Category Archives: Covid-19

COVID-19: All Shanghai schools will resume on September 1st.

Following months of COVID lockdown, Shanghai declared on Sunday (August 14) that all schools, including kindergartens, primary and intermediate schools, would reopen on September 1. Before leaving the site, all teachers and students will be required to undergo daily COVID nucleic acid testing. The Shanghai Municipal Education Commission indicated that the city would also require…

Covid Surges Again in China, With Lockdowns, Hotspots, and Millions Stranded

People in new COVID neighborhoods are concerned about Shanghai-style long-term lockdowns, which might affect their careers, basic freedoms, and mental health. Beijing: Xi’s Zero-Covid strategy has failed miserably as new places become infected with coronavirus, particularly tourist hotspots in Tibet and Hainan. Tens of thousands of visitors are trapped in the areas as a result…

White House initiates next generation of COVID vaccines

White House prepares to develop a next generation of COVID-19 vaccines. On Tuesday, July 26, the Biden administration held summit with key federal officials, top scientists, and pharmaceutical executives including Pfizer and Moderna’s representatives as it pushed for “next generation” COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines are expected to offer broader and more durable protection against the…

COVID-19 Pandemic: The Ideology of Incrementalism

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The COVID-19 pandemic applies to public policies in the Ontario government and can be best explained through the ideology of incrementalism. This is because incrementalism looks to individuals or groups of people influencing public policy as well as models that analyze matters of small and slow changes to past decisions. The incremental model analyzes and…

The City of Toronto’s Mask N95 Mandate

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The city of Toronto has instituted a rule that security guards must have a “clean-shaven face.” Following this rule, hundreds of Sikh security guards have been forced out of their current jobs, laid off, or even demoted to lower pay or rank within their field because of the new City of Toronto’s mask N95 mandate….

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE COMPETITIVE CHANGE IN WORLD POLITICS

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  The coronavirus comes as a political test to international governments in many ways. The prominent question is whether the governments have concerns about their health or the capabilities to provide the needed care for their citizens. In democratic governments, a threat looms in the future elections, with the current government systems being at risk…

COVID-19 Impacts On Third World Citizens

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  Great governments have been left shaken after the outbreak of the CoronaVirus. Hence, an important question arises on how governments with less power, especially their citizens, have been impacted and managed by these abrupt changes (Ogunleye, 2020). Coronavirus is a recent virus, and more information is yet to be discovered about it.   At…

Shanghai Reopens Some Public Transport, Still On High Covid-19 Alert

Shanghai reopened a portion of the world’s longest subway system on Sunday, May 22, after some lines had been halted for over two months, as the city prepares to remove its excruciating COVID-19 shutdown next week. With most inhabitants barred from leaving their homes and restrictions increasing in sections of China’s most populated metropolis, commuters…

Beijing Urges Millions To Keep Working From Home Amid Covid-19 Outbreak Menace

Beijing authorities extended work-from-home guidance for many of its 22 million residents to stem a persistent COVID-19 outbreak, while Shanghai deployed more testing and curbs to hold on to its hard-won ‘zero COVID’ status after two months of lockdown. On Monday, May 23, the Chinese capital recorded 99 new cases on May 22, up from…

North Korea Will Fight COVID-19 With Traditional Medicine

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  Last week the highly transmissible Omicron virus made its way to North Korea and the state declared a severe national emergency. While other countries around the world were waiting for vaccines to treat this life-threatening disease, North Korea is encouraging the use of traditional medicines to fight the virus.   The state-run news agency…

US FDA Authorizes Pfizer’s Covid-19 Booster Shot For Young Children

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On Tuesday, May 17, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of a booster shot of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, making everyone over the age of 5 eligible for a third shot. Before the shots may be given out, the US Centers for Disease Control…

North Korean Planes Pick Up Medical Supplies In China – Media

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SEOUL, South Korea — Days after confirming its first COVID-19 outbreak, North Korea sent planes to China to pick up medical supplies, media reported on Tuesday, May 17. Three Air Koryo planes from North Korea went to Shenyang, China, on Monday, and returned later that day with medical supplies, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news…

DOH Confirms Local Transmission Of More Infectious Omicron Subvariant Ba.2.12.1

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) verified local transmission of the highly infectious Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1, which is slowly gaining traction in the United States, on Tuesday, May 17. At a press conference on Tuesday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire confirmed the news. Local government entities, she added, are now bolstering the…

Shanghai Achieves ‘Zero COVID’ Status But Normal Life Is Weeks Away

Shanghai reached the long-awaited milestone of three consecutive days with no new COVID-19 cases outside quarantine zones on Tuesday, May 17, but most people will have to endure additional confinement before returning to more regular life. The third day with no new instances in the community generally implies “zero COVID” status and the beginning of…

North Korea Announces First COVID-19 Death

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  According to official state media, North Korea has revealed an “explosive” Covid-19 breakout that has killed six people and infected over 187,000, raising worries of an upcoming and fatal pandemic in the isolated country. Even though specialists believe the virus has been present in the country for some time, the first cases were just…

Ontario COVID-19 Update

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ONTARIO, Canada —The sixth wave of COVID is starting to subside. Image: Data from the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. Hospitals currently have 1,451 patients with the virus, a decline from 1,676 a week before. There are 175 people in ICU due to COVID-19. A reduction from the previous weeks. Opening 26…

WHO Chief Says China’s Zero-COVID Policy is Not ‘Sustainable’

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LONDON, United Kingdom – The head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, May 10, China’s zero-tolerance COVID-19 policy is not sustainable given what is now known of the virus, in rare public comments by the UN agency on a government’s handling of the pandemic. “We don’t think that it is sustainable considering the…

North Korea Reports First COVID-19 Outbreak, Orders Lockdown In ‘Gravest Emergency’

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SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea confirmed its first COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, May 12, calling it the “gravest national emergency” and ordering a national lockdown, with state media reporting an Omicron variant had been detected in Pyongyang.   The first public admission of COVID-19 infections highlights the potential for a major crisis in a…