China's 'zero-Covid' policy caused much frustration and anger among residents who have had to endure quarantines against their will. Now the country is trying something new: disabling the app that tracks individuals' movements.
Scientists believe the discovery could apply to a broader range of infections as the extracts from both plants were found to have the same effect on all Covid-19 variants.
Only 66 percent of Chinese people over 80 have gotten one shot of Covid vaccine while 40 percent have received a booster, according to the National Health Commission.
China's biggest cities have begun easing coronavirus restrictions as Beijing looks to make its zero-Covid policy more targeted amid an economic slowdown and public frustration that has boiled over into unrest.
UK Health Security Agency said the Immensa laboratory in England was found to have misreported around 39,000 tests as negative which should have been positive.
Protests against strict coronavirus measures have spread across cities in China following a deadly fire at a residential building in the country's far west.
Anger has spread in regional capital Urumqi, where protesters blame a strict zero-Covid policy for a blaze that ripped through a residential building, killing ten people.
Zhengzhou authorities order mass testing and an effective lockdown for several districts in the city, affecting at least six million people.
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Foxconn, Apple's principal subcontractor, saw a surge in Covid-19 cases at its Zhengzhou site in recent months, leading the company to shutter the vast complex in a bid to keep the virus in check.
An 87-year-old man was the latest victim of the Covid-19 pandemic in Beijing, authorities say, as the country sees an uptick in cases after months of few infections being reported.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says North Korea has "repeated its provocations with unprecedented frequency", while the White House says it will coordinate with regional leaders on the missile test.
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