World Bank warns global economy faces grim outlook

The World Bank president David Malpass has warned that the global economy is facing a “grim outlook” as the pandemic and its effects continue to weigh on growth, especially on developing nations. The World Bank’s latest forecast predicts global growth to slow down to 4.1% this year from the 5.5% of 2021. The slowdown was mainly the result of virus …

Covid pandemic: Chinese city tests 14m people after cluster

The Chinese port city of Tianjin is aiming to test its 14 million residents within the next 48 hours after the discovery of a cluster of Covid cases. Residents have been advised to stay home until tested and they are required to get a negative result for a health pass to use public transport. 20 cases were discovered and two …

Omicron: Curfew in Delhi as India Covid cases surge

Naghahanda na ang India para sa pangatlong wave ng coronavirus sa kanilang pinakamalalaking lungsod tulad ng capital na Delhi pati ang financial hub na Mumbai. Sa ngayon, nagtala ng six-fold increase ang bansa na sinasabing dulot ng Omicron. Karamihan sa natalang kaso ay galing din sa dalawang lungsod. Dahil dito, nagbalik ng curfew at mas maraming restrictions ang bansa para …

U.S. authorizes Pfizer booster for kids as young as 12

The United States health authorities have approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shot for children as young as 12. They also reduced the time between the initial vaccination and the booster to 5 months from 6; the decision applies to all ages. The decision of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comes as the pandemic flares up due to the Omicron variant. …

Twitter blocks U.S. Republican lawmaker account over COVID-19 claims

Twitter has permanently suspended the personal account of Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene for violating the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy. In the statement, they opted to shut down Greene’s personal account for repeated violations of the policy, but she still has access to her other handle for congressional use. Greene retaliated regarding her suspension, saying the move proves the social …

French ban on plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables begins

A new law banning plastic packaging on most fruits and vegetables came into effect in France on New Year’s Day. Under this law, cucumbers, lemons, and oranges are among the 30 varieties to be banned from being wrapped in plastic. Larger packs would have to be chopped for this and processed fruit will be exempt from the law. President Emmanuel …

2022 New Year address by President Xi Jinping

BEIJING, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) — On New Year’s eve, President Xi Jinping delivered his 2022 New Year Address through China Media Group and the Internet. The following is the full text of the address: My greetings to you all. The year 2022 is approaching. From Beijing, I extend New Year wishes to all of you! The past year has been …

Covid: US halves isolation time for asymptomatic infection

The United States has halved the recommended isolation time for people with asymptomatic COVID infections from ten to just five days. The Centers for Disease Control or CDC said that this must be followed by five days of wearing a mask around others. While the new recommendations are not mandatory, they are closely followed by many businesses and policymakers across …

Covid: Christmas travel will fuel spread of Omicron, US expert warns

Ayon kay Dr. Anthony Fauci, ang pangunahing infectious disease expert ng America na mapapabilis ang pagkalat ng Omicron variant dahil sa padating na Christmas travel sa bansa. Sa ngayon, naging mas agresibo ang gobyerno ng United States sa pagbibigay ng COVID boosters matapos sabihin ng mga researcher na ang pagbibigay nito ay maaaring protektahan ang mga tao ng halos 85% …