China will step up policy support for economy, premier says
The world's second-largest economy narrowly avoided contracting in the second quarter due to widespread Covid-19 lockdowns.
Dubai airport sees pre-pandemic monthly passenger volumes by end of 2023
The airport is expecting an average of 5.6 million a month in the second half of this year.
UK's autumn Covid vaccination campaign buoyed by Omicron booster nod
While the original Covid-19 vaccines continue to provide good protection against hospitalisation and death, vaccines have become less effective as the virus has evolved.
Pandemic pushed millions more into poverty in the Philippines, govt says
The number of people living in poverty in 2021 rose to a total of almost 20 million or 18.1% of the population from 16.7% in 2018, the Philippine Statistics Authority says, overshooting the government's target of 15.5%-17.5%.
Japan's economy stages modest bounce from Covid jolt, global outlook darkens
Japan has lagged other major economies in fully recovering from the pandemic's hit due to weak consumption, blamed in part on curbs on activity that lasted until March.
Shanghai extends weekly Covid testing requirement until end-September
Citizens without a record of a nucleic acid test from within seven days will be assigned a yellow code which restricts access to some public venues.
North Korea lifts mask mandate, distancing rules after declaring Covid victory
The North's declaration on Covid comes despite no known vaccine programme.
Parts of China's Hainan extend Covid lockdown, Lhasa in Tibet tightens curbs
Several millions in other cities in Hainan, including Sanya, were under lockdown without clear dates of when the curbs would be lifted.
US CDC no longer recommends students quarantine for Covid-19 exposure
The agency says it no longer recommends unvaccinated people quarantine after exposure, adding that 95% of the US population has either been vaccinated or had Covid-19 already, or both.
Delhi to enforce mask mandate again after spurt in Covid cases
New Delhi reported 2,146 new infections in the past 24 hours and eight deaths, the worst figures among Indian states and federal territories.
Several cities in China add Covid curbs as millions still under lockdown
Reducing people's unnecessary movement for a few days - a softer type of lockdown - as soon as dozens of new cases emerge is a key practice of China's 'dynamic Covid-zero' strategy.
North Korea declares victory over Covid, reveals Kim suffered fever
North Korea has never confirmed how many people caught Covid-19, apparently lacking testing supplies.