Here’s what you need to know about the epidemic right now:
Shanghai found the case five days after Zero Covid
Shanghai announced its first new Covid case outside the quarantine area in five days on Friday, launching a strict embargo and public trial in one district but plans to end a long city-wide lockdown on June 1 have been put on track.
Three new cases have been found in the same family in the 25 million shopping mall, Kingpu District. All received three doses of the vaccine and were diagnosed with the infection during routine testing, authorities said.
The three have not left their district town in the last 14 days but have visited at least four places, including a supermarket, all of which have been sealed and are being sterilized.
North Korea praises ‘good results’ in Kovid
North Korea said on Friday it was achieving “good results” in its fight against the first confirmed Kovid outbreak, as the number of people with fever had exceeded 2 million.
A wave of Kovid infection, which North Korea first confirmed last week, has raised concerns about the lack of medical resources and vaccines in isolated countries widely approved for its nuclear weapons program.
Thailand will lift its ban on nightlife from June
Thailand will allow nightclubs and karaoke bars to resume regular operations from June, a senior official said on Friday, removing daily infections as well as removing most of its remaining epidemic restrictions.
Thailand’s nightlife is a major tourist attraction, but since the epidemic began, most recreational areas have been closed or face severe curfews, with some being forced to convert to restaurants to stay in business.
US CDC supports COVID booster for children ages 5 to 11
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday recommended the covid vaccine booster for children aged five to 11 when an advisory panel voted to support them at least five months after completing their initial vaccination course.
“More than 18 million doses have been given to this age group, we know these vaccines are safe, and we must increase the number of protected children,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
UK vaccine advisors look for autumn boosters for people over 65
Vaccine advisers in the UK said on Thursday that an expected autumn covid booster campaign would target people over the age of 65, care home residents, frontline health and social care workers and all adults in a clinical risk group.
The UK is offering a spring booster for care home residents and immunosuppressed people over the age of 75, and ministers have openly stated plans to promote more booster in the fall.
EU health regulator supports using AstraZeneca as a shot booster
The European health regulator on Thursday approved the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine, Vaxzevria, as a booster.
The recommendations, made by a committee of the European Medicines Agency, include adults who have previously been vaccinated with Vaxgevaria or mRNA vaccines, such as Pfizer and BioNTech or Moderna.
(Edited by Tomasz Janowski and compiled by Linda Noakes)