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

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

Twitter CEO faces employee anger over Musk attacks at company-wide meeting

Twitter CEO faces employee anger over Musk attacks at company-wide meeting

Elon Musk’s Twitter profile is seen on a smartphone placed on printed Twitter logos in this picture illustration taken April 28, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register April 29 (Reuters) – Twitter TWTR.N) Chief Executive Parag A wal sought to quell employee anger on Friday a company-wide meeting where … Read more

Musk told banks he will rein in Twitter pay, make money from tweets, sources say

Musk told banks he will rein in Twitter pay, make money from tweets, sources say

Elon Musk attends the opening ceremony of the new Tesla Gigafactory for electric cars in Gruenheide, Germany, March 22, 2022. Patrick Pleul/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register April 28 (Reuters) – Elon Musk told banks that agreed to help fund his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) … Read more

Global shares rise as earnings boost, US dollar hits 20-year high

Global shares rise as earnings boost, US dollar hits 20-year high

Europe’s STOXX 600 rises off Tuesday’s six-week low Meta’s rally boosts US shares Dovish BOJ pounds yen to 20-yr low of 131/dollar WASHINGTON/LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) – The US dollar touched its highest level since 2002 on Thursday, as Wall Street rose and European shares moved off six-week lows as strong earnings reports offset gloomy … 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

Singapore executes Malaysian on drugs charges after rejecting mental disability appeal

Singapore executes Malaysian on drugs charges after rejecting mental disability appeal

People take part in a vigil ahead of the planned execution of Malaysian drug trafficker, Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, outside Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 26, 2022. REUTERS/Hasnoor Hussain Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Nagaenthran Dharmalingam had been on death row for over a decade Brother confirmed execution after legal … 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

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

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