Shanghai has achieved zero-Covid, health official says, but millions in Chinese city remain in lockdown

Shanghai on Tuesday declared it had achieved “zero-Covid” across all its districts, sparking derision on social media as millions in China’s biggest city remained under lockdown. Confronted with its worst outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic, China – the last major economy still closed off to the world – put the city of 25 … Read more

Rumors of a lockdown in China’s capital Beijing spark panic buying, police investigation

China is digging in its heels on a zero-Covid strategy to stamp out clusters as they emerge, hitting hundreds of areas across Beijing with some form of restrictions, including hard lockdowns. Residents rushed to supermarkets on Thursday to stock up on groceries as rumors spread that stay-at-home orders would soon be announced. Dining out has … Read more

Covid-19: ‘No need to worry,’ Hong Kong health expert says; lockdown at Kennedy Town estate uncovers 22 cases

Top Hong Kong microbiologists have urged residents not to worry after health authorities on Thursday said “very high viral loads” had been found in sewage samples from a public housing estate in Kennedy Town. An overnight lockdown at the estate identified 22 Covid-19 cases. Sai Wan Estate. Photo: Peter Lee / HKFP. A total of … Read more

Covid-19: Mass testing for almost 21 million Beijing residents as lockdown fears grow

By Beiyi Seow Beijing on Tuesday launched mass coronavirus testing for nearly all its 21 million residents, as fears grew that the Chinese capital may be placed under a strict lockdown like Shanghai. People line up to be tested for Covid-19 coronavirus in Zhongguancun in Beijing on April 26, 2022. Photo: Jade Gao / AFP. … Read more

Ex-leaders of Hong Kong’s defunct Tiananmen vigil group in court for first time since Covid-19 prison lockdown

Three former leaders of the defunct group behind Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen vigils have appeared in court for the first time in more than two months after Covid-19 forced prisons to lock down and the suspension of most hearings. Lee Cheuk-yan, Albert Ho and Chow Hang-tung, ex-leaders of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of … Read more

Shanghai gov’t reports 400,000 Covid cases and 25 deaths as lockdown set to ease

Shanghai logged eight official Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, reporting a mounting death toll even as daily cases appear to be tapering off and some residents are finally free to venture outside under an easing lockdown. China’s largest city and commercial engine is inching towards reopening after weeks-long restrictions kept most of its 25 million people … Read more

Shanghai cautiously eases lockdown as official death toll rises to 7

Shanghai further eased its gruelling, weeks-long Covid-19 lockdown on Wednesday despite a mounting official death toll and tens of thousands of daily cases. China’s largest city is ambling towards reopening as businesses and residents grow increasingly desperate over closures and food shortages. Workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) stand next to a bus on a … Read more

In Photos: The Deserted Streets Of London After Dark

Photographer Ray Knox tells us about his lockdown project, Close to Home, in which he ventured out onto north London’s deserted streets at night, capturing a still and silent city. Not so many night buses in 2020. I started my photography project shortly after the introduction of the first lockdown as a way of alleviating … Read more