COVID-19

Shanghai Begins First Day of Post-COVID Lockdown

Residents of China’s largest city and financial hub, Shanghai, emerged from a draconian COVID-19 lockdown Wednesday that kept them forcibly locked inside their homes for two months. Many of the Chinese city’s 25 million residents filled buses and commuter trains on the system’s first full day of service as they …

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Shanghai Starts Coming Back to Life as COVID Lockdown Eases

Shanghai residents visited the waterfront Bund and ate and drank along streets patrolled by police early Wednesday as people in China’s largest city savored the easing of its severe two-month COVID-19 lockdown. The lockdown set back the national economy and largely confined millions to their homes, while its ruthless and …

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Shanghai Moves Toward Ending 2-Month COVID-19 Lockdown

Shanghai authorities say they will take some major steps Wednesday toward reopening China’s largest city after a two-month COVID-19 lockdown that has throttled the national economy and largely bottled up millions of people in their homes. Full bus and subway service will be restored as will basic rail connections with …

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Thousands Quarantined After Beijing Man Breaks COVID Rules

A Beijing man has landed thousands of his neighbors in quarantine after he ignored an order to stay at home and later tested positive for COVID-19, prompting a police investigation.  The Chinese capital has ordered hundreds of thousands of residents to stay home over the past five weeks to curb …

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COVID-Hit Archbishop of Canterbury to Miss Queen’s Service

The Archbishop of Canterbury said Monday he would miss a national service of thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee after testing positive for COVID. Justin Welby, who leads the worldwide Anglican communion, said he was “deeply saddened” at missing Friday’s service in St Paul’s Cathedral, central London. He was …

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N. Korea Moves to Soften Curbs amid Doubts over COVID Counts 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other top officials discussed revising stringent anti-epidemic restrictions during a meeting Sunday, state media reported, as they maintained a widely disputed claim that the country’s first COVID-19 outbreak is slowing. The discussion at the North’s Politburo meeting suggests it will soon relax a …

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Pandemic Has Lingering Toll on Smaller National Spelling Bee

Dev Shah’s dream of returning to the Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a soccer stadium, of all places. On a cool, windy February day with occasional rain showers, Dev spent five miserable hours spelling outdoors at Exploria Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer’s Orlando City club, ultimately finishing …

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