Authorities expand lockdowns as Covid-19 cases hit daily record

Pandemic lockdowns are expanding across China, including in a city where factory workers clashed this week with police, as the number of COVID-19 cases hits a

Workers protest at virus-hit Chinese iPhone factory

Employees at the world’s biggest Apple iPhone factory were beaten and detained in protests over contract disputes amid anti-virus controls, according to witnesses and videos on

Guangzhou locks down millions in ‘zero-Covid’ fight

The southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou locked down its largest district yesterday as it tries to tamp down a major COVID-19 outbreak, suspending public transit and

State media demands strict adherence to ‘zero-Covid’

China's ruling party called for strict adherence to the hard-line “zero-COVID” policy yesterday in an apparent attempt to guide public perceptions after regulations were eased slightly in

Shenzhen records first BF.7 Covid-19 cases

Guangdong Province’s IT hub in Shenzhen has recorded its cases of the BF.7 Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. Shenzhen reported 46 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases between

China quarantine bus crash prompts outcry over ‘zero Covid’

A nighttime bus crash that killed 27 people in southwest China this week has set off a storm of anger online over the country’s strict COVID-19

WHO: Covid end ‘in sight,’ deaths at lowest since March 2020

The head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that the number of coronavirus deaths worldwide last week was the lowest reported in the pandemic since March 2020,

Health chief pledges better Covid-19 contingencies

Health Bureau’s director and pulmonologist Alvis Lo assured that the government’s plans for handling Covid-19 would see continuous refinement. The assurance was given in response to lawmaker Leong

G-20 finance leaders eye ways to support pandemic recovery

Countries must avoid tensions and cooperate to support a recovery from the pandemic as it lingers in many parts of the world, Indonesian President Joko Widodo told

CE holds meeting with Zhuhai official on pandemic control measures

The Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng held a meeting on Saturday via videoconference with officials in Zhuhai in order to exchange views on pandemic control measures

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 | 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

Breaking News | Pfizer confirms Covid pill’s results, potency versus omicron

Pfizer said this evening (Tuesday) that its experimental pill to treat COVID-19 appears effective against the omicron variant. The company also said full results of its 2,250-person study confirmed the pill's

Year after lockdown, Wuhan dissident more isolated than ever

One year after lockdown, Wuhan has long since sprung back to life — but Zhu Tao remains bunkered in his 14th-floor apartment, spending his days doomscrolling through news, playing virtual

Analysis | How to stay safe with a fast-spreading new coronavirus variant on the loose

A fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in at least 22 U.S. states, and people are wondering: How do I protect myself now? We saw what

47th case: One among 109 returnees tests positive for Covid-19

One of the returnees who arrived in Macau last night (Thursday) tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the government announced. The Health Bureau (SSM) said in a follow-up statement early today

Portugal halts flights to UK over virus variant

Portugal is stopping flights to and from the United Kingdom from tomorrow (Saturday), blaming a COVID-19 variant first identified in the U.K.

WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate pandemic origins

A global team of researchers arrived today (Thursday) in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty

UK | PM bets 2 million vaccine shots a week will end lockdown

Boris Johnson pinned his hopes for a national recovery on a plan to deliver 2 million coronavirus vaccinations a week, as the U.K. went back into lockdown in an attempt

Covid-19 | Morocco acquires 65 million vaccine doses from China, UK

Morocco announced it has acquired 65 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinopharm and Britain’s AstraZeneca, as the north African kingdom prepares to launch a COVID-19 vaccination program that

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