WHO Says COVID-19 Still an International Emergency

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said that COVID-19 continues to constitute a public health emergency of international concern, its highest form of alert, reports the Straits Times.

Public health emergency of international concern

The pandemic was likely in a “transition point” that continues to need careful management to “mitigate the potential negative consequences”, the agency added in a statement.

It is three years since the WHO first declared that COVID...

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Should China Worry About Its Declining Population?

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China’s population has fallen for the first time in six decades, official statistics revealed earlier this week – but this trend may not spell doom for the country in the short term, reports BBC.

Beyond 2030, however, demographic stress will be a drag on growth in what is currently the world’s second-largest economy.

China is getting old before it gets rich

The number of Chinese people fell by 850,000 from the previous year to 1.4118 billion, the statistics showed. Its...

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China Reports 60,000 Covid Deaths Since Early December

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China says 60,000 people have died of Covid since early December, according to a news article published in the CNN.

60,000 people have died of Covid in China

Close to 60,000 people have died of Covid in China since the country abruptly abandoned its tight “zero-Covid” policy in early December, a medical official from the National Health Commission (NHC) told a press conference in Beijing on Saturday.

Jiao Yahui, head of the NHC’s medical affairs department, said China...

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China Reports 60,000 Covid Deaths Since Early December

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China says 60,000 people have died of Covid since early December, according to a news article published in the CNN.

60,000 people have died of Covid in China

Close to 60,000 people have died of Covid in China since the country abruptly abandoned its tight “zero-Covid” policy in early December, a medical official from the National Health Commission (NHC) told a press conference in Beijing on Saturday.

Jiao Yahui, head of the NHC’s medical affairs department, said China...

https://mfame.guru/china-reports-60000-covid-deaths-since-early-december/

Why COVID’s XBB.1.5 ‘Kraken’ Variant is So Contagious?

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A new, rapidly spreading variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID, means a rise in new infections could be around the corner. And while it likely won’t skirt immunity completely, the variant could dodge some of our defenses thanks to a mutational boost, reports Scientific American.

The most contagious strain

XBB.1.5—unofficially nicknamed “Kraken” by some scientists online—is an Omicron subvariant that has caught the attention of virologists in...

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Pentagon Rescinds COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, Questions Remain for Separated Sailors

Seaman Apprentice Johnnese Poomaihealani, from Waianae, Hawaii, receives a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot during a shot event in the foc’sle aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Jan. 3, 2022. US Navy Photo

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin officially rescinded the COVID-19 vaccine mandate Tuesday evening in a memo, stopping any more military separations due to refusal to get the shot series.

Congress, through the National Defense Authorization Act 2023, ordered the Department of Defense to...

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China’s New Covid Surge Cripples Important Global Factories & Ports

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  • Freight booking cancellations are increasing at the ports of Shanghai and Shenzhen as “factories cannot operate properly due to a lot of workers getting Covid.”
  • Congestion is also building off of the Ports of Ningbo and Qingdao as well, per Chinese logistics company HLS.
  • Logistics managers are warning of very soft volume after the Lunar New Year with canceled or delayed bookings for the 2nd half of January and early February.

The surge in Covid-19 cases in...

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