After a year, omicron variant still driving COVID surge and worries.
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After a year, omicron still driving COVID surges and worries
About 28,000 people with COVID were hospitalized daily and about 340 died. Read more
10 killed in apartment fire in northwest China’s Xinjiang
The fire broke out Thursday night in the regional capital of Urumqi, where temperatures have dropped below freezing after dark. Read more
Hilo man sent to prison for pandemic relief fund scheme
A 47-year-old Hilo man has been sentenced to 42 months in federal prison for defrauding the federal government out of nearly $1 million in COVID-19 relief funds. Read more
Beijing on edge as city adds new quarantine centers
Uncertainty and scattered, unconfirmed reports of lockdowns in at least some Beijing districts have fueled demand for food and other supplies, something not seen in the city for months. Read more
Holiday shopping kicks off with inflation dampening spirits
This year’s trends are a contrast from a year ago when consumers were buying early out of fear of not getting what they needed amid clogs in the supply network. Read more
China expands lockdowns as COVID-19 cases hit daily record
Residents of eight districts of Zhengzhou, home to 6.6 million people, were told to stay home for five days beginning Thursday except to buy food or get medical treatment. Read more
Health officials continue push for bivalent boosters
Like the U.S., there has been an early rise in respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, cases in Hawaii, and an intense influenza season. The two respiratory viruses, along with COVID-19, present a triple threat during holiday gatherings. Read more
Workers protest, beaten at virus-hit Chinese iPhone factory
Videos that said they were filmed at the factory in the central city of Zhengzhou showed thousands of people in masks facing rows of police in white protective suits with plastic riot shields. Read more
U.S. renews push for COVID boosters as data show they protect
Updated boosters rolled out by Pfizer and rival Moderna in September have been a hard sell for vaccine-weary Americans. Read more
Outbreaks test China’s efforts to limit the cost of ‘zero COVID’
In Shanghai, many neighborhoods have begun requiring frequent COVID tests again only days after telling residents that the tests were seldom needed. Read more
China anti-COVID curbs spur fears of global economic impact
The past week’s average of 22,200 daily cases is double the previous week’s rate. Read more
Editorial: Dial back demand for HPD hazard pay
Police officers were among the first-responder workers who were on the front lines of the COVID-19 health emergency, many of them in ways that put them at greater risk than what others might have faced during the worst, least-protected phase of the pandemic. Read more
Hawaii records 1,169 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths
The state’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases increased slightly to 149 compared with 142 reported on Nov. 16. Read more
Elon Musk’s Twitter reinstates Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
Greene’s reinstatement comes after Musk over the weekend reinstated the account of former President Donald Trump, who was banned in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 riots. Read more
China’s Guangzhou locks down millions in ‘zero-COVID’ fight
China is the only major country in the world still trying to curb virus transmissions through strict lockdown measures and mass testing. Read more
China announces 1st COVID-19 death in almost 6 months
The death of the 87-year-old Beijing man was the first reported by the National Health Commission since May 26, bringing the total death toll to 5,227. The previous death was reported in Shanghai, which underwent a major surge in cases over the summer. Read more
The end of vaccines at ‘warp speed’
Efforts to test and produce next-generation COVID vaccines are bogged down by bureaucratic problems and funding shortfalls. Read more
China’s COVID-19 restrictions hit historic Beijing theater
The Jixiang Theater in the downtown Wangfujing shopping district was originally built in 1906 and recently moved to its present location on the 8th floor of a shopping mall. Read more
Ringleaders in massive COVID fraud extradited to U.S.
Richard Ayvazyan and his wife, Marietta Terabelian, were extradited from the Balkan country of Montenegro, where they were living in a luxury seaside villa before their arrest in February. Read more
U.S. envoy Kerry gets COVID as UN climate talks drag
The United States appeared isolated in opposing a dedicated loss and damage fund after the European Union produced a surprise offer on the issue. Read more
VIDEO: Hawaii Department of Health Director Dr. Libby Char joins ‘Spotlight Hawaii’
Hawaii Department of Health Director Dr. Libby Char joined the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Spotlight Hawaii” livestream show today and answered viewer questions. Read more
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