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China making instance of jailed Wuhan Covid journalist, says lawyer
The detention of Zhang Zhan, the Chinese language journalist jailed after reporting on the Covid pandemic in Wuhan, is meant as a “warning to others”, her former lawyer has stated, as calls develop for her emergency launch on medical grounds.
Tons of of Chinese language human rights attorneys and residents have put their names to an open letter calling for instant medical look after Zhang, who her household worry is near demise. Zhang has been on a starvation strike for greater than a 12 months in protest at her persecution for reporting on the Wuhan lockdown in early 2020.
Her studies challenged official claims in regards to the Wuhan lockdown and the outbreak, which authorities had tried to cover-up. On Thursday she was awarded the Reporters With out Borders’ 2021 Press Freedom award for braveness.
Zhang, a 38-year-old former lawyer, was sentenced in December final 12 months to 4 years in jail on costs of disseminating false data in her video and weblog studies from Wuhan and in interviews with overseas press. She was first arrested in Could of that 12 months, accused of “selecting quarrels and scary bother” – an accusation generally used towards dissidents, activists and journalists.
Learn extra of Helen Davidson’s report from Taipei: China making instance of jailed Wuhan Covid journalist, says lawyer
From Washington, David Smith brings us this report about hard-hitting Covid-19 documentary The First Wave:
It’s tempting to counsel that the Covid deniers, the hoaxers, the hucksters, the anti-vaxxers, the flat earthers, the retailers of disinformation and the crackpot conspiracy theorists be strapped right into a chair and drive fed The First Wave, a harrowing documentary in regards to the early toll of the coronavirus pandemic.
Covid-19 has by no means been a “media-friendly” story: demise and struggling occur in intimate areas behind closed doorways, the place few cameras or reporters are permitted. It’s due to this fact much less spectacular information than the September 11, 2001 terrorist assaults, regardless that the present lack of life within the US continues to be equal to a 9/11 each three days.
This relative invisibility was absolutely a consider permitting disinformation to thrive in Donald Trump’s White Home and rightwing media and social media. However The First Wave gives the type of vivid, visceral, gut-wrenching account of tragedy up shut that’s as plain as a airplane crash.
Learn extra of David Smith’s piece in regards to the documentary right here: ‘We had been in a conflict’: behind 2021’s most devastating Covid-19 documentary
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A steep rise in Covid-19 instances in Europe ought to function a warning that the US may additionally see vital will increase in coronavirus instances this winter, notably within the nation’s colder areas, scientists say.
“I do anticipate to see instances growing – we’ve began to see this within the final week or so,” stated Dr David Dowdy, an affiliate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins College. “I don’t suppose what we’re seeing in Europe means we’re in for an enormous surge of significant sickness and demise as we [saw] right here within the US,” final winter.
Within the final three weeks, new instances have elevated in a number of chilly climate states throughout New England and the midwest. Nevertheless, vaccines stay roughly 85% efficient at stopping hospitalization and demise.
“Even when instances go up this winter, we’re not possible to see the overcrowded [intensive care units] and morgues of a 12 months in the past,” stated Dowdy.
Vaccine-conferred immunity towards an infection could enable instances to rise, he stated, however far fewer folks will want hospitalization. The overwhelming majority of people that had been hospitalized or died from Covid-19 this summer time, greater than 90% in a single CDC research, weren’t absolutely vaccinated.
“Folks can nonetheless get Covid, there can nonetheless be breakthrough infections, however the nice information is when you’ve got been vaccinated you’re very a lot much less more likely to be hospitalized or have extreme an infection,” stated Rupali Limaye, an affiliate scientist at Johns Hopkins College and an professional in vaccine communication.
Learn extra of Jessica Glenza’s report right here: ‘Zero-Covid shouldn’t be going to occur’: consultants predict a steep rise in US instances this winter
Fears for Australia’s Indigenous communities amid NT Covid outbreak
Indigenous well being staff within the Northern Territory city of Katherine say they worry for weak neighborhood members – together with many residing on the streets or in severely overcrowded properties – as authorities scramble to comprise a Covid outbreak.
The Northern Territory recorded no new Covid instances on Thursday, however the chief minister, Michael Gunner, says concern stays for “giant weak households” in Katherine and the tiny distant neighborhood of Robinson River.
Our reporter Ben Smee has the most recent.
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