Israel: The coronavirus pandemic is not yet in sight, while the virus continues to wreak havoc worldwide. Since the start of the pandemic last year, more than 11 crore cases have been reported, and more than 2.4 lakh people have succumbed to the virus.
DailyResearchEditor offers five hand-picked, exciting stories to keep you up to date with the virus in this feature.
Children with special educational needs and disabilities in England experience that their education has been pushed aside during the coronavirus pandemic. Business owners in Australia who find themselves in the middle of a coronavirus group are now working hard to reassure customers that their business is safe. And electronics stores in Hong Kong see an increase in demand for branded phones.
Students in need of special assistance during Covid ‘aside.’
Children with special needs and disabilities in England experience that their education was ‘pushed aside’ during the coronavirus pandemic reports The Guardian.
A survey of more than 1,000 parents found a ‘widespread failure’ to restore a provision in special education.
“Nearly two-thirds of parents of students with EHCPs (plans for education, health, and care) reported that the additional provision of their child had not been fully restored,” the report said.
Taiwan and China locked up in ‘vaccination battle of words’
Taiwan and China are embroiled in a dispute over who is responsible for the lack of vaccine supplies in Taiwan, reports Asia Times.
Taiwanese Democratic Progressive Party ruling politicians have claimed that China is responsible for Taiwan’s failure to obtain vaccines. There are allegations that the ‘continent has refuted as a lame attempt to divert attention from their own failures on procurement policy,’ the report said.
Taiwan recorded 941 cases of Covid-19 and nine deaths, while China recorded 89,816 cases and 4,636 deaths.
Businesses in Australia struggle not to define by the Covid group
Business owners in Australia who found themselves in a coronavirus group are now working hard to reassure their customers that their business is safe for Covid, reports The Age.
“The past year has been devastating for many small businesses, but the Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant, the Chadstone Butcher Club, and others have had to deal with a mountain of extra and unexpected challenges,” the report said.
Australia recorded 28,918 cases and 909 deaths.
People in Hong Kong rush to buy branded phones via the Covid tracking program
Electronic stores in Hong Kong see an increase in demand for branded phones. This is because the government is easing coronavirus restrictions but promoting a contact detection app that raises privacy concerns, Reuters reports.
“In the former British colony, protest marches against the government and anti-China broke out in 2019, and Beijing enacted a comprehensive national security law in 2020,” the report said.
Hong Kong recorded 10,821 cases of Covid-19 and 197 deaths.
The medical center in Israel finds Pfizer 75% effective after one dose
According to data released by Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer in Israel, coronavirus infections decreased by 75 percent after the first Pfizer vaccine dose reports Jerusalem Post.
The study had 9,000 health workers as respondents, of whom 7,000 received their first dose in January.
Professor Gili Regev-Yochay, director of the Center for Epidemiological Unit for Infectious Diseases, said: “In real life, the data look at least as good as in the clinical trials.”
“The first dose is even more effective than we thought,” he said.
Israel recorded 7,41,934 cases of Covid-19 and 5,509 deaths.