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Shanghai reopens some public transport, still on high COVID alert

Shanghai reopened a small part of the world's longest subway system on Sunday after some lines had been closed for almost two months, as the city paves the way for a more complete lifting of its p...

Cold comfort awaits a springtime Davos

Is Davos without the cold and snow still Davos? We are about to find out. For those accustomed to coming together in January to "improve the state of the world," the World Economic Forum'...

Is Taiwan learning to live with COVID?

Taiwan has witnessed a surge in domestic COVID-19 cases since it began to abandon its "zero-COVID" strategy last month. On Thursday the island reported over 90,000 local cases in a day for t...

WHO: COVID deaths dropped by 21% last week but cases rising

GENEVA (AP) — The number of coronavirus deaths globally dropped by about 21% in the past week while cases rose in most parts of the world, according to the World Health Organization. ...

Some in Shanghai allowed out to shop; end of COVID lockdown in sight

More Shanghai residents were given the freedom to go out to shop for groceries for the first time in nearly two months on Thursday as authorities set out more plans for exiting the city-wide COVID-19 ...

Shanghai to reopen subways in easing of COVID restrictions

BEIJING (AP) — The locked-down Chinese metropolis of Shanghai will reopen four of its 20 subway lines Sunday as it slowly eases pandemic restrictions that have kept most residents in their housing com...

WHO: Omicron makes China's 'zero-COVID' policy unsustainable

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said China’s extreme approach to containing the coronavirus is unsustainable because of the highly infectious nature of the omicron variant, but...

Students protest, discontent grows over China's COVID policy

BEIJING (AP) — Administrators at an elite Beijing university have backed down from plans to further tighten pandemic restrictions on students as part of China’s “zero-COVID” strategy after a weekend p...

Normal still "far away" in Shanghai despite prized 'zero COVID' status

Shanghai achieved on Tuesday the long-awaited milestone of three consecutive days with no new COVID-19 cases outside quarantine zones but most residents will have to put up with confinement for a whil...

Official: China's economy reviving as anti-virus curbs ease

BEIJING (AP) — China's factory and consumer activity fell even more than expected in April under anti-virus controls, official data showed Monday, but a Cabinet official said the economy is reviving a...

Lockdowns cripple Chinese economy

China is currently experiencing a pronounced economic slowdown. According to official Chinese data published Monday, industrial output in the Asian nation dropped by almost 3% in April year-on-year. ...

Shanghai says lockdown to ease as virus spread mostly ends

BEIJING (AP) — Most of Shanghai has stopped the spread of the coronavirus in the community and fewer than 1 million people remain under strict lockdown, authorities said Monday, as the city moves towa...

North Korea's Kim orders military to help curb COVID-19 outbreak

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un ordered his military to respond to a surge in suspected COVID-19 infections. Late last week, Pyongyang for the first time acknowledged that the country had faced...

Publishers divided on Taipei International Book Exhibition going ahead

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Publishers are raining on the 2022 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) 30th-anniversary parade by questioning whether the fair should go ahead. It had originall...

Taiwan’s Computex an in-person event for first time in two years

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Computex will be a hybrid in-person and online event after two years of being held virtually because of the COVID pandemic, according to the Taiwan External Trade Developm...