Hemmed in by COVID-19 curbs, Beijingers seek respite in urban outdoors

BEIJING- On a hot, sunny day, children and adults splashed in the cool run-off of the Yongding River in a park on the western outskirts of Beijing, a city under…

Beijing ramps up COVID-19 quarantine, Shanghai residents decry uneven rules

BEIJING stepped up quarantine efforts to end its month-old COVID-19 outbreak as fresh signs of frustration emerged in Shanghai, where some bemoaned unfair curbs with the city of 25 million…

China’s Shanghai aims to end COVID lockdown by June 1

ALJAZEERA – THE Chinese city of Shanghai has announced plans to reopen gradually after spending more than six weeks in lockdown and stamping out COVID-19 transmission in 15 of its…

China gives up 2023 Asian Cup hosting rights

REUTERS-HONG KONG – China will no longer host the 2023 Asian Cup finals due to the COVID-19 situation in the country, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Saturday, adding…

Shanghai hunkers down for final COVID-19 battle, Beijing outbreak stubborn

REUTERS-SHANGHAI/BEIJING- Shanghai was tightening its COVID-19 lockdown for what it hoped would be the final week of its battle with the virus before it could gradually begin to ease restrictions,…

COVID-19: More than 6 million inoculated

By Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor ZIMBABWE has hit a major milestone in its COVID-19 vaccine roll out programme with more than six million people having received the first dose. As…

S.Africa’s new COVID cases cross 10,000 for first time since January

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases on Wednesday reported 10,017 new COVID-19 cases, the first day since January the institute has reported more than 10,000 new infections.…

China’s factory inflation defies global surge, leaving room for stimulus

REUTERS-BEIJING- China’s factory-gate inflation eased to a one-year low in April as state-driven production efforts supported supply and COVID-19 lockdowns in key industries cooled demand, giving policymakers headroom for more…

Beijing curbs public transport as COVID-19 spreads in China

THE Chinese capital Beijing shut dozens of metro stations and bus routes on Wednesday in its campaign to stop the spread of COVID-19 and avoid the fate of Shanghai where…

Some in Shanghai come out for air as Beijing resumes mass COVID-19 tests

SOME of Shanghai’s 25 million people came out for brief walks and grocery shopping after enduring more than a month under a COVID lockdown, while China’s capital Beijing embarked on…