Reuters: North Korea’s Kim orders military to stabilise supply of COVID drugs

Reuters: North Korea’s Kim orders military to stabilise supply of COVID drugs. “Leader Kim Jong Un has ordered North Korea’s military to stabilise distribution of COVID-19 medicine in the capital, Pyongyang, in the battle on the country’s first confirmed outbreak of the disease, state media said. Last week brought the North’s first acknowledgment of an ‘explosive’ outbreak, with experts warning it could devastate a country with limited medical supplies and no vaccine programme.”

KOMO News: Ruby Princess cruise ship under investigation after multiple large COVID-19 outbreaks

KOMO News: Ruby Princess cruise ship under investigation after multiple large COVID-19 outbreaks. “The ship, the Ruby Princess, reported 37 cases for an April 23 trip. San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) officials say ships leaving the city must have a vaccine rate of 95 percent for crews and passengers to disembark. This trip had a 100 percent vaccine rate for the crew, passengers were at 99 percent, according to SFDPH. However, cases are still popping up. The 37 cases counted for the recent trip was more than tripled just 12 days before.”

New York Times: Before Washington’s ‘Nerd Prom,’ Lots of Risk-Benefit Calculation

New York Times: Before Washington’s ‘Nerd Prom,’ Lots of Risk-Benefit Calculation. “Vice President Kamala Harris’s coronavirus infection is raising questions that some in the nation’s capital wish would remain unspoken: Is it safe for President Biden to attend the so-called nerd prom, otherwise known as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? Should the dinner even be held? The flashy event, at which journalists, politicians and policy wonks mingle with celebrities, is returning in person this Saturday after a two-year absence because of the pandemic. It will be the first time a president has attended since 2016. Expected attendance: 2,600.”

KTVU: San Mateo High School prom sparks COVID outbreak

KTVU: San Mateo High School prom sparks COVID outbreak. “San Mateo High School students danced, ate and gave each other corsages at their prom this month at the Asian Art Museum. And then, at least 90 of them also got COVID as of Thursday, according to the district’s superintendent. Masks were strongly recommended at the April 9 prom, according to Supt. Kevin Skelly, but many students did not wear them.”

Miami Herald: At least 50 California eighth-graders positive for COVID after spring field trip to DC

Miami Herald: At least 50 California eighth-graders positive for COVID after spring field trip to DC. “An annual spring break field trip was restarted after a two-year pause during the pandemic — and dozens of California eighth-graders came home with COVID-19, health officials told news outlets. More than 50 students from two Marin County schools tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a trip to Washington, D.C., the Marin Independent Journal reported.”

Boing Boing: Hundreds of flights canceled due to Covid illness immediately after airlines canceled mask policy

Boing Boing: Hundreds of flights canceled due to Covid illness immediately after airlines canceled mask policy. “As US airlines push to have in-flight mask mandates lifted on the federal level, mask-optional European airlines are seeing hundreds of flight cancelations due to (yep, you guessed it) out-of-commission employees sick with Covid-19. For instance, Swiss-based EasyJet lifted mask requirements on March 27 and, lo and behold, cancelled 202 of its 3,517 flights between March 28–April 3 due to Covid illness, according to CBS. During the same time in 2019, the number of cancellations was zero. As in 0.”

Washington Post: After Gridiron Dinner, a covid outbreak among Washington A-list guests

Washington Post: After Gridiron Dinner, a covid outbreak among Washington A-list guests. “As of Tuesday morning, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Ca.), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.) and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo announced they had received positive results on coronavirus tests after attending the dinner at the downtown Renaissance Washington Hotel. In addition, about a half-dozen journalists, and members of the White House and National Security Council staff also said they tested positive following the event. Their names are being withheld because they have not announced their status publicly.” Just as I finished typing this I got a tweet that Merrick Garland has also tested positive from the same event.

Boston Globe: COVID cases soar at Wellesley Middle School after student performance of ‘Frozen’

Boston Globe: COVID cases soar at Wellesley Middle School after student performance of ‘Frozen’ . “Wellesley Public Schools administrators tightened COVID-19 protocols again Friday after an outbreak among the cast and crew of a middle school musical performed last weekend contributed to a surge in cases. As of Friday, 44 new cases had been reported among middle school students and staff since March 19, more than 60 percent of the 72 infections reported in the Wellesley schools in that time period, according to the district’s COVID-19 data dashboard.”

Schools Week: Covid pupil absences triple in two weeks and almost 1 in 10 teachers off

Schools Week (UK): Covid pupil absences triple in two weeks and almost 1 in 10 teachers off. “The number of pupils missing school due to Covid has more than tripled in just two weeks, and almost one in ten teachers are now absent nationally, new government data suggests. The Department for Education’s latest attendance survey data estimates that on March 17, 202,000 pupils, or 2.5 per cent of the pupil population, were absent for Covid-related reasons.”

The City: COVID Case Counts More Than Doubled in Public Schools Since Last Month, DOE Data Shows

The City: COVID Case Counts More Than Doubled in Public Schools Since Last Month, DOE Data Shows. “Reported COVID cases in New York City public schools rose rapidly in the last seven days, registering their biggest weekly gain since the peak of the Omicron wave in January. The rise in school cases exceeded a general uptick in positive tests seen in some parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn in the past week. The city Department of Education reported 1,422 infections in the seven-day period ending March 22, more than twice as many cases as reported in the seven-day period a month ago – while also marking the fourth consecutive weekly gain, DOE statistics show.”

Yonhap News Agency: (2nd LD) S. Korea’s new COVID-19 cases surpass somber 400,000 milestone amid omicron wave

Yonhap News Agency: (2nd LD) S. Korea’s new COVID-19 cases surpass somber 400,000 milestone amid omicron wave. ” South Korea’s new COVID-19 cases hit yet another somber milestone of more than 400,000 on Wednesday, driven by the dominant omicron variant spreading at an overwhelming speed. The country added 400,741 new daily COVID-19 infections, mostly locally transmitted, raising the total caseload to 7,629,275, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.”

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea’s new daily COVID-19 cases top 300,000 for 2nd day as omicron spreads fast

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea’s new daily COVID-19 cases top 300,000 for 2nd day as omicron spreads fast. “- South Korea confirmed more than 300,000 coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day Thursday as the dominant omicron variant of the coronavirus continued to spur new outbreaks nationwide. The country reported 327,549 new COVID-19 infections, including 327,490 local cases, raising the total caseload to 5,539,650, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).”