COVID-19

China’s Hainan Expands COVID Lockdowns to Quell Outbreak

China’s Hainan, an island province dependent on tourism, locked down more areas on Monday, state media reported, as it battles its worst COVID-19 outbreak after seeing very few cases the past two years compared with many other regions in the country. The island in the South China Sea, which recorded …

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Hong Kong Eases COVID Quarantine Rules for Incoming Travelers

 Hong Kong will shorten the COVID-19 hotel quarantine period for all arrivals to three days from seven, taking another step to gradually unwind stringent pandemic rules that have isolated the Asian financial hub.  Arrivals will need to self-monitor for a further four days, during which they will be forbidden to …

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China Eases COVID Suspension for International Flights

China on Sunday shortened its suspension period for inbound international flights carrying COVID-positive passengers, signaling that Beijing could soon ease its strict border controls. Incoming flights carrying five positive COVID-19 cases, or four percent of the total passengers, will now face a reduced one-week suspension, the Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) …

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Biden Tests Negative for COVID, White House Physician Says

President Joe Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 after testing positive with a breakthrough case for days, the White House physician said on Saturday.  The Democratic president will remain in isolation until he tests negative on a second test, Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a letter.  Biden, 79, emerged from …

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Chinese Tourist Hot Spot Sanya Imposes COVID-19 Lockdown

The southern Chinese resort city of Sanya imposed a lockdown on Saturday and restricted transport links to try to stem a COVID-19 outbreak that comes as some 80,000 visitors were enjoying its beaches at peak season.  The curbs came into force at 6 a.m. (2200 GMT) after authorities said the …

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Long-COVID Symptoms Affect 1 in 8, Study Suggests 

One in eight people who get coronavirus develop at least one symptom of long COVID, one of the most comprehensive studies on the condition to date suggested on Thursday.  With more than half a billion coronavirus cases recorded worldwide since the start of the pandemic, there has been rising concern …

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Macau Resumes Quarantine Free Travel With Mainland China

Macau’s government said on Wednesday people could enter the neighboring mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai without quarantine, a further relaxation of stringent COVID-19 policies as the world’s biggest gambling hub seeks a return to normalcy. Authorities reopened public services and entertainment facilities in Macau, a Chinese special administrative region, on …

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