Last Updated: 13:08 GMT Friday, 27 Jan. 2023

Covid-denying Russian monk sentenced to 7 years for inciting hatred

Nikolai Romanov urged his followers to disobey the government’s lockdown measures and spread conspiracy theories about a global plot to control the masses.
Associated Press / South China Morning Post   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 12:40:17

What To Expect From Pfizer's Q4?

Its Covid-19 vaccine and the antiviral pill will likely contribute a little over $12 billion to its top line, aligning with prior-year quarter's sales.
Trefis Team, Contributor / Forbes   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 12:00:29

3 takeaways from this year's weird season

Bita Honarvar/Vox; H. Armstrong Images Believe it or not, we are not going to be sick forever. The triple threat of influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV), and Covid-19 has been another stress test for a battered US health care system this winter. But after a succession of waves, it ...
Dylan Scott / Vox   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 12:00:00

My 7-month-old baby has had COVID, flu, and RSV. I'm angry, but I also know I did my best.

The author has four kids. Her youngest was born in 2022 and since has been sick non-stop. The pediatrician assured her this winter was unprecedented.
Samantha Smith / Business Insider   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 11:45:00

Don't Blame Covid for the Worker Shortage

The American worker is going AWOL-often because they've aged out of the workforce, or never entered it. Their absence could impede the economy's ability to grow, and make for a less prosperous future.
WSJ   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 10:30:00

Satire Or Serious: "Why Didn't The Unvaccinated Do More To Warn Us?"

Satire Or Serious: "Why Didn't The Unvaccinated Do More To Warn Us?" Given the gargantuan level of gaslighting going on globally, it is difficult for us to judge whether the following is the most serious reframing of the entire COVID crisis yet or the most satisfyingly satirical take on the ...
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 10:29:45

Most bosses secretly want all staff back in offices, says head of CBI

Since Covid pandemic 'whole world of work has gone crazy', adds Tony Danker Most bosses secretly want to get all staff back to working in the office, according to the head of Britain's leading business lobby group. Tony Danker, the director general of the Confederation of British Industry, said the ...
Mark Sweney / Guardian   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 10:02:40

Union Budget 2023 could be just what the Indian economy needs

The Union Budget of India for the scal year 2023 is expected to be a crucial one, as the country continues to recover positively from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The government is...
Sunu Mathew / Times of India   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 09:58:40

H&M Profit Battered by Rising Costs, Russia Exit

The fast-fashion giant reported a 68% decline in annual profit after economic and geopolitical challenges hampered its efforts to rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic.
WSJ   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 09:07:00

As Japan moves to downgrade COVID, focus shifts to messaging on risks

People will be encouraged to make their own judgments on the risk from the coronavirus, but experts say scientifically sound advice will remain important.
Tomoko Otake / Japan Times   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 09:00:54

COVID-19 tracker: Tokyo logs 4,297 new cases as drop continues

A total of 25 deaths were reported among COVID-19 patients in the capital, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said.
No Author / Japan Times   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 08:01:54

Demand for mourning flowers rises in Covid-hit Chinese province

Chrysanthemum prices jump as China grapples with wave of coronavirus deaths
FT   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 07:48:22

After 3 years of Covid, CNN went deep into rural China for Lunar New Year. Here's what we found and how officials tried stopping us

In China's southern Guizhou province, there's a tiny village in the southeast corner, nestled deep within the mountains, called Dali. A wall of lush green trees and bamboo surround this village of about one-thousand people, who've lived in wooden homes with gray-tiled roofs for centuries.
CNN   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 07:34:59

See how government officials responded to the CNN team

CNN's Selina Wang traveled to rural China during the traditional Lunar New Year.
CNN   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 07:23:11

British taxpayers get stake in psychedelic medicine, whisky and footballers' investor

Government's Future Fund rescue capital, set up amid Covid pandemic, backs a further 53 firms British taxpayers have become shareholders in a further 53 companies backed by a government rescue funding scheme, including a company that makes carbon negative period products, a firm producing meat cultivated directly from cells without ...
Joe Middleton / Guardian   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 07:00:44

Japan's foreign worker population hits record 1.82 million despite COVID impact

While the figures continue a string of consecutive new annual highs recorded since 2013, the year-on-year increase was far below the 13.6% rise in 2019 ...
No Author / Japan Times   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 06:49:34

Coronavirus: top adviser echoes call for review of Hong Kong’s handling of Covid – but only after end to pandemic, and without targeting any official

Exco convenor Regina Ip suggests lawmakers and health experts should be appointed for eventual move, but judges should be left out as they are not policy experts.
Fiona Sun / South China Morning Post   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 06:20:33

China favours Switzerland as a tourist destination

Chinese travel agencies will soon offer tourists 20 destinations around the world. Switzerland, which does not require a Covid test, is one of only two European countries on the list.
Swissinfo / SNB CHF Blog   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 06:19:17

Swiss president remains tight-lipped on 'Covid leaks'

Alain Berset told his ministerial colleagues on Wednesday that he had no knowledge of leaks from his department to the media. In public however Berset remains reluctant to give further information.
Swissinfo / SNB CHF Blog   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 05:30:00

China looks past Covid as tourist bookings surge for the Lunar New Year

People in China are moving past the pandemic and going out to travel, preliminary data for the Lunar New Year holiday show.
CNBC   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 05:12:51

South Korea extends restrictions on China arrivals amid concerns over post-Lunar New Year holiday Covid-19 surge

Health authorities have extend the coronavirus measures on short-term travellers from China through the end of February.
Associated Press / South China Morning Post   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 04:42:30

FDA withdraws Covid antibody treatment Evusheld because it's not effective against 93% of subvariants

Many take Evusheld as an additional layer of protection because the vaccines do not trigger a strong immune response for them.
CNBC   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 04:37:04

Video: South Korean street vendors eagerly await Chinese tourists amid tit-for-tat Covid travel measures

SCMP Reporter / South China Morning Post   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 04:06:28

UN forecasts decrease in global economic growth to 1.9 percent

The United Nations has forecast that global economic growth will fall significantly to 1.9 percent this year as a result of the food and energy crisis sparked by the war in Ukraine, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, persistently high inflation and the climate emergency.
Hurriyet   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 04:00:00

Grand Canyon's Havasu Falls to reopen to visitors after 3-year closure

Havasu Falls, one of the most intriguing features of the Grand Canyon system, will be reopening to visitors after a three-year closure caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. But it's with a catch.
CNN   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 03:19:35

Mass. reports 5,797 COVID-19 cases and 168 deaths from the past week

The seven-day average of positive test results dropped from 10.86% to 9.35%. The post Mass. reports 5,797 COVID-19 cases and 168 deaths from the past week appeared first on Boston.com .
Rami Abou-Sabe / Boston Globe   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 02:50:00

FDA Experts Vote to Make All COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters Bivalent

The expert panel agreed it was time to use the same strain in both the primary and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Alice Park / Time   |   Fri, 27 Jan 2023 02:16:58