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Montana bar owner faces backlash after ‘ch*nk flu’ comment, says she’s ‘not racist at all’

  • Holly Tinch, who runs Holly’s Road Kill Saloon in McLeod, Montana, has faced backlash for referring to COVID-19 as the “ch*nk flu” at the beginning of the pandemic.
  • The outrage apparently resulted in an influx of one-star reviews of the bar online, but Tinch remains unfazed.
  • In a new interview, Tinch affirmed that she’s standing by what she wrote, adding that she is “not a racist person at all.”

Years after writing an anti-Asian comment on Facebook, a bar owner in the small town of McLeod, Montana, has doubled down against critics and insisted that she is not racist.

Holly Tinch, who runs Holly’s Road Kill Saloon, referred to COVID-19 as the “ch*nk flu” at the beginning of the pandemic. While she has since faced backlash for using the term, she stands by it nearly three years later.

Airbnb hosts with ‘distinctively Asian names’ received fewer bookings during pandemic years, study shows

  • The rise of anti-Asian hate amid the spread of COVID-19 in 2020 resulted in fewer bookings for Asian American hosts on Airbnb, a Harvard study published on Aug. 3 suggested.
  • The study, titled “Scapegoating and Discrimination in Times of Crisis: Evidence from Airbnb,” was based on New York City data sourced from the website Inside Airbnb.
  • Researchers found that Airbnb hosts with “distinctively Asian names” encountered a 12 percent decrease in guests compared to hosts with “White-sounding names” after January 2020.
  • The study posits that the ability to view the names and profile photos of hosts on the online house-sharing platform made it “easier for users to discriminate.” 
  • In response to the new study, Airbnb stated that “measuring race based on name does not paint a full or accurate picture. Many hosts who would identify as Asian may not have ‘distinctively Asian names’ and therefore would not be included in the analysis.” 

The rise of anti-Asian hate amid the spread of COVID-19 in 2020 has resulted in fewer bookings for Asian American hosts on Airbnb, as suggested by a recent study. 

The new Harvard University study, titled “Scapegoating and Discrimination in Times of Crisis: Evidence from Airbnb,” revealed that Asian American hosts on the online home-sharing platform received fewer bookings than hosts of other ethnic backgrounds in the year anti-Asian sentiment was on the rise.

Viral video shows panicked shoppers attempting to escape an Ikea outlet in China during flash lockdown

  • Chaos ensued at an Ikea outlet in Shanghai’s Xuhui district after security announced a flash lockdown on Saturday due to potential COVID-19 exposure.
  • The order came after authorities learned that one shopper had been in close contact with a positive case, Shanghai Health Commission deputy director Zhao Dandan said on Sunday.
  • Although Zhao did not specify when the close contact visited the Ikea outlet, he said that everyone located in the building and its surrounding areas was required to quarantine for two days, followed by five days of health monitoring.
  • Citing eyewitness reports on Chinese social media, Bloomberg reported that some shoppers were stuck inside the outlet for around four hours before they were transported to quarantine hotels.
  • Videos taken on Saturday have been circulating on social media, with one video on Twitter having already amassed more than 146,000 views.

Chaos ensued at an Ikea outlet in Shanghai after security announced a flash lockdown due to potential COVID-19 exposure last weekend.

The incident occurred at an Ikea in Shanghai’s Xuhui district on Saturday. Health officials ordered the outlet to commence a flash lockdown after authorities learned that one shopper had been in contact with a positive case – a 6-year-old boy from Lhasa in Tibet – according to Shanghai Health Commission deputy director Zhao Dandan on Sunday.

Singaporean TikTok user turns honeymoon COVID-19 diagnosis into clever song in viral video

  • After catching COVID-19 during her honeymoon, a Singaporean woman made light of the situation by writing a song and uploading it to TikTok on Monday.
  • In the video, the woman sings while lying in bed and explains in her lyrics how she got the disease at the “worst time” and is suffering from “mild symptoms.”
  • She points out in the comment section that she and her husband contracted COVID-19 after her wedding “along with the 25 other guests.”
  • The video has garnered over 375,000 views and 55,000 likes since being uploaded on Sunday.

A Singaporean woman who contracted COVID-19 during her honeymoon uploaded a video to TikTok on Monday of her performing a song she wrote while in quarantine about her unfortunate situation.

Amanda Ong, also known as @musicianmandy, is seen lying in bed while singing a song that she wrote while in quarantine about her untimely diagnosis. In the lyrics, Ong explains that she is suffering from “mild symptoms” and describes her honeymoon as the “worst time to get it, honestly.”

10-year-old boy filmed threatening to stab Shanghai health worker with knife during COVID test

  • A furious 10-year-old boy in Shanghai was caught on camera brandishing a vegetable knife and threatening to kill a healthcare worker.
  • The incident allegedly occurred because the healthcare worker scolded the boy after informing him that it would be difficult to conduct a city-mandated COVID-19 test on him while he is on his hoverboard.
  • Angered by what the healthcare worker said, the boy allegedly retrieved a vegetable knife from his house and returned to the testing area to threaten the man.
  • A video of the incident, shared by Chinese news outlet Xing Shi Pin on Sunday, shows the boy screaming as he is being pinned down by healthcare workers with the knife in one hand.
  • After the knife is taken away and he is no longer restrained, the boy can be seen punching another man and telling a concerned elderly woman to “get lost" or else he would "beat her up."
  • The boy, who left the scene on his hoverboard, has yet to be identified.

A 10-year-old boy went viral on Chinese social media for threatening to kill a man with a vegetable knife after allegedly being told it would be difficult to conduct a city-mandated COVID-19 test while he was on his hoverboard.

The video, shared by Chinese news outlet Xing Shi Pin on Sunday, shows the boy from Shanghai screaming as he is being pinned down by healthcare workers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Hong Kong to issue over 100,000 electronic tracking bracelets to COVID patients to enforce quarantine

  • The Hong Kong government will be distributing more than 100,000 electronic wristbands to better track COVID-19 patients amid the city’s fifth surge of cases.
  • Health secretary Lo Chung-mau announced during a press conference on Monday that those who test positive will have to begin wearing the bracelet on July 15.
  • The city had previously used the wristbands in March 2020 to enforce the mandatory 14 day quarantine for anyone coming from outside the country.
  • There were two versions of the bracelets given to patients: one much thinner with a QR code that could be scanned to check in, and another more intrusive, clunky version.
  • It is unclear which version of the wristband will be given to patients on Friday.

The Hong Kong government will be distributing more than 100,000 electronic wristbands to better track COVID-19 patients amid the city’s fifth surge of cases.

Health secretary Lo Chung-mau announced during a press conference on Monday that those who test positive will have to begin wearing the bracelet on July 15. 

Healthcare worker filmed beating corgi to death in locked-down Shanghai sparks anger

  • A video showing a healthcare worker beating a corgi to death on the streets of Shanghai amid a lockdown has gone viral.
  • The dog’s owners, who tested positive for COVID-19 and needed to be quarantined, said they let their dog out on the streets so it could have a better chance at surviving there than inside their home alone with no one to feed it.
  • “We hoped to let him outside to be like a stray dog. We didn’t want him to starve to death,” one of the dog’s owners said. “As long as he could live, it would be OK. We never expected that he would be beaten to death.”
  • In a statement released via a state-run media outlet on Thursday, local neighborhood committee members admitted they had the corgi killed since they were “afraid of being infected.”
  • Officials said that the incident was “thoughtless.”
  • Similar incidents of pets being killed after their owners tested positive for COVID-19 have also been reported in China’s Jiangxi Province and Guangdong Province in the past six months.

A video of a healthcare worker beating a corgi to death in Shanghai after its owners tested positive for COVID-19 has gone viral on Chinese social media.

The culling, roundly condemned by outraged Chinese netizens, was filmed amid a massive lockdown in the country’s financial hub following a surge of Omicron cases in late March. The dog’s owners, who needed to be quarantined, said they let their pet out on the streets, believing it would have a better chance at surviving there than inside their home alone with no one to feed it.

UK poll: Nearly 1 in 3 believe COVID-19 was spread on purpose by China

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  • A recent poll done in the United Kingdom found that nearly 30% of Britons believe that China intentionally spread the COVID-19 as a bio-weapon.
  • The study was conducted by Hope Not Hate (HNH), an anti-racist campaign group based in the UK.
  • Polls conducted by HNH found that a concerning number of Britons have read and believe conspiracy theories regarding COVID-19, affecting their attitudes towards the vaccines as well.
  • Most worryingly, 5% think it is definitely true that "Coronavirus has been intentionally released as part of a 'depopulation' plan orchestrated by the UN or New World Order", with a further 13% thinking it is probably true.
  • Additionally, around 18% believe that the virus was either “definitely” or “probably” part of a “depopulation” plan on the part of the United Nations.
  • HNH also reported on the correlation between conspiracy theories and political affiliation, discovering that those who believed in conspiracies were most likely to lean right politically.

A research poll conducted by Hope Not Hate (HNH), an anti-racist campaign group based in the United Kingdom, found that nearly 30% of respondents believe China intentionally spread COVID-19 as a bio-weapon.

The results of the poll found that a concerning number of Britons have read and believe COVID-19 conspiracy theories, which HNH describe as “dangerous” and “worrying.”

11 of K-pop group Loona’s 12 members test positive for COVID-19

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  • Three members of 12-member K-pop girl group Loona tested positive for COVID-19 based on PCR tests taken on Feb. 25.
  • On March 1, Blockberry Creative released a statement confirming that another six members had tested positive, with only member HyunJin testing negative.
  • The group will no longer be participating in Mnet’s “Queendom 2” music battle program due to the positive results.
  • COVID remains an ongoing issue in the world of entertainment, especially as the highly contagious Omicron variant continues to circulate.
  • K-pop groups Apink, The Boyz and Victon have all also confirmed members’ positive test results.

Eleven members of the 12-member K-pop girl group Loona have tested positive for COVID-19.

The news was announced in a statement released by the group’s label, Blockberry Creative, on March 1

New COVID-19 test provides accurate results within 4 minutes, according to Chinese scientists

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  • Scientists from Fudan University in Shanghai have developed a portable test that utilizes an “electromechanical biosensor” to detect coronavirus infection in four minutes.
  • Their trial involved 33 people with COVID-19 and 54 uninfected people, testing the technology against polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results.
  • They reported “perfect” overall agreement as SARS-CoV-2, one of the strains that causes COVID-19, was detected in all 33 positive cases and not once in the 54 negative cases.

A new portable test that detects coronavirus infection within a four-minute window has been developed by scientists in Shanghai.

The test is reportedly as accurate as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Using an electromechanical biosensor that analyzes genetic material from swabs, the molecular electromechanical system, or MolEMS, is seen as a promising alternative to the highly sensitive and highly specific PCR test.

US figure skater Vincent Zhou withdraws from Olympics after COVID-19 diagnosis

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  • California-born figure skater Vincent Zhou confirmed he has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Zhou, 21, is withdrawing from the individual figure skating competition at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, which will begin on Tuesday.
  • The athlete participated in Sunday’s men's single's free skating team event as a substitute for Nathan Chen. The team reportedly won the silver medal in the discipline.
  • “I've taken all the precautions I can. I've isolated myself so much that the loneliness I've felt in the last month or two has been crushing at times," Zhou said in an Instagram video posted on Monday.

American Olympic figure skater Vincent Zhou announced in a five-minute Instagram video that he will be withdrawing from the upcoming individual figure skating competition after testing positive for COVID-19.

Zhou, 21, who participated in the men’s single’s free skating team event on Sunday, was confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) medical staff on Monday, the Olympics said in a statement.

Olympic athletes express distress over Beijing quarantine conditions, ‘inedible’ food

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  • Concerns have been raised over poor isolation conditions in quarantine hotels at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
  • Athletes have reported questionable COVID-19 testing processes, lack of edible food and stressful conditions affecting mental health.
  • Natalia Maliszewska, a Polish short track speed skater, recalled having a traumatic experience with the quarantine hotels after several conflicting COVID-19 tests.

Several athletes at the 2022 Beijing Olympics have voiced their concerns over the conditions of quarantine hotels and the distressing treatment they have faced while in isolation. 

Many of the Olympic participants placed in quarantine hotels after testing positive have reported conditions causing a deterioration in mental health, poor food options and unclear procedures on if and when they can leave, reported MSN