Étiqueté : South China Morning Post (SCMP)

More Chinese cities are expected to tighten travel restrictions over the Lunar New Year holiday given the potential spread of Omicron. © Bloomberg 0

[Chine] Coronavirus: as Omicron spreads, Chinese cities boost efforts to prevent Lunar New Year travel

– Hefei, the capital of central Anhui province, is handing out a coupon worth 1,000 yuan (US$157) to migrant workers who choose to stay in the city over the holiday

– Municipal governments including Shanghai, Hebei and Guangxi are encouraging people not to return to their hometowns for a second year due to virus outbreaks

Hong Kong should not go down the road of testing its entire population for the coronavirus, according to public health experts. © Nora Tam 0

[Hong Kong] Omicron: mass Covid-19 testing not viable for Hong Kong, medical experts say, amid growing calls to deploy strategy against fifth wave

– Pro-establishment lawmakers at centre of appeals urging authorities to run universal community screening to uncover hidden chains of transmission

– But several experts say such exercises are not feasible because of capacity limitations and challenges tied to citywide lockdown

The magnitude and decline of China’s economic slowdown has been larger than expected this year, according to Yang Weimin, deputy director of the CPPCC’s Economic Affairs Committee. © Dickson Lee 0

[Chine] China’s economic growth is ‘biggest challenge’ for Beijing in 2022, senior adviser warns

– Yang Weimin suggests that Beijing’s policymakers could rally more supportive policies to address economic deterioration and rising external challenges

– Headwinds facing world’s second-largest economy include new Omicron variant, financial risks resulting from Evergrande debt crisis and trade relations with US

Passengers arrive at Hong Kong airport. © K. Y. Cheng 0

[Hong Kong] Omicron variant: Hong Kong tightens entry rules for all arrivals from countries with reported cases as city confirms third infection

– Health officials say all countries with reported infections of the new variant will be moved to highest-risk tier for entry

– Government pandemic adviser says border reopening plan should remain safe if new variants caught before entering city, though others fear strategy may worry Beijing

People queue up to receive Covid-19 vaccine booster shots on October 30, 2021, in Beijing, China. © Getty Images 0

[Chine] People in Beijing open up about China’s zero-Covid approach and reveal where they dream of visiting once borders reopen

– Residents of China’s capital generally support the authorities’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic while harbouring dreams of overseas travel

– A teaching assistant wants to see penguins in Antarctica, a housewife hopes to resume trips in Asia, an entrepreneur dreams of a Greek holiday with his partner

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