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Beijing shuts schools as COVID restrictions impact 165 million Chinese citizens



China has introduced lockdown measures in its two biggest cities, in a bid to stamp out COVID outbreaks

Beijing and Shanghai are both in complete lockdown, where residents are undergoing a series of tests to minimise China’s COVID spread.

Around 165 million residents are reported to be under the measures.

Shanghai is at the centre of the latest outbreak, reporting upwards of 10 thousand new cases a day.

Meanwhile, Beijing officials have shut schools and imposed targeted lockdowns on some residential buildings to confine the outbreak.

Shanghai’s month long lockdown

This week, Shanghai entered its fifth week of restrictions.

Strict stay-at-home orders mean citizens can only leave home to get tested.

This has created food and medical shortages in the city, as people rely on the state for supplies.

In addition to this, reports of people being fenced into residential buildings surfaced this week, raising concerns from human rights advocates.

Yaqiu Wang of the Human Rights Watch says people are suffering “tremendously” because of the lockdown.

a lot of people have died, not from Covid but from not being able to access medical care for their non Covid related illnesses,”

yaqiu wang, human rights watch

On Wednesday, Shanghai authorities announced neighborhoods with no cases in the past two weeks can start to ease lockdown measures.

It is unclear how long freedoms will last, with lockdowns set to be reinstated if a single case is recorded.

Beijing’s fight to avoid Shanghai-style restrictions

Today the Chinese government intensified lockdown measures in Beijing, with the suspension of all schools, weddings and funerals.

After a rise in cases this week, there had been widespread speculation that the city could be facing enhanced restrictions.

This prompted a comprehensive round of testing, covering 20 million residents, approximately 90 per cent of the city’s population.

The testing spree incited fears of lockdown amongst citizens, and sparked incidents of panic buying as residents look to stock up on supplies before being placed under wider restrictions.

“I can understand the panic, given what happened in Shanghai.”

Shi Wei, resident of beijing

Elsewhere across the country, partial lockdowns are in place for 27 other cities.

By Bryan Hoadley

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Amazon Prime’s ‘The Boys’ Season 4 will explore contemporary political polarisation




Show creator Eric Kripke hints at a narrative that will not shy away from uncomfortable truths, promising a season that challenges viewers to confront their own beliefs and biases.

Known for its bold satire and unflinching critique of societal issues, the series seems poised to dissect the current climate of division with its trademark blend of dark humour and gritty realism, as reported by Reuters.

Director/Filmmaker Rob Fantozzi unpacks the latest from The Boys and beyond in the entrainment world. #featured

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Tesla shareholders approve historic $56B Elon Musk pay package



Tesla shareholders have voted to approve Elon Musk’s unprecedented $56 billion compensation package, underscoring their confidence in his leadership and vision for the electric car company.

The package, which is tied to ambitious performance targets, includes a mix of stock options and bonuses contingent upon Tesla’s financial and operational milestones over the next decade.

As reported by Reuters, the approval underscores the support that Musk enjoys from Tesla’s retail investor base, many of whom are vocal fans of the mercurial billionaire.

The proposal passed despite opposition from some large institutional investors and proxy firms.


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The secret aspect of exercise and trauma release



Recent studies have shed new light on the profound impact sedentary behavior is having on mental health.

A meta-analysis revealed a strong correlation between increased sitting time and higher rates of depression.

Now, many experts believe that movement and exercise are not only beneficial for mental health but also play a crucial role in trauma release.

Jenni Crumpton Ross, the President and CEO of Kula for Karma joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

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