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Nationwide Covid cases are up 55 percent

CDC advisers voted to recommend Pfizer’s Covid booster shot for children ages five to 11 after the FDA gave the green light earlier in the week. The head of the FDA says an advisory panel will consider Moderna’s application soon. This comes as the U.S. witnesses 100,000 new daily Covid infections for the first time in months.
Nationwide Covid cases are up 55 percent
Nationwide Covid cases are up 55 percent

U.K.’s Johnson faces no further fines over ‘partygate‘ scandal

The scandal, dubbed “partygate” by the media, has dealt a heavy blow to Johnson’s leadership.
Image: Boris Johnson
Image: Boris Johnson

A man was accidentally given the Covid relief funds for his town. He hit the online casino.

His lawyer said the 24-year-old unemployed man was sorry for having spent most of the money intended as pandemic relief for low-income households on overseas online casinos.
Media gather outside a police station following reports of a man arrested for allegedly gambling away 46.3 million yen ($360,000) in Covid relief aid mistakenly deposited into his bank account in Yamaguchi western Japan, on May 19, 2022.
Media gather outside a police station following reports of a man arrested for allegedly gambling away 46.3 million yen ($360,000) in Covid relief aid mistakenly deposited into his bank account in Yamaguchi western Japan, on May 19, 2022.

Beijing students protest lockdown amid rising scrutiny of China’s ‘zero-Covid’ policy

Students at Peking University successfully challenged an effort to erect a wall around their off-campus dormitory, saying they should have the same freedoms as staff.
Image: CHINA-HEALTH-VIRUS-RIGHTS
Image: CHINA-HEALTH-VIRUS-RIGHTS

Covid is 'explosively' spreading through North Korea. What does this mean for Kim Jong Un?

The outbreak comes as President Joe Biden is set to arrive in Seoul on Friday for a visit to South Korea and Japan, his first trip to Asia since taking office.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on May 17, 2022.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on May 17, 2022.

FDA greenlights nonprescription test for Covid, flu and RSV

The test, from Labcorp, allows people to test for three respiratory viruses at once.
A driver places a swab into a vial at a free drive-thru Covid-19 testing site in the parking lot of the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., on Jan. 20, 2022.
A driver places a swab into a vial at a free drive-thru Covid-19 testing site in the parking lot of the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., on Jan. 20, 2022.

FDA authorizes Pfizer Covid booster for children 5 to 11 years old

A study in February found that two doses of the vaccine offered little protection against the omicron variant.
Miami-Dade County Mayor And Superintendent of Schools Visits Elementary School Vaccination Site
Miami-Dade County Mayor And Superintendent of Schools Visits Elementary School Vaccination Site

Shanghai achieves ‘zero Covid’ status, but normal life is weeks away

Residents expressed skepticism as China’s most populous city set out its clearest timetable yet for exiting a lockdown that has been extended time and again.
Shanghai To Resume Normal Life In 3-phase
Shanghai To Resume Normal Life In 3-phase

North Korea reports another fever surge amid virus outbreak

The country’s deaths have risen to 56 after more than 1.48 million people became ill with fever since late April.
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Third round of free Covid-19 tests now available

The websites for HHS and the U.S. Postal Service directed people Monday to apply for a third round of at-home tests.
Image: Home Covid-19 tests
Image: Home Covid-19 tests

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