Health News Summary: Beijing City Reports 39 New Local COVID Infections in Last 24 Hours; England reports case of rare monkeypox infection and more


Here is a summary of health news briefs.

Shanghai tightens lockdown to achieve zero COVID goal by end of May – sources

Shanghai is tightening its already strict COVID-19 lockdown in a fresh effort to wipe out infections outside of China’s biggest city’s quarantine zones by the end of the month, people familiar with the matter said. Curbs will likely vary across the city’s 16 districts as some have already hit the target, but people said curbs on movement will generally remain through the end of May due to fears of a rebound, despite the recent drop the number of cases in the country’s worst coronavirus outbreak.

‘Stop asking why’: Shanghai tightens COVID lockdown, Beijing continues testing

Shanghai authorities have tightened the citywide COVID lockdown they imposed more than a month ago, extending until the end of May a hardship that the Chinese capital Beijing was desperate to avoid by transforming mass testing into an almost daily routine. The 25 million mall was making a fresh push to bring the number of cases outside the areas that faced the toughest restrictions to zero by the second half of May, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Chaos at Apple supplier Quanta shows strains of Shanghai’s COVID lockdown

Quanta Shanghai Manufacturing City appears to be an ideal site to implement China’s “closed-loop” management system to prevent the spread of COVID that requires staff to live and work onsite in a secure bubble. Sprawled across land the size of 20 football pitches, the campus is home to factories, housing for 40,000 workers, some living 12 to a room, and even a supermarket.

England reports rare case of monkeypox infection

A person in England has been diagnosed with a rare monkeypox viral infection believed to be linked to travel to West Africa, health authorities said on Saturday. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said in a statement that the case, in a person who had recently traveled to Nigeria, was being treated in an expert respiratory infectious disease unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London.

Beijing city reports 39 new local COVID infections in past 24 hours

Beijing reported 39 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections in the 24 hours ending at 3:00 p.m. (0700 GMT) on Sunday, a disease control official in the Chinese capital said. The city has recorded a total of 727 COVID infections since April 22, Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Health Commission, said at a press briefing.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Alito’s abortion history lesson challenged

Justice Samuel Alito’s proposed U.S. Supreme Court decision that would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion nationwide rests on a contested historical examination of procedural restrictions enacted in the 19th century. Lawyers and academics supporting abortion rights have criticized Alito’s reading of the story as glossing over disputed facts and ignoring relevant details as conservative justice seeks to demonstrate that the constitutional right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy was wrongly recognized in Roe.

(With agency contributions.)


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