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Delta variant unbuckling China’s tight belt on Covid-19 outbreak

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China is dealing with its most widespread Covid outbreak since the country’s first wave – and high-ranking officials are being punished as a result

In the eastern city of Yangzhou, five warnings were issued to individuals who mishandled mass testing, with Beijing alleging this allowed the virus to continue spreading.

Nationwide, 30 officials including majors, local health directors, and heads of hospitals have been punished for negligence and the mishandling of outbreaks.

The city of Nanjing is where cases are skyrocketing the most – with 308 new infections recorded on Monday and six individuals in a critical condition.

A medical worker takes a swab sample from a resident to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on May 14, 2020. – Nervous residents of China’s pandemic epicentre of Wuhan queued up across the city to be tested for the coronavirus on May 14 after a new cluster of cases sparked a mass screening campaign. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

If any of the critically ill are to die – it would be China’s first Covid-related death in more than six months

Despite most of the country’s residents being fully vaccinated, authorities are pushing ahead with their mass testing and isolation strategy – instead of relying on vaccines to stamp the virus out.

Over the weekend, the entire city of Wuhan was tested – with nine locally acquired infections discovered from more than 11 million swabs.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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It takes a village: coordinated financial teams prove paramount to maximising wealth

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The pursuit of wealth is often faced by significant challenges including debt, lifestyle costs, and burnout – so what methods can help overcome these challenges?

Maximising financial opportunities involves a suite of tasks, from leveraging favourable loan rates, strategic tax planning, and coordinated financial advising.

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Microsoft recalls ‘Recall AI’ feature over security fears

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Microsoft has announced a postponement in the release of its new Recall AI feature, citing significant security concerns raised during internal testing.

Pope Francis took charge of discussions on the implications of artificial intelligence for global ethics and governance, Reuters reports.

The pope said AI represented an “epochal transformation” for mankind, but stressed the need for close oversight of the ever-developing technology to preserve human life and dignity.

“No machine should ever choose to take the life of a human being,” he said, adding that people should not let superpowerful algorithms decide their destiny.
“We would condemn humanity to a future without hope if we took away people’s ability to make decisions about themselves and their lives, by dooming them to depend on the choices of machines,” he warned.

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