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Mass Testing to Start in Hong Kong Soon

Preparing for the lockdown, Hong Kong citizens rush to grocery stores and pharmacies as a mass testing plan for Covid-19 is about to start. On Tuesday, the Chinese special administrative region reported 32,597 new coronavirus cases, with 117 deaths within a day. The daily number has increased over 30 times compared to 100 reported cases at the beginning of February.

The city’s report reveals over 230,000 coronavirus infected cases with over 800 deaths since the outbreak back in 2020. In the past week, almost 500 people have lost their lives due to coronavirus, most of them not vaccinated.  

Dynamic zero policy is followed in Hong Kong like mainland China trying to suppress all types of outbreaks rather than wrestling to live with infections.

The mandatory mass testing plan for 7.4 million citizens will start in the second half of March, according to the South China Morning Post.

The news of testing has spread worries as isolation will be implemented for many people. The SCMP said people will be tested three times during the course of nine days. However, the government is uncertain over how lockdown should take place; on a district or city-based manner.

Sing Tao daily announced the stock market of Hong Kong will stay active. In a statement the stock exchange said the governments intends to maintain the markets activity at any cost.

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By Saha on March 2, 2022

New Pandemic is Likely, Bill Gates

A potential pandemic would probably spread as a new pathogen of covid-19, said Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft. In an interview with CNBC, he said the disease from covid-19 won’t be as severe. Developments in medical business would be able to help us fight the disease better, if we start investing now, said Gates.

He added the most unpleasant effects of the virus “have dramatically reduced” as the world’s population has reached a point of immunity.

The WHO’s aim for vaccination of the world’s population by the second half of this year was not achieved, he said.

At least a single dose of the vaccine has currently been injected to 61.9% of the people in the world.

300 million dollars have been donated to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, CEPI, through the cooperation between the Bill & Melinda Gates’ Foundation and Wellcome Trust charity.

Covax program was developed through the donation to provide vaccines for low- and middle-income countries.

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By Saha on February 19, 2022

World's Least Vaccinated Countries

Figures organized by Our World in Data shows that Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti are countries across the world with the least Covid-19 vaccination received.

In Burundi, only 0.05% of the country’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccination.

In Congo, meanwhile, 0.4% of the population has received a minimum of one dose and the number in Haiti does not even reach 1%.

No more than 5.5% of people in low-income countries have been fully vaccinated, the data also states whereas 72% has received full vaccination in high-income countries. 

No more than 5.5% of people in low-income countries have been fully vaccinated, the data also states whereas 72% has received full vaccination in high-income countries.

Below 2% of the Yemenis has received their vaccination as their land is a focal point of unrest and violence. Equally, in South Sudan, which struggles with power issues, roughly 2% of the population has been inoculated. 

Many countries in Africa are among those with the least immunization rates: examples include Chad, Madagascar and Tanzania, ranging from 1.5% to 4%.

In Caribbean countries, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, less than one in three have received vaccination. 

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By Saha on February 2, 2022

UN's Forecast on Low Economic Growth in 2022, 2023

On Thursday, the United Nations stated its prediction report on the decreasing state of global economic development for the consecutive years 2022 and 2023 as the entire world deals with issues like coronavirus spread, continual workforce market, rooted supply chain, as well as high inflation challenges. According to the U.N, the global economy forecasts growth of 4% and 3.5% in 2022 and 2023, respectively. The highest rate of growth in global economy was seen in 2021 after over four decades, 5.5%.

Liu Zhenmin, the Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in a news conference said that two years after the pandemic, the economic vision in the world is dim at the beginning of 2022, he added. Creating employment has not overcome the losses and lack of employment is impacting youth and women. The shadowy economic prospect comes as a result of covid-19 expansion, supply issue, and high inflation rates in many parts of the globe, he emphasized.

2021 saw a recovery in economy, mainly attributed to consumer purchases, increase in investments exceeding the amount before the pandemic, the U.N. World Economic Situation and Prospects 2022 report suggested. However, growth rate in large economies, involving China, EU, and the U.S, dramatically speeded down at the end of 2021. The report also added that lack of workforce among developed countries is escalating supply chain issue and inflation, thereby weakening the economic growth in the majority of developing countries. 

 

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By Saha on January 14, 2022

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