Sharp decline in COVID-19 reporting since China eased restrictions

BEIJING – China’s National Health Commission scaled down its daily COVID-19 report starting Wednesday in response to a sharp decline in PCR testing since the government eased antivirus measures after daily cases hit record highs. A notice on the commission’s website said it stopped publishing daily figures on numbers of COVID-19 cases where no symptoms … Read more

Ukraine: Russian strikes thwarted, wreckage hits buildings

KYIV, Ukraine – Ukrainian authorities said they thwarted a Russian attack on Kyiv and the surrounding region Wednesday as their air defense system intercepted and destroyed 13 explosive-laden drones, although wreckage from some of them damaged five buildings. No casualties were reported. The attempted strikes underlined how vulnerable Ukraine’s capital remains to the regular Russian … Read more

China accepts “no way to keep track” of COVID cases amid shift from eradication strategy to “treatment”

Beijing — A week after China’s health authorities sparked chaos and confusion by announcing sweeping changes to the country’s draconian COVID-19 control measures, the government’s coronavirus czar has tried to bring some clarity about the new strategy. In doing so, China’s government has admitted for the first time that it’s impossible to try and detect … Read more

States challenge Biden to lower drug prices by allowing imports from Canada

The Biden administration is facing mounting pressure from states to let them import medicine from Canada to help lower prescription drug costs. Colorado on Dec. 5 became at least the fourth state to seek federal permission to use the strategy, following Florida, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. President Biden has endorsed the approach, but his administration … Read more

Woman fears disabled parents will ‘eat Christmas dinner on floor’ after DFS ‘lose sofa’

A woman fears her disabled parents could be forced into eating their Christmas dinner on the floor. Samantha Catlow, 34, from Greasby, Merseyside, explained how her parents new sofa had got ‘lost in transit’ by furniture retailer DFS after it was first bought in October for £1,587. Her parents, Sharon Connor, 51, and Terrence Connor, … Read more

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