Why blank sheets of paper have become a symbol of dissent in China – video

People opposed to China’s strict Covid restrictions are protesting in cities across the country, holding blank pieces of paper as a symbol against censorship. The protests, triggered by a deadly apartment fire in the far west of the country, are taking place in defiance of a series of heavy-handed arrests of demonstrators. The protests mark … Read more

Vaping may damage teeth, study shows

Vaping may damage teeth study shows

Vaping appears to promote cavities, which can result in tooth loss if not treated quickly, experts say. Photo by Vaping 360/Flickr On top of their other health hazards, electronic cigarettes may help rot your teeth, a new study suggests. Vaping appears to promote cavities, which can result in tooth loss if not treated quickly, experts … Read more

How Chinese media have – and haven’t – covered widespread protests against zero-Covid

Chinese media have largely ignored widespread protests across the country, with prominent state newspaper front pages instead choosing to focus on Taiwan’s local elections, a Chinese-built solar plant in Qatar and the rising number of Chinese women choosing to get tanned in beauty salons. Protests flared across Chinese cities over the weekend, with calls for … Read more

China Covid protests explained: why are people demonstrating and what will happen next?

What is happening? In an extraordinary wave of civil disobedience, dozens of protests broke out across Chinese cities over the weekend as frustrations with the government’s stringent Covid policies boiled over. Groups of people numbering from single digits to about 1,000 have gathered for candlelit vigils and peaceful street protests. In some places, like Wuhan, … Read more

Covid blood-thinner drug treatment dangerous and does not work – study

A blood-thinning drug given as a potential life-saver to many patients recovering from severe Covid does not work and can cause major bleeding, research shows. The findings have led to calls for doctors to stop advising people to take Apixaban, because it does not stop them from dying or ending up back in hospital and … Read more

Covid-19 Australia data tracker: coronavirus cases, deaths, hospitalisations and vaccination

In September 2022, federal and state governments began releasing data once a week, on Fridays, rather than daily. As a result, Guardian Australia has aggregated the data released before that date to weekly values, to make the new figures comparable with the old. Latest Australia Covid numbers and statistics This chart shows the number of … Read more

Clashes in Shanghai as protests over zero-Covid policy grip China

Hundreds of demonstrators and police have clashed in Shanghai as protests over China’s stringent Covid restrictions flared for a third day and spread to several cities, in the biggest test for president Xi Jinping since he secured a historic third term in power. The wave of civil disobedience is unprecedented in mainland China in the … Read more