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Escaping Shanghai's COVID Lockdown Only to Get Trapped in Hainan

(Reuters) - Brian Hall fled Shanghai in June to avoid another lockdown of his residential compound, escaping to China's tropical tourist island of Hainan where he could work remotely as a public health professor after undertaking 10 days of quarantine. Hall, who has worked at the New York University Shanghai...
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Jimmy Choo & Versace See Big Gains at Capri in Q1 as China Lockdowns Hit Profits

Click here to read the full article. Shares for Capri Holdings dipped 4.7% on Tuesday despite beating expectations in the first quarter of 2023 and seeing strong momentum across all three of its luxury houses. Much of the concern from investors came as CEO John Idol said on Tuesday sales in China still proved to be a sore spot due to recurring COVID-19 lockdowns with supply chain disruptions and rising prices still cutting into quarterly profits. Overall though, the company, which owns Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo and Versace, reported a 8.5% revenue increase of $1.36 billion in Q1. Profits fell, however, to...
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Covid: Children struggling with speech following lockdowns

A couple has spoken about how their child is struggling with speech and language skills after being isolated during the pandemic. "A lot of kids were quite isolated, and not able to have the normal socialisation because obviously everyone was locked in at home," said three-year-old Ethan's mum Louise. One...
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Coronavirus lockdowns had 'significant' effect on childhood obesity, especially in poor communities: Study

A study posted in the National Library of Medicine documented the "significant" increase in body weight in children during coronavirus lockdowns and concluded that young people with pre-existing obesity, of Hispanic and African-American ethnicity and living in poverty suffered the most. The study, published in July by the International Journal...
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Cleaner air as a result of pandemic lockdown

During the first lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic, soot concentrations in the atmosphere over Western and Southern Europe almost halved. This is apparent from the comparison of two measurement campaigns carried out by the German research aircraft HALO in 2017 and 2020. A new study suggests that around 40 percent of the reduction can be attributed to a decrease in anthropogenic emissions. These findings reflect the major impact of human activity on air quality and the significance of soot as an important air pollutant and climate driver in the Anthropocene, write researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, the University of Bremen, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, the German Aerospace Center, Leipzig University and Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), in the specialist journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.
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China's Hainan beach resort expands COVID-19 lockdowns

BEIJING (AP) — The capital of China’s Hainan province has locked down its residents for 13 hours on Monday as a COVID-19 outbreak grows on the tropical island during the summer school holidays. The temporary lockdown of Haikou city from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. follows an ongoing and indefinite lockdown of the beach resort of Sanya since Saturday that is confining vacationers to their hotels for a week. Four other cities and four counties in Hainan also started lockdowns of two days or more on Sunday and Monday. More than 470 new cases were recorded in the province on Sunday, of which 245 did not show symptoms. Overall, China reported more than 760 new daily cases, the National Health Commission said Monday. Some 80,000 tourists have reportedly been stranded by the lockdown in Sanya. Those wanting to depart have to test negative five times over seven days.
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Sanya Covid lockdown: Escaping to 'China's Hawaii' only to face fresh curbs

Kyle Newton was hoping for a break in the resort of Sanya on Hainan island - known as "China's Hawaii" - after enduring a harsh two-month Covid lockdown in Shanghai. His Hainan trip was due to last less than a week and was the teacher's first holiday in China since arriving just as the pandemic broke out. The island lies in the South China Sea just off China's southern coast.
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