Tuesday, January 18, 2022


China virus cases highest in nearly two years, weeks before Olympics

China, where the virus first emerged in late 2019, has stuck to a strict policy of targeting zero Covid cases even as the rest of the world has reopened.

China’s birth rate at record low in 2021

Beijing has been grappling with a looming demographic crisis amid a rapidly ageing workforce, slowing economy and the country's weakest population growth in decades.

Chinese cities on high Covid-19 alert as peak Lunar New Year travel season starts

Cities such as Luoyang in the central China and Jieyang in the south say travellers need to report to communities, employers or hotels their trips three days ahead of arrival.

Omicron detected in Beijing as China battles Covid clusters

Millions of people across the country have been ordered to stay home in recent weeks, with scores of domestic flights cancelled and factories shut down.

Two hospitals in China’s Xi’an closed over lockdown failures

One had refused to treat an eight-month pregnant woman who later miscarried outside the hospital.

US criticises China over cancelled flights

The latest suspension affected two United Airlines flights from San Francisco to Shanghai and four China Southern Airlines flights from Los Angeles to Guangzhou.

Millions more locked down as China battles Omicron spread

Authorities in Anyang announced the lockdown late Monday, issuing a notice ordering residents not to leave their homes or drive cars on the roads.

China orders suspension of some US flights after Covid-19 cases

The Civil Aviation Administration of China has mandated the cancellations of 22 total scheduled US passenger airline flights for Shanghai under its Covid-19 pandemic rules.

Indonesia considers coal levy as easing of export ban calms markets

The ban, which came into force on Jan 1, triggered a rally in Australian and Chinese coal prices last week.

China detects more Omicron cases as cities tighten restrictions

Fears have grown about a cluster of infections in the northern city of Tianjin, which was linked to two Omicron cases reported in the city of Anyang around 400km away.

Do not help crashed Olympics vehicles, Beijing police warn

Authorities have closed up the bubble last week meaning thousands of staff, volunteers, cleaners, cooks and coach drivers will be cocooned for weeks with no access to the outside world.

Sri Lanka president asks China to restructure debt repayments

Sri Lanka has to repay about US$4.5 billion in debt this year starting with a US$500 million International Sovereign Bond maturing on Jan 18.

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