Paid Study Rooms Regain Momentum in China

In 2019, paid study rooms were believed by many to be the next big business opportunity in China. Although many closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a few paid study rooms have been reopening under strict protective measures. A typical paid study room is usually divided into many small partitions with tables and chairs, and each partition can be rented …

Salmon Products Pulled Off Shelves in France

Salmon products have been pulled off grocery store shelves in France as some salmon foods tested were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes – a virus that usually causes vomiting, fever and headache. Major supermarket chain Carrefour said it had pulled all its salmon products off shelves. For those who purchased the products, the supermarket suggested they destroy the products or simply …

Beijing Shuts Schools, Returns to Virtual Classes As COVID-19 Strikes Again

In the wake of the recent emergence of COVID-19 cases in Beijing, all schools in the Chinese capital have been closed, and students shall promptly return to attending online classes, authorities announced on Wednesday. Municipal officials made the decision after a cluster of cases linked to the city’s Xinfadi wholesale market last week broke the capital city’s 56-day streak of …

Seafarers Spend Months Trapped At Sea

Hundreds of thousands of seafarers are currently stranded on the high seas or on shore by the coronavirus pandemic. They kept working through the crisis to keep global trade afloat and ensure fuel supplies. But now, after months of lockdowns across the world, many have been stuck on ships thousands of miles from home, unable to disembark, for much longer …

Beijing Reports 36 More COVID-19 Cases

Beijing recorded 36 new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the municipal health commission said. Thirty-four out of the 36 new cases were linked to Xinfadi wholesale market, including 19 people who worked there. Details of another two cases are still being investigated. A municipal official also said the spread of the new mutation of the virus “has not …

Surging COVID-19 Cases Force Delhi Hospitals to Only Treat Locals

The city of New Delhi on Sunday ordered many of its hospital beds to be reserved solely for residents of the Indian capital, as the number of COVID-19 infections continued to surge.  New Delhi city alone has registered over 10 percent of the country’s cases. India has over 246,000 coronavirus cases, with 6,929 deaths. In a video message on Twitter, …

UK Studies Spread Of COVID-19 In Schools

UK health minister Matt Hancock launched a study to find out the prevalence of COVID-19 among school children and teachers to help the phased reintroduction of education after a lengthy lockdown. The decision to gradually re-open schools has divided opinion, with Britain suffering the second-worst death toll from COVID-19 and ministers warning of a possible second wave. Hancock said, “This …

COVID-19 Spikes Amid Reopening

The top U.S. infectious disease official on Friday cautioned that the “blips” of rising coronavirus hospitalizations being reported by some states could get out of control if robust contact tracing regimes are not put in place. Doctor Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the last 26 years, said, “When you start seeing more …

COVID-19 Upswing in Brazil & Mexico

Brazil has overtaken Britain as the country with the world’s second-highest coronavirus death toll, which stands at 41,828, and confirmed cases at 828,810. The current situation in Brazil, now one of the global hotspots for the virus, is of increasing concern especially in heavily-populated cities. The country’s health system is “still coping,” although some intensive care units were at a …