Beijing, Shenzhen loosen more COVID curbs as China easing gathers pace

Beijing residents cheered the removal of COVID-19 testing booths while Shenzhen followed other cities in announcing it would no longer require commuters to present their test results to travel, as an easing of China’s virus curbs gathered pace.   Although daily cases hover near all-time highs, some cities are taking steps to loosen COVID-19 testing […]

Hong Kong Tourism Struggling as COVID Measures Remain in Place

BANGKOK, THAILAND — Ongoing pandemic restrictions have failed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Hong Kong, say experts, as the city struggles to regain its footing in the tourist industry.   The city has long been regarded as an open destination for travelers from abroad, but with strictly enforced restrictions in place for nearly […]

Huge COVID protests erupt in China’s Xinjiang after deadly fire

Rare protests broke out in China’s far western Xinjiang region, with crowds shouting at hazmat-suited guards after a deadly fire triggered anger over their prolonged COVID-19 lockdown as nationwide infections set another record.   Crowds chanted “End the lockdown!”, pumping their fists in the air as they walked down a street, according to videos circulated […]