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China’s vice-premier signals shift in Covid stance as some lockdowns eased

Sun Chunlan says Omicron less pathogenic as Beijing appears to respond to zero-Covid protests by relaxing some measures China’s zero-Covid policy explained in 30 seconds One of China’s most senior pandemic response officials has said the country is entering a “new stage and mission” in the latest indication of the government’s changing approach after massContinue reading “China’s vice-premier signals shift in Covid stance as some lockdowns eased”

The Guardian view on the future of China’s unrest: more complex than it seems | Editorial

A binary reading of these remarkable zero-Covid protests does not help anyone understand their significance Among the Communist rhetoric cleverly repurposed by China’s anti-zero-Covid protesters is a phrase that Mao Zedong employed: a single spark can start a prairie fire. When a political system is so rigid, observers can easily fall prey to one ofContinue reading “The Guardian view on the future of China’s unrest: more complex than it seems | Editorial”

Officials slow to act on Covid contact-tracing warnings, leaked evidence says

Exclusive: Evidence to UK Covid inquiry describes missed chances to improve test-and-trace regime in early days of pandemic Public health leaders were slow to act on repeated warnings over Christmas 2020 that contact tracing and isolation should be triggered immediately after a positive lateral flow test result, leaked evidence to the Covid inquiry shows. AContinue reading “Officials slow to act on Covid contact-tracing warnings, leaked evidence says”

The NHS test-and-trace failings that contributed to UK’s 2020 Covid Christmas

Gaps in contact-tracing and confused public health advice meant many infectious people not told to isolate Officials slow to act on contact-tracing warnings, UK covid inquiry told As Britain approached its first Christmas with Covid, Matt Hancock was typically tiggerish, even as a worrying new variant bubbled up in Kent. “The finish line is inContinue reading “The NHS test-and-trace failings that contributed to UK’s 2020 Covid Christmas”

Former vaccines chief sounds warning about UK pandemic readiness

Kate Bingham raises concerns to committee of MPs as head of UKHSA suggests Covid could be on rise again UK politics live – latest news updates The UK is not in a significantly better place to deal with a new pandemic, the former vaccine taskforce chief has said, as a leading public health expert suggestedContinue reading “Former vaccines chief sounds warning about UK pandemic readiness”

Payment sought for 929 NSW residents who agreed to work off now invalid Covid fines

Redfern Legal Centre calls for compensation after withdrawal of 33,000 pandemic-era fines Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast More than 900 people were placed on work orders for Covid fines now known to be entirely invalid, prompting calls for them to be compensated for their unpaid labour orContinue reading “Payment sought for 929 NSW residents who agreed to work off now invalid Covid fines”

From blank paper to alpacas: how protesters in China are voicing their anger – video

The largest protests in a generation erupted in cities across China over the weekend against the government’s zero-Covid policy.  The most widely used symbol in the demonstrations has been a blank sheet of paper. It symbolises censorship, and may also, some Twitter users pointed out, be read as a reference to the deaths last weekContinue reading “From blank paper to alpacas: how protesters in China are voicing their anger – video”

Protesters clash with hazmat suit-clad riot police in Guangzhou, China – video

Protesters scuffled with police on Tuesday night, according to witnesses and footage. Video shared on social media shows security personnel in hazmat suits forming shoulder-to-shoulder ranks and taking cover under riot shields to make their way down a street in Haizhu district as protesters threw objects. On Wednesday afternoon, authorities announced a lifting of CovidContinue reading “Protesters clash with hazmat suit-clad riot police in Guangzhou, China – video”

Confusion over zero Covid caused unrest in China. Clarity is the way forward | Yu Jie

Unsure of how to loosen rules, local officials doubled down on the severe restrictions behind so much economic damage When President Xi Jinping was seen unmasked at the G20 summit in Indonesia, he maintained a largely positive tone with President Joe Biden and other world leaders. This left an impression that China was on theContinue reading “Confusion over zero Covid caused unrest in China. Clarity is the way forward | Yu Jie”

‘People want to live’: views from China on the Covid lockdown protests

Four people give their take on the protests against China’s zero-Covid policy Protests against China’s zero-Covid policy have continued in cities including Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu. The protests are a remarkable expression of defiance in a country where this type of public dissent is rare. They often feature people holding up blank sheets of paper,Continue reading “‘People want to live’: views from China on the Covid lockdown protests”