Record number of COVID-19 hit Australians in hospital as Omicron surges

SYDNEY – The number of Australians admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 hit a record of about 5,450 on Monday, official data showed, as the spread of highly contagious new Omicron…

New Zealand COVID-19 death rate at record levels

WELLINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – New Zealanders are dying from COVID-19 at record rates as the country battles a new wave of the Omicron strain that is particularly affecting the…

Australia govt faces pressure to reinstate COVID quarantine pay amid fresh wave

SYDNEY- Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has called a snap meeting of federal and state leaders next week as he faces pressure to reinstate compensation pay for casual workers forced…

Shanghai plans more COVID testing amid fresh curbs across China

BEIJING- Multiple Chinese cities are adopting fresh COVID-19 curbs, from business halts to lockdowns, to rein in new infections, with the commercial hub of Shanghai bracing for another mass testing…

Shanghai identifies new COVID Omicron subvariant

SHANGHAI – The city of Shanghai has discovered a COVID-19 case involving a new subvariant Omicron BA.5.2.1, an official told a briefing on Sunday, signalling the complications China faces to…

Macau uses two more casino hotels for COVID-19 medical facilities

HONG KONG – Macau authorities have added two hotels in popular casino resorts to be used as COVID-19 medical facilities from Friday as they try to increase capacity to handle…

China fights COVID-19 flare-ups on multiple fronts including Shanghai

SHANGHAI/BEIJING- China is fighting COVID-19 flare-ups on multiple fronts across the country including an emerging cluster in Shanghai, spurring mass testing drives and fresh restrictions, as pressures mount on local…

Several Eastern Chinese areas in mass Covid-19 testing to curb new waves of infections

SHANGHAI- Parts of eastern China are running fresh rounds of mass Covid-19 testing, as the country faces new waves of infections while recovering from impact of the spring outbreaks that…

Children aged 3+ now eligible for Covid-19 vaccination

By Regis Mhako CHILDREN aged three and above are now eligible for vaccination against COVID-19. This was revealed by Vice President General (Rtd) Dr Constantino Chiwenga who is also the…

Shanghai records zero COVID cases for first time since March

China has reported zero new COVID-19 infections in Shanghai for the first time since March, as the country’s latest outbreak subsides after months of lockdowns and other restrictions. China is…