons such as caring responsibilities, essential shopping, exercise or seeing their extended household.


China


The COVID-19 virus which began in Wuhan was tamed quickly after the inital spread.


However, another lockdown, introduced in Beijing over the weekend, imposed strict measures.


Residents in the Shunyi district of the Chinese capital will be under closed management .


That means that they will be barred from leaving their residential areas until everyone has been COVID tested.


In other lockdowns in China, only one member of each household was permitted to leave their home every couple of days to collect necessary supplies.


Australia


Generally, Australia has coped quite well - bar one state.


South Australia imposed one of the toughest ever COVID lockdowns in November after a cleaner in a quarantine hotel in Adelaide infected 23 other people.


The state-wide measures meant that most people werent allowed to even step out of their homes, not even for exercising or walking their pets.


Only one designated family member was allowed to leave the house, and only once a day for essential work.


Germany


Germany are in the middle of a similar lockdown as we have here.


Residents in areas with a seven-day infection rate of more than 200 cases per 100,000 people will be banned from travelling 9.3 miles from their homes without a valid reason.


Non-essential shops and services are to remain closed, and employers are encouraged to let their staff work from home where possible.


Schools and day care centres have been largely closed, with remote learning for students.


Anyone arriving in Germany from a high-risk area must submit two negative Covid tests, with a minimum five-day quarantine period between the tests.


However, it could last a hell of a lot longer.


If we do not manage to stop this British virus, then we will have 10-times the number of cases by Easter, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.


Japan


Japan had been in control of the virus until recently.


On Friday Japans Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a month-long state of emergency for the capital Tokyo, during which time bars and restaurants must stop serving alcohol by 7pm and all businesses must close by 8pm.


A nighttime lockdown curfew also means people must not not leave their homes after 8pm.


There are less than 200 days until the country hosts the Olympic Games.


Argentina


The South American country brought in one of the longest lockdowns when the virus first broke out last year.


Buenos Aires, their capital, was shut down from March 15 to November 8.


Schools and businesses shut and tough penalties for anyone who couldnt justify being outside.


People over 70 were required to carry a special permit to circulate around the city, which was only valid for one day.


Permissions were only granted for the collection of pensions or for medical treatment.


Now, in order to stop a second spike, anationwide ban on driving between 11pm and 5am was announced last week