Relief, worry as major Chinese cities ease COVID-19 curbs

Further easing of COVID-19 testing requirements and quarantine rules in some Chinese cities was met with a mix of relief and worry on Friday, as hundreds of millions await an expected shift in national virus policies after widespread social unrest.…

Shanghai tightens security after anti-lockdown protests across China

Shanghai authorities on Monday put up barriers around a city centre area where hundreds of people protested over the weekend against heavy COVID-19 measures. However, this is one of several demonstrations that have flared across the country. From the streets…

Nigeria sets to host ‘Doctors for Change’ conference in Lagos

Dr Biodun Ogungbo, a Consultant Neurosurgeon with Brain and Spine Surgery Consortium Abuja on Wednesday said plans are underway to hold ‘Doctors for Change’, a conference to boost healthcare delivery in country. Ogungbo, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria…

China seals off Peking University after single case of COVID-19

Beijing authorities on Wednesday sealed off Peking University and ordered widespread testing following a reported COVID-19 case on campus. Nationwide, authorities reported about 20,000 new infections on Wednesday and about 370 were reported in Beijing alone. While the rest of…

China zero Covid: Violent protests in Guangzhou put curbs under strain

Crowds of residents in southern China’s industrial metropolis Guangzhou have escaped a compulsory lockdown and clashed with police, as anger at strict coronavirus curbs boiled over. Dramatic footage shows some overturning a police vehicle and tearing down Covid control barriers.…

China marginally reduces coronavirus quarantine guidelines

Coronavirus quarantine restrictions for people arriving in China and for those who had been in close contact with someone infected were to be eased slightly, the country’s Health Commission announced on Friday. The new rules meant that people who travelled…

WHO reports 90% drop in world COVID-19 deaths since February

The World Health Organization chief on Wednesday said a nearly 90% drop in recent COVID-19 deaths globally compared to nine months ago provides “cause for optimism,” but still urged vigilance against the pandemic as variants continue to crop up. Director-General…

Flights cancelled in China as Covid cases continue to surge

Many airports across China have cancelled the majority of their flights due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. China’s state newspaper, Global Times, reported on Thursday. The southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou, which had a particularly bad…

Pfizer, BioNTech say bivalent COVID-19 booster shot performs better against BA.5 omicron subvariant

American pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech announced Friday that a booster dose of their bivalent COVID-19 vaccine performs better against two circulating versions of the omicron variant, compared with a booster shot of their original vaccine. According…

Some US hospitals report beds are full among increase in respiratory infections in children

Some hospitals across the United States say their beds are full as cases of respiratory viruses continue to increase among children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infections due to respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, have spiked…

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