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 2021-10-16 00:02 

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US will accept mixed coronavirus vaccines for international travellers...

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said late on Friday that it will accept mixed-dose coronavirus vaccines from international travellers, a boost to travellers from Canada and other places.The CDC said last week that it would accept a...

 2021-10-15 21:00 

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Coronavirus: New Zealand faces growing calls for 'circuit breaker' lockdown...

New Zealand's government is facing growing calls from public health experts to enact a short, sharp "circuit breaker" lockdown, a week after it shifted away from its much-vaunted coronavirus elimination strategy.The nation of 5 million was lar...

 2021-10-15 17:01 

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Thousands protest in Italy as tough coronavirus 'green pass' rules take effect...

Protesters gathered at Italian ports and thousands took to the streets on Friday against the introduction of one of the world's toughest Covid-19 pass regimes, but fears of widespread economic chaos failed to materialise.More than 6,500 people demonst...

 2021-10-15 13:25 

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43,000 in UK may have received false negative Covid-19 test results...

British health officials said on Friday that 43,000 people may have been wrongly told they do not have the coronavirus because of problems at a private laboratory.The UK Health Security Agency said the Immensa Health Clinic Ltd. lab in Wolverhampton, cent...

 2021-10-15 08:39 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong suspends Air Canada flights from Vancouver for 2 weeks; city confirms 9 imported cases...

Hong Kong authorities confirmed nine imported Covid-19 cases on Friday, and suspended Air Canada passenger flights from Vancouver for two weeks.The flight suspension, which will run from October 16 to 29, was announced the same day that provisional data r...

 2021-10-15 01:58 

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Former US president Bill Clinton in hospital with non-coronavirus infection...

Former US president Bill Clinton, 75, was admitted two days ago to an Irvine, California, hospital where he is being treated for a non-coronavirus infection, a spokesman said on Thursday."On Tuesday evening former president Bill Clinton was admitted t...

 2021-10-15 01:12 

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Coronavirus: Sydney to end quarantine for vaccinated foreign travellers from November 1...

Sydney will end its Covid-19 quarantine for fully vaccinated international travellers from November 1, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Friday, foreshadowing the full return of overseas travel after more than 19 months.Australia closed it...

 2021-10-15 00:00 

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'Bangkok's Hamptons': why Thailand's elite are buying beach properties in Hua Hin...

Worn out by coronavirus restrictions, pollution and traffic gridlock, wealthy Bangkok residents are buying up bolt-holes in the southern beach retreat of Hua Hin as the pandemic sparks a lifestyle pivot away from the big city. Famed for its long white san...

 2021-10-14 23:00 

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: false reports of Nicole Kidman back filming TV show spark renewed debate over quarantine exemptions...

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman has not returned to Hong Kong to continue filming a television drama, the Post has learned, contrary to local news reports that sparked fresh debate over the government's policy for Covid-19 quarantine exemptions.Several C...

 2021-10-14 22:00 

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Science turns nasty in Covid-19 origins argument on Twitter...

Stuart Neil's day job keeps him pretty occupied. He's a virologist at King's College London, investigating how the coronavirus causing Covid-19 attacks the human immune system.Then, in his own words, he found himself "falling down the rabb...

 2021-10-14 20:07 

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US FDA panel backs Moderna coronavirus booster shot for older and high-risk people...

A panel of expert advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration unanimously voted on Thursday to recommend booster shots of Moderna Inc's Covid-19 vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness.If the FDA signs off ...

 2021-10-14 16:00 

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Coronavirus outbreaks, poor vaccine access, weak policy pushes IMF to downgrade global economic outlook...

"Faultlines" in global economies caused by the coronavirus pandemic have persisted and recoveries have been "hobbled" by Delta variant outbreaks, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said as it cut its worldwide growth forecast for the ye...

 2021-10-14 10:52 

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China urges 'objective, scientific' focus for WHO's next Covid-19 origins hunt...

Beijing has called on the World Health Organization to uphold an "objective, scientific" approach as it prepares to launch the next phase of research into the origins of the coronavirus.The comments came after the WHO on Wednesday revealed the gro...

 2021-10-14 09:22 

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'It may be our last chance': new Sago science group is WHO's push to find the origins of Covid-19...

A new group of 26 scientists to drive further research into the coronavirus origins may be "our last chance" to understand where the virus came from, a World Health Organization official said on Wednesday.Nearly two years after the first reports e...

 2021-10-14 08:20 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong domestic helper tests positive 5 days after completing quarantine...

A Hong Kong foreign domestic helper who tested positive for the coronavirus five days after completing quarantine has been confirmed as infected, triggering compulsory screening orders on places she visited.The 30-year-old woman, who arrived in the city f...

 2021-10-14 05:36 

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WHO says global Covid-19 cases decline, but Europe deaths rise...

The World Health Organization said the number of global coronavirus cases fell in the last week, continuing a downward trend that began in late August.In its latest weekly assessment of the pandemic published on Wednesday, the UN health agency said there ...

 2021-10-14 03:45 

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Coronavirus: Melbourne to exit lockdown despite record cases; Bali reopens to foreign tourists...

Melbourne will exit months of Covid-19 lockdown next week helped by a faster-than-expected vaccine uptake, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday, ahead of schedule even though daily infections hit a record the same day.In the worst day of...

 2021-10-13 23:07 

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Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine gets better boost from Moderna or Pfizer, US study shows...

People who got Johnson & Johnson Inc's Covid-19 vaccine as a first shot had a stronger immune response when boosted with vaccines from Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE or Moderna Inc, a study run by the National Institutes of Health showed on Wednesday.The stud...

 2021-10-13 19:42 

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Romanian doctors issue 'cry of despair' amid coronavirus surge...

Romanian doctors sent an open letter on Wednesday titled "a cry of despair" as the country's overwhelmed and deteriorated health care system copes with a record-setting surge of coronavirus infections and deaths.The College of Physicians of Bu...

 2021-10-13 14:00 

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WHO names new team of scientists to take over coronavirus origins probe...

The World Health Organization has unveiled the team of scientists that will take on the gnarly task of investigating how the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 emerged.The 26-person group, announced on Wednesday, is stacked with experts in virology, epidemi...

 2021-10-13 12:33 

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: booster shots can proceed without local data on side effects and efficacy, top vaccination adviser says...

Hong Kong should start administering Covid-19 booster shots to high-risk groups without waiting for local data on side effects and efficacy, a top government adviser has said as he suggested pushing ahead with preparations to meet a target on border reope...

 2021-10-13 11:15 

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Typhoon Kompasu to cost Hong Kong between HK$2 billion and HK$3 billion in economic losses...

The lengthy disruption to business caused by Typhoon Kompasu will cost Hong Kong anywhere between HK$2 billion (US$257 million) and HK$3 billion, according to economists.Chinese University associate professor of economics Terence Chong Tai-leung on Wednes...

 2021-10-13 10:07 

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Watsons closes shop in Tsim Sha Tsui after 20 years in latest sign of Hong Kong retail sector's struggle to survive coronavirus pandemic...

Personal health care chain Watsons said it will close its shop in one of Hong Kong's major tourist locations on Thursday after leasing it for two decades, a sign of the retail industry's struggle to survive a near-total absence of visitors during ...

 2021-10-13 08:26 

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South Korea debates how to live with Covid-19 and reopen economy...

South Korea on Wednesday established a panel to debate a strategy on how to "live with Covid-19" in the long-term, as the country seeks to phase out coronavirus restrictions and reopen the economy amid rising vaccination levels.Under the strategy,...

 2021-10-13 05:14 

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Coronavirus: US to reopen land borders in November to fully vaccinated travellers...

The United States will open its land borders with Mexico and Canada in early November to non-essential travellers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.A senior White House official said the administration would give the "precise date very soon...

 2021-10-13 01:34 

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Global economic recovery 'really quite unique', IMF says, amid supply chain disruptions and price increases...

Worldwide supply chain disruptions are driving price increases and draining momentum out of economies recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned on Tuesday.The ongoing hit from the pandemic and the failure to di...

 2021-10-12 23:00 

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US-China coronavirus vaccine diplomacy heats up but can donations sway allegiances?...

The United States was largely absent in vaccine diplomacy early this year but entered the arena when President Joe Biden announced in May that the US would distribute 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses worldwide.Biden did not hide his intention: the US wan...

 2021-10-12 04:59 

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Hong Kong's quarantine policy big reason city has avoided lockdowns, Carrie Lam says...

Hong Kong's leader offered a spirited defence of her administration's contentious quarantine policy on Tuesday, arguing it was precisely the city's tough coronavirus pandemic measures that allowed residents to continue living and working large...

 2021-10-12 02:21 

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Joe Biden trapped in coronavirus malaise: 'president's decline is alarming'...

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Christopher Cadelago and Laura Barron-Lopez on politico.com on October 11, 2021.In a focus group last week, Pennsylvania Democrats one after another articulated ...

 2021-10-11 23:12 

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Coronavirus: Thailand to reopen to vaccinated tourists from 'low-risk' countries from November...

Thailand plans to fully reopen to vaccinated tourists from countries deemed low risk from November 1, the country's leader said on Monday, citing the urgent need to save the kingdom's ailing economy.Before the pandemic, Thailand attracted nearly 4...

 2021-10-11 19:47 

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Coronavirus: Moderna has no plans to share its Covid-19 vaccine recipe...

Moderna has no plans to share the recipe for its Covid-19 vaccine because executives have concluded that scaling up the company's own production is the best way to increase the global supply, the company's chairman said Monday.In an interview with...

 2021-10-11 16:00 

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Coronavirus: WHO experts back 3rd vaccine shots for people with weak immune systems...

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday recommended that immunocompromised people be given an additional dose of Covid-19 vaccine, due to their higher risk of breakthrough infections after standard immunisation.The Strategic Advisory Group of Expert...

 2021-10-11 14:24 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong may need to adopt Macau's suspension mechanism for quarantine-free travel with mainland China, government adviser says...

Hong Kong may need to follow in Macau's footsteps and set up a suspension mechanism for quarantine-free travel with mainland China when the border fully reopens, a government pandemic adviser has said, meaning just one local Covid-19 case could trigge...

 2021-10-11 02:00 

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Coronavirus: Sydney celebrates 'freedom day' after more than 100 days of lockdown...

Sydney's cafes, gyms and restaurants welcomed back fully vaccinated customers on Monday after nearly four months of lockdown, as Australia aims to begin living with the coronavirus and gradually reopen the country.Some pubs in Sydney, Australia's ...

 2021-10-10 16:49 

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Tropical storm turns London-Hong Kong flight with British Airways into 36-hour on-board ordeal, forcing diversion to Manila...

What should have been a 12-hour flight from Britain to Hong Kong turned into a 36-hour ordeal for about 100 passengers stuck aboard a British Airways plane that was forced to divert to Manila due to Tropical Storm Lionrock.Flight BA031 took off from Heath...

 2021-10-10 16:49 

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Hong Kong police report surge in child abuse cases, link rise in sexual assaults to minors spending more time outside as coronavirus rules ease...

Child abuse cases in Hong Kong have risen an alarming 70 per cent in the first eight months of the year, while the number of sexual assaults are also climbing as the pandemic levels off.Police said that about 30 per cent of the 231 indecent assaults recor...

 2021-10-10 10:13 

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Coronavirus: Sydney set for reopening; anger in Vietnam over killing of 13 dogs as owners get Covid-19...

Sydney was set to reopen after months in lockdown, officials said on Sunday, with businesses readying themselves to welcome fully vaccinated residents from Monday.New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, reported 477 new coronavirus cases and...

 2021-10-10 10:11 

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After China stumble, Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana bets on independent future...

Dolce & Gabbana plans to remain independent to preserve its creative freedom, even as the Italian fashion house claws back sales lost to the coronavirus pandemic and a bungled advertising campaign in China.The privately held label is a favourite of invest...

 2021-10-10 10:01 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says agreement on how to suspend quarantine-free travel is vital for securing border deal with mainland China...

Hong Kong and mainland Chinese authorities need to agree on the specific circumstances that will trigger the suspension of quarantine-free travel in the negotiations for reopening the border, the city's leader has said.Confirmation of Hong Kong's ...

 2021-10-09 20:43 

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Thousands protest in Rome against extension of coronavirus health pass to workplaces...

Thousands of protesters including members of far-right groups demonstrated in central Rome on Saturday against the extension of the Covid-19 health pass system to all workplaces.There were scuffles with police as the demonstrators took aim at the health p...

 2021-10-09 10:22 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong's first locally detected case since August bears similarities with recent British infections but origins remain a mystery, researchers say...

The origin of Hong Kong's first locally detected Covid-19 infection in more than 50 days continues to baffle officials, although researchers have found similarities with other Delta variant cases found recently in Britain.Genome-sequencing testing on ...

 2021-10-09 03:46 

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Coronavirus: Sydney nears 'freedom day'; 30 million fully vaccinated in South Korea...

Australia was bracing for more Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations, officials said on Saturday, even as it moves toward gradually easing pandemic restrictions with the vast majority of its people getting vaccinated against the virus.Sydney, in a lock...

 2021-10-08 23:46 

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US will accept WHO-approved coronavirus vaccines for international visitors...

The United States will accept the use by international visitors of Covid-19 vaccines authorised by US regulators or the World Health Organization, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said late on Friday.On September 20, the White House announce...

 2021-10-08 23:08 

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Brazil tops 600,000 coronavirus deaths amid doubts about Delta...

Bars in Brazil's biggest metropolis, Sao Paulo, are full again for Friday happy hours and lawmakers in the capital have nearly done away with video sessions via Zoom. Rio de Janeiro's beaches are packed and calls for strict social distancing seem ...

 2021-10-08 12:15 

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China's 'golden week' travel spending down 40 per cent from pre-pandemic level, and worse than last year's...

Travel and holiday spending during China's just-ended "golden week" national holiday fell against prior years, not just due to travel restrictions triggered by recent coronavirus outbreaks, but because of what industry insiders say is a dwindl...

 2021-10-08 10:30 

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Coronavirus: Singapore and South Korea to launch quarantine-free travel lane from November 15...

Singapore and South Korea are to launch a quarantine-free travel lane for people who are fully vaccinated from November 15.The travel lane will be Singapore's third such arrangement, following the launches last month of similar schemes with Germany an...

 2021-10-08 10:00 

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China, Russia ask UN to check biological warfare capability of US and allies...

China and Russia have jointly called for the US to abide by a United Nations convention on biological weapons, as the powers continue to accuse each other of ramping up military capabilities and threatening global safety.The focus on biological weapons ha...

 2021-10-08 08:00 

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Japan's new PM Fumio Kishida vows to end coronavirus crisis, boost defences against China, North Korea...

In his first policy speech on Friday, Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida promised to strengthen pandemic management and health care in case of another coronavirus resurgence, and turn around the battered economy while bolstering the country'...

 2021-10-08 06:00 

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From iPhones to Australian wool, China's energy crisis is starting to pinch the global economy...

The hit from China's energy crunch is starting to ripple throughout the globe, hurting everyone from Toyota Motor to Australian sheep farmers and makers of cardboard boxes.Not only is the extreme electricity shortage in the world's largest exporte...

 2021-10-08 05:13 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong's 51-day streak without local Covid-19 infection over, after airport worker tests positive...

Hong Kong's 51-day streak without a local Covid-19 infection is over, after an airport worker was confirmed as being positive for the coronavirus, the Post has learned.It is uncertain if the local case could affect the continuing discussions on reopen...

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