- Chinese manufacturing weakens amid COVID-19 outbreak – NPR: Chinese manufacturing contracted for a third consecutive month in December, in the biggest drop since early 2020, as the country battles a nationwide COVID-19 surge after suddenly easing anti-epidemic measures.
- Omicron XBB.1.5 Rapidly Becomes New Dominant Covid-19 Subvariant, Here Are The Concerns – Forbes: The XBB.1.5 subvariant of COVID-19 is now the dominant subvariant in the US, comprising 40.5% of all cases. This variant was first detected in the US.
- 7 Covid-19 Realities To Consider In 2023 – Forbes: In May 2020, Dr. Rick Bright warned Congress that, without ramped up coronavirus pandemic preparedness, we would face the darkest winter in modern history. His warnings were spot on, however there has been precious little follow through and that will be a problem in 2023. As a result of previous Dark Winters, 385,433 died during the season in 2020 and another 463,203 the following 2021 season even after vaccines became available. Now we find ourselves facing a third dark winter as we enter 2023.
- Westfield Public Health Bulletin: Past year has taught us a lot about COVID, and ourselves – MassLive.com: I have had COVID-19 and am slowly recovering. I worked with COVID patients early on, before we had proper protection gear. The pandemic is still going strong and shows no signs of stopping.
- China faces deluge of COVID deaths in first lunar new year without … – Stars and Stripes: China could see as many as 25,000 deaths a day from COVID-19 later in January, according to Airfinity Ltd., a London-based research firm. Daily infections will peak 10 days before at around 3.7 million cases.
- New Year’s Revelers Flock to Parties After COVID Hiatus – NBC4 Washington: After a year of COVID-19 restrictions, people in Asia are celebrating the new year with countdowns and fireworks. China is still struggling with infections, but other countries have lifted most restrictions. People are gathering at the Great Wall in Beijing and Shanghai Disneyland.
- Relief checks live updates: COLA 2023, mortgages, social security payments, housing market, disability – AS USA: SouthWest Airlines has canceled thousands of flights, stranding travelers and leaving baggage piling up. The company has said it will reimburse ticket holders for reasonable expenses incurred when a flight is canceled, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is planning on holding the carrier to written commitments.
- NYC civil service exam: These applications are open in January – SILive.com: The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services has released the application schedule for civil service exams in January. The exams are taken at the DCAS Computer-Based Testing and Application Centers, which are now reopen to the public. However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, walk-ins are no longer accepted and appointments must be scheduled online at Online Application System (OASys).
Summary: Governor John Carney has tested positive for COVID-19 and is working from home. The 7-day average of new cases in Delaware is 135, with 158 hospitalizations. A new study has found that 71% of people with long COVID required medical treatment or were unable to work for six months or more. The FDA has withdrawn emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 antibody drug Evusheld due to its ineffectiveness against the Omicron variants now dominating the US.