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Jan. 25 Coronavirus updates: California lifts stay-at-home order and curfew statewide

January 25 news on the coronavirus pandemic. California ended its statewide stay-at-home order and curfew, returning to a county-by-county restriction system.
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A sign advising people to get a Covid-19 test is displayed in a park as snow falls in west London Sunday, as the capital experiences a rare covering of snow.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP - Getty Images

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The virus has killed more than 422,000 people and infected upward of 25 million across the U.S., according to an NBC News tracker.



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Israel begins vaccinating students ages 16-18

Israel has begun vaccinating students between the ages of 16-18 in a bid to enable them to take their exams.

The announcement from the health ministry that the vaccination program was opening up to some school pupils came last week and one Israeli health plan told NBC News it had started administering doses Sunday.

The development comes as Israel decided to halt passenger flights to and from the country from midnight Monday to Jan. 31.

Anti-lockdown protests turn violent in the Netherlands, 240 arrested

Clashes broke out in several Dutch cities over the introduction of new nationwide lockdown measures Sunday, resulting in more than 240 arrests, according to police and local media.

Police used water cannons, dogs and mounted officers to disperse a protest in central Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon, according to eyewitnesses. Nearly 200 people, some of them throwing stones and fireworks, were detained in the city.

A car on fire in front of the train station in Eindhoven Sunday, after a rally by several hundreds of people against a Covid-19 lockdown.ROB ENGELAAR / AFP - Getty Images

One of the demonstrations took place in Amsterdam’s Museum Square, violating a ban on public gatherings. The violent protests were prompted by tougher social distancing measures, announced by the government. The new nationwide measures include a nightly curfew for the first time since World War II. 

Dutch military police said in a tweet that they were deployed to at least two additional cities in the south to support local law enforcement and contain the violence.

Israel bans international flights amid fears of new variants

Israel is set to stop all international travel from Monday night as it seeks to prevent the spread of new coronavirus variants.

The flight ban will come into effect at midnight and last until the end of the month, according to a statement released by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office.

"Other than rare exceptions, we are closing the sky hermetically to prevent the entry of the virus variants and also to ensure that we progress quickly with our vaccination campaign," Netanyahu said in public remarks at the start of a Cabinet meeting.

Exceptions for departures include emergency medical evacuations and attending a funeral overseas of a close relative.

The country's borders have already largely been closed to foreigners during the pandemic, with only Israeli passport holders allowed entry.

 

Mexican President López Obrador tests positive for Covid-19

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday that he had tested positive for Covid-19. His symptoms were light and he was receiving medical treatment, he said.

"As always, I am optimistic," said López Obrador, 67, who has resisted wearing a mask.

Mexico is in the grip of a second wave of the pandemic, and it has the fourth-highest death toll worldwide. The Health Ministry on Sunday reported 10,872 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 530 deaths, bringing its totals to 1,763,219 infections and 149,614 deaths.

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