The latest Saturday coronavirus news from Canada and around the world. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories, if available.
8:29 am North Korea said on Saturday it had found about 220,000 more people with fever symptoms, even as leader Kim Jong Un slowed the largely uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in its unaffiliated population. Claimed progress in doing so and indicated an easing of virus restrictions to nurse a decimating economy.
The outbreak has raised concerns about serious tragedies in the poor, isolated country with one of the world’s worst health care systems and a high tolerance for civilian suffering. Experts say North Korea is almost certainly downplaying the true scale of the viral spread, including the strange death toll, in a bid to soften the political blow on Kim as he undermines his decade of rule. Navigates the most difficult moment.
About 219,030 North Koreans were identified with fever in the 24 hours since 6 p.m. on Friday, according to the North Korean Central News Agency, a direct daily increase of nearly 200,000, which sent the government’s anti-virus headquarters for information. Held responsible.
North Korea said more than 2.4 million people have fallen ill and 66 have died since the rapid outbreak of an unknown fever in late April, although the country has been reporting only a handful of those cases as COVID-19. able to identify. test supplies. After maintaining a dubious claim for 2 1/2 years that it had completely stopped the virus from entering its territory, North admitted to Omicron infections last week.
8:25 am After mass shootings killed and injured people who went grocery shopping, going to church and simply living their lives last weekend, the nation marked a milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19. This number, once unimaginable, is now an irreversible reality in the United States—such as the persistent reality of gun violence that kills thousands of people a year.
Americans have always endured high rates of death in certain sections of society. But the number of deaths from preventable causes, and the clear acknowledgment that no policy change is on the horizon, raises the question: Is mass death accepted in America?
“I think the evidence is anecdotal and absolutely clear. We will endure the massive amount of genocide, suffering and death in America, as we have in the last two years. We have our own history,” said an epidemiologist and professor at Yale Greg Gonsalves, who was a prominent member of the AIDS advocacy group ACT UP.
“If I thought the AIDS epidemic was bad, then the American response to COVID-19 is kind of … it’s a form of American quirk, isn’t it?” Gonsalves says. “Really – a million people are dead? And you’re going to talk to me about the need to get back to normalcy, when for the most part most of us have been living a fairly reasonable life for the past six months?
Some communities have always borne the brunt of high mortality rates. There are deep racial and class inequalities in the United States, and our tolerance of death is partly based on risk, said Elizabeth Wrigley-field, a sociology professor who studies mortality at the University of Minnesota.
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8:20 am Epidemic restrictions on migrants seeking asylum at the southern border should continue, a judge ordered Friday blocking the Biden administration’s plan to lift them early next week.
The ruling was the latest example of the court derailing the president’s proposed immigration policies along the US border with Mexico.
The Justice Department said the administration would appeal, but the ruling virtually ensured that restrictions would not end as planned on Monday. The delay would be a blow to advocates who say asylum rights are being trampled on, and a relief to some Democrats who fear a widely projected increase in illegal crossings will put them in an already difficult midterm election year. Will put me on the defensive.
In Tijuana, Mexico, 34-year-old Yeshivat Evangelina Aguilar covered her face in her hands and cried when she learned of the decision from an Associated Press reporter. “I think there’s no hope left now,” said Aguilar, who fled the Mexican state of Guerrero nearly a year ago after the murder of her brother. “feel so bad.”
8:13 am Hong Kong reported a total of 228 COVID cases on Saturday as the city gradually reopens restaurants and allows more no-mask activities while protecting against the arrival of a possible sixth wave in the summer.
Health officials said at a briefing that 103 of the new infections were detected through laboratory tests and 125 through rapid antigen tests. There were 16 imported cases and no new virus-related deaths were reported in the city.
Hong Kong is moving away from the strict COVID Zero policy adopted by China as it slowly moves towards reopening its borders. The number of daily cases in the city has fallen from a peak of more than 50,000 in March, while the number of deaths has risen to more than 250. Still, officials have warned residents to remain vigilant and protect themselves from a possible sixth wave of the virus with the onset of summer.
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