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Tribunal finds trainee police officer of faking Covid-19 by drawing red lines on tests

A trainee police officer tried to fake having COVID-19 by drawing red lines on a lateral flow test, a tribunal has heard. In a bid to stay home from work, Ahmed Anwari told his training officer last December that he could not come in because of a positive lateral flow test result. But his ruse […]

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North Korea reports mystery disease alongside Covid-19 infections

South Korean officials have said that the disease, only referred to by North Korea as an “acute enteric epidemic” is likely to be either cholera or typhoid. North Korea has dispatched medical crews and epidemiological investigators to a province battling the outbreak of an intestinal disease, state media reported on Sunday. At least 800 families […]

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Shanghai to Covid-19 test more than 12 million residents, sparking fears of new lockdown

Shanghai will carry out Covid-19 testing on more than half of its 25 million residents this weekend, fueling fears of a return to more stringent restrictions just days after the financial hub emerged from two months of painful lockdown. The mass testing announcements sparked fears of a return to stringent, prolonged lockdown among Shanghai residents, […]

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US drops proof of negative Covid-19 test requirement for air travellers

The US will no longer require air travellers to have proof of a negative Covid-19 test before entering the country from abroad. Officials said they were dropping the requirement due to the “tremendous progress” the country had made in the fight against the virus. The travel industry has been pushing for an end to the […]

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Shanghai tightens lockdown measures as Covid-19 surge continues

Authorities in Shanghai have said they will tighten the enforcement of lockdown measures, as a Covid-19 surge continues in China’s financial capital. New measures include placing electronic door alarms to prevent those infected from leaving, as well as evacuating people to disinfect their homes. Earlier this week, hundreds were forcibly evacuated from their homes to […]

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China: Videos of clashes in Shanghai over restrictions and lack of food supplies go viral

Videos of clashes between police and people being forced out of their homes in Shanghai has gone viral on the internet as the city enters a third week of Covid-19 lockdown. Some residential compounds are being turned into quarantine centres. Millions are confined to their homes as Shanghai battles a fresh outbreak of the virus. […]

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Top iPhone supplier suspends production at two factories in China amid strict Covid lockdown

Apple’s top suppliers is stopping work at its factories in and around Shanghai as the city of 25 million people remains under a strict Covid lockdown. Pegatron announced Tuesday that it had suspended production at its facility in China’s largest city, as well as the nearby city of Kunshan, until further notice. “The date of […]

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UK lifts all Covid-19 travel restrictions for passengers entering from abroad

All Covid-19 travel restrictions have now been lifted for passengers entering the UK. Unvaccinated arrivals will no longer have to take tests and passenger locator forms have been scrapped. It comes almost exactly two years after the first Covid lockdown measures were imposed in the UK. Aviation minister Robert Courts said: “Everything we have worked […]

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New Zealand announces border reopening plans to international travellers after more than two years of Covid-19 lockdown

New Zealand has brought forward plans to reopen its borders to international travellers after a Covid lockout of more than two years. Australians will be allowed to enter the country without needing to quarantine or isolate from 13 April. Fully vaccinated travellers from about 60 countries on a visa-waiver list will be able to arrive […]

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Global covid-19 deaths probably three times higher than official data, study finds

More than 18 million people, three times higher than official records suggest have probably died because of Covid, say researchers. Their report comes two years to the day from when the World Health Organization first declared the pandemic. The Covid-19 excess mortality team at the US’s Washington University studied 191 countries and territories for what […]

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New Mexico man returns home after battling Covid-19 for 549 days in the hospital

Coronavirus has affected millions of lives. However, not everyone has faced the difficulties like Donnell Hunter, who spent 549 days in hospitals since his battle with COVID-19 started in September 2020. After spending more than one year in the health care facilities, he has returned back to his home in Roswell, New Mexico last week. […]

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Hong Kong plans to roll out compulsory Covid-19 testing three times over

Hong Kong announced plans to roll out compulsory Covid-19 testing from next month, with each of the densely-populated territory’s 7.4 million residents required to submit to three rounds of tests. Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the testing regime at a briefing on Tuesday as she announced a stringent set of new restrictions to tackle a […]