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                                Passengers in protective gear are directed to a flight at a Capital airport terminal in Beijing. Companies welcomed China’s decision to end quarantines for travelers from abroad as an important step to revive slumping business activity while Japan on Tuesday, Dec. 27, announced restrictions on visitors from the country as infections surge.
Companies welcome end to China quarantines for visitors

Monday’s announcement that quarantines for travelers from abroad will end Jan. 8 is the biggest step toward ending limits that have kept most foreign visitors out of China since early 2020. Quarantines were reduced last month from seven days to five. Read more

                                An elderly woman gets vaccinated against COVID-19 at a community health center in Nantong in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. The National Health Commission announced a campaign on Nov. 29 to raise the vaccination rate among older Chinese, which health experts say is crucial to avoiding a health care crisis. It’s also the biggest hurdle before the ruling Communist Party can lift the last of the world’s most stringent antivirus restrictions.
China races to vaccinate elderly, but many are reluctant

China has joined other countries in treating cases instead of trying to stamp out virus transmission by dropping or easing rules on testing, quarantines and movement as it tries to reverse an economic slump. But the shift has flooded hospitals with feverish, wheezing patients. Read more

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                                Art Whistler, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, was the third life lost to COVID-19 in Hawaii when he died April 2, 2020, after battling the coronavirus for more than three weeks. He was 75.
Lives lost to COVID-19: Art Whistler of Manoa

The seeds of knowledge that Art Whistler, a world-­renowned expert on Polynesian botany and ethnobotany, planted in life have taken root and continue to grow and inspire others following his death nearly three years ago. Read more

                                Worshippers adorned three Christmas trees with ornaments as symbols of reflection and healing during Central Union Church’s solstice service, “The Longest Night,” on Thursday.
Honoring lives lost to COVID-19 in Hawaii

As the pandemic stretches beyond its third year, Americans continue to die from a virus that has turned the world upside-down, shaken up the economy and kept people apart. Read more

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