• 22 May, 2022
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Taiwan calls China’s COVID lockdowns ‘cruel’, says won’t follow its steps

TAIPEI (Reuters) - China's lockdowns to control the spread of COVID-19 are "cruel" and Taiwan will not follow suit, Premier Su Tseng-chang said on Sunday. Having controlled the pandemic with…

Explainer-Omicron ‘stealth’ COVID variant BA.2 now dominant globally

By Jennifer Rigby and Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) - A sub-variant of the highly transmissible Omicron version of coronavirus known as BA.2 is now dominant worldwide, prompting surges in many countries…

Omicron BA.2 likely as severe as ‘original’ -WHO

The emerging BA.2 form of the Omicron coronavirus variant does not seem to be any more severe than the original BA.1 form, an official of the World Health Organization said…

World Economic Forum to hold 2022 annual meeting in Davos in May

ZURICH (Reuters) - The World Economic Forum will hold its 2022 annual meeting in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos from May 22-26, the Geneva-based group said on Friday. The…

New Delhi to stay under weekend, overnight COVID curfew, with some allowances

By Neha Arora NEW DELHI (Reuters) -India's capital New Delhi will remain under curfew over the weekend and overnight to help curb the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus,…

Coronavirus spreading like never before in Americas, health agency says

BRASILIA (Reuters) -COVID-19 infections are reaching new peaks in the Americas with 7.2 million new cases and more than 15,000 COVID-related deaths in the last week, the Pan American Health…

India’s new COVID-19 cases hit eight-month high, full impact weeks away

By Neha Arora NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India reported new coronavirus infections at an eight-month high on Wednesday and a government scientist warned it will take weeks before data on…

Are hospital admissions still the best way to gauge the COVID crisis?

By Clara-Laeila Laudette and Alistair Smout MADRID/LONDON (Reuters) - Using the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 to gauge the severity of the pandemic may not give an accurate…

Vietnam detects first Omicron cases in the community -state media

(Reuters) - Vietnam has recorded its first cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the community, state media reported on Wednesday, as health authorities urged people to increase…

World tourism inched back in 2021, still a fraction of pre-pandemic levels

MADRID (Reuters) - The world tourism industry barely improved last year compared to 2020, with all indicators staying way below pre-pandemic levels and industry professionals not expecting a full recovery…

Japan to expedite booster shots, bolster island defence -PM Kishida

By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will bring forward COVID-19 vaccination booster shots by as much as two months, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday, as the highly…

Beijing tightens rules for entering city after Omicron case

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing will require travellers to get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival in the Chinese capital, state media announced on Sunday, a day after the…