Setback for Shanghai’s COVID battle; Beijing focuses on mass testing

Shanghai reports 58 new cases outside quarantine areas Beijing testing millions Outbreak poses biggest test yet to Xi’s “zero-COVID” strategy SHANGHAI / BEIJING, May 2 (Reuters) – China’s commercial capital of Shanghai was dealt a blow on Monday as authorities reported 58 new COVID-19 cases outside areas under lockdown, while Beijing pressed on with testing … Read more

As Beijing tightens COVID curbs, hard-hit Shanghai sees signs of life

Beijing COVID outbreak enters 10th day Shanghai reports 2nd day of zero cases outside quarantine areas Shanghai starts to loosen curbs for some areas BEIJING / SHANGHAI, May 1 (Reuters) – The Chinese capital Beijing tightened COVID restrictions on Sunday as it battled an outbreak, while Shanghai let more of its 25 million residents venture … Read more

Mental health issues in kids rose during a pandemic; awareness and use of COVID treatments is low

Palestinian children participate in a mental health support session in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, June 6, 2021. REUTERS / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register April 28 (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further … Read more

Shanghai fences up COVID-hit areas, fuelling fresh outcry

SHANGHAI, April 24 (Reuters) – Shanghai authorities battling an outbreak of COVID-19 have erected fences outside residential buildings, sparking fresh public outcry over a lockdown that has forced much of the city’s 25 million people indoors. Images of white hazmat suit-clad workers sealing entrances of housing blocks and closing off entire streets with roughly two … Read more

Shanghai reports 12 new COVID deaths as frustrations boil over

A medical worker in a protective suit collects a swab from a resident for nucleic acid testing, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shanghai, China April 22, 2022. cnsphoto via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SHANGHAI, April 23 (Reuters) – The major financial hub of Shanghai reported 12 new … Read more

US will no longer enforce mask mandate on airplanes, trains after court ruling

WASHINGTON / CHICAGO, April 18 (Reuters) – The Biden administration will no longer enforce a US mask mandate on public transportation, after a federal judge in Florida on Monday ruled that the 14-month-old directive was unlawful, overturning a key White House effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Soon after the announcement, all major carriers … Read more

The case for testing Pfizer’s Paxlovid for treating long COVID

Two long COVID patients recover after Paxlovid treatment Side effects, safety issues need to be studied CHICAGO, April 18 (Reuters) – Reports of two patients who found relief from long COVID after taking Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) antiviral Paxlovid, including a researcher who tested it on herself, provide intriguing evidence for clinical trials to help those … Read more

Hong Kong questions costs of COVID rules on mental health, livelihoods

HONG KONG, April 14 (Reuters) – To fight COVID, Hong Kong shut schools and businesses, nearly sealed its borders for two years, banned more than two people from gathering and quarantined whole buildings. Still the draconian restrictions were unable to contain the coronavirus, and with more than 8,600 deaths of mostly elderly, unvaccinated people, many … Read more

Drugs running out, surgeries canceled as Sri Lanka’s health system buckles

Sri Lankan healthcare system hit hard by economic crisis Some patients unable to access key drugs through state hospitals Some medical procedures being suspended due to shortages Officials hope aid from India, WHO will relieve pressure COLOMBO, April 12 (Reuters) – Rosanne White was first diagnosed with cancer eight years ago and lost a kidney. … Read more

China sends military, doctors to Shanghai to test 26 million residents for COVID

Shanghai reports 9,006 symptomatic and asymptomatic cases for April 3 City launches largest public health response since virus emerged Citizens complain of unsanitary conditions in quarantine centers SHANGHAI, April 4 (Reuters) – China has sent the military and thousands of healthcare workers into Shanghai to help carry out COVID-19 tests for all of its 26 … Read more