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

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 millions of … Read more

Violence erupts in May Day protests in Paris, marchers criticize re-elected Macron

Violence erupts in May Day protests in Paris, marchers criticize re-elected Macron

Police arrest 45 in Paris, minister says Marchers condemn Macron’s retirement plan Most other May Day marches peaceful PARIS, May 1 (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas to push back black-clad anarchists who ransacked business premises in Paris on Sunday during May Day protests against the policies of newly re-elected President Emmanuel Macron. Thousands of … Read more

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

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 out for … Read more

Beijing firms up COVID screening to prevent Shanghai-like chaos

Beijing firms up COVID screening to prevent Shanghai-like chaos

Beijing to test most of its 22 mln residents for COVID this week Beijing has reported more than 160 infections since April 22 Beijing steps up precautions, curbs to avoid Shanghai lockdown Shanghai’s focus shifts to vaccination of the elderly BEIJING/SHANGHAI, April 28 (Reuters) – Beijing closed some public spaces and stepped up checks at … Read more

Panic buying in Beijing as district starts mass COVID testing

Panic buying in Beijing as district starts mass COVID testing

Beijing kicks off first of three rounds of mass testing in populous district Mass testing fuels concerns of shortages of food, supplies Chinese stock market down on fears Beijing may join Shanghai in lockdown BEIJING, April 25 (Reuters) – Beijing residents snapped up food and other supplies as the city’s biggest district began mass COVID-19 … Read more

Blast at illegal Nigerian oil refinery kills more than 100 people

Blast at illegal Nigerian oil refinery kills more than 100 people

A man stands at the scene of explosion in which over 100 people lost their lives, at an illegal crude oil bunkering site at Abaezi forest, in Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of ​​Imo state, Nigeria April 24, 2022. REUTERS/Tife Owolabi Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Bunkering site was on border of … Read more

Shanghai fences up COVID-hit areas, fueling fresh outcry

Shanghai fences up COVID-hit areas, fueling 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

‘We’re done with dead kids’: US bars are handing out free fentanyl tests

'We're done with dead kids': US bars are handing out free fentanyl tests

OAKLAND, Calif., April 20 (Reuters) – Walking into the Good Hop craft beer bar in Oakland, California, Alison Heller looks like any other patron thirsting for happy hour. But instead of heading to the bar, she goes straight to the bathroom, opens her backpack and pulls out a plastic bag with fentanyl test strips. She … Read more

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

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, United Airlines (UAL.O) and Alaska … Read more

Russia says blast cripples Black Sea flagship, Ukraine claims missile strike

Russia says blast cripples Black Sea flagship, Ukraine claims missile strike

Moskva missile cruiser damaged after ammunition blew up Ukrainian official says vessel hit by missiles Zelenskiy warns of new Russian offensives to avenge defeats Ukraine deputy PM says agreement to open humanitarian corridors KYIV/LVIV, Ukraine, April 14 (Reuters) – (Please note language some readers may find offensive in paragraph 14.) The flagship of Russia’s Black … Read more