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North Korea capital in 5-day lockdown over ‘respiratory illness’: Report

The notice did not mention COVID-19, but said that residents in the city are required to stay in their homes through the end of Sunday and must submit to temperature checks multiple times each day.

North Korea acknowledged its first COVID-19 outbreak last year, but by August had declared victory over the virus. (AP)
North Korea acknowledged its first COVID-19 outbreak last year, but by August had declared victory over the virus. (AP)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 09:32 AM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Ritu Maria Johny

Macau eases Covid-19 travel rules but tourism, casinos yet to rebound

Macau, the gaming hub on China’s south coast near Hong Kong, has endured some of the world’s strictest anti-coronavirus controls for nearly 3 years and a loosening of border restrictions is widely expected to boost its tourism-driven economy.

People wearing face masks walk in front of the ruins of Saint Paul's during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in Macau, China. Macau eases Covid-19 travel rules but tourism, casinos yet to rebound (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
People wearing face masks walk in front of the ruins of Saint Paul's during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in Macau, China. Macau eases Covid-19 travel rules but tourism, casinos yet to rebound (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
Updated on Jan 02, 2023 04:52 PM IST
AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Macao, Macau

Airlines give lukewarm reaction to China’s border reopening amid Covid-19 surge

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, China had a massive outbound travel market but China’s relaxation of quarantine restrictions from Jan 8, after three years of coronavirus lockdown, are yet to convince airlines to make significant changes to their timetables as infection cases surge.

The US will require negative Covid tests from all air travellers from China, saying Beijing is not sharing enough information about the surge in coronavirus cases there. Airlines give lukewarm reaction to China’s border reopening amid Covid-19 surge (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP)
The US will require negative Covid tests from all air travellers from China, saying Beijing is not sharing enough information about the surge in coronavirus cases there. Airlines give lukewarm reaction to China’s border reopening amid Covid-19 surge (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP)
Updated on Dec 29, 2022 09:31 AM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

China to lift Covid-19 travel restrictions after 3 years of coronavirus lockdown

China will scrap restrictions on international passenger flights, increase the number of flights in stages and optimise the distribution of routes. Right now fewer international flights arrive in China and with the zero covid policy, the limited flights are diverted to different Chinese cities.

People wearing face masks sit by the sea during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in Hong Kong, China, December 28, 2022. China to finally lift Covid-19 travel restrictions after 3 years of coronavirus lockdown (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
People wearing face masks sit by the sea during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in Hong Kong, China, December 28, 2022. China to finally lift Covid-19 travel restrictions after 3 years of coronavirus lockdown (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
Updated on Dec 28, 2022 01:39 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Beijing

Travel year-ender: Hottest Indian destinations in 2022

After the Covid-19 lockdowns lifted, the year 2022 saw a sharp rise in travel, with people rushing to their favourite highlands or beaches. Check out these hottest Indian destinations in 2022 that were popular among travellers even during the off-season and were always completely booked.

Travel year-ender: Hottest Indian destinations in 2022 ( ArtHouse Studio )
Travel year-ender: Hottest Indian destinations in 2022 ( ArtHouse Studio )
Updated on Dec 28, 2022 11:09 AM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi
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