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BBC (September 12)

2022/ 09/ 14 by jd in Global News

China “is the world’s last major economy attempting to entirely stamp out Covid outbreaks, claiming this is necessary to prevent wider surges of the virus which could overwhelm hospitals.” At present, “tens of millions of people in at least 30 regions have been ordered to stay at home under partial or full lockdowns,” with some of the impacted residents “complaining of shortages of food and essential items.”

 

Washington Post (February 6)

2022/ 02/ 07 by jd in Global News

“Fatigued, frustrated and frazzled by five surges over two years, some parts of the U.S. population have decided to simply live with the coronavirus and move on. And with a triple-shot of vaccine on board — or protection acquired from prior infection — alongside case numbers falling precipitously, polls show their numbers are increasing.”

 

Bloomberg (August 13)

2021/ 08/ 15 by jd in Global News

“It seems like Japan’s big recovery is always a quarter away.” The economy may just barely manage growth in the second quarter, but the slow vaccination rollout and ongoing surges mean “the bounce in consumer spending that analysts had been forecasting will have to wait even longer.” Japan has earned “the dubious distinction of being the only G-7 economy to have its growth outlook for this year cut by the International Monetary Fund.”

 

USA Today (February 18)

2021/ 02/ 20 by jd in Global News

“The U.S. lost a whole year of life expectancy – and for Black people, it’s nearly 3 times worse.” These preliminary results are based on only the first half of the year. Full year figures for 2020 will almost inevitably paint an even grimmer picture as they will include “the fall and winter surges that led to record COVID-19 deaths.”

 

Seattle Times (February 9)

2021/ 02/ 10 by jd in Global News

“The prospect of a fourth wave propelled by new variants is something many scientists and modeling groups are warning about.” For example, the University of Washington now forecasts “an additional 200,000 deaths nationwide through June 1.” There is “one bright spot… hospitalizations and death rates are likely to be lower during any fourth wave than in previous surges because many older people are getting vaccinated.”

 

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