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  • China eases Covid restrictions in major shift in virus policy Dec 07, 2022 11:40 AM IST

    China eases Covid restrictions in major shift in virus policy

    The 10 new measures include accelerating vaccination among the elderly and forbidding local officials to designate large areas, like entire housing compounds, as high-risk.

  • 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 allows COVID cases with no or mild symptoms to quarantine at home Dec 07, 2022 11:32 AM IST

    China allows COVID cases with no or mild symptoms to quarantine at home

    Most of the cases are asymptomatic infections and mild cases, with no special treatment required, the National Health Commission said in a statement.

  • China to ease quarantine, unnecessary testing in new Covid moves Dec 07, 2022 08:36 AM IST

    China to ease quarantine, unnecessary testing in new Covid moves

    In one of the key changes to be announced this week, low-risk patients who test positive will be allowed to quarantine at home instead of being sent to an isolation facility, the people said, asking not to be named because they’re not authorized to speak publicly. PCR testing will also be dialed back except for high-risk groups, they said.

  • 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.

  • Uncertainty around revival plans pushes Jet Airways employees to explore alternative avenues Dec 06, 2022 04:50 PM IST

    Uncertainty around revival plans pushes Jet Airways employees to explore alternative avenues

    The Jalan-Kalrock consortium, the new owner, has said that while it awaits the handover of Jet Airways under the revival process, the longer-than-expected time taken for its completion may result in some difficult decisions having to be made.

  • Sick baby needs life-saving surgery, but parents reject 'vaccinated blood' Dec 06, 2022 03:19 PM IST

    Sick baby needs life-saving surgery, but parents reject 'vaccinated blood'

    The New Zealand authorities want to take partial custody of the child, leaving the parents in charge of non-medical care, but allowing the procedure to go ahead.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Air India leases 12 more aircraft to boost domestic, international operations Dec 05, 2022 01:34 PM IST

    Air India leases 12 more aircraft to boost domestic, international operations

    The airline expects six Airbus A320neos and six Boeing B777-300 ER to be inducted in the first half of 2023

  • 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.

  • India's Covid infection tally rises by 226, active caseload declines to 4,529 Dec 04, 2022 10:11 AM IST

    India's Covid infection tally rises by 226, active caseload declines to 4,529

    The death toll has climbed to 5,30,6278 with one fatality being reported from Odisha, data updated at 8 am stated.

  • Air India says 48 new pilots, 215 cabin crew complete training; ready to operate A 320 fleet Dec 02, 2022 02:09 PM IST

    Air India says 48 new pilots, 215 cabin crew complete training; ready to operate A 320 fleet

    Air India CEO and Managing Director Campbell Wilson said the airline is hiring across all business areas, and from all parts of the country, to support transformation and ambitions growth plans.

  • Govt rolls out facial recognition system DigiYatra at Delhi, Bengaluru and Varanasi airports Dec 01, 2022 06:21 PM IST

    Govt rolls out facial recognition system DigiYatra at Delhi, Bengaluru and Varanasi airports

    To use this facility, one-time registration on the DigiYatra app is required using Aadhar-based validation and a self-image capture.

  • Govt aims to begin Shipping Corp divestment roadshows in January, demeger to be completed in the next few weeks Dec 01, 2022 06:04 PM IST

    Govt aims to begin Shipping Corp divestment roadshows in January, demeger to be completed in the next few weeks

    The financial bids from potential investors are expected to be invited following the demerger and relisting of SCILA.

  • China to allow some positive COVID-19 cases to quarantine at home: Sources Dec 01, 2022 12:47 PM IST

    China to allow some positive COVID-19 cases to quarantine at home: Sources

    Not all positive cases will be allowed to quarantine at home unconditionally, one of the sources told Reuters on Thursday, adding that pregnant women, the elderly and people with underlying illnesses will qualify to isolate at home.

  • Beijing to let some low-risk patients home quarantine as covid soars Dec 01, 2022 11:32 AM IST

    Beijing to let some low-risk patients home quarantine as covid soars

    Low-risk patients can do home isolation for a week if they choose, people familiar with the plans said, dialing back a nationwide policy that has seen everyone with Covid sent to government quarantine sites regardless of severity, to halt transmission chains.

  • Two Chinese cities ease COVID curbs after protests spread Dec 01, 2022 10:41 AM IST

    Two Chinese cities ease COVID curbs after protests spread

    The demonstrations, which spread over the weekend to Shanghai, Beijing and elsewhere, have become a show of public defiance unprecedented since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012.

  • Govt likely to invite EoI for CONCOR divestment in December Nov 30, 2022 05:58 PM IST

    Govt likely to invite EoI for CONCOR divestment in December

    DIPAM started a pre-EoI roadshow for potential bidders on October 19 to measure investors' interest in the divestment from CONCOR, the company said in an exchange filing. The roadshow was held virtually until October 21, the filing said