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China reopens one city as Shanghai lockdown enters a second phase

The city of Shanghai is preparing to reopen its eastern half and shut its western half, while authorities elsewhere announced the lifting of a...

Infections hit one million as Hong Kong struggles with fresh wave of Covid

Hong Kong’s total coronavirus infections exceeded one million and the number of related deaths topped those in mainland China, as the city grapples with...

Germany has passed Omicron peak, says health minister

Germany’s health minister has said he thinks the country has passed the peak of new daily infections with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Karl...

Japan widens virus restrictions as Omicron variant surges in cities

Restaurants and bars will close early in Tokyo and a dozen other areas across Japan from today as the country widens its Covid-19 restrictions...

Tough restrictions imposed in Nepal amid record number of virus cases

Nepal’s capital has shut schools, ordered citizens to carry vaccination cards in public, banned religious festivals and instructed hotel guests to be tested every...

Parcels from overseas may have spread Omicron – Chinese state media

Parcels posted from overseas may have spread the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Beijing and elsewhere, Chinese state media has said. The State Post...

China anti-virus measures in full force after Beijing Omicron case

Beijing’s first reported case of the Omicron variant has prompted tougher restrictions in the Chinese capital, just weeks before it hosts the Winter Olympic...

China faces Omicron test just weeks ahead of Beijing Olympics

Just weeks before hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics, China is battling multiple coronavirus outbreaks in half a dozen cities, with the one closest to...

Global Covid-19 cases rise more than 50% in a week, but deaths stable

The number of new coronavirus infections in the past week jumped by about 55%, but the number of deaths remained stable, the World Health...

Over half of Europeans will be infected with Covid-19 in 6-8 weeks, WHO warns

Over half of all Europeans will be infected with Covid-19 in the next 6-8 weeks, the World Health Organisation has warned. There were more than...

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