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Widespread disbelief over N. Korea's tiny COVID death rate

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — According to North Korea, its fight against COVID-19 has been impressive: About 3.3 million people have been reported sick with fevers, but only 69 have died. ...

China: Beijing ramps up mass testing as Shanghai residents allowed outside

Beijing tightened COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday as it battled a fresh wave of the coronavirus. At the same time, residents of the country's most populous city, Shanghai, were allowed a small rep...

Tourist favorite Thailand's recovery lags on COVID rule changes

When 23-year-old Norwegian Anastasia Johansen and her boyfriend were planning their first vacation in two years, they considered going to Thailand but chose nearby Vietnam instead, for its simpler ent...

Taiwan approves second COVID booster dose, infections yet to peak

Taiwan's government has approved a second COVID-19 booster vaccine dose for those 65 and older, and third boosters for the immunocompromised, as it looks to step up its fight against a spike in do...

Taiwan confirms 160 local COVID cases, a record for 2022

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan announced 160 local COVID-19 infections and 244 imported ones Saturday (April 2). These are both the highest single-day figures for 2022 so far, but the death ta...

Taiwan to relax mask requirements 'very soon'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the number of COVID cases continue to decline in Taiwan, the head of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (Feb. 23) said that the country's mask ...

Travelers to Taiwan’s outlying islands face COVID tests during LNY holiday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As COVID-19 cases continue to expand across Taiwan, travelers to outlying islands will face rapid tests at airports and harbors from the start of the Lunar New Year holida...

Taiwan's inability to reach 80% vaccination rate means closed borders for rest of year

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The head of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Nov. 8) said that it will be difficult for 80% of the population to be vaccinated by the end of the year,...

China: COVID citizen journalist 'close to death' in jail

Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, who was jailed for 4-years over her coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan, is at imminent risk of dying, the International Federation of Human Rights said F...

Beijing confirms strict 'closed loop' for Winter Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese organizers have confirmed participants in next year’s Winter Olympics will be strictly isolated from the general population and could face expulsion for violating COVID-19 restr...

The Latest: Washington to require shot or test for events

OLYMPIA, Wash. —- Starting Nov. 15, people in Washington state will need to either provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test in order to attend large events. The orde...

Taiwan reports zero local COVID cases, no deaths

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan confirmed no new local COVID-19 cases, no deaths, but 10 imported cases Saturday (Oct. 2), according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). The imported ...

India announces COVID-19 tests and quarantine for Britons

NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Friday that British nationals arriving in the country will be subjected to COVID-19 tests and a 10-day mandatory quarantine, in response to the same measures imposed on Ind...

The Latest: WH: Merck pill 'good news,' vaccine still key

WASHINGTON — Biden administration officials say a new pill that could provide an easier, effective way to treat COVID 19 is good news, while adding vaccination remains the key to controlling the pande...

Anger, confusion spread over UK's new COVID travel rules

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Travelers and authorities from India and some African countries are furious — and confused — about Britain's new COVID-19 travel rules, calling them discriminatory. ...