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COVID after-effects in Korea, fines in the UK, and health worker deaths in Venezuela

A look at how COVID-19 is affecting life around the world.

by Stranger’s Guide

Israel

Synagogues in Israel closed for Yom Kippur after record high coronavirus infection rates forced  nationwide lockdown. Despite the measures, lawmakers argued over whether to limit public gathering restrictions. Some felt limitations should not be imposed for protests and public prayers. The lockdown is due to last two weeks, but could be extended if infection rates do not slow. [Times of Israel)

UK

Businesses in the UK have been fined for breaching COVID-19 legislation imposed by Boris Johnson’s Conservatives. Police were called to one wedding party in Telford, Shropshire, fining organizers £10,000 ($13,000). Police in Manchester imposed an identical fine on organizers of another wedding party after finding 70 people breached legislation. [GMP Police / West Mercia Police]

Venezuela

200 health workers have died in Venezuela from COVID-19. The data collected by Medicos Unidos por Venezuela (Doctors United for Venezuela) indicates that Zulia is the most affected state with 48 deaths. In the Capital District there have been 21 deaths. [El Nacional]

South Korea

Over 91% of coronavirus patients in a South Korean survey reported suffering from residual effects after recovering from COVID-19. 26.2% reported suffering from fatigue, 24.6% with an inability to focus, while other symptoms they reported were mental problems and a loss of taste and smell. [KBS News]

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro’s carnaval parades have become the latest casualty of the COVID-19 as Brazilian officials announced they were indefinitely postponing the February 2021 event. Rio’s carnaval, the world’s biggest, features tightly packed crowds in the street and all-night parties with people in close proximity—described as an “epidemiologist’s nightmare in a pandemic.” [Rio Times]

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A Tale of Two Sandwiches

In the 1970s a large population of Vietnamese refugees, fleeing the war, relocated to southern Louisiana. There were a lot of parallels between the home they left behind and their new one. Many Vietnamese immigrants found work in the fishing and shrimping industries similar to what they had done before, they joined the many Catholic churches around New Orleans, and like other New Orleanians they made amazing food—especially sandwiches. Both the bánh mì sandwich and the po’ boy were originally conceived as quick, easy meals for hardworking people with little money—in fact, this is where the po’ boy gets its name. Over time, the two delicious meals began to merge and now “Vietnamese Po’ Boy” variations are popping up all over the city: pickled veggies added to a fried shrimp po’ boy; lettuce, mayo and pickles on Vietnamese marinated pork. Anything is possible with this new food combination, as the flavors of Saigon and Hanoi get absorbed into the already fascinating food culture of New Orleans.