Tightening COVID-19 net, Beijing deals out punishments, stark warnings

The zero-COVID approach remains the Chinese government’s focus despite the damage it has done to the world’s second-biggest economy and global supply chains BEIJING, China – China’s COVID-hit capital Beijing further tightened its dragnet on the virus with zero community transmission the target, punishing workplaces that flout rules or circumvent curbs and imploring residents to … Read more

Beijing ramps up COVID-19 quarantine, Shanghai residents decry uneven rules

Beijing stepped up quarantine efforts to end its month-old COVID-19 outbreak as fresh signs of frustration emerged in Shanghai, where some bemoaned unfair curbs with the city of 25 million preparing to lift a prolonged lockdown in just over a week. Even as China’s drastic attempts to eradicate COVID-19 entirely – its “zero-COVID” approach – … Read more

Beijing urges millions to keep working from home amid COVID-19 outbreak menace

The curbs in Beijing, Shanghai, and elsewhere in China are leaving behind significant economic damage and disruption to global supply chains and international trade Beijing authorities extended work-from-home guidance for many of its 22 million to stem a persistent COVID-19 outbreak, while Shanghai lockdown more testing and curbs to hold on to its hard-w ‘zero … Read more

Shanghai hunkers down for final COVID battle, Beijing outbreak stubborn

‘Nerves are frayed and people have no end goal to look forward to,’ says a resident SHANGHAI, China – Shanghai was tightening its COVID-19 lockdown for what it hoped would be the final week of its battle with the virus before it could gradually begin to ease restrictions, while Beijing kept fighting its much smaller … Read more

Tesla stutters under tighter Shanghai lockdown, Beijing keeps hunting COVID

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, China – Tesla operated its Shanghai plant well below capacity on Tuesday, May 10, showing the problems face trying to ramp up output under a tightening COVID-19 lockdown, while China’s capital kept up its fight with a small but stubborn outbreak. Many of the hundreds of companies reopening factories in Shanghai in recent weeks … Read more

Beijing kicks off fresh round of COVID-19 tests as Shanghai postpones crucial exams

Athorities also indicate a full easing is still far off and warn against complacency to stick to China’s zero-COVID goal SHANGHAI, China – China’s capital Beijing kicked off a fresh round of mass testing for COVID-19 on Saturday, May 7, and shut more bus routes and metro stations, as it seeks to avert the fate … Read more

Beijing returns to work after 5-day break on high alert for COVID-19

Beijing is doing better two weeks into its outbreak than Shanghai did at that point, when daily cases were in the hundreds and rising Beijing returned to work on Thursday, May 5, after a five-day Labor Day holiday with China’s capital on high COVID-19 alert as it tries to eradicate an outbreak it has managed … Read more

Some in Shanghai get out for a rare stroll; Beijing tightens COVID-19 curbs

Beijing is desperate to prevent an outbreak now numbering in the dozens of new cases a day from spiraling into a crisis like the one in Shanghai Some of Shanghai’s 25 million people managed to get out on Tuesday, May 3, for short walks and shopping after enduring more than a month under a COVID-19 … Read more

Setback for Shanghai’s COVID-19 battle; Beijing focus on mass testing

The Omicron variant tests China’s ‘zero-COVID’ policy this year, an important one for President Xi Jinping who is expected to secure a precedent-breaking third leadership term China’s commercial capital of Shanghai was dealt a blow on Monday, May 2, as authorities reported 58 new COVID-19 cases outside quarantine areas while Beijing pressed on with testing … Read more

Beijing lockdown fears spark steepest China markets’ rout in 2 years

China’s yuan also falls to a one-year low against the dollar, extending losses after posting its worst week since 2015 SHANGHAI, China – China stocks plunged on Monday, April 25, in their biggest slump since the pandemic-led panic-selling in February 2020, on heightened worries of a country-wide COVID-19 outbreak and fears of strict restrictions being … Read more