Domestic trips in China during the third quarter fell by 18.3 per cent as sporadic coronavirus outbreaks put a halt to interprovincial travel. This content was originally published here.
The number of people in Alberta hospitals with COVID-19 dropped over the weekend. On Monday afternoon, Alberta Health said that 608 people were in hospital with the illness, down from 660 on Friday. The number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs also declined, down from 141 on Friday to 135 on Monday. There were 1,300 more COVID-19 cases identified in the province over the weekend: 586 on Friday, 430 on Saturday and 284 on Sunday. Alberta currently has 6,387 active coronavirus cases. The Calgary zone has more active cases than any other region in the province (1,804), followed by the Edmonton […]
“I’m with Big Bird” began trending on Twitter after Sen. Ted Cruz’s attack on the “Sesame Street” character. This content was originally published here.
With a Monday deadline looming, high percentages of federal workers are reporting they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. But tens of thousands of holdouts have requested exemptions on religious grounds, complicating President Biden’s sweeping mandate to get the country’s largest employer back to normal operations. A Texas-based IRS affinity group, Christian Fundamentalist Internal Revenue Employees, wrote a four-page letter to the official handling exemption requests, citing scripture and mistrust of the government among African Americans, as well as falsely claiming thousands of deaths from the coronavirus vaccine. Exemption requests have become the go-to alternative for those opposed to the […]
More than £5.5bn of taxpayer money from the government’s coronavirus assistance schemes including furlough, self-employed support and “eat out to help out” was paid out to fraudsters or given out incorrectly. It emerged on Thursday that £5.2bn paid out by the government under the coronavirus job retention scheme, widely known as furlough, ended up in the hands of fraudsters or was paid in error. HM Revenue and Customs acknowledged in its annual report that about 8.7% of the £60bn it paid out under the furlough scheme in the 2020-21 tax year ended up in the hands of organised crime gangs, […]
Health teams are working to establish whether there are undetected cases of Covid in the Gisborne region after two wastewater samples tested positive for the virus. The tests were taken between Monday and Wednesday in Napier and Gisborne, with the positive results coming this afternoon. A Ministry of Health spokesperson said there are no MIQ facilities, or known COVID-19 cases self-isolating, in Napier or Gisborne. That meant the positive tests could be from recently recovered cases returning to the region from MIQ who are shedding the virus, transient visitors to the region, or could signal undetected cases in the community. […]
DeSantis and his allies want credit after Florida went from the worst outbreak in the country to the lowest case rate. Except this is an altogether familiar trajectory for hard-hit states. This content was originally published here.
Yet another study of white-tailed deer suggests that the North American population is harboring widespread coronavirus infection. As much as 80% of the 445,000-strong Iowa deer population may carry the disease, according to a new study, The Times reported on Tuesday. That rate of infection was said to be “effectively 50 times” more pervasive in deer than Iowa’s human population. The pre-print report, now awaiting review from scientific peers prior to publication, showed that deer may have picked up the virus from humans sometime during the testing period, between April 2020 and January 2021, though Penn State researchers are not […]
About 91 percent of the city’s employees have been vaccinated, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio (D). This content was originally published here.
On Friday, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., chair of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, announced an investigation into the right-wing, anti-science propaganda group America’s Frontline Doctors and telemedicine provider SpeakWithAnMD.com following an Intercept investigation. Clyburn called the two organizations “predatory actors” that have been “touting misinformation and using it to market disproven and potentially hazardous coronavirus treatments” such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. The committee, citing The Intercept, requested documents from America’s Frontline Doctors, or AFLDS, and SpeakWithAnMD about their business practices and profits. It wrote to the Federal Trade Commission requesting that the agency investigate…