Lessons from China’s Covid lockdowns

A man wearing personal protective equipment walks near a locked area due to the recent Covid-19 coronavirus outbreaks in Beijing on May 10. Photo: Christmas celis/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Beijing’s Covid lockdowns are an economic danger for China and everyone, and the Communist Party seems to know it. Witness recent and belated attempts to spur economic … Read more

New study finds omicron no less severe than previous variants, not just more transmissible

A new study led by researchers from Harvard Medical School and others has found that the omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is just as severe as previous variants, and no more transmissible but no less severe, as reported. thought so before. The study was based on records of 130,000 COVID patients in … Read more

Omicron has caused an increase in the number of deaths among vaccinated people, analysis shows, although unvaccinated people remain most at risk

The omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 that has swept across the United States since late last year has had a grimmer toll than previous variants, including in people who have been vaccinated and even received booster shots. It depends a Washington Post analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and … Read more

Omicron has caused an increase in the number of deaths among vaccinated people, analysis shows, although unvaccinated people remain most at risk

The omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 that has swept across the United States since late last year has had a grimmer toll than previous variants, including in people who have been vaccinated and even received booster shots. It depends a Washington Post analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and … Read more

South Africa hit by new omicron subvariants that have been detected in the United States in small numbers

A rise in COVID-19 cases in South Africa fueled by two new omicron subvariants has raised concerns that they are even more transmissible than the BA.2 strain that has dominated in the United States since early April. The BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants have led to a tripling of cases in South Africa in the past … Read more

South Africa hit by new omicron subvariants that have been detected in the United States in small numbers

A rise in COVID-19 cases in South Africa fueled by two new omicron subvariants has raised concerns that they are even more transmissible than the BA.2 strain that has dominated in the United States since early April. The BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants have led to a tripling of cases in South Africa in the past … Read more

Xi Jinping bets everything on Zero Covid

The Chinese Leninist political system is very good at mass mobilization but very bad at stopping mass mobilization once it has started. Mao Zedong proved this most destructively with the Great Leap Forward in 1958. Today, Xi Jinping’s bold embrace of the zero-Covid policy, in the face of an increasingly transmissible Omicron variant, evokes Mao’s … Read more

Xi Jinping bets everything on Zero Covid

The Chinese Leninist political system is very good at mass mobilization but very bad at stopping mass mobilization once it has started. Mao Zedong proved this most destructively with the Great Leap Forward in 1958. Today, Xi Jinping’s bold embrace of the zero-Covid policy, in the face of an increasingly transmissible Omicron variant, evokes Mao’s … Read more

Apple says China’s Covid-19 lockdowns weigh on sales

Apple Inc. AAPL 4.52% warned on Thursday that the resurgence of Covid-19 in China threatens to hamper sales of up to $8 billion in the current quarter – a setback after seeing supply chain improvements in the first three months of the year. The iPhone maker’s guidance came Thursday shortly after the company posted one … Read more

US GDP falls 1.4% as economy contracts for first time since pandemic began

US gross domestic product decreased at an annual rate of 1.4% in the first quarter as supply disruptions weighed on the economy, although solid consumer and business spending suggests growth will resume. The decline in U.S. gross domestic product marked a sharp reversal from a 6.9% annual growth rate in the fourth quarter, the Commerce … Read more