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  • Apple supplier Foxconn pushed China to ease COVID curbs Dec 09, 2022 07:16 AM IST

    Apple supplier Foxconn pushed China to ease COVID curbs

    The appeal, sent by Gou in a letter more than a month ago, played a major role in convincing China's leadership to quickly reopen the economy and move away from its zero-tolerance COVID-19 policies, the report said on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • End of Covid zero threatens to overwhelm China with infections Dec 09, 2022 06:56 AM IST

    End of Covid zero threatens to overwhelm China with infections

    The world’s most populous nation is rapidly abandoning the mass testing, lockdowns and centralized quarantine that defined the stringent, three year-old policy.

  • ‘Zero COVID,’ once ubiquitous, vanishes in China’s messy pivot Dec 08, 2022 10:20 PM IST

    ‘Zero COVID,’ once ubiquitous, vanishes in China’s messy pivot

    While the rest of the world concluded months ago that the coronavirus was becoming less deadly, Beijing presented the development as fresh news to explain its abrupt decision to undo the lockdowns that prompted widespread protests.

  • The year 2022 in pictures: Russia-Ukraine crisis, Queen Elizabeth II's death, wildfire, Iran protests and more Dec 08, 2022 03:01 PM IST

    The year 2022 in pictures: Russia-Ukraine crisis, Queen Elizabeth II's death, wildfire, Iran protests and more

    The year 2022 captured significant and surprising moments. From the Russia-Ukraine war and the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to tennis legend Roger Federer's retirement, the world has seen some remarkable moments unfold this year. Let us take a look at some of noteworthy pictures from the year 2022 that helped capture the essence of these landmark events.

  • Rs 50,000 ex-gratia aid given to kin of those who succumbed to Covid: Government Dec 07, 2022 03:56 PM IST

    Rs 50,000 ex-gratia aid given to kin of those who succumbed to Covid: Government

    The ex-gratia amount to the COVID-19 victims are being given following a Supreme Court order and guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, he said replying to a written question.

  • China COVID policy: Major changes in further easing Dec 07, 2022 01:06 PM IST

    China COVID policy: Major changes in further easing

    Rules covering quarantine, people movement, lockdowns and testing were loosened, and other aspects of policy were also adjusted.

  • Chinese economic growth may never recover from COVID, here's why Dec 07, 2022 11:36 AM IST

    Chinese economic growth may never recover from COVID, here's why

    Sporadic protests have erupted all over China in recent weeks, triggered by the deaths of ten people in a fire in an apartment block in Ürümchi, Xinjiang in November.

  • China medical expert says COVID has mutated, should be renamed Dec 07, 2022 08:33 AM IST

    China medical expert says COVID has mutated, should be renamed

    Gu Xiaohong told the state-run Beijing Daily newspaper that the coronavirus' Chinese name, which identifies it as a pneumonia-causing disease, should be changed to call it simply an infectious virus.

  • Chinese rush to stock up antigen kits, medicines as COVID prevention curbs ease Dec 06, 2022 02:53 PM IST

    Chinese rush to stock up antigen kits, medicines as COVID prevention curbs ease

    Shandong-based pharmaceutical company Buchang Pharma told local news outlet Cailianshe that its factory making a Chinese medicine for lung disease was working around the clock due to "huge demand".

  • Beijing city relaxes Covid-19 test norms following widespread protests Dec 06, 2022 10:56 AM IST

    Beijing city relaxes Covid-19 test norms following widespread protests

    As per the new announcement, negative nucleic acid test results are no longer required to enter shopping malls, supermarkets, commercial buildings and residential compounds.

  • Former scientist at Wuhan lab says COVID was man-made virus: Report Dec 06, 2022 09:02 AM IST

    Former scientist at Wuhan lab says COVID was man-made virus: Report

    Since the pandemic broke out, the Wuhan lab has been the centre of heated debates over the origins of COVID. Both Chinese government officials and lab workers have been denying that the virus originated there.

  • China set to ease COVID curbs further as markets cheer change of tack Dec 06, 2022 07:23 AM IST

    China set to ease COVID curbs further as markets cheer change of tack

    Three years into the pandemic, China's zero-tolerance measures, from shut borders to frequent lockdowns, contrast sharply with the rest of the world, which has largely decided to live with the virus.

  • China may announce 10 new COVID measures on December 7: Sources Dec 05, 2022 02:01 PM IST

    China may announce 10 new COVID measures on December 7: Sources

    China may eventually downgrade its management of COVID-19 as a top-level Category A infectious disease to a less strict Category B disease as early as January, the sources said on Monday.

  • Analysis | Protests over Zero-Covid policy unlikely to trigger political change in China Dec 05, 2022 01:55 PM IST

    Analysis | Protests over Zero-Covid policy unlikely to trigger political change in China

    Xi Jinping is caught in a bind. Letting protestors go scot-free might encourage similar or bolder protests in the future. But cracking down on them will worsen the current situation

  • Chinese cities relax testing rules as zero-Covid policy eases Dec 05, 2022 01:39 PM IST

    Chinese cities relax testing rules as zero-Covid policy eases

    Local authorities across China have begun a slow rollback of the restrictions that have governed daily life for years, encouraged by the central government's orders for a new approach to fighting the coronavirus.

  • COVID confusion in China as authorities row back curbs Dec 05, 2022 09:44 AM IST

    COVID confusion in China as authorities row back curbs

    Three years into the pandemic, China's zero-tolerance measures, from shutting its borders to stifling lockdowns, provide a stark contrast with the rest of the world, which has largely opened up in its efforts to live with the virus.

  • Foxconn expects COVID-hit China plant back to full output in late December-early January: Source Dec 05, 2022 09:29 AM IST

    Foxconn expects COVID-hit China plant back to full output in late December-early January: Source

    Production of the Apple device was disrupted ahead of Christmas and January's Lunar New Year holidays, with many workers either having to isolate to combat the spread of the virus or fleeing the plant.

  • China’s covid pivot accelerates as cities ease testing rules Dec 05, 2022 09:17 AM IST

    China’s covid pivot accelerates as cities ease testing rules

    The financial hub of Shanghai, which saw a gruelling two-month lockdown earlier in the year, scrapped PCR testing requirements to enter outdoor public venues such as parks or use public transportation starting Monday, city authorities said in a statement.

  • Conditions for China to downgrade its management of COVID-19 maturing Dec 05, 2022 07:39 AM IST

    Conditions for China to downgrade its management of COVID-19 maturing

    Since January 2020, China has classified COVID-19 as a Category B infectious disease but has managed it under Category A protocols, which give local authorities the power to put patients and their close contacts into quarantine and lock down affected regions.

  • MP: No COVID-19 case or death reported; active tally at eight Dec 03, 2022 09:05 PM IST

    MP: No COVID-19 case or death reported; active tally at eight

    The recovery count stood at 10,44,119, leaving the state with an active caseload of eight, he said.

  • Two fintechs fuelled extensive pandemic relief fraud, House report finds Dec 03, 2022 12:44 PM IST

    Two fintechs fuelled extensive pandemic relief fraud, House report finds

    The 130-page report, product of an 18-month investigation by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, is packed with startling details about how negligible government oversight and a rush to get cash out the door to help devastated businesses created conditions ripe for fraud

  • How China’s police used phones and faces to track protesters Dec 03, 2022 12:01 PM IST

    How China’s police used phones and faces to track protesters

    As authorities seek to track, intimidate and detain those who marched in defiance of the government’s strict COVID-19 policies last weekend, they are turning to powerful tools of surveillance the state has spent the past decade building for moments such as these

  • China Protests | Xi Jinping takes one step back to prepare for two steps forward later Dec 02, 2022 12:21 PM IST

    China Protests | Xi Jinping takes one step back to prepare for two steps forward later

    To understand the ongoing protests in China, it is necessary to remember that change has been the only constant in that country in the last seven decades

  • Protests across China reflect a governing crisis — that’s bad news for Xi Jinping Dec 02, 2022 10:09 AM IST

    Protests across China reflect a governing crisis — that’s bad news for Xi Jinping

    The CPC’s self-governance model has not adequately reflected the ‘people’s interests’, but prioritised maintaining ‘political stability’ at all costs for regime survival and continuity

  • China set to loosen Covid curbs after week of historic protests Dec 01, 2022 02:24 PM IST

    China set to loosen Covid curbs after week of historic protests

    Adding to the sense of a shift in direction, Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, who oversees COVID efforts, said the virus's ability to cause disease was weakening, state media reported.