Hong Kong officials test positive for Covid, casting doubt over Xi’s potential visit

Hong Kong CNN — Two top Hong Kong officials have tested positive for Covid-19, potentially derailing any chance of an official visit from Chinese leader Xi Jinping next week to mark the 25th anniversary of the city’s handover to China. Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang and director of the Chief Executive’s Office … Read more

Covid-19 vaccinations begin for US children under 5

CNN — Dr. Sarah Schaffer DeRoo described in one word how she felt after getting her 7-month-old son vaccinated against Covid-19: thrilled. Her active baby boy sat in her lap at a vaccine clinic hosted by Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, while receiving his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. The shot was administered in … Read more

US will end Covid-19 testing requirement for air travelers entering the country

CNN — The Biden administration is expected to announce Friday that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lift its requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the US, according to a senior administration official. The move, which CNN was first to report, will go into effect for US-bound air … Read more

New variants are poised to keep Covid-19 circulating at high levels throughout the summer

CNN — Even as the US grapples with its most recent wave of Covid-19, new research suggests that variants on the horizon may keep case levels high. The next influx of infections will probably come from the newer Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, two closely related viruses that were first characterized in South Africa and … Read more

China zero-Covid: 100,000 officials attend emergency State Council meeting to revive economy

Hong Kong CNN Business — China’s cabinet held an emergency meeting with more than 100,000 participants on Wednesday, according to state media, as top leaders urged new measures to stabilize an economy battered by the country’s stringent Covid-19 restrictions. The unexpected video teleconference by the State Council was attended by officials across provincial, city and … Read more

The US is offering vaccines to certain people exposed to monkeypox. Here’s what you should know

CNN — As global health leaders investigate an unusual outbreak of monkeypox across more than a dozen countries, discussions in the United States have turned to vaccination against the disease – and certain people exposed to the virus could be offered a vaccine. Vaccines for monkeypox are now available to some health care workers treating … Read more

Long Covid symptoms in older Americans are often difficult to recognize, experts say

KHN — Nearly 18 months after getting covid-19 and spending weeks in the hospital, Terry Bell struggles with hanging up his shirts and pants after doing the laundry. Lifting his clothes, raising his arms, arranging items in his closet leave Bell short of breath and often trigger severe fatigue. He walks with a cane, only … Read more

Shanghai declares zero-Covid milestone but residents cast doubt on reopening

Hong Kong CNN — Shanghai officials on Tuesday said they had achieved “zero-Covid at the community level” in what appeared to be a turning point in a heavy-handed and costly campaign to tame an Omicron outbreak – but many residents remain skeptical the city will reopen anytime soon . “Zero-Covid at the community level” means … Read more

North Korea’s Covid outbreak: What we know and don’t know

CNN — North Korea’s first-reported Covid-19 outbreak is the “greatest turmoil” to befall the country since its founding more than 70 years ago, according to its leader Kim Jong Un, as the isolated and impoverished nation scrambles to curb the spread of a highly transmissible virus that risks causing a major humanitarian crisis. North Korea … Read more

Opinion: Trevor Noah’s jokes hit home

Editor’s Note: Kara Alaimo, an associate professor at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University, writes about issues affecting women and social media. She was spokeswoman for international affairs in the Treasury Department during the Obama administration. Follow her on Twitter @karaalaimo. The opinions expressed in this commentary are her own. View more … Read more