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January 12, 2023
Albertans urged to protect themselves as highly transmissible XBB.1.5 subvariant shows signs of growth
Colijn said while this subvariant doesn't appear to cause more severe disease it is highly transmissible. And that can lead to a high number of infections. "Even if it isn't more severe it could produce a much higher burden on our health systems and a much higher risk for individuals of getting severe disease."
January 11, 2023
China clashes with its neighbors after reopening to the world as Covid surges
The country has stopped issuing short-term visas in South Korea and Japan in response to restrictions on travelers from China, where a surge in cases has spurred global concern.
January 7, 2023
SE Asia may gain most from China’s travel revival
Worries downplayed: Singapore said it has high immunity levels, Malaysia said it did not want to discriminate, while Japanese welcome a business boost.
January 5, 2023
With few entry tests, Southeast Asia may gain most from China's travel revival
Even as the virus tears through its 1.4 billion people, the world's second largest economy is opening its borders from Sunday, a move that promises to unleash a wave of travellers eager for diversion after three years of strict curbs at home.
January 5, 2023
Wastewater from planes arriving at YVR is a piece of the puzzle to identify COVID-19 variants: Expert
Particularly on the community level, wastewater testing doesn’t tell scientists who is getting COVID, their age or circumstance, or how they encountered it. "We still need some way of understanding how well the signal in wastewater mirrors what’s happening in the community."
January 4, 2023
Do restrictions on travel work against Covid?
Passengers arriving in England from China will have to provide a negative Covid test before they board a flight. From 5 January, airlines will be required to check that they have a negative PCR or lateral flow test before allowing them to fly. Dr Karen Grepin from Hong Kong University, told Reality Check: "We have learned during the pandemic that universal measures, applying to all travellers not just those from certain countries, are more effective than targeted measures, for example against Chinese travellers.