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

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

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