Category Archives: covid

China: Protests erupt over COVID curbs after deadly fire

Urumqi residents angered after blaze killed 10 in a residential building under lockdown due to China’s zero-COVID policy. A fire that killed 10 people in China’s Xinjiang region has sparked anger at the zero-COVID policy as Beijing faces increasing public disapproval over its hardline approach to stopping the spread of the coronavirus. On Thursday night, […]

Why is China persisting with its strict zero-COVID policy?

From: Inside Story Anger and frustration in China as repeated lockdowns limit economic activity and isolate millions. China’s zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19 involves widespread lockdowns, travel restrictions and mass testing. But nearly three years after the pandemic was first identified in Wuhan, cases have surged to a new high. The outbreaks have forced shutdowns in […]

Latin America faces ‘prolonged crisis’ following pandemic: UN

A UN report on Latin America and the Caribbean warns that nearly 45 percent of youth live below the poverty level. A report by the United Nations has said that Latin America and the Caribbean could face a “prolonged social crisis” in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report by the Economic Commission for […]

Measles an ‘imminent threat’ as children miss vaccination: WHO

COVID-19 pandemic has pushed vaccination rates for the highly the infectious disease to lowest level since 2008. Measles is at “imminent threat” of spreading in various parts of the world after the COVID-19 pandemic led to many children missing their routine vaccinations, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control […]

Record wave of COVID infections sparks more curbs across China

More than 31,000 new cases reported nationwide in the largest increase in cases since the early days of the pandemic. A record wave of COVID-19 infections has sparked further restrictions for the people in China. The health commission in Beijing on Thursday reported more than 31,000 new cases nationwide in the last 24 hours – […]

China’s COVID cases to smash records as video shows workers rebel

Taipei, Taiwan – China’s COVID-19 cases are surging toward record highs, signalling more pain for the world’s second-largest economy as hopes fade for a quick exit from Beijing’s draconian “zero-COVID” policies. The National Health Commission on Wednesday reported 29,157 infections nationwide for the previous day, close to April’s peak. China’s daily caseload peaked at 29,411 […]

Hong Kong leader tests positive for COVID after APEC forum

John Lee’s positive test result comes days after meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bangkok. Hong Kong leader John Lee has tested positive for COVID-19 after travelling to a regional economic summit in an effort to restore the city’s battered international image and struggling economy. Lee tested positive on Monday, the city’s government said, days […]

China’s Guangzhou locks down, Beijing shuts schools over COVID

China is battling COVID flareups from Zhengzhou in central Henan province to Chongqing in the southwest. China’s Guangzhou has locked down its largest district while schools across Beijing have moved to online classes as authorities battle numerous COVID-19 flare-ups across the country. Guangzhou, a southern metropolis that is home to almost 19 million people, on […]