Covid-19 | Tianjin orders more mass testing of residents

The northern Chinese city of Tianjin ordered a second round of COVID-19 testing of all 13 million residents yesterday following the discovery of 97 cases of

One of two Covid cases at Hong Kong party was false positive

One of two people who attended a large gathering with senior Hong Kong officials and was believed to be infected with COVID-19 turned out to be

Covid-19 | Conditions hard for residents in Xi’an partial lockdown

Authorities in Xi’an say they can provide food, health care and other necessities for the residents under a now almost two-week-old partial lockdown. But in

The Question Why are so many vaccinated people getting Covid-19 lately?

A couple of factors are at play, starting with the emergence of the highly contagious omicron variant. Omicron is more likely to infect people, even if

Pandemic | Low-vaccinated Eastern Europe braces for omicron surge

As the fast-spreading coronavirus variant omicron rages through Western Europe, officials and experts in low-vaccinated Eastern Europe anticipate a post-holiday explosion of COVID-19 cases in

Pandemic | Asia keeps omicron at bay, but a surge may be inevitable

Much of Asia has largely managed to keep omicron at bay even as the variant rages in other parts of the world, but the region that is

Macau enters ‘immediate prevention status’ after a family of four tested positive

As of 3 p.m. today (Tuesday), Macau entered the “immediate prevention status” — soon after the government reported that a family of four locals tested positive in the afternoon. Given the

Clock is ticking for EU vaccine certificates as summer looms

As strict lockdowns are loosened across Europe and many EU citizens dream about holidays in the sun, the 27-nation bloc has yet to agree on how to quickly implement a

Early in the Covid crisis, frantic doctors traded tips across oceans

Amid the chaos of the pandemic’s early days, doctors who faced the first coronavirus onslaught reached across oceans and language barriers in an unprecedented effort to advise colleagues trying to

Exclusive | Virus-linked hunger tied to 10,000 child deaths each month

The lean season is coming for Burkina Faso’s children. And this time, the long wait for the harvest is bringing a hunger more ferocious than most have ever known. That hunger

China’s new virus outbreak underscores continued threat

China’s capital was bracing yesterday for a resurgence of the coronavirus after more than 100 new cases were reported in recent days in a city that hadn’t seen a case

Salmon shunned after link to Beijing outbreak

The $700 million market for imported salmon in China is at risk after the fish was implicated in a new outbreak of coronavirus cases in Beijing, potentially dealing a blow

Plastic is the hero of coronavirus, says the plastics industry

On March 18—a week after the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic—Tony Radoszewski, head of the plastics industry’s main U.S. lobbying group, sent Alex Azar, secretary of the Department

Vietnam ratifies trade deal with EU in boost for economy

Vietnam ratified a landmark trade deal yesterday with the European Union that is expected to energize the country’s manufacturing sector and exports, as it recovers from the impact of the

Beijing defends its coronavirus response in new report

Senior Chinese officials released a lengthy report Sunday on the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, defending their government’s actions and saying that China had provided information in a timely

China urges citizens to shun Australia as dispute simmers

China is advising its citizens not to visit Australia, citing racial discrimination and violence against Asians, in what appears to be Beijing’s latest attempt to punish the country for advocating

Largely peaceful protests against police brutality march on

Massive protests against police brutality nationwide capped a week that began in chaos but ended with largely peaceful expressions that organizers hope will sustain their movement. This weekend’s marches featured few

AP report raises concerns about China and WHO; Beijing denies

At least two U.S. senators said yesterday that China hid data from the World Health Organization that could have altered the course of the coronavirus outbreak, even as a

Singapore’s long lockdown challenges leaders facing election

Singapore’s approach to the virus is set to become a defining issue in upcoming elections, with lockdown curbs set to drag on past most of Asia’s after its original, less

Wuhan tests 10 million people, finds few infections

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected late last year, has tested nearly 10 million people in an unprecedented 19-day campaign to check an entire city. It

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