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China’s respiratory illness surge not as high as pre-pandemic – WHO official

People wait for their rides outside a children's hospital in Beijing, China on 27th November, 2023

Shanghai, ChinaReuters The spike in respiratory illnesses that China is currently suffering is not as high as before the COVID-19 pandemic, a World Health Organisation official said, reiterating that no new or unusual pathogens had been found in the recent cases. People wait for their rides outside a children’s hospital in Beijing, China on 27th […]

China reports huge rise in COVID-related deaths after data criticism

China Shanghai COVID 19

Beijing, ChinaReuters China said on Saturday nearly 60,000 people with COVID-19 had died in hospital since it abandoned its zero-COVID policy last month, a huge increase from previously reported figures that follows global criticism of the country’s coronavirus data. In early December, Beijing abruptly dismantled its strict three-year anti-virus regime of frequent testing, travel curbs […]

No immediate surge of Chinese tourists expected after re-opening

China Beijing airport

Shanghai, ChinaReuters China’s relaxation of COVID-19 rules for international arrivals has raised hopes that its multi-billion dollar travel business will soon flourish again but countries longing for the return of Chinese tourists will likely face more of a wait. China’s National Health Commission announced on Monday that inbound travellers would no longer have to go […]

“We’re going to be free”: Chinese cheer as COVID curbs are loosened

China Shangahai street crossing

Beijing, ChinaReuters China on Wednesday announced the most sweeping changes to its resolute anti-COVID regime since the pandemic began three years ago, loosening rules that curbed the spread of the virus but sparked protests and hobbled the world’s second-largest economy. The relaxation of rules, which includes allowing infected people with mild symptoms to quarantine at […]

China records more local COVID cases this year than in whole of 2021

China Beijing COVID 19 testing

Beijing, ChinaReuters China has reported more local symptomatic COVID-19 cases so far this year than it recorded in all of 2021, as the highly transmissible Omicron variant triggers outbreaks from Shanghai to Shenzhen.  Mainland China reported 1,337 new domestically transmitted COVID cases with confirmed symptoms on 13th March, the National Health Commission said on Monday. […]

New coronavirus cases in China fall for second day as death toll passes 2,000

Coronavirus Model

Beijing/Shanghai, ChinaReuters The death toll from the new coronavirus in mainland China passed 2,000 on Wednesday although the number of new cases fell for a second straight day, as authorities tightened already severe containment measures in the worst-hit city of Wuhan. China’s National Health Commission reported 1,749 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, the lowest […]