As China begins dismantling ‘zero-COVID’ controls, virus fears are on the rise

Biggest easing of curbs since the start of the pandemic Cities are urging citizens to remain vigilant Analysts say China is ill-prepared for a major spike in business BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Dec. 8 (Reuters) – As many Chinese embraced new freedoms on Thursday after the country dropped key parts of its hardline zero-COVID regime, there was growing … Read more

Response to China’s easing of COVID restrictions following a major policy change

December 7 (Reuters) – China on Wednesday announced the most sweeping changes to its hardline zero-COVID policy since the start of the pandemic three years ago, easing rules that curbed the spread of the virus but taking the second largest economy in the world and led to protests . The relaxation of rules, including allowing … Read more

Chinese cities are easing COVID sidewalks as the virus continues to spread

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Reuters) – Some communities in Chinese cities where COVID-19 is still spreading are easing testing requirements and quarantine rules in anticipation of an expected shift in virus policies across the country following widespread social unrest. However, the uneven easing of COVID restrictions is fueling fears among some residents who suddenly feel more … Read more

China is set to ease COVID sidewalks after a week of historic protests

China allows home quarantine, stops mass testing – sources Top official says virus weakening serious Shift comes after series of demonstrations Largest demonstration of public resistance in a decade BEIJING, Dec. 1 (Reuters) – China will announce a relaxation of its COVID-19 quarantine protocols and a reduction in mass testing in the coming days, sources … Read more

COVID hits HIV detection in Europe, threatens eradication progress

LONDON, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – The number of people in Europe with undiagnosed HIV has risen as testing rates fell during the COVID-19 pandemic, jeopardizing a global goal to end the disease by 2030, according to a report. The joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and … Read more

COVID protests escalate in Guangzhou as lockdown fury boils in China

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – People in Guangzhou’s Chinese manufacturing center clashed with riot police in white safety gear on Tuesday evening, videos posted on social media showed, as frustration over strict COVID-19 rules escalated three years after the pandemic. The clashes in the southern city marked an escalation of protests in the commercial hub … Read more

Demonstrators in Shanghai, crowding police as anger over China’s COVID curbs mounts

Wave of civil disobedience, unprecedented under President Xi Increasing frustration with Xi’s zero-COVID policy An apartment fire in Urumqi killed 10 people last Thursday Vigils turn into protests in cities like Beijing, Shanghai Prestigious university students in Beijing protest SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters in Shanghai shouted and thronged with police on … Read more

Protests erupt in Xinjiang and Beijing after deadly fire

Nov 26 (Reuters) – Public anger in China over increasing COVID-19 lockdowns across the country erupted into rare protests in China’s far western region of Xinjiang and the country’s capital, Beijing, as nationwide infections set a new record. Crowds took to the streets in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, on Friday evening chanting “End the … Read more

China’s COVID infections hit a record as economic outlook worsens

China hit record high during the Shanghai outbreak in April Cabinet hints at reduction of reserve ratio requirement (RRR) Nomura cuts China’s GDP targets as lockdowns expand Chinese stocks fall, lagging rise in global stocks BEIJING, Nov 24 (Reuters) – China reported a record number of COVID-19 infections on Thursday, with cities across the country … Read more

Measles is now an imminent global threat due to a pandemic, the WHO and CDC say

Nov 23 (Reuters) – There is now an imminent threat of measles spreading in several regions worldwide as COVID-19 led to a steady decline in vaccination coverage and weakened surveillance of the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US public The health agency reports this on Wednesday. Measles is one of the most … Read more