Japan sees 8th wave of Covid pandemic, logs 206,943 new cases
According to the Health Ministry, this is an increase of 16,100 new cases from the same day a week earlier, reports Xinhua news agency.
Amid Covid resurgence, China's hospitals seem to be filling up: WHO
Addressing the media here on Wednesday, Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, said: "In China, what's been reported is relatively low numbers of cases in ICUs, but anecdotally ICUs are filling up. "We've been saying this for weeks that this highly infectious virus was always going to be very hard to stop completely, with just public health and social measures."
Chinese hospitals scrambling to source ventilators, medical supplies amid Covid surge
A survey of public tender listings on China's internet over the past two weeks showed that hospitals in nearly all of China's cities and provinces are now in the market for ventilators and other equipment used to treat patients seriously ill with Covid-19, RFA reported.
US experiences severe Covid community transmission amid holiday season
More than 44 per cent of counties are experiencing medium to high Covid-19 Community Levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The country is now averaging about 65,000 new cases, 5,000 hospitalisations and 390 deaths each day, a significant rise compared with the last few months, Xinhua news agency quoted the CDC as saying.
Covid wave in China triggers widespread drugs shortage
The panic buying has spread outside mainland China's borders, with the generic versions of Tylenol and Advil sold out at drugstores in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and as far as Australia, prompting some local pharmacies to limit sales, CNN reported.
China's zero-Covid volunteers suffering from stress, anxiety: Study
Having to act as a "buffers" between disgruntled citizens and the CCP's image has led to "grassroots fatigue", high workloads and people being put under intense pressure, a team of researchers has found.
US Covid-19 cases surpass 100 mn: Johns Hopkins University
As of Wednesday, the country's overall caseload stood at 100,003,814, while the death toll increased to 1,088,236, also the highest in the world.
Bodies pile on top of each other in hospital morgues as Covid sweeps through Beijing
As China moves away from the grueling lockdowns, mass tracking of citizens and daily testing that characterised Communist Party leader Xi Jinping's zero-Covid policy, a high-ranking official in the party's law enforcement arm said that a family member of his had died recently, and the family had had to wait five days before they could find a cremation slot.
Updated Covid booster doses provide additional protection against hospitalisations: CDC
The CDC recommended the use of bivalent mRNA Covid-19 booster doses in September, which contain Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sublineage component to better protect from the newest strains,reports Xinhua news agency.
China could see nearly a million deaths after abrupt exit from zero-Covid policy
For nearly three years, the Chinese government has used strict lockdowns, centralised quarantines, mass testing and rigorous contact tracing to curb the spread of the virus, CNN reported. That costly strategy was abandoned earlier this month, following an explosion of protests across the country against stringent restrictions that upended businesses and daily life.