Fourth wave scare: Shanghai now using metal barriers to block off streets to control Covid-19 spread (Zee News)

Zee News: Fourth wave scare: Shanghai now using metal barriers to block off streets to control Covid-19 spread. “Shanghai’s new tool in its fight against Covid-19 that induced some rigorous pandemic measures as part of China’s zero Covid policy is metal barriers. Volunteers and low-level government workers are using metal and steel barriers to block off small streets and entrances to apartment complexes, PTI reported.”

BBC: Covid trapped me at home for more than seven months

BBC: Covid trapped me at home for more than seven months. “Ian [Lester] was born with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, which makes it harder for him to fight off infections. Even a common cold can linger. He shielded during the first wave of Covid, but coronavirus eventually found him in December 2020. He had one of the classic symptoms – a slight loss of sense of taste and smell – which cleared up within a month. For most of us that would be the end of it, but Ian’s Covid journey was only just beginning.”

Winter Olympics 2022: China eases Covid testing rules amid rise in cases (BBC)

BBC: Winter Olympics 2022: China eases Covid testing rules amid rise in cases. “The new change makes it easier for participants arriving at the Games to be considered virus-free. Of more than 3,000 Olympic arrivals, 106 have tested positive for the virus since 4 January. Outside of the tournament’s closed-off premises, Beijing locals are facing harsher restrictions and new lockdowns.”

BBC: Hong Kong police charge two former aircrew over Covid rules

BBC: Hong Kong police charge two former aircrew over Covid rules. “Hong Kong police say two former flight attendants have been arrested and charged for allegedly breaking the city’s coronavirus restrictions. Police said the two had ‘conducted unnecessary activities’ when they should have been in home isolation. They both later tested positive for the fast-spreading Omicron variant.”

Covid: Self-isolation cut to five full days in England (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Self-isolation cut to five full days in England. “The minimum self-isolation period for people testing positive for Covid-19 in England has been cut to five full days. The quarantine period has been reduced after a review of the medical evidence, to help ease staff shortages across the economy. But people will need to produce negative lateral flow tests on days five and six of their isolation.”

University of Exeter: One in ten people may still be infectious for COVID after ten days, new research indicates

University of Exeter: One in ten people may still be infectious for COVID after ten days, new research indicates. “One in 10 people may have clinically relevant levels of potentially infectious SARS-CoV-2 past the 10 day quarantine period, according to new research. The study, led by the University of Exeter and funded by Animal Free Research UK, used a newly adapted test which can detect whether the virus was potentially still active.”

‘I feel disrespected overall by the administration’: UMich students face long waits, difficulties with quarantine and isolation policies (The Michigan Daily)

The Michigan Daily: ‘I feel disrespected overall by the administration’: UMich students face long waits, difficulties with quarantine and isolation policies. “When LSA freshman Ruide Xu — who lives in South Quadrangle residence hall — tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, his first thought was to contact the quarantine housing hotline — only to be met with no response after multiple calls and emails….Eventually, Xu said he was able to contact a representative from the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security but was informed that he was not on the quarantine housing list despite being enrolled as a student living on campus who tested positive for COVID-19.”

Bloomberg: Hong Kong birthday bash lands 30 officials in quarantine

Bloomberg: Hong Kong birthday bash lands 30 officials in quarantine. “All of the approximate 100 guests at a celebration thrown for a representative of a mainland Chinese agency were being sent to the quarantine camp in Penny’s Bay, local media reported Friday. Some of Hong Kong’s most senior politicians — along with more than 20% of its new ‘patriots-only’ legislature — will be confined to 20-square-meter rooms with no wifi access, just as the government fights an outbreak of the infectious omicron variant.: