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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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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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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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Canadian judge orders end to truckers’ bridge blockade with the United States

A Canadian judge has granted a court order to end a truckers’ blockade of a vital trade link with the US. The injunction approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice came into effect at 19:00 local time on Friday. The Ambassador Bridge, linking Windsor, Ontario, with Detroit, Michigan, has been blockaded for five days. […]

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Canada: Judge orders truckers in Ottawa to stop honking

Truckers in Ottawa have been ordered to stop honking their horns in an ongoing protest that has snarled up the city. The loud and constant blare of truck horns has become one of the defining features of the movement against Canada’s vaccine mandates. But Judge Hugh McLean has now ordered they be silenced for the […]

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Indian ‘Covid-19 warrior’ pilot who crash landed plane on runway handed $1.13 million bill

A Madhya Pradesh pilot, among those who were dubbed “Covid warriors” for putting their lives at risk during the pandemic, has been handed over a bill of ₹85 crore (USD$ 1.13 million) by the state government for causing damage to an aircraft last year because he crash-landed at the Gwalior airport. Captain Majid Akhtar, along […]

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Canada: Ottawa declares state of emergency over trucker vaccine mandate protests

The mayor of Canada’s capital Ottawa has declared a state of emergency in response to more than a week of truckers’ protests against Covid restrictions. Jim Watson said the city was “completely out of control”, with demonstrators outnumbering police. He said the protests posed a threat to the safety and security of residents. The truckers […]

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What is known about the highly transmissible new Omicron subvariant?

As the highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus continues its frenetic spread around the world, a new subvariant has been detected in dozens of countries. Omicron was first reported by South Africa in November and has since replaced the Delta variant in most countries as the most prevalent strain. The dominant form of Omicron, known […]

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GoFundMe withholds millions of dollars raised for Canadian truckers protesting against vaccine mandates

GoFundMe says it will withhold millions of dollars raised for Canadian truckers protesting against vaccine mandates, citing police reports of violence. The Freedom Convoy has been rallying since last weekend, and more protests are expected in Toronto and Ottawa. In a statement, the crowdfunding website said it would withhold the donations already made, and refund […]