In a sobering dose of reality cutting a relatively festive holiday season, the Philippines’ sprawling capital Metro Manila has announced yet another lockdown in an attempt to stave off a frightening spike in COVID-19 infections. This time, though, stay-at-home orders apply only to unvaccinated residents and travelers, as the rest of the metropolis carries on with only stricter protocols when in public. Source: Unvaccinated People Ordered to Stay Home or Face Jail in City of 14 Million
Now, plant-based chicken is getting its turn in the spotlight. Starting January 10, Beyond Fried Chicken will be available at KFC’s nearly 4,000 US locations, the first — and biggest —nationwide rollout of plant-based poultry at a major chicken chain. It will be served as part of a combo meal, or in six- or 12-piece orders. (KFC says the six-piece order will start at $6.99 but may vary by location. For comparison, an eight-piece order of Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets cost $8.39 at a location near me in Maryland.)
Source: KFC and Beyond Meat are launching vegan chicken nuggets nationwide next week – Vox
Pediatric COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations soar
At least nine states have reported record numbers of COVID-related pediatric hospitalizations, according to an NBC News analysis. Nationwide, as of this weekend, the 7-day average of pediatric COVID-19 admissions had hit a pandemic peak of 1,354 a day.
Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as Washington, D.C., have all reached new highs in pediatric hospitalizations.
According to the latest update from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), more than 325,000 child COVID-19 cases were reported from Dec 23 to Dec 30, a 64% increase from the previous week.
“COVID-19 cases among US children have reached the highest case count ever reported since the start of the pandemic,” the AAP said.
Source: Biden doubles order of COVID-19 pill in face of Omicron | CIDRAP