N.Korea reports first COVID-19 outbreak, orders lockdown in “gravest emergency”

North Korea declares ‘gravest national emergency’ Potential for ‘unprecedented crisis’ for Kim Jong Un – expert Isolated state has declined int’l offer of vaccine No North Korean civilians are believed to have been vaccinated SEOUL, May 12 (Reuters) – North Korea confirmed its first COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, calling it the “gravest national emergency” and … Read more

As Beijing battles outbreak, China warns ‘zero COVID’ doubters

Beijing residents nervous as daily COVID cases not dropping Chinese authorities vow to fight critics of ‘zero COVID’ Non-essential services close to Beijing’s biggest district Official in locked down Shanghai says city cannot slack off BEIJING / SHANGHAI, May 6 (Reuters) – Beijing residents fretted on Friday over tightening COVID curbs in its biggest district … Read more

Shanghai marks key COVID milestone, Beijing sits on edge

Shanghai records no COVID cases outside quarantine areas Beijing on tenterhooks, bracing for more restrictions Breakthrough would mark victory for Xi in crucial year Infections ease as China starts Labor Day holiday SHANGHAI / BEIJING, April 30 (Reuters) – Shanghai said on Saturday it had detected no new daily COVID-19 cases outside quarantine areas, marking … Read more

‘Entry only. No exit: ‘Beijing sees more COVID closures as anger grows in Shanghai

Beijing closes more gyms, malls, cinemas to contain outbreak Delivery companies work overtime to supply residents “The virus is what’s hurting the economy” – health official BEIJING / SHANGHAI, April 29 (Reuters) – China’s capital Beijing closed more businesses and residential compounds on Friday, with authorities ramping up contact tracing to contain a COVID-19 outbreak, … Read more

China’s capital sharpens COVID screening to prevent Shanghai-like chaos

Beijing to test most of its 22 mln residents for COVID this week Beijing steps up precautions, curbs to avoid Shanghai lockdown Shanghai’s focus shifts to vaccination of the elderly BEIJING / SHANGHAI, April 28 (Reuters) – Beijing closed some schools and public spaces on Thursday, as most of the Chinese capital’s 22 million residents … Read more

Beijing to test 20 mln for COVID in bid to avert Shanghai lockdown misery

Beijing expands mass testing to almost entire city Residents flock to supermarkets to stock up on food, supplies Frustration flares in Shanghai after a month in lockdown BEIJING / SHANGHAI, April 26 (Reuters) – Three-quarters of Beijing’s 22 million people lined up for COVID-19 tests on Tuesday as authorities in the Chinese capital raced to … Read more

Shanghai plans to close on Wednesday

SHANGHAI, April 17 (Reuters) – Shanghai has set itself the goal of halting the spread of COVID-19 outside quarantine areas by Wednesday, said two people familiar with the matter, which would allow the city to ease its closure even further and begin to return. to a normal life when public resentment increases. The goal will … Read more

Shanghai facilitates child separation under COVID policy but extends closure

SHANGHAI, April 6 (Reuters) – Shanghai on Wednesday gave in to an unpopular COVID isolationist policy that has separated children from their parents and sparked public protests, but extended the closure of the entire city that has made it difficult for some residents to buy mat. The closure of China’s most populous city, which began … Read more