Shanghai's population drops in 2022 after Covid lockdowns
China's population fell last year for the first time in six decades, weighed down by rising living costs especially in big, sprawling urban hubs, weak economic growth, and changing attitudes towards raising a family.
Guangzhou's Covid outbreak deepens as more lockdowns loom in China
Economically vital cities, including the Chinese capital Beijing, have jumped on the rising infections, demanding more PCR tests for residents and locking down neighbourhoods and even districts in some cases.
China Covid cases highest since August, Beijing vows to stay the course
With zero-Covid lockdowns hitting major cities, some of China's richest regions are proving to be a drag on recovery, reporting slower growth than the national economy for the first three quarters, reports say.
Africa CDC says severe lockdowns no longer the tool to contain Covid
Experts believe Covid-19 cannot be eliminated and will likely become endemic, meaning it will always be present in the population to some degree, such as the flu or chickenpox.
Asian and European countries, alarmed by new Covid variant, tighten curbs
The variant has a spike protein that is dramatically different to the one in the original coronavirus that Covid-19 vaccines are based on, the UK Health Security Agency says.
New Zealand to scrap lockdowns early next month
From Dec 2 onwards, New Zealand will adopt a new Covid-19 response that aims to contain the highly contagious Delta variant, rather than attempting to eliminate it completely.
Public support for prioritising Covid fight on the decline, survey shows
A survey of 6,000 people living in the US, Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Japan shows the tide turning against Covid-related restrictions.
Not just for fun: Behind the tourist surge to Langkawi
Psychologists say many have been under pressure since the start of the pandemic and need a way to release their stress.
Pandemic measures indirectly killed over a quarter million South Asian children, says UN report
The full effect of the pandemic lockdowns is just starting to become clear as countries take stock of their public health programmes.
Unemployed but working 24 hours a day, the new norm for mums
Parental stress and maternal burnout lurk around the corner as mothers struggle to balance family, work and chores with little or no time at all for personal activities.
Devoid of kids, toy stores find new lease of life online
Online platforms help them overcome the problem of reluctant customers and the complexities that accompany adherence to health SOPs.
France, Britain ease lockdowns as second wave subsides
French President Emmanuel Macron says travel without authorisation will be allowed, and people will be able to spend Christmas with their families.