27 Jan 2022

Hong Kong Dials Back One of World’s Longest Covid-19 Quarantines

Officials in Hong Kong have shortened one of the world’s longest remaining quarantine requirements for travelers arriving in the city from three weeks to two. The decision may have been a result of pressure from international business groups over the city’s harsh policies. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam reported

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13 Jan 2022

French teachers strike in protest at Covid-19 school protocols

Teachers in France have gone on strike to protest Covid-19 protocols in schools. Teachers are accusing changes to France’s Covid-19 testing requirements of causing chaos and putting teachers’ lives in danger. The French Ministry of Education told CNN that roughly 31% of all schoolteachers were on strike on Thursday. The

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10 Jan 2022

How COVID broke supply chains, and how AI and blockchain could fix them

When the coronavirus crisis erupted in 2020, it became apparent that the medical emergency was accompanied by severe shortages, especially in some medical devices. The pattern was first observed for ventilators: demand spiked everywhere and the supply chain was disrupted. This was because production of the devices spanned multiple countries,

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10 Jan 2022

Thousands protest COVID curbs in Europe amid omicron surge

Thousands of people took part in demonstrations against COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday in Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Weekend demonstrations broke out in the EU after governments have imposed tighter curbs and rules to encourage COVID shots and booster shots. As the omicron variant is increasing cases in the

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07 Jan 2022

Israel rolls out Pfizer covid pill, using digital health records to identify those most at risk

Israel has begun rolling out a newly approved Pfizer drug, Pfizer’s Paxlovid antiviral pill. Israel is using digital health records kept on almost every citizen to identify those who are at high risk from COVID-19 and are most likely to benefit from the treatment before they become seriously ill. Israel

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05 Jan 2022

Hong Kong bans some inbound flights, tightens COVID-19 curbs

Hong Kong has announced a two-week ban on flights arriving from eight different countries, including the US and UK. The city also tightened restrictions on Wednesday as authorities feared a fifth wave of infections due to the Omicron variant. The restrictions were announces as health authorities searched the city for

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05 Jan 2022

Services Australia brushes off vulnerability concerns in COVID-19 digital certificates

Services Australia has received criticism due to its lack of concern over security risks in Covid-19 digital certificates. The company was grilled by senators in Australia’s federal Budget Estimates last year over various initiatives such as the Covid-19 digital certificate rollout and the bungled robo-debt scheme. According to senators, there

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03 Jan 2022

France cuts isolation times and plans crackdown on unvaccinated amid record surge in Covid cases

On Monday, new restrictions will come into affect across France due to the rising toll of Covid-19 Omicron cases on the country and its population. The variant’s rapid spread across France has prompted the government to cut isolation times for those who are vaccinated and more to further isolate the

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31 Dec 2021

Hong Kong reports first Omicron cluster as city welcomes New Year

Hong Kong’s long streak of zero locally transmitted Covid-19 cases ended after it confirmed its first Omicron cluster. As the city prepares to ring in the new year, fears of a wider outbreak followed the detection of the cluster. The first two cases of local transmission were detected on Thursday.

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28 Dec 2021

US halves isolation time for asymptomatic Covid infection

As the Omicron variant infects thousands across the globe, US health officials have decreased the recommended isolation time for people with asymptomatic Covid-19 infections by half. Instead of quarantining for 10 days, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that individuals who are not experiencing symptoms of the virus may

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