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North Korea confirms first Covid outbreak, orders nationwide lockdown

Pyongyang announces the country's first-ever case of Covid-19, with state media calling it a "severe national emergency incident" after more than two years of keeping the pandemic at bay.
School Choice Movement

How the Education Establishment Botched COVID-19 and Boosted the School Choice Movement

For the past two years, America’s most powerful teachers’ unions have sought to capitalize on the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These organizations have thrown their considerable weight around, cowing politicians into keeping schools closed much longer than science or common sense demanded and successfully lobbying for hundreds of billions in COVID relief for these same schools and their teachers.
Ukraine war

Ukraine war could increase shocks for developing countries, UN warns

The fallout from the war in Ukraine could dramatically worsen the economic outlook for developing countries already grappling with debt financing related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said in a report published on Tuesday. 
China's zero-COVID policy

China’s zero-COVID policy puts economy under strain

The complete lockdown in major cities amid China's zero-COVID policy has put the country's economy under strain with increasing inflation and disrupted global supply chains, according to a media report.
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Shanghai uses drones to broadcast Covid rules during lockdown

On Twitter and the Chinese social media platform Weibo, videos have been posted showing a drone hovering in the sky and broadcasting COVID-19 lockdown guidelines to residents under quarantine.
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The rising number of COVID infections in China raises concerns about the expense of...

On Tuesday, China reported a sharp increase in daily COVID-19 infections, with new cases more than tripling from the day before to reach a two-year high, raising worries about the mounting economic impact of the country's stringent anti-disease policies.
Omicron Subvariant BA.2

Omicron Subvariant BA.2 might be as dangerous as Delta, epidemic expert warns

An expert in epidemic diseases warns that the COVID Omicron Subvariant BA.2 might be as dangerous as the previous variant Delta. 
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Japan to relax COVID border controls, give priority entry to students

Japan will ease its COVID-19 border controls further from March 14, raising the daily cap on entrants from overseas to 7,000 from the current 5,000, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday.
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Korea may adopt pandemic exit plan after mid-March

The Korean government may adopt a pandemic exit plan after the Omicron wave peaks, which it believes will come in mid-March, revising quarantine measures toward a phased return to normalcy, according to Health Minister Kwon Deok-Cheol, Thursday.
‘stealth omicron’

As ‘stealth omicron’ advances, scientists are learning more

The coronavirus mutant is widely known as “stealth omicron” is now causing more than a third of new omicron cases around the world, but scientists still don’t know how it could affect the future of the pandemic.

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