Omicron’s Threat to Global Economy Increasingly Runs Through China

The direct economic harm caused by the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in highly vaccinated countries appears so far to be relatively modest and short-lived, but its indirect hit could prove significant if China resorts to repeated lockdowns in its effort to suppress the virus within its borders. Omicron led to a fresh surge in infections … Read more

SA government-run disability care service slammed after client was ‘left in faeces and urine’

South Australia’s health complaints watchdog has delivered a scathing assessment of a state-run disability care program, after one of its clients was found by ambulance staff in squalid conditions and with an infected wound. Key points: The man was staying at a state-run facility at Hampstead in May last year Ambulance staff found him with … Read more

LA Countys COVID hospitalizations plunge by more than 100 Sunday

LOS ANGELES – The number of COVID-positive hospital patients continues to plunge into Los Angeles County, declining by 125 people to 2,086, according to the latest state figures released Sunday. The number of those patients in intensive care was 439, down from 461 a day earlier. Hospitalizations had climbed to over 4,800 in mid-January at … Read more