Death of baby in China incites anger on social media over ‘zero Covid’ rules

The death of a four-month-old baby in central China has stoked public anger on social media as frustrations mount over Beijing’s stringent “dynamic zero Covid” policy, which has confined millions to their homes and sparked angry protests. The girl died after suffering vomiting and diarrhoea while in quarantine at a hotel in the city of … Read more

China eases some Covid rules amid growing discontent and economic pressure

China has eased some of its strict Covid rules in an apparent attempt to alleviate economic pressures and cool escalating discontent, though authorities insist their “war” against the pandemic remains unchanged. The changes include shortening quarantine periods by two days for close contacts of infected people and for travellers arriving in the country, as well … Read more

Japan to tighten rules on donations to religious groups after Abe murder | The Citizen

The Japanese government will propose a new law to prevent harmfully large donations to religious groups, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday, after Shinzo Abe’s assassination heightened scrutiny of the Unification Church. Kishida has been battling criticism over links between the sect and politicians since former premier Abe was shot dead in July. The man … Read more

Psilocybin research kept ‘in limbo’ by rules and attitudes, say UK scientists

Draconian licensing rules and a lack of public funding are holding back the emerging field of psychedelic medicine in the UK, leading scientists have warned after the release of groundbreaking results on the use of psilocybin to treat depression. The latest clinical trial found that a single dose of the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, … Read more

China’s ‘unswerving’ zero-Covid rules see no let up

Health officials in China on Saturday dashed hopes there would be a relaxation of the country’s strict Covid-19 restrictions. At a news conference, they insisted China would “unswervingly” stick to its zero-Covid policy which includes lockdowns, quarantining and rigorous testing aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus. The announcement follows several days’ speculation that … Read more

Australia’s Covid lockdown rules found to have lacked fairness and compassion

Australia’s Covid-19 response failed the nation’s most vulnerable people and in many cases amounted to overreach, according to a new report. The report, Fault lines: an independent review into Australia’s response to Covid-19, led by former public servant Peter Shergold, also found some lockdowns and border closures were not necessary and schools should have remained … Read more

Calgary doctor files human rights complaint over changes to mask rules on airplanes | Globalnews.ca

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted September 28, 2022 3:34 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ A family doctor in Calgary has filed a human rights complaint over Ottawa’s decision to no longer require masks on airplanes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The federal government … Read more

UK care homes still stopping family reunions months after Covid rules eased

Two and a half years after Boris Johnson announced the first UK lockdown, and seven months after the last domestic measures ended, some care homes in Britain are still denying people access to their elderly relatives due to Covid restrictions. Grandchildren have been banned by some homes, which put age limits on visitors. Others exclude … Read more

U.S. should follow Canada and scrap COVID-19 border rules, lawmakers urge White House – National | Globalnews.ca

Lawmakers from the northern United States are cheering reports that Canada is poised to abandon COVID-19 vaccination rules for foreign visitors, and want President Joe Biden’s administration to follow suit. Montana Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas this week to urge him to lift the vaccine requirement for truck … Read more