China has been seeing a consecutive drop in COVID cases lately. Yet, authorities have continued to tighten measures (on top of Shanghai’s lockdowns) to achieve the government’s COVID-zero policy. Now videos about the tightened policies have been going around on China’s social media platforms – and some of them have sparked public outrage.
In one viral video, officials in hazmat suits break down an apartment door to take one of the residents to a quarantine facility. Meanwhile, the WHO director general has urged China to rethink its strategy.
Hong Kong quarantine-free travel?
When China and Hong Kong talked about prerequisites to open borders quarantine-free late last year, one of them was “no local infections for a while.” Hong Kong then faced its deadliest virus outbreak, which derailed these talks. Now, despite recent fluctuations in case numbers, the city is more or less on track for recovery.
As many of us remember, Twitter permanently suspended former US President Trump from the platform in January 2021 following the attack on the US Capitol, which was led by his MAGA supporters.
In a summit about the future of cars on Tuesday, Elon Musk said he would reverse the 2021 Twitter ban on Donald Trump if it were up to him. And, assuming this whole US$44 billion purchase goes smoothly, it’s about to be up to him.
His argument? Permanent bans undermine trust in Twitter, and, in this instance, it didn’t actually diminish Trump’s voice; it just made it so that he was really only talking to people on the far right.
JP Morgan’s public slip-up
We know that even with our 10 news sources and wires and countless rounds of editing, we still make the occasional boo-boo.
And that’s precisely what happened, and the mistake led investors to pull about US$200 billion from the market and sent JP Morgan into apology mode, saying that it was just a content error, not a conclusion from their analysis.
To end, we’ll look into:
Some shameful stats about our productivity
You can lead a horse to water – but what if he isn’t sure if he wants water … or tea … or coffee … or …
With that, we’ve got some stats for you from Quartz.
150 minutes: Time spent each week deciding what to eat
90-115 minutes: Time spent each week deciding what to wear
50 minutes: Time spent each week deciding what to watch on Netflix
So, we’ll just leave it at that.
In other news …
🇫🇷According to the Élysée presidential office, Macron and Xi spoke on the phone on Tuesday to discuss the need for a ceasefire in Ukraine.
🇱🇰Sri Lanka’s in serious economic trouble, which has led to calls for the president to resign. On Monday, the prime minister (his brother) did just that, but anti-government protests have continued. Now troops have been ordered to open fire on looters and vandals.
✈️Emirates Airline’s CEO has stood by its decision to continue flights to Russia. His reason is that the people and government decisions should not be put together.
🎨Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn sold at Christie’s in New York for US$195 million, breaking the record for the most expensive American artwork ever sold.
💰Grindr is going public in a US$2.1 billion SPAC deal.
🏭Sony is making fewer of its PlayStation 5 because of supply-chain issues.
🎵It is the end of the iPod – the last iPod touch is being discontinued, and Apple announced it will sell the remaining stock while supplies last.
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