Beijing shuts parks and museums as China’s Covid cases rise

Beijing shut parks and museums on Tuesday, and more Chinese cities resumed mass testing for Covid-19, as China fights a fresh nationwide spike in cases that has deepened concerns about its economy. China reported 28,127 new local cases nationally for Monday, nearing its daily infection peak in April, with cases in the southern city of … Read more

China reports first Covid death for six months as Beijing cases rise

China reported the death of an 87-year-old man in Beijing on Sunday as its first fatality from Covid-19 in six months, with cases rising despite a stringent zero-Covid policy. China is the last major economy still welded to a no-tolerance policy on the virus and has enforced snap lockdowns, mass testing and quarantines even as … Read more

How the rise of knitting is fighting stress, as well as fast fashion | The Citizen

Knit one, purl one, and repeat… A favourite activity of many a granny just a few years ago, knitting is now gaining popularity among men, as well as younger generations, to the point of becoming a star activity on social networks. This is due to its stress-busting virtues, as well as a growing craze for … Read more

Rise in back pain and long-term sickness linked to home working – ONS

Anybody who emerged from the Covid-19 lockdowns with a frozen shoulder or a neck crick after spending hours hunched over their laptop at the kitchen table would be painfully aware of the dangers of working from home. Now the nation’s number crunchers have provided evidence that one reason for the UK’s chronic labour shortage is … Read more

Indonesia child deaths blamed on syrup medicines rise to 195 | The Citizen

Indonesia said Monday the number of child deaths from kidney failure or damage linked to harmful substances found in syrup medicines has risen to 195. The Southeast Asian country has seen a spike in cases of acute kidney injury (AKI) since August, prompting a probe and subsequent ban on all liquid medicine sales. More than … Read more

Pfizer lifts 2022 forecast for Covid-19 vaccine sales as profits rise | The Citizen

Pfizer reported higher quarterly profits Tuesday as it lifted its full-year forecast for coronavirus vaccine sales and predicted Covid-19 would yield billions more in revenues for the foreseeable future. The big US drugmaker now expects 2022 sales of the Comirnaty Covid-19 vaccine of $34 billion, up $2 billion from the prior outlook.  Pfizer maintained its … Read more

Plea to vaccinate children against flu as hospitalisations rise in England

Parents are being urged to get their young children vaccinated against flu as data suggests hospitalisation rates among under-fives have almost doubled in England in the space of two weeks. Data suggests the UK could face a triple whammy of respiratory illness this winter. While experts are concerned there could be another Covid wave, levels … Read more

‘Alcogenic society’: Australian hospitals see steep rise in severe alcohol-related disease

One quarter of intensive care resources in a major regional tertiary hospital have been used to treat critical illness directly related to alcohol consumption, a Queensland physician claims. The intensive care physician told Guardian Australia he was alarmed at the steep rise in cases of severe, end-stage alcohol-related disease he has seen “in just a … Read more