92% of Beijing population could be infected with Covid by January-end: Study 

Around 92 per cent of Beijing’s 22 million population would have been infected with COVID-19 by the end of January, a new study by researchers from the University of Hong Kong.  The study estimated that by January 31 more than 90 per cent of Beijing’s population would have had Covid. As of December 22, around […]

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US: FDA proposes once-a-year Covid shots as part of a major shift in the nation’s vaccine strategy

In an effort to streamline the nation’s Covid-vaccine approach, the US health authority suggested on Monday (January 23) that healthy adults receive one dose of the most recent updated COVID-19 shot each year, similar to the influenza vaccination campaign. The US Food and Drug Administration also recommended that its panel coming from external experts explore administering two doses […]

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China braces for another possible Covid wave as millions travel for Lunar Year celebrations

China is set to face another Covid wave as people prepare to travel to their homes to spend time with their loves during the Lunar Year. It is believed that the Covid cases could explode as this is the first Lunar New Year holiday, also known as the Spring Festival in China, after Beijing lifted […]

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Germany: Around 180,000 more people died than expected during Covid pandemic

Data published by the Ifo Institute on Friday revealed that around 180,000 more people died in Germany during the three years of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as compared to what would have been expected.  On its website, the research institution mentioned that the excess mortality rate per 100,000 people was 640 in the 80+ age […]

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Covid: South Korea to lift mask mandate for indoor public places from Jan 30

South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said on Friday (January 20) that the government will lift the face mask mandate for most indoor public places from January 30, becoming the latest step to ease Covid rules in the country. However, Prime Minister Duck-soo still recommended that people should keep their faces covered and pointed out […]

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Hong Kong to remove isolation rule for new Covid patients

Hong Kong will lift the isolation order that required people infected with Covid to isolate themselves. The order, seen as part of government’s approach to revive the economy, will be implemented starting January 30 Thereby, to control the spread of COVID-19, Hong Kong will only have the mask mandate in place, city’s leader John Lee […]

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China announces censorship crackdown to get rid of Covid rumours on internet

The cyber authorities of China are set to censor social media to ensure that “rumours” regarding the pandemic do not create “gloomy sentiments” on the platforms during the lunar new year festival. The decision of censorship crackdown comes after it was estimated by health forecasting firm Airfinity that more than 600,000 people have lost their […]

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Champagne sales hit record high in 2022; growth attributed to waning Covid

Champagne sales in 2022 reached a record high of more than 6.5 billion USD, primarily due to the fading Covid pandemic, as per industry experts. As projected by the trade association, Comite Champagne, the industry’s double-digit sales growth from 5.9 billion USD in 2021 was partly a result of its shift upmarket and introduction of more expensive […]

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Research reveals, Covid increases chance of severe illness and death in pregnant women

Different studies determine the impact of Covid on pregnant women and their children, making it hard to reach a detailed conclusion. A recent study has revealed that pregnant women are more likely to have serious illnesses and can even die sometimes due to infection. Medical experts also urged pregnant women to take the Covid vaccination to reduce the risk to […]

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China’s regional governments spent billions on COVID prevention and control, a budget report reveals

Many of China’s regional governments have revealed the enormous expenses incurred in order to enforce the country’s zero-Covid policy. The whopping amounts corroborate state media reports that suggested that the huge costs were a primary reason for Beijing to abruptly pull the plug on its Covid policy. A report published by the state-owned Xinhua News […]

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