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China tightens controls as more virus cases reported

BEIJING (AP) — China instituted new COVID-19 restrictions Saturday that included urging the public not to leave Beijing and closing schools in Shanghai while the leader of Hong Kong warned that ...

Taipei partially lifts COVID curbs

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei has announced it will relax its COVID-19 restrictions effective Tuesday (Feb. 15), as city officials believe the local outbreak has been brought under control. T...

Taiwan should rethink zero-COVID policy: Epidemiologist

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An epidemiologist on Saturday (Feb. 12) called for Taiwan to reconsider its zero-COVID policy, which she says is unlikely to succeed long-term. Despite the continued sp...

Olympic advisers at ease with COVID rate, see cases falling

BEIJING (AP) — With more than 30 new COVID-19 cases being detected daily ahead of the Beijing Olympics, organizers said Wednesday they aren't worried and expect numbers to drop within days. ...

Philippines lifts ban on foreign tourists as outbreak eases

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines will lift a ban on the entry of foreign tourists and businesspeople next month after nearly two years, in a move to revive the battered tourism industry as t...

New Zealand to tighten curbs if there's an Omicron outbreak, rules out lockdowns

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that restrictions will be tightened across the country if there is a community transmission of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, ...

Chinese port city reports 41 virus cases, amid mass testing

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in the Chinese city of Tianjin on Monday reported 41 COVID-19 infections out of 3.4 million residents tested since the discovery of two local omicron cases. ...

Taiwan races to test 8,000 in 2 days amid airport Omicron cluster

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is conducting PCR tests on 8,000 people as it scrambles to contain an outbreak of the Omicron strain of COVID-19 centered on the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airpor...

Romania tightens pandemic measures amid COVID-19 surge

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Tighter pandemic measures came into force in Romania on Saturday as authorities hoped to quell sharply rising coronavirus cases amid concerns that the next virus wave could o...

Chen declares Taiwan has community transmission of Omicron

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Jan. 7) declared that Taiwan is now undergoing community transmission of the Omicron variant. CECC head Chen Shih-...

Official: California COVID surge could ease next month

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California surge in coronavirus cases has shut down schools and sidelined thousands of police, firefighters, teachers and health care workers but officials are hoping it will be...

Xi'an hospital punished for refusing entry to pregnant woman

BEIJING (AP) — Hospital officials in the northern Chinese city of Xi’an have been punished after a pregnant woman miscarried after being refused entry, reportedly for not having current COVID-19 test ...

China reports major drop in virus cases in locked-down Xi'an

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China on Wednesday reported a major drop in COVID-19 infections in the northern city of Xi’an, which has been under a tight lockdown for the past two weeks that has sharply disru...

New cruises in Brazil suspended amid spread of omicron

Cruise ship activity has been temporarily suspended along Brazil's shores until Jan. 21 due to the spread of the coronavirus' omicron variant, according to a statement the federal government published...

Cathay Pacific suspends cargo flights due to virus controls

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airlines is suspending cargo flights for a week due to stricter quarantine requirements for air crews, potentially adding to strain on global supply chains....