Fang Bin: China Covid whistleblower returns home to Wuhan after jail

Fang Bin, who documented the initial Covid outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has been freed from jail after three years, sources told the BBC. Mr Fang is one of several so-called citizen journalists who disappeared after sharing videos of scenes in Wuhan, the epicentre of the pandemic. After disappearing in February 2020, he […]

Five die with Arcturus variant in UK as strain spreads globally

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Five people who had the Arcturus strain of Covid have died, according to the latest data from public health chiefs. As of 17 April there were 105 cases of XBB.1.16 – also known as Arcturus – in England, with infections located in all regions apart from the North East. Health chiefs have said that there […]

LA County Reports First Cases of New Arcturus Strain of COVID-19

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Los Angeles County has identified the first local cases of a newly emerging strain of COVID-19, the public health director said, although the numbers remain generally low and current vaccines are believed to be effective in preventing severe illness from it. Commonly referred to as Arcturus, the strain is formally known as XBB.1.16, Barbara Ferrer […]

Central Ohio’s measles outbreak leads the U.S.

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The country’s largest measles outbreak is happening in Central Ohio — with no signs of slowing down. Of the 117 nationwide cases reported as of Dec. 22, 70% were in Franklin County. Why it matters: Until this outbreak, our area hadn’t confirmed a measles case in 20 years. The highly contagious respiratory disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. […]

As cases surge, COVID-linked deaths seen in Beijing after easing of virus rules

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BEIJING (AP) — Outside a funeral home in eastern Beijing, dozens of people were bundled up in parkas and hats against the freezing temperatures Friday evening as workers in full protective suits wheeled out coffins one by one. When an employee with a clipboard shouted the name of the dead, a relative trundled up to […]

China Faces 840 Million COVID Infections in ‘First Wave’: Ex-CDC Official

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Up to 840 million people in China could be infected with COVID-19 at the height of the coming wave, a senior health adviser has said, projecting a figure that would surpass the current worldwide case count by nearly 200 million. Beijing took the first step in exiting its stringent zero-COVID policy this week by scrapping regular testing and […]