News related to the outbreak, impact and efforts to combat the novel coronavirus COVID-19

Hong Kong to end international travel quarantine
The Hong Kong government is ending formal quarantine for international travelers after strict pandemic controls which lasted more than two years. A Government press release stated, "The Government announced on September 23 the lifting of compulsory quarantine requirement for inbound persons from overseas places or Taiwan starting from September 26, after analysing scientific data and striking a balance among factors such as transmission risks."
47 charged for stealing from program to feed needy children
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors charged 47 people with stealing $250 million from a federal child nutrition program. A group of charities, restaurants, and individuals in Minnesota pulled off the fraudulent Covid 19 scheme by claiming they were feeding thousands of underserved children.
CDC adds 4 countries to Level 2 moderate COVID-19 risk category
The CDC dropped three countries from its "Level 3: High Level Of COVID-19" to the "Level 2: Moderate Level of COVID-19" category on Monday. Fiji, Kuwait, and Saint Kitts & Nevis were moved to Level 2 of the CDC's COVID-19 travel risk recommendation.
Bus crash in China kills 27 and injures 20
27 people died and 20 were injured in a highway bus crash on Sunday in China's Guizhou province. The bus was a government health vehicle transporting people for Covid-related reasons.
China’s tech hub Chengdu under lockdown
Chengdu is the latest city in China to be locked down as the government continues to pursue its "zero-Covid" policy. More than 21 million residents have been ordered to stay home. As part of the regulations, only one person from each house per day can shop for necessities.
Legal battle begins between Covid-19 vaccine makers
Shares of Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna are reported to have fallen over the news of a lawsuit being filed by Moderna. Moderna is suing Pfizer and BioNTech for infringement on its patents.
Djokovic to miss US Open over US vaccine travel requirement
On Thursday, Novac Djokovic announced he would not be traveling to New York for the US Open tournament. The Serbian former world number one has refused to vaccinate against Covid 19 and cannot travel to the US owing to restrictions.
Anthony Fauci to step down from his current posts
Anthony S. Fauci will be stepping down from the positions of Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Adviser to President Joe Biden this December. Fauci stated, "After more than 50 years of government service, I plan to pursue the next phase of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field."
US First Lady ends isolation
US First Lady Jill Biden has tested negative for Covid-19. Jill Biden, 71, tested positive for Covid-19 a week ago while on vacation in South Carolina and has been under isolation there since.
Japan’s PM tests positive for COVID-19
On Sunday, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida tested positive for COVID-19 as the country averaged a world-high 200,000 cases in the past week, along with record numbers of related deaths. The coronavirus situation continues to ease worldwide with a 14% weekly decline in cases and a 17% drop in deaths.