The mask move is in line with broader measures by China, which said last week it was now no longer mandatory to wear face masks when using public transport.
US President Joe Biden says he shares Congress' goal of releasing as much information as possible about the origin of Covid-19.
City's Chief Executive John Lee says masks will no longer be required both outdoors and indoors but some high-risk areas including hospitals and elderly homes can still require their use.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning Mao says “politicising the issue of virus tracing will not smear" Beijing but "will only damage the US's own credibility”.
US national security advisor says information will be shared with the Congress and American people when there is a definitive answer for whether Covid originated in lab.
South Korea speculation about North Korea’s food insecurity flares as its top leaders prepare to discuss the “very important and urgent task” of formulating correct agricultural policy.
Officials hope lifting curbs will have a massive visitor influx in self-ruled cities and will help inject cash into the tourism sectors.
Oil prices have jumped after a drone attack targeted Iran and as China pledges to promote a consumption recovery which would support more fuel demand.
The nation has seen a rapid surge in coronavirus deaths since November.
Country's Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says peak of new infections was reached on January 4 as prominent scientist reports that 80 percent of country's 1.4 billion population has already been infected.
Authorities tell residents in capital city to stay home until weekend and submit temperature checks daily, according to Seoul-based NK News.
China's Vice Premier Sun Chunlan says Covid-19 outbreak is at a "relatively" level as millions of city-dwellers travel to home towns for the Lunar New Year holiday that officially begins on Saturday.
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