China hits out at irresponsible criticism of Hong Kong Media arrests

China hits out at irresponsible criticism of Hong Kong Media arrests

Friday, 31 December 2021 | AFP | Beijing, China

Two senior editors of Hong Kong media outlet Stand News were charged with "conspiracy to publish seditious" material on Thursday, authorities said, following a raid that drew international condemnation over China's crackdown on press freedom in the city. China has tightened its control of Hong Kong since massive and sometimes...

China holding people under secret residential surveillance system

Wednesday, 29 December 2021 | IANS | New Delhi

Campaigners say China has 'systematised arbitrary and secret detention' by holding thousands of people under 'Residential Surveillance at a Designated Location' (RSDL), Al Jazeera reported. Spain-based rights group Safeguard Defenders say that as many as 27,208 to 56,963 people have gone through China's RSDL system since 2013, citing data from the...

Covid cases in China highest in 20 months

Wednesday, 29 December 2021 | IANS | New Delhi

China reported 200 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, with 162 domestic transmissions, the largest daily increase in almost 20 months, the Global Times reported. Among the 162 domestic cases, 150 were reported in Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi province. From December 9 to Monday, the total number of confirmed cases...

Spain sets pandemic record for new cases

Wednesday, 29 December 2021 | AP | Madrid

Spain is dealing with the highest ever number of coronavirus infections, with some regions considering further curbs on social life ahead of the end of the year.      Updating pandemic figures for the first time in four days, health authorities reported 214,619 new cases late on Monday, bringing the 14-day national...

Israel trials 4th dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 | AP | Jerusalem

Israel has begun trials of a fourth dose of coronavirus vaccine in what is believed to be first study of its kind. The trial began at Sheba Medical Center, outside Tel Aviv, with 150 medical personnel who received a booster dose in August receiving a fourth shot of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.  ...

Germany say eight people held after violent protestors restrict corona vaccination drive

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 | AP | Berlin

Police in southern Germany say eight people were arrested after violence during a protest by opponents of coronavirus restrictions and vaccinations. Eight officers were punched or kicked as groups of people tried to break though police chains set up to prevent the protesters marching in the Bavarian town of Schweinfurt on...

Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine behind lower Covid deaths in UK, says expert

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 | PTI | London

Britain's early deployment of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to protect against COVID-19 may be responsible for country's lower death rates compared to other European countries, a UK vaccines expert has said.  Dr Clive Dix, former chairman of UK's Vaccine Task Force, told 'Daily Telegraph' that Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine - manufactured and administered in...

Seoul: South Korea says it has granted an emergency authorisation to Pfizer's Covid-19 treatment pill

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 | AP

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said Monday it expects the introduction of Paxlovid to help diversify options for COVID-19 treatments and prevent patients' conditions from becoming serious amid surging infections and critical cases in South Korea.The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency says the government has signed contracts...

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