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Vietnamese health official resigns after backlash over drowning, burning of couple’s dogs due to COVID-19

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A health official in Vietnam, who allegedly led the slaughter of COVID-19 patients’ pets, recently resigned after facing public outrage. 

Public outcry: Dr. Do Kim Chi, head of the medical station at the Khanh Hung Commune in Tran Van Thoi District, Ca Mau province, sparked heavy criticism for deciding to cull 15 dogs and one cat owned by a married couple who tested positive for COVID-19 last weekend, reported Tuoi Tre News

‘Shang-Chi’ becomes only the third movie of the COVID-19 era to reach $400 million globally

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After reaching $200 million domestically, “Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings” has surpassed the $400-million barrier, making it only the third Hollywood movie to reach the milestone during the COVID-19 era.

The achievement: The 25th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe made a total of $401 million globally last week, making it the third movie after “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “Fast and Furious 9” to garner that much money during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to We Got This Covered.

6 things parents can do to keep students safe from COVID-19

Kids all over California have returned to school, but in a time where COVID-19 or the delta variant is on every parent’s mind, what can be done to get the peace of mind that their children are safe in the classroom?

California state officials have taken some of the most progressive steps in the country to ensure that schools open up safely and take every measure to protect staff and students. The state has set aside $25 billion for schools to upgrade classroom ventilation, hire more teachers and staff, provide COVID-19 testing, mental health resources and more.

Pchum Ben, Cambodia’s ‘Festival of the Dead,’ will end early due to COVID-19

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October 5 marks the beginning of Pchum Ben, a 15-day religious festival in Cambodia during which Buddhists commemorate seven generations of deceased ancestors.

About the festival: The Pchum Ben Festival, also known as Cambodia’s “Festival for the Dead,” is the second biggest festival for Cambodians after the Khmer New Year. The festival will be celebrated this week from Oct. 5 to 7, reported Khmer Times

Man faces hate crime charge for spitting at Asian UW-Madison student while mentioning COVID-19

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A man was arrested and charged with a hate crime enhancement for spitting at a University of Wisconsin-Madison student of Asian descent and making COVID-19 remarks.

What happened: On the evening of Sept. 15, the unnamed student was walking on West Dayton Street near Ogg Hall when the suspect, Morgan R. Kroll, 37, approached to the victim and spat in her face, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

UD professor referred to COVID-19 as ‘China Virus’ in his class syllabus

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The University of Dallas community called out a professor on the first day of school for calling COVID-19 the “China Virus” in his syllabus.

What happened: Leeann Hutson, a 1990 UD alumna, posted a picture of Dr. William Atto’s American Civilization I class syllabus on Aug. 25, the same day the professor distributed the outline for his class’ policies and procedures, according to The University News.

‘I will kill it if I meet it again!’: Australian man demolishes sign blaming China for COVID-19

China sign about COVID gets demolished

A video of an Asian man wrecking a sign that blamed China for the spread of COVID-19 in Melbourne, Australia, has gone viral on social media.

Where it happened: The sign, which was made of metal, was attached to a pole outside a home in Glen Waverley, a suburb in the City of Monash. It’s unclear who put it there or whose property the pole was located on.