The US House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis released a report Thursday alleging financial tech firms, known as "fintechs," schemed to profit off the taxpayer-funded Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) during the pandemic.
On Wednesday, Guangzhou city officials loosened COVID restrictions in several districts. Health commission deputy director Zhang Yi stated that "the inconvenience caused to the public" should be minimized, allowing for home quarantine and shorter lockdowns while ending mass testing.
Residents of China who attended weekend protests against COVID restrictions claim they have been contacted by police demanding information surrounding their whereabouts. Reports claim police have also begun searching cellphones for VPNs as well as blocked apps such as Telegram and Twitter.
On Saturday, China reported a record high of 39,791 new COVID infections. According to the National Health Commission, the PRC had confirmed 307,802 cases with symptoms as of Nov. 26.
The majority of Americans dying from COVID are either vaccinated or boosted against the virus, according to an analysis of official figures conducted on behalf of the Washington Post.
On Wednesday, large-scale protests erupted at Foxconn's iPhone factory in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou. Live-streaming footage circulated widely online, appearing to show hundreds of workers clashing with security personnel, following tensions over COVID restrictions at the plant.
Culminating six weeks of public hearings inquiring into the Canadian government's use of the Emergencies Act during the Freedom Convoy protests against COVID measures earlier this year, PM Justin Trudeau will publicly testify in defense of his invocation of the law on Friday.