Whistleblower Protection and COVID-19

The pivotal role of accountability and transparency in building and maintaining public trust in organizations is indisputable. How the Chinese government and World Health Organization (WHO) undermined public health at the initial and peak stage of COVID-19 pandemic, and consequential global spread of the deadly virus, buttress this assertion. Good corporate governance therefore lends credence, … Continue reading Whistleblower Protection and COVID-19

Angela Merkel

Germany ready to stiffen lockdown measures

German authorities were expected to extend lockdown measures again on Monday and possibly tighten some restrictions as they face a steady rise in new coronavirus infections, but leave schools open for now. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state governors, who in highly decentralized Germany are responsible for imposing and lifting restrictions, held a … Continue reading Germany ready to stiffen lockdown measures

The EU approves AstraZeneca as safe COVID-19 vaccine

The European Union's drug regulatory agency said Thursday that the AstraZeneca vaccine doesn't increase the overall incidence of blood clots and that the benefits of using it outweigh the possible risks, paving the way for European countries to resume dispensing the shots. France, Italy and Germany promptly announced they will start using the vaccine again … Continue reading The EU approves AstraZeneca as safe COVID-19 vaccine

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Bank of England: The UK economy will rise again

The Bank of England voiced cautious optimism Thursday about the U.K.'s economic outlook in the wake of a sharp fall in coronavirus infections and the rapid rollout of the nation's COVID-19 vaccination program. The Bank of England voiced cautious optimism Thursday about the U.K.'s economic outlook in the wake of a sharp fall in coronavirus … Continue reading Bank of England: The UK economy will rise again

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Did U.S. governors influence the spread of COVID-19?

Could whether your governor is a Democrat or a Republican have influenced how many coronavirus cases and deaths your state has seen during the pandemic? Yes, claim researchers who discovered a strong link between the two -- by late last summer, the odds of dying from COVID-19 was nearly twice as high in states whose … Continue reading Did U.S. governors influence the spread of COVID-19?

COVID-19 Update (March 4, 2021)

Germany is extending its coronavirus shutdown by three weeks until March 28, but easing some restrictions to allow nonessential stores and other businesses to reopen in areas with relatively low infection rates. After about nine hours of talks, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of the country’s 16 states agreed Wednesday to measures aimed at balancing concern … Continue reading COVID-19 Update (March 4, 2021)

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COVID-19: Why FCT Abuja court closed Wuse market

For violating COVID-19 guidelines and also harboring a man who allegedly obstructed the operations of the Enforcement Task force, an Abuja Magistrate Court on Wednesday sealed off a business premises inside the popular Wuse Market. The sealed hair dressing saloon, in shop 1, Block B25, at the time of the seal off operation was packed … Continue reading COVID-19: Why FCT Abuja court closed Wuse market

CDC: Use of face masks now compulsory on planes

The CDC has issued an order requiring travelers to wear a mask on public transportation in the U.S., echoing an executive order by President Joe Biden shortly after he took office. The CDC order takes effect Monday. It states passengers on airplanes, trains, buses, subways, ships, ferries, taxis, and ride-shares must wear a mask that … Continue reading CDC: Use of face masks now compulsory on planes

Nearly 3,500 medics assisting Shijiazhuang in fight against COVID-19

A total of 3,470 medical workers from across China have been dispatched to Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province, to assist in containing the latest COVID-19 resurgence, local authorities said Wednesday. Of the total, 1,231 workers are from outside the province, Xinhua News confirms. All the dispatched medics will carry out work in fields including epidemiological … Continue reading Nearly 3,500 medics assisting Shijiazhuang in fight against COVID-19

Health implications of Racism in the COVID-19 era

Racism has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic from its early stages with reports of East Asian people experiencing racist attacks on the streets of Britain1. In the United States (US) President Trump has repeatedly chosen to refer to the ‘Chinese virus’ in his official briefings from the White House2. Whilst all of these actions have been … Continue reading Health implications of Racism in the COVID-19 era