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Visitors to Hong Kong’s annual food exhibition banned from eating at expo amid Covid-19 curbs

Visitors to Hong Kong’s annual exhibition of global gourmet food will once again not be allowed to sample the delicacies due to coronavirus curbs, the organiser said Tuesday. Tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of exhibitors are expected at the five-day Food Expo starting next Thursday in the city’s Convention and Exhibition Centre. But […]

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Covid-19 Pandemic: New Zealand fully reopens borders to international visitors

New Zealand has fully reopened to international visitors, lifting the last remnants of one of the toughest border regimes introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The country began reopening its borders in February with the lifting of restrictions on New Zealand citizens, followed in May by the return of tourists from more than 50 countries including […]

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Newly published studies conclude that animals sold at Wuhan market likely started Covid-19 pandemic

Two newly published studies conclude that the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, China, was most likely the epicenter for the coronavirus. The studies were posted online as preprints in February but have now undergone peer review and were published Tuesday in the journal Science. In one, scientists from around the world used mapping tools and […]

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China’s Wuhan put under lockdown over 4 asymptomatic Covid-19 cases

The Chinese metropolis of Wuhan has shut down a district of almost a million people after detecting four asymptomatic Covid cases, as the original epicenter of the pandemic takes no chances in preventing another outbreak under China’s stringent zero-Covid policy. Authorities in Wuhan’s Jiangxia district, home to more than 970,000 people, announced Wednesday its main […]

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Chinese officials break locks and break-into homes to hunt for Covid-19 contacts

Chinese officials have apologised to residents of a locked-down community in Guangzhou for removing the locks on the doors to their homes. A number of people at the apartment complex in the southern Chinese city had recently tested positive for Covid. Officials were searching for close contacts who may have been hiding in an attempt […]

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More than 2,000 tourists stranded in China resort city after Covid lockdown

More than 2,000 tourists have been stranded in a Chinese coastal city after a surge in coronavirus cases. Officials in clocked down urban areas and ordered the mass testing of its 1.9m residents over the weekend. It comes as concerns grow about the impact of China’s “zero-Covid” policy on the world’s second largest economy. Last […]

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India probes private laboratory for faulty Covid-19 tests on passengers arriving from Italy

Indian officials are investigating a private laboratory accused of faulty Covid-19 tests on passengers on two flights from Italy last week. At least 173 passengers from Rome, and 125 travellers from Milan tested positive on arrival in Amritsar. Thirty of them were tested again at the airport but only three people tested positive for Covid […]

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Miss World 2021: Competition postponed after 23 of 97 contestants test positive for Covid-19

This year’s Miss World competition, scheduled to take place Thursday in Puerto Rico, has been postponed after multiple people linked to the event — including 23 of the 97 contestants tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement released hours before the pageant was due to start, organizers said they were rescheduling the televised finale, citing […]

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Toyota to extend Japan production stoppages over chip shortage and supply chain issues

Toyota has announced that it will extend production stoppages at some factories in Japan as it continues to feel the impact of supply chain issues. The world’s largest carmaker said its components factories in South East Asia had faced disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Land Cruiser and Lexus production will be hit by the […]

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Omicron: South Africa’s president urges lifting of travel ban against his country and neighbours

South Africa’s president has condemned travel bans enacted against his country and its neighbours over the new coronavirus variant Omicron. Cyril Ramaphosa said he was “deeply disappointed” by the action, which he described as unjustified, and called for the bans to be urgently lifted. The UK, EU and US are among those who have imposed […]

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Stock markets around the world fall in fears of new Covid-19 strain

Stock markets across the world fell on fears that the new Covid strain could hamper economic recovery. London’s FTSE 100 tumbled by 2.7% while leading stock market indexes in Germany and France both fell by more than 3%. It followed similar declines on stock markets in Japan and Hong Kong overnight. A number of other […]

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Brazilian Senate backs criminal charges against President Bolsonaro over Covid-19 handling

A Senate committee in Brazil has voted to recommend that President Jair Bolsonaro face charges over his handling of the Covid pandemic. Seven of the panel’s 11 members backed a report calling for nine charges to be filed against Mr Bolsonaro, including crimes against humanity. The committee chair, Senator Omar Aziz, will send the findings […]