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

Russian fighting destroys, damages nearly 400 hospitals, medical centers, Zelenskiy says

400 hospitals, meidcal centers destroyed, damaged – Zelenskiy ‘Heavy bloody fighting’ in Mariupol – Ukrainian soldier Mariupol evacuation attempt on Friday ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, May 6 (Reuters) – Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has devastated hundreds of hospitals and other medical institutions and left doctors without drugs to tackle cancer or the ability to perform surgery, President … Read more

Beijing nervously returns to work as China doubles down on ‘zero-COVID’ policy

Residents in Beijing return to work after muted holiday More evidence emerging of painful economic damage China will fight criticism of COVID response – state TV Confusion over curbs in locked-down Shanghai BEIJING / SHANGHAI, May 5 (Reuters) – Beijing residents tentatively returned to work on Thursday after a muted five-day Labor Day holiday devoid … Read more

US manufacturing activity slowest in more than 1-1 / 2 years as workers quit

An employee works on an assembly line at startup Rivian Automotive’s electric vehicle factory in Normal, Illinois, US April 11, 2022. Picture taken April 11, 2022. REUTERS / Kamil Krzaczynski Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ISM manufacturing index falls to 55.4 in March Manufacturers report increase in workers quitting Mixed signals … 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

China signals easing of tech squeeze in bid to lift economy

People wearing face masks walk past a street amid snowfall, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a shopping area in Beijing, China March 17, 2022. REUTERS / Tingshu Wang Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING / HONG KONG, April 29 (Reuters) – China signaled an easing of its crackdown on … 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