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  • China defends its retaliation against South Korea, Japan COVID curbs Jan 11, 2023 10:26 AM IST

    China defends its retaliation against South Korea, Japan COVID curbs

    China re-opened its borders on Sunday after three years of isolation under the world's strictest regime of COVID restrictions, which Beijing abruptly began dismantling in early December after historic protests.

  • Japan lodges protest to China over visa suspension Jan 11, 2023 08:42 AM IST

    Japan lodges protest to China over visa suspension

    "It is regrettable that China unilaterally has taken visa suspension action for reasons other than steps for the coronavirus," Matsuno told a regular press conference.

  • WHO urges travellers to wear masks as new COVID variant spreads Jan 11, 2023 07:24 AM IST

    WHO urges travellers to wear masks as new COVID variant spreads

    In Europe, the XBB.1.5 subvariant was detected in small but growing numbers, WHO/Europe officials said at a press briefing.

  • Acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines increased globally: Study Jan 10, 2023 03:58 PM IST

    Acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines increased globally: Study

    Of the 23,000 respondents surveyed, 1000 per country, 79.1 per cent were willing to accept vaccination. This finding represented an increase of 5.2 per cent from June 2021, the study said.

  • China hits back at South Korea, Japan in first Covid retaliation Jan 10, 2023 01:21 PM IST

    China hits back at South Korea, Japan in first Covid retaliation

    Chinese consulates in South Korea will stop issuing short-term visas for visits, business, tourism, medical care, transit and personal matters from Tuesday, the Chinese Embassy in Seoul said in a statement.

  • China halts short-term visas in South Korea, first response to COVID curbs Jan 10, 2023 11:30 AM IST

    China halts short-term visas in South Korea, first response to COVID curbs

    The embassy will adjust the policy subject to the lifting of South Korea's "discriminatory entry restrictions" against China, it said on its official WeChat account.

  • Thailand U-turns on COVID vaccination rule for visitors Jan 09, 2023 01:14 PM IST

    Thailand U-turns on COVID vaccination rule for visitors

    Anutin Charnvirakul said requiring visitors to show evidence of vaccination was inconvenient and a panel of experts had resolved that it was unnecessary as enough vaccinations had been administered globally.

  • 90% of people in China province infected with Covid: Official Jan 09, 2023 11:04 AM IST

    90% of people in China province infected with Covid: Official

    Kan Quancheng, director of the health commission for central Henan province, told a press conference that "as of January 6, 2023, the province's Covid infection rate is 89.0 percent."

  • China's new Covid-19 control protocol calls for monitoring mutated variants: Report Jan 08, 2023 11:08 AM IST

    China's new Covid-19 control protocol calls for monitoring mutated variants: Report

    China's national influenza surveillance network recommended that the results need to be reported to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Institute of Virology and among entry personnel at land, air, and virology to trace new mutant strains in a timely way.

  • China reopens borders in final farewell to zero-COVID Jan 08, 2023 09:08 AM IST

    China reopens borders in final farewell to zero-COVID

    After three years, the mainland is opening its border with Hong Kong and ending a requirement for incoming travellers to quarantine, dismantling a final pillar of a zero-COVID policy that had shielded China's people from the virus but also cut them off from the rest of the world.

  • Covishield immune responses against Covid variants higher than Covaxin: Study Jan 07, 2023 01:42 PM IST

    Covishield immune responses against Covid variants higher than Covaxin: Study

    Vaccination following exposure to the Delta or Omicron variants of SARS-CoV-2 is likely to affect the quality, quantity and duration of immune responses.

  • Omicron XBB.1.5: All you need to know about this highly-contagious Covid variant Jan 06, 2023 12:38 PM IST

    Omicron XBB.1.5: All you need to know about this highly-contagious Covid variant

    XBB.1.5, one of the recent descendants of the highly-contagious Omicron, is spreading in the US. According to WHO, it’s the most transmissible version of Covid yet. Here’s all we know about it

  • As COVID-hit China reopens to the world, countries put up travel barriers Jan 06, 2023 09:15 AM IST

    As COVID-hit China reopens to the world, countries put up travel barriers

    From Sunday, Jan. 8, China will drop a requirement for inbound travellers to quarantine, the latest dismantling of its "zero-COVID" regime that began last month following historic protests against a suffocating series of mass lockdowns.

  • Covid news highlights: How COVID-19 can disturb your sleep and dreams and what could help Jan 06, 2023 07:59 AM IST

    Covid news highlights: How COVID-19 can disturb your sleep and dreams and what could help

    Covid news highlights: A review of all the currently available scientific literature, estimates that 52% of people who contract COVID suffer from sleep disturbances during the infection. The most common type of sleep disturbance reported is insomnia.

  • All about ‘Kraken’ - the Covid variant XBB.1.5 Jan 06, 2023 07:31 AM IST

    All about ‘Kraken’ - the Covid variant XBB.1.5

    Nicknamed the "kraken variant" by some, it surged through the nation and has now been identified in at least 28 other countries, according to the World Health Organization. Is it more dangerous? Does it spread more easily? And how will it affect China’s Covid outbreak?

  • Germany to require rapid COVID-19 test for travellers from China Jan 05, 2023 04:42 PM IST

    Germany to require rapid COVID-19 test for travellers from China

    Germany is changing its entry rules for travellers from China and will in the future require at least a rapid coronavirus test to enter the country

  • China defends its COVID-19 response after WHO, Joe Biden express concern Jan 05, 2023 03:36 PM IST

    China defends its COVID-19 response after WHO, Joe Biden express concern

    The WHO's emergencies director, Mike Ryan, said on Wednesday in some of the U.N. health agency's most critical remarks to date, that Chinese officials were under-representing data on several fronts.

  • 11 Omicron sub-variants found during testing of international travellers; all variants earlier reported in India: Report Jan 05, 2023 02:33 PM IST

    11 Omicron sub-variants found during testing of international travellers; all variants earlier reported in India: Report

    Of the 19,227 international travellers tested during the period, 124 were found Covid positive, they said, adding that all of them were put in isolation.

  • Thailand says no Covid test needed for travellers from China Jan 05, 2023 02:27 PM IST

    Thailand says no Covid test needed for travellers from China

    China has experienced a surge in infections and its hospitals and crematoriums have been inundated after Beijing last month wound back tight restrictions.

  • WHO says China reports 218,019 new COVID cases at the beginning of 2023 Jan 05, 2023 02:03 PM IST

    WHO says China reports 218,019 new COVID cases at the beginning of 2023

    China reported five new deaths related to COVID-19 for Tuesday, bringing the official death toll to 5,258, very low by global standards.

  • WHO says China releases COVID hospital data after reporting gap Jan 05, 2023 01:46 PM IST

    WHO says China releases COVID hospital data after reporting gap

    The U.N. health agency received no data from China in the weeks after Beijing lifted its zero-COVID policy in early December, prompting some health experts to question whether it might be hiding information on the extent of its outbreak.

  • Frontline health workers facing 'burnout' due to COVID-19, need to address their mental health issues: Expert Jan 05, 2023 11:09 AM IST

    Frontline health workers facing 'burnout' due to COVID-19, need to address their mental health issues: Expert

    There were many incidents wherein doctors and nurses attempted or committed suicide in the world due to depression during the pandemic, Dr Vithyalakshmi Selvaraj, psychiatrist and chief medical officer of the Omaha Insomnia and Psychiatric Services, Nebraska, USA, told PTI.

  • China to open border with Hong Kong for first time in 3 years on January 8 Jan 05, 2023 10:51 AM IST

    China to open border with Hong Kong for first time in 3 years on January 8

    The opening will bring the resumption of quarantine-free travel between the financial hub and the mainland although it would be done in a "gradual and orderly" way, China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said in a notice on Thursday.

  • Countries mandate COVID tests for China travellers Jan 05, 2023 09:46 AM IST

    Countries mandate COVID tests for China travellers

    China has rejected criticism of its COVID data.

  • WHO says China data underrepresents COVID surge and deaths Jan 05, 2023 06:25 AM IST

    WHO says China data underrepresents COVID surge and deaths

    The U.N. agency was preparing to meet Chinese scientists again on Thursday as part of a wider briefing among member states on the global COVID-19 situation as concerns grow about the rapid spread of the virus in the world's No. 2 economy.