Hong Kong to scrap mandatory isolation for Covid patients

Beijing, Jan 19 (EFE).- Covid-19 patients in Hong Kong will no longer be required to isolate from Jan. 30, the city’s chief executive, John Lee said Thursday, thereby scrapping a rule that had been in effect for almost three years. Currently, those infected by the disease have to undergo a five-day isolation at home or … Read more

China claims worst of the Covid wave over

Beijing, Jan 12 (EFE).- China is past the worst of its ongoing wave of coronavirus infections, the head of the Covid-response panel under the National health Commission, Liang Wannian, said in quotes released by state media outlet CGTN late on Wednesday.  “For the overall situation, the first wave of infections is decreasing now in China; … Read more

Japan asks to limit sale of Covid medicines to prevent hoarding by tourists

Tokyo, Jan 11 (EFE).- The Japanese health ministry has asked shops and pharmacies to check the bulk sale of medicines used to treat Covid, especially to tourists, following reports that several Chinese nationals were buying drugs to send home during their visit to Japan. “There is a lot of news of cases of large purchases … Read more

China defends Covid response after WHO criticism

Beijing, Jan 5 (EFE).- China on Thursday defended its response to the wave of Covid-19 infections hitting the Asian country after the World Health Organization asked for more data on hospitalizations and deaths. “At the moment, China’s Covid situation is under control,” foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning told a press conference. She added that China … Read more

China to drop Covid-19 quarantine for arrivals from January 8

Beijing, Dec 26 (EFE).- China is due to drop Covid-19 quarantine rules for travelers arriving from overseas as of January 8 in a significant opening up of its borders and dismantling of the draconian zero tolerance policies in place since the early days of the pandemic.  National Health Commission authorities said on official social media … Read more

India braces for possible coronavirus outbreak as cases rise in neighborhood

New Delhi, Dec 27 (EFE).- Hospitals across India conducted simulated drills on Tuesday to prepare for a possible new Covid-19 outbreak after a record increase in coronavirus cases in neighboring China. “It is critical since Covid cases are expected to increase in the coming days,” federal Health Minister Manshukh Mandaviya said. The minister was speaking … Read more

The rise and fall of China’s PCR testing firms

By Guillermo BenavidesBeijing, Dec 15 (EFE).- PCR testing firms have long been the backbone of China’s ‘zero Covid’ policy, which has been in place for two years, but recent unrest has triggered an easing of pandemic measures and with that the laboratories that were once frantically testing the population daily now face an uncertain future. … Read more

Farewell to fear: Chinese propaganda U-turns as zero-Covid abandoned

By Jesús Centeno Beijing, Dec 9 (EFE).- China began rolling back this week its strict “zero Covid” strategy in the face of unprecedented protests against the draconian policy. The turnaround is underpinned by a sudden change of course in state propaganda, which is now downplaying the risk of the virus. The change of direction started … Read more