LA County COVID Hospitalizations Go Up, Meaning Masks Could Come Back – NBC Los Angeles

A sharp rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations has Los Angeles public health officials urging people to once again mask up in indoor public places, even if it’s not required. A lot of people have gotten used to not wearing face coverings when going shopping or to other indoor public places, now that there’s no longer a … Read more

N Korea reports fever surges as military ramps up COVID response | Coronavirus Pandemic News

North Korea has reported another large jump in illnesses believed to be COVID-19 as the government mobilized a “powerful force” of soldiers to distribute drugs and deployed thousands of health workers to help trace new infections. The North’s anti-virus headquarters said on Tuesday that another 269,510 people were found with fevers and six people died, … Read more

China’s economy slows sharply as ‘zero COVID’ pummels activity | Coronavirus Pandemic

China’s economy slowed sharply in April as Beijing’s ultra-strict “dynamic zero COVID” strategy dragged consumption and industrial production to their lowest levels since early 2020. The deteriorating economic picture comes as authorities have imposed full or partial lockdowns on dozens of Chinese cities, including the financial capital Shanghai, where more than 25 million residents have … Read more

N Korean leader sends in military to help tackle COVID outbreak | Coronavirus Pandemic News

Kim Jong Un orders the military to stabilize the supply of medicines in Pyongyang amid the outbreak of COVID-19, KCNA reports. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the military to stabilize the supply of medicines in Pyongyang days after announcing a lockdown following the outbreak of COVID-19, according to the state-run Korean Central … Read more

Kim Jong Un warns of ‘great turmoil’; 21 new ‘fever’ deaths | Coronavirus Pandemic News

North Korea on Saturday reported 21 deaths and tens of thousands more people with fever symptoms as leader Kim Jong Un said the outbreak of COVID-19 had put the country in “great turmoil”. The isolated nation made an unprecedented admission of its first COVID outbreak earlier this week, after claiming no infections since the start … Read more

Biden to Urge Cities to Spend COVID Funds on Crime Prevention – NBC Chicago

President Joe Biden is meeting Friday with mayors, police chiefs and local public officials to discuss how cities are using funds from the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on policing and public safety programs. In the afternoon, Biden plans to deliver remarks to ask state and local governments to devote more of their coronavirus relief … Read more

LA County COVID Cases Among School Students and Staff are Up 322% – NBC Los Angeles

Nearly 3,000 more COVID-19 infections and seven more virus-related deaths were reported in Los Angeles County in its latest data, with health officials again reporting increases in the number of cases among school students and staff. According to the county Department of Public Health, 3,151 students and 737 staff members tested positive for the virus … Read more

How we remember them: My grandmother’s shirt | Coronavirus Pandemic

In the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, loss has been part of the lives of millions. In “How we remember them”, we reflect on how we process that loss and the things – both tangible and intangible – that remind us of those we have lost. I learned of grief in 2003 when … Read more

North Korea reports first COVID outbreak since pandemic began | Coronavirus Pandemic News

State media reports ‘biggest emergency incident’ after BA.2 sub-variant is detected in Pyongyang. North Korea has confirmed its first outbreak of COVID-19, raising fears of a humanitarian disaster in one of the world’s only unvaccinated countries. Authorities detected a sub-variant of the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, BA.2, in people in Pyongyang, the state-run Korean … Read more

COVID-battered Indian migrant workers prefer jobs closer to home | Coronavirus Pandemic News

Hungry and thirsty, Mohammed Tanveer walked and hitchhiked 1,900 kilometers home after losing his job in the first coronavirus wave in 2020 – and, like many Indian migrants, he has promised never to work so far from his family again. Tanveer is now doing manual work in a marble factory near the capital, New Delhi, … Read more