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Supermarket shelves empty in Beijing as city rushes Covid quarantine centres

Residents of some parts of China’s capital have been emptying supermarket shelves and overwhelming delivery apps after the city government ordered faster construction of...

Beijing closes parks and imposes restrictions amid fresh wave of Covid cases

Beijing has closed city parks and imposed other restrictions as the country faces a new wave of Covid-19 cases – even as millions of...

Thailand’s government to relax pandemic rules as emergency decree lifts

Thailand’s government is to lift an emergency decree imposed in March 2020 in the battle against coronavirus as it relaxes most pandemic restrictions. From October...

Jill Biden tests positive for Covid-19 again

US first lady Jill Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 again in an apparent “rebound” case, after she initially tested negative for the virus...

Mask mandate returns in New Delhi as Covid cases rise

The Indian capital New Delhi has reintroduced public mask mandates as Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the country. The New Delhi government reinstituted a...

Hungary fines Ryanair for raising ticket prices to cope with Covid recovery tax

Hungary has accused Ryanair of consumer protection violations and fined it more than £600,000 after the budget carrier raised ticket prices to cope with...

Hoarse Biden ‘feeling better than I sound’ after Covid diagnosis

Covid-19 symptoms left US President Joe Biden with a raspy voice and cough as he met virtually with his top economic team, though he...

UN biodiversity summit moved from China due to Covid-19 policy

A United Nations summit on biodiversity will be held in Canada instead of China, organisers announced. It is the second major international event to be...

Thailand eases Covid restrictions for travellers in bid to encourage tourism

Thailand is lifting a pre-arrival registration requirement for foreign visitors that was seen as onerous and a drag on the recovery for its ailing...

Dragon boat tradition returns to China as Covid retreats

The dragon boat tradition has returned in parts of China for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic in late 2019. It comes...

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