“China COVID surge threatens villages as Lunar New Year approaches.”
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China’s COVID surge threatens villages as Lunar New Year approaches
China is bracing for an onslaught of infections in its fragile countryside as millions of migrant workers return to their rural homes for the Lunar New Year holiday. Read more
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Study finds COVID-19 fatigue is setting in for Hawaii residents
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to not only affect people’s health, but their economic security and ability to work, even though many Hawaii residents might be “over it.” Read more
China seeks to minimize COVID-19 risk during travel rush
China is seeking to minimize the possibility of a major new COVID-19 outbreak during this month’s Lunar New Year travel rush following the end of most pandemic containment measures. Read more
Off The News: Competing COVID-19 perceptions
There’s seemingly a disconnect between two of the findings in the latest COVID-19 report from the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. Read more
Hawaii’s daily average COVID-19 cases climb slightly
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Hamlin’s collapse spurs new wave of vaccine misinformation
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The crush of people seeking hospital care follows China’s abandonment of its most severe pandemic restrictions last month. Read more
Hawaii records 1,316 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths
The state’s average positivity rate also increased to 7.9% compared with 7.1% the previous week. Read more
EU urges pre-flight COVID-19 tests on passengers from China
European Union nations are fine-tuning a coordinated response to China’s COVID-19 crisis on Wednesday, Jan. 4, and are zeroing in on travel restrictions that would upset both Beijing and the global airline industry. Read more
Oceanit gets federal approval for home COVID test
More than two years after beginning work on a rapid COVID-19 test, Hawaii’s Oceanit Laboratories has been granted approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell its home nasal swab test and hopes to have it in local stores within the next couple of months, according to the company’s founder and CEO, Patrick Sullivan. Read more
Beijing threatens response to ‘unacceptable’ virus measures
The comments were China’s sharpest to date on the issue. Read more
Canada, Australia impose COVID rules on travelers from China
Australia and Canada join other countries including the U.S., U.K., India, Japan and several European nations in imposing tougher COVID-19 measures on Chinese travelers. Read more
Why China’s economy faces a perilous road to recovery
Nearly three years of “zero-COVID” measures have crushed businesses. Read more
As COVID-19 continues to spread, so does misinformation
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Chinese manufacturing weakens amid COVID-19 outbreak
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Time zone by time zone, another new year sweeps into view
Revelers began gathering in major city centers across the Asia-Pacific region to celebrate the first new year without COVID-19 restrictions since the pandemic began in 2020. Read more
China faces bumpy road to normal as infections surge
China is on a bumpy road back to normal life following the abrupt end of some of the world’s most severe COVID-19 restrictions. Read more
More European nations tighten COVID rules for China flights
France’s government is requiring negative tests, and is urging French citizens to avoid nonessential travel to China. Read more
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