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 2022-01-17 01:30 

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While Hong Kong gets the chills and they're multiplying, the Musicians Union is staying alive...

P is a professional vocalist in Hong Kong, and a single mother raising her two daughters in the most expensive city in the world.Like all musicians, P, who asked that her real name not be used, was hit hard at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Wi...

 2022-01-16 23:46 

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Biden, Kishida to hold talks about security, coronavirus and climate change...

US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will meet virtually Friday to discuss bilateral ties as well as security in the Pacific region, the White House said.On the agenda will be fighting Covid-19, climate change and exploring new...

 2022-01-16 15:45 

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Coronavirus: UK lawmaker says 'worst of Omicron' could soon be over...

The "signs are encouraging" for lifting Covid-19 restrictions in England at the end of the month, a British Cabinet minister has said.Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden made the comment as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to review the...

 2022-01-16 11:00 

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Coronavirus vaccination: will extending jabs to younger Hong Kong children lead city out of tough, zero-Covid policy? Experts urge move, but parents fear long-term effects...

Vaccinating children against the coronavirus will enable Hong Kong to exit its tough zero-Covid policy, medical experts have said, even as parents raised concerns about giving the German-made BioNTech jab to children as young as five.Government medical ad...

 2022-01-16 05:08 

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North Korean train makes rare arrival in China during border lockdown: report...

A North Korean cargo train pulled into a Chinese border town on Sunday, in what could be one of the first confirmed crossings since anti-coronavirus border lockdowns began, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing sources that said it was pos...

 2022-01-15 20:58 

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Worse variants than Omicron to come, warn scientists...

Scientists warn that Omicron's whirlwind advance practically ensures it will not be the last version of the coronavirus to worry the world.Every infection provides a chance for the virus to mutate, and Omicron has an edge over its predecessors: It spr...

 2022-01-15 13:56 

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Coronavirus: thousands flock to popular Hong Kong flower market after authorities cancel traditional Lunar New Year fairs...

Thousands of Hongkongers flocked to Mong Kok's flower market on Saturday after health authorities tackling an Omicron-fuelled wave of coronavirus cases abruptly cancelled traditional Lunar New Year fairs, disappointing shoppers and florists alike.In M...

 2022-01-15 10:30 

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China braces as Omicron variant extends its reach and Lunar New Year looms...

The coronavirus is becoming more complex to contain in China, with 14 of the country's 31 provinces and regions reporting imported cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, according to national health authorities.Community cases have also be...

 2022-01-15 05:04 

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Coronavirus: Sinovac vaccine available for Hong Kong children as young as 5 from next week, same extension for BioNTech jabs after Lunar New Year...

Children in Hong Kong as young as five could receive the Chinese-produced Sinovac coronavirus vaccine from next week, the city's civil service chief said on Saturday as authorities pressed ahead with their inoculation drive amid a fifth wave of infect...

 2022-01-15 05:00 

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Deltacron: could it happen for real and would it be a threat?...

Researchers from the University of Cyprus last week reported a new strain of the coronavirus that appeared to be a hybrid of the Delta and Omicron variants.But doubts later emerged about the "Deltacron" hybrid with some attributing it to data erro...

 2022-01-15 03:02 

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Coronavirus fitness boom: more new gyms as Hong Kong retail rentals slide, with sharp rise in 24-hour centres...

The Covid-19 pandemic forced 151 gyms in Hong Kong to close last year, but 365 opened, with operators taking advantage of cheaper rents and catering to a surge in fitness enthusiasts in the city.A new round of social-distancing restrictions to deal with t...

 2022-01-15 01:55 

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Coronavirus: unvaccinated workers in Singapore risk losing their jobs...

Workers in Singapore who are not inoculated against Covid-19 may risk losing their jobs as new restrictions on office access take effect.From Saturday, a prior concession that allowed unvaccinated employees who test negative to go to workplaces will be re...

 2022-01-15 00:00 

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Coronavirus: struggling Hong Kong firms left 'speechless' by 'peanuts' HK$3.5 billion aid package...

Hong Kong industries reeling from the unfolding outbreak involving the Omicron coronavirus variant have been left disappointed by the government's HK$3.57 billion (US$457.7 million) aid package and its decision to extend social-distancing curbs.Indust...

 2022-01-14 22:11 

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Netherlands and Denmark won't send officials to Beijing Olympics...

The Netherlands will not send diplomatic representatives to the Beijing Winter Olympics because Covid-19 curbs will prevent talks with Chinese officials on human rights, the Dutch foreign ministry said Friday.But officials insisted that the move, which mi...

 2022-01-14 20:55 

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In shadow of coronavirus pandemic, Denmark's Queen Margrethe marks 50 years on throne...

Denmark's Queen Margrethe marked her 50 years on the throne of Europe's oldest ruling monarchy on Friday, with some of the planned festivities postponed for September due to the pandemic.The outbreak, which also stopped public celebrations for the...

 2022-01-14 18:00 

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China GDP: economic growth tipped to slow amid coronavirus, property crackdown and debt reduction campaign...

China's economic growth is likely to slow further in the last quarter of 2021 amid fallout from the Evergrande crisis and a resurgence of Covid-19 outbreaks, according to analysts.The world's second largest economy is expected to report its gross ...

 2022-01-14 14:36 

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Coronavirus: Rare spinal condition is side effect of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine...

A safety panel of the European drug regulator on Friday recommended adding a rare spinal inflammation called transverse myelitis as a side effect of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine.The vaccine has faced several setbacks, including production delays and...

 2022-01-14 14:15 

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Japan's Canon to cut production at Zhuhai factory, with full shutdown in southern China looming...

Japanese optical product maker Canon will close part of its Zhuhai factory in southern China, with a full shutdown of the 32-year plant being considered, due to shrinking demand in the digital camera market and continued fallout from the coronavirus.Rumou...

 2022-01-14 13:44 

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Coronavirus: Thailand, Indonesia plans for Covid-19 pill to be developed...

Thailand's health minister said on Friday the country planned to develop the antiviral pill molnupiravir to combat Covid-19 infections amid rising infections driven by the Omicron variant.The molnupiravir Covid-19 treatment pill for adult patients at ...

 2022-01-14 12:57 

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Hong Kong finance chief urged to roll out fresh round of consumption vouchers to ease pressure on economy, labour market...

Hong Kong's financial chief has faced mounting calls to roll out a fresh round of consumption vouchers as he admitted related industries and the labour market faced short-term pressure amid the emerging fifth wave of coronavirus infections.Speaking at...

 2022-01-14 11:15 

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China, Vietnam agree to smooth border restrictions after coronavirus disrupts trade...

China has pledged to clear the way for Vietnam's agricultural exports and deepen trade ties between the two countries following implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) earlier this month.The world's No 2 economy wi...

 2022-01-14 10:36 

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Coronavirus: Omicron less severe even for unvaccinated, South Africa study finds...

The Omicron coronavirus variant causes less severe disease than the Delta strain even in those who are unvaccinated or who haven't had a prior Covid-19 infection, a study from South Africa's Western Cape province showed.The research in the region ...

 2022-01-14 10:00 

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China coronavirus: woman on blind date trapped after man's home placed under Covid-19 lockdown...

A woman in China has become an internet celebrity after getting trapped in the house of a man she was on a blind date with due to a Covid-19 lockdown.The woman surnamed Wang went to dinner last week at the home of a blind date in Zhengzhou, Henan province...

 2022-01-14 08:57 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong confirms 9 new Covid-19 cases...

Hong Kong confirmed nine new coronavirus infections on Friday, the first time in more than two weeks the daily caseload has been in single digits.Fewer than 10 preliminary-positive infections were also recorded. The last time the city reported a single-di...

 2022-01-14 06:30 

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Chinese city of Zhuhai in coronavirus mass testing mode after Zhongshan reports case...

The southern Chinese city of Zhuhai reported one Covid-19 case on Friday, as citywide mass screening of its 2.4 million people got under way.The case, a 53-year-old woman living in the township of Nanping, was detected in the testing and she was transferr...

 2022-01-14 05:30 

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Coronavirus: South Korea extends curbs ahead of Lunar New Year to stem Omicron wave...

South Korea will extend tougher social distancing rules for three more weeks amid concerns over a looming wave of the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant especially ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, officials said on Friday.The curbs were res...

 2022-01-13 19:35 

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Joe Biden sends US military to overwhelmed states to help with Omicron coronavirus surge...

President Joe Biden on Thursday said he will deploy more military health workers to six US states beginning next week, and give Americans free masks and more free tests to tackle the fast-spreading Omicron variant around the country.The dispatch of 1,000 ...

 2022-01-13 13:14 

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Why is Hong Kong's top Covid-19 expert wearing a 'Donald Duck' mask?...

As the man playing a critical role in Hong Kong's see-saw battle against Covid-19, Professor Yuen Kwok-yung has become a household name and a regular fixture on local television.Along with his expert advice to the government and public, the mask he ch...

 2022-01-13 13:00 

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Coronavirus: Xian hospitals ordered suspended after deaths linked to strict outbreak rules...

Two hospitals in Xian involved in recent scandals while under Covid-19 lockdown resulting in a death and a miscarriage have been ordered to suspend operation for rectification.There has been public outrage in China after Xian Gaoxin Hospital denied access...

 2022-01-13 11:00 

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Coronavirus killer material developed in 3D printing project by Hong Kong's Polytechnic University paves way for new lift buttons, door handles...

Researchers from a Hong Kong university have developed the world's first 3D printing material with a surface that can kill the coronavirus within 20 minutes and be used to produce low-cost, durable lift buttons and door handles to reduce infection ris...

 2022-01-13 06:48 

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Coronavirus: 117 new cases add to outbreak in central China while northern city reports Omicron...

Henan province and Tianjin city remain at the centre of China's most recent Covid-19 outbreak, with a total of 117 new cases reported across both on Thursday, while a city in the northern part of the country has reported its first Omicron case.Henan p...

 2022-01-13 05:09 

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Coronavirus: Zimbabwe says China to donate 10 million doses of Covid vaccine in 2022...

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday that China would be donating a further 10 million Covid-19 vaccine doses over the course of 2022.Zimbabwe, like most African countries, is struggling with low rates of vaccination, because of a...

 2022-01-13 02:50 

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Coronavirus: more Australians end up in hospital amid soaring Omicron outbreak...

Australia on Thursday reported its biggest pandemic caseload with a runaway Omicron outbreak driving up hospitalisation rates as the surge put severe strain on supply chains forcing authorities to ease quarantine rules for more workers.After successfully ...

 2022-01-12 22:31 

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Switzerland slashes quarantine, hoping Omicron is 'beginning of the end' of the coronavirus pandemic...

Omicron could be the beginning of the end of the pandemic, the Swiss government said Wednesday as it slashed quarantine times and prolonged restrictions to control the Covid-19 variant."We are perhaps on the eve of a turning point which could be decis...

 2022-01-12 22:00 

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Chinese city traces Omicron outbreak back to New Year holiday...

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus started circulating in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin during the three-day New Year holiday, health authorities said on Wednesday as the city of 14 million launched a second round of mass testing.Officials...

 2022-01-12 21:21 

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Donald Trump calls out 'gutless' politicians who won't say they got coronavirus booster...

Former US president Donald Trump is slamming politicians who refuse to say whether they have received Covid-19 booster shots as "gutless"."You gotta say it. Whether you had it or not, say it," Trump said in an interview that aired on Tuesd...

 2022-01-12 20:40 

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US slams China for cancelling flights over coronavirus cases, warning of response...

The Biden administration on Wednesday criticised China's decision to cancel a growing number of flights from the United States to China because of passengers who later tested positive for Covid-19 and warned it could take action in response."China...

 2022-01-12 15:31 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong government panel recommends smaller doses of BioNTech vaccine for children as young as 5, in absence of distributor's application...

A government advisory panel has recommended administering smaller doses of the German-made BioNTech coronavirus shots to Hong Kong children as young as five, even though the distributor for the vaccine has not applied to lower the age restriction for its ...

 2022-01-12 13:39 

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Coronavirus: private clinic in Hong Kong injects 36 people with expired Covid-19 vaccine...

A private clinic injected 36 people with expired Covid-19 vaccines, Hong Kong health authorities revealed on Wednesday.Two of the 36 reported gastrointestinal discomfort after vaccination, with one of them recovering after attending an accident and emerge...

 2022-01-12 13:39 

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Coronavirus: cases jump 50 per cent but deaths remain stable, says WHO report...

The number of new coronavirus infections in the last week jumped by about 55 per cent, although the number of deaths remained stable, the World Health Organization said in its latest pandemic report.In the weekly report issued Tuesday night, the UN health...

 2022-01-12 13:30 

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Coronavirus: give us HK$1 billion from pandemic fund, travel sector chiefs urge Hong Kong government, with no end in sight to closed borders...

Industry chiefs have called for Hong Kong's battered hotel and travel trade to be allocated HK$1 billion (US$128.3 million) from the government's new round of pandemic relief funding, saying two years of closed borders have taken a heavy toll with...

 2022-01-12 12:05 

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Chinese medical laboratory boss detained on suspicion of 'causing spread of coronavirus'...

A medical laboratory manager in Henan has been detained for "suspected criminal offences" that caused the coronavirus to spread, police said, as the central Chinese province battles its worst outbreak since the early months of the pandemic.In a st...

 2022-01-12 11:37 

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'I think I'll get sick waiting like this': Hongkongers bemoan long queues outside Covid-19 testing stations in Tuen Mun...

Long queues continue to form outside Covid-19 testing stations in a Hong Kong district at risk of silent transmission chains of the Omicron coronavirus variant, despite more facilities being set up to ease waiting times for residents.Seven more testing st...

 2022-01-12 10:00 

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Chinese vice-premier calls for tougher action in Henan's Omicron and Delta coronavirus hotspots...

Strict prevention and control measures are needed in Henan as it battles the twin threats of the Omicron and Delta coronavirus variants, Chinese Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan said on Tuesday, capping a trip to the central province.Sun said the Omicron strain s...

 2022-01-12 09:02 

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Coronavirus: CanSino's inhaled vaccine booster offers hope for the needle-phobic...

CanSino's inhaled Covid-19 vaccine boosts a higher level of immune response for those vaccinated with two Sinovac shots than a third dose of the Sinovac vaccine, a team of Chinese researchers has found.Study participants who received the CanSino boost...

 2022-01-12 08:40 

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Omicron: dozens of Hong Kong residents ordered to evacuate after Covid-19 spreads between floors of North Point tower block...

Dozens of Hong Kong residents are set to be evacuated after experts found evidence of vertical Covid-19 transmission in their tower block, where two more infections have been detected amid the city's Omicron-fuelled fifth wave of the coronavirus.The o...

 2022-01-12 03:18 

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Coronavirus: in the Philippines, more than 2 in 5 people tested for Covid-19 have it; South Korea joblessness climbs amid curbs...

The percentage of positive Covid-19 tests have reached a record high in the Philippines, fuelling fears of a return to stricter curbs on movement and triggering a sell-off of stocks as hopes fade for a swift economic recovery.Positivity rates are rising a...

 2022-01-12 00:00 

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Coronavirus: how Omicron is spreading in Hong Kong wave triggered by Cathay Pacific aircrew and a relative linked to 32 other confirmed infections...

The biggest spreader of Covid-19 so far in Hong Kong's growing Omicron outbreak is an unvaccinated woman who directly infected eight people and triggered fifth-generation transmission in less than two weeks, a review of local cases by the Post has fou...

 2022-01-11 22:33 

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Canada's Quebec to tax unvaccinated adults as coronavirus pressures health system...

Quebec, Canada's second most populous province, is planning to force adults refusing to get Covid-19 vaccinated pay a "health contribution" in a move likely to spur a debate about individual rights and social responsibility.Premier Francois Le...

 2022-01-11 20:08 

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Joe Biden says US on right track in coronavirus fight even as new cases hit record 1.35 million...

US President Joe Biden and top health officials on Tuesday defended the administration's response to the unrelenting pandemic as daily US Covid-19 cases reached a new high, largely fuelled by the highly contagious Omicron variant.Biden, who has been a...

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