New COVID variant could emerge amid drop in surveillance, vaccination, WHO warns – National

New COVID variant could emerge amid drop in surveillance, vaccination, WHO warns – National

World health authorities are closer than ever to being able to declare the emergency phase of COVID-19 over, but a growing decline in surveillance and vaccination could open the door to a new variant of concern, says the World Health Organization (WHO). There are many tools available to protect individuals from severe illness and to … Read more

Overseas Chinese step up protests as calls mount for change

Overseas Chinese step up protests as calls mount for change

TORONTO/HONG KONG, Nov 30 (Reuters) – From Sydney to Toronto, mainland Chinese have stepped up protests this week, with demands to end the world’s most stringent COVID-19 restrictions evolving into calls to “free China” and for President Xi Jinping to step down. Overseas-based Chinese and their supporters rallied in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York … Read more

Chinese Manufacturing Contracted At Steeper Pace In November

Chinese Manufacturing Contracted At Steeper Pace In November

China’s National Bureau of Statistics released monthly data on Wednesday showing that factory activity contracted at a steeper pace in November versus October as lockdowns amplified to deal with rising COVID case numbers. In November, China’s manufacturing sector activity (PMI) fell to 48 on the official index, down from 49.2 in October for the second … Read more

China warns against ‘excessive and arbitrary’ enforcement of COVID measures after protests

China warns against ‘excessive and arbitrary’ enforcement of COVID measures after protests

Epidemic control workers wear PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they stand guard outside a community in lockdown on November 29, 2022 in Beijing, China.Kevin Frayer/Getty Images Beijing has acknowledged public unhappiness with China’s tough COVID policies, days after anti-lockdown protests in cities across the country. However, speaking at a press conference in … Read more

China likely ‘very worried’ over zero-COVID protests, experts say. What’s going on? – National

China likely ‘very worried’ over zero-COVID protests, experts say.  What’s going on?  – National

China should reconsider its “zero-COVID” policy as protests over the measure break out in the nation, a former Canadian ambassador to the country says. Beijing has seen protests play out in the nation in recent days for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and its use of the zero-COVID strategy, with some citizens even calling … Read more

China lockdown: Crowds angered by strict COVID measures call for President Xi to resign – National

China lockdown: Crowds angered by strict COVID measures call for President Xi to resign – National

Protesters pushed to the brink by China’s strict COVID measures in Shanghai called for the removal of the country’s all-powerful leader and clashed with police Sunday as crowds took to the streets in several cities in an astounding challenge to the government. Police forcibly cleared the demonstrators in China’s financial capital who called for Xi … Read more

BBC says Chinese police assaulted one of its journalists at Shanghai protest

BBC says Chinese police assaulted one of its journalists at Shanghai protest

LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The BBC said on Sunday that Chinese police assaulted and detained one of its journalists covering a protest in Shanghai, before later releasing him after several hours. “The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in … Read more

Anti-lockdown protests break out in cities across China after deadly fire linked to COVID-19 restrictions

Anti-lockdown protests break out in cities across China after deadly fire linked to COVID-19 restrictions

Police officers confront a man as they block Wulumuqi street, named for Urumqi in Mandarin, in Shanghai on Nov. 27, 2022.HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images People took to the streets in cities across China on Saturday to protest against the country’s stringent “COVID zero” policies, in the largest and most sustained show of defiance to Beijing’s rules … Read more

Omicron changed the course of the pandemic 1 year ago and still dominates. What’s next? – National

Omicron changed the course of the pandemic 1 year ago and still dominates.  What’s next?  – National

Dr. Laura Hawryluck says she felt something more was coming. In November 2021, the Toronto-based critical care doctor had just experienced the toll COVID-19’s Delta variant could have on the human body. However, something told her that health-care workers weren’t done with the pandemic yet. “By the time Omicron attained that level of general consciousness, … Read more

Toddlers don’t need firm screen time limits, new Canadian guidance says – National

Toddlers don’t need firm screen time limits, new Canadian guidance says – National

The Canadian Pediatric Society has said setting firm time limits for screen use among toddlers and preschoolers, encouraging instead that parents prioritize educational, interactive and age-appropriate material. New guidance released Thursday morning still urges no screens at all for kids younger than age two, except to video-chat with others, such as grandparents. But a previous … Read more