BEIJING - A thousand days since the World Health Organization (WHO) was told of a "viral pneumonia" in central China, many countries have returned to pre-Covid-19 life. Not so China itself - in cities big or small, routine PCR testing is the new normal. On Dec 31, 2019, the WHO's office in China was informed of cases of pneumonia of an unknown cause in the city of Wuhan, in … [Read more...] about Here to stay? China’s cityscapes transformed by thousands of Covid-19 test booths
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Hong Kong on Monday (Sept 26) morning welcomed its first batch of arrivals from overseas who no longer have to undergo hotel quarantine, with the city lifting its tough Covid-19 pandemic regime after more than two years of efforts to keep out the coronavirus. Passengers were seen hugging loved ones amid touching scenes of reunion at the airport before 7am. About nine … [Read more...] about Joyful scenes at Hong Kong airport as city welcomes arrivals under ‘0+3’ scheme
Hong Kong’s plans to further ease coronavirus travel curbs could be derailed if there is widespread breaching of regulations and a resurgence in infections, the city’s leader has warned. Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu struck a cautionary tone on Tuesday (Sept 27) with the city on its second day under a new arrangement that no longer requires overseas arrivals to serve hotel … [Read more...] about Rule breaches, infection rebound could derail Hong Kong’s plan to further ease travel curbs, city leader warns
Two old women sit on a bench in front of their flats in a state of resignation, the ground beneath them littered with shards of glass, bits of wood and metal fragments. Every window in their brutalist Soviet-era building is either cracked or blown out. The front door hangs precipitously from its hinges, waiting to fall. As bad as it is, the damage pales in comparison to that … [Read more...] about What is life like in Ukraine right now? Inside two very different cities
Travellers from Singapore to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia can finally start putting together travel plans, as a number of destinations from across Asia look to welcome tourists after a lengthy period of border restrictions. For 'zero-Covid' holdouts Taiwan and Hong Kong, the latest removal of tough hotel quarantine measures has meant that outbound travel will be much easier … [Read more...] about What Covid-19 travel curbs remain in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong?