China softens tone on severity of COVID after protests

China softens tone on severity of COVID after protests

BEIJING, Dec 1 (Reuters) – China is softening its tone on the severity of COVID-19 and easing some coronavirus restrictions, even as its daily number of cases hovers near record highs, after anger over the world’s toughest restrictions sparked protests across the country. Some cities in the world’s second-largest economy, while still reporting new infections, … Read more

COVID has hit HIV detection in Europe and is threatening eradication progress

COVID has hit HIV detection in Europe and is threatening eradication progress

LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The number of people in Europe with undiagnosed HIV has risen as testing has fallen during the COVID-19 pandemic, threatening a global goal to end the disease by 2030, a report said. A joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control … Read more

South Korea cancels jets as Chinese and Russian warplanes enter air defense zone

South Korea cancels jets as Chinese and Russian warplanes enter air defense zone

SEOUL, Nov 30 (Reuters) – South Korea’s military said two Chinese and six Russian fighter jets entered the air defense zone on Wednesday, neutralizing the fighter jets. Two Chinese H-6 bombers repeatedly entered and exited the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) off South Korea’s southern and northeastern coasts starting around 5:50 a.m. (2050 GMT … Read more

Anti-COVID protests escalate in Canton as anger simmers in China

Anti-COVID protests escalate in Canton as anger simmers in China

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – People in China’s manufacturing hub of Guangzhou clashed with riot police in white hazmat suits on Tuesday night, social media videos showed, as frustration flared after three years of strict COVID-19 rules. pandemic. Clashes in the southern city marked an escalation of protests in the commercial hub of Shanghai, the … Read more

China’s anti-blocking protests have spread to campuses and cities abroad

China’s anti-blocking protests have spread to campuses and cities abroad

HONG KONG, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Protests against China’s strict zero-covid policy and restrictions on freedoms spread to at least a dozen cities around the world over the weekend in a show of solidarity with rare shows of defiance in China. Expatriate dissidents and students held smaller vigils and protests in cities around the world, … Read more

China tightens security measures after rare protests against COVID restrictions

China tightens security measures after rare protests against COVID restrictions

Shanghai and Beijing police will increase their presence on the streets No sign of new protests in Beijing, Shanghai on Monday The backlash is an obstacle in the effort to destroy the virus News of the protests roil global markets SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Police patrolled weekend protest sites in Shanghai and Beijing on … Read more

China’s anti-blockade protests roil stocks, oil

China’s anti-blockade protests roil stocks, oil

China reports record new local cases of COVID Commodities caught on sale The dollar extends gains against the yuan SYDNEY/LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Shares and commodity prices suffered a broad sell-off on Monday as isolated protests in major Chinese cities against the zero-epidemic country’s strict restrictions hit growth expectations in the world’s second-largest economy. … Read more

The BBC says Chinese police attacked one of its journalists at a protest in Shanghai

The BBC says Chinese police attacked one of its journalists at a protest in Shanghai

LONDON/BEIJING, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The BBC said on Sunday that Chinese police assaulted one of its journalists covering a protest in Shanghai and detained him for several hours, but China disputed the account, saying he did not identify himself as a reporter . “The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist … Read more

Protests in Shanghai and Beijing as anger over China’s COVID restrictions

Protests in Shanghai and Beijing as anger over China’s COVID restrictions

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Protests in China against severe COVID-19 curbs spread to Shanghai on Sunday, with protesters also gathering at one of Beijing’s most prestigious universities after a deadly fire in the country’s far west sparked widespread anger. The wave of civil disobedience, which has included protests in Urumqi, where the fire occurred, … Read more

Huge protests against COVID erupted in China’s Xinjiang after the deadly fire

Huge protests against COVID erupted in China’s Xinjiang after the deadly fire

Nov 26 (Reuters) – Rare protests broke out in China’s far western Xinjiang region, with crowds shouting at guards in hazmat suits after a deadly fire sparked anger over their extended COVID-19 lockdown as nationwide infections set another record. According to videos circulating on Chinese social media on Friday night, crowds chanted “End the lockdown!” … Read more