Beijing strengthens Covid control during the holiday

News 05/01/22, 22:41

On April 30, Beijing held the 320th press conference on preventing and controlling the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak. Authorities announced that Beijing would strengthen mandating nucleic acid tests starting from the international labor vacation, which begins on April 30 and continues until May 4. These measures aim to contain the new ...

The elderly are suffering in Shanghai’s quarantine zone: report

News 05/01/22, 22:27

Shanghai's lockdown has dragged on for five weeks, sending the lives of thousands of elderly residents into complete chaos. China's leading official in the anti-Covid response, Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, stated on April 18 that officials would send anyone infected with Covid-19 and their close contacts to quarantine centers. Her statement includes ...

Beijing closes public venues, seals off residences as COVID spike

News 04/30/22, 23:41

Beijing's government, on Friday, April 29, put restrictions in some places all over the city. Accordingly, apartment blocks are sealed off. Public places, including movie theaters, gyms, and shopping malls, are also shut down. As the New York Times reported, around the city on Friday, at least 60 buildings and many other ...

Beijing residents rush to buy food as COVID cases spike

News 04/30/22, 23:40

Beijing announced the number of new Covid cases has spiked again. Worried residents of China's capital have flocked to supermarkets to buy food and other essential items, and they are afraid of a potential lockdown similar to that happening in Shanghai. As ABC News reported, Beijing's health authority announced that they ...

Beijing risks following Shanghai’s closure due to the Covid-19 spread

News 04/29/22, 23:21

The latest data from Beijing Municipal Health Commission show that the city's number of new local confirmed cases has increased to 47 on April 28. The city has closed many facilities to fight the surge and implemented massive testing, resulting in fear of full lockdown like in Shanghai. Covid-19 has spread to ...

Guangzhou cancel over 1,000 flights as part of COVID prevention measure

News 04/29/22, 23:14

According to China NetEase, April 28, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport announced that they would adjust some domestic passenger flight plans due to epidemic prevention and control. The Airport is expected to cancel more than 1,100 flights on the day. Flight cancellation accounted for more than 90% of the total daily flights. This move ...

Beijing residents flee city as lockdown nerves mount

News 04/29/22, 03:37

According to online footage reposted by Radio Free Assia on April 27, Beijing residents were flocking out of the city as of late April 26, after the authorities banned non-essential travel. A person said in the video, "They're scared. Taking their luggage and leaving." The attempts are stopped short as local police ...

Germany bans Chinese takeover of medical equipment maker

News 04/29/22, 03:03

The German government has blocked a Chinese company from acquiring a German medical device manufacturer to ensure "public order or security". German media Handelsblatt, citing government sources, reported on Wednesday, April 27, that Berlin has stopped Beijing-based Aeonmed Group, a medical equipment maker, from buying Heyer Medical AG with more than ...

Beijing ramps up mass testing to prevent an outbreak as COVID cases raise

News 04/29/22, 00:20

As Reuters reported, the capital of China is taking all measures to prevent the number of infections from continuing to spread. This week, 20 million citizens out of Beijing's nearly 22 million will be tested for COVID three times. Millions of people in Beijing took the second COVID-19 test on April ...

Covid pandemic spreads fastest in China’s Hangzhou

News 04/27/22, 22:18

The Covid epidemic is spreading rapidly in Beijing and Zhejiang province's Hangzhou city. From April 22 to 25, China's official data shows a rapid increase in the number of confirmed Omicron patients in Beijing, with over half of the cases from the Chaoyang district. As a result, local officials estimate more ...

Washington legislature removed the word marijuana from state laws, citing racism

News 04/27/22, 02:21

After decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level on April 1, the Washington legislature on April 25 removed the word marijuana from state law and replaced it with Cannabis. Rep. Melanie Morgan (Parkland), who introduced the bill, said, "The term 'marijuana' itself is pejorative and racist,'" according to Fox News. Washington lawmakers recently ...

Beijing expands mass testing to more than half of the city on Saturday

News 04/27/22, 00:36

Beijing said on Monday, April 25 that the mass-testing spree for COVID-19 will cover 10 more districts and an economic zone by Saturday. As Reuters reported, the capital city has already begun screening its most populous district Chaoyang for the virus on Monday. In total, Beijing has 16 districts. The city reported ...

Global stocks fall over China lockdown fears

News 04/27/22, 00:17

According to the Wall Street Journal, Chinese stocks fell sharply after Beijing reported a surge in COVID cases on Monday. Investors fear that China's strict "Zero-Covid" policies could hit China's economic growth and companies' incomes. The Shanghai Composite Index fell 5.1%, and CSI 300 index closed down 4.9% at a two-year ...

Suzhou, China: Police contains residents breaching the COVID blockade

News 04/26/22, 23:39

According to a recently emerged footage, some residents have started to try to escape the lockdown in Kunshan city, Suzhou province, 100 km west of Shanghai. Local police challenge their attempt. The recorded incident occurred in the Zhonghuayuan community, where citizens attempted to bypass the iron fences. A resident from the ...

Shanghai lockdown: The plight of a migrant worker

News 04/26/22, 05:27

Shanghai, China, the 25 million citizens city, recorded almost 2.500 new cases, with only 51 new deaths on Sunday, April 24. While the world copes with the pandemic by moving into living with the virus, China still maintains a strict Zero-Covid policy. Going through the most extended lockdown for almost a ...

Despite Shanghai’s openness, an expat struggles to leave city during lockdown

News 04/26/22, 05:20

Shanghai has promised to facilitate foreigners seeking to leave the country during the city’s stringent lockdown. According to an expatriate, such a wish might not be as easily achieved. As Chinese language news media Xin Tang Ren reported, the Shanghai Epidemic Prevention and Control Center said on April 17 that foreigners ...