Several cities call for use of rapid antigen tests after some exempted from PCR testing.
Vice-premier in charge of Covid-19 controls tells health experts that small, progressive refinements in approach will continue.
Low vaccine uptake, particularly among the elderly, has been a major hurdle for the country’s reopening.
Infections are on the rise – along with concerns about being sent to unsanitary isolation centres.
NHC reports 31,444 local infections in China on Thursday, including 1,648 reported in Beijing, which so far has not imposed a hard lockdown.
Threshold also dropped for positive PCR tests among major changes to the country’s zero-Covid measures.
Goal is to prevent imported cases or large-scale outbreaks in densely populated nation with stretched medical resources, committee concludes after meeting.
With his third term secured, Xi Jinping must now address zero-Covid’s impact on the economy, jobs and social stability, some analysts believe.
Patricia Flor reflects on Germany’s 50 years of bilateral relations with China and explores what can be improved in future exchanges.
Ambassador Patricia Flor says that major trade partners China and Germany must strive for a “sustainable way of keeping up our bilateral engagement”.
Four younger leaders have been promoted to the Politburo Standing Committee but there are no obvious successors among them.
The members of the new Politburo Standing Committee are unlikely to replace Xi, who some observers believe wants to remain in power for some time to come.
United Arab Emirates gives green light to clinical testing of Suzhou Abogen Biosciences jab aimed at prevalent strains.
Expert panel head Liang Wannian gives blunt response to widespread speculation that restrictions could ease next year.
The party mouthpiece People’s Daily published its third straight commentary praising the approach, further hitting hopes restrictions might start to ease soon.
Communist Party mouthpiece signals country will keep stringent Covid-19 measures, dampening hopes that controls would ease following 20th party congress.
Walvax’s AWcorna gets the go-ahead for emergency use by Indonesian authorities, and is ‘intensively’ advancing with Chinese regulator.
Observers say it’s too soon to stop fighting the virus, but Beijing should prepare to ease restrictions as public pressure and economic costs grow.
The strain has two mutations that make it even more adept at locking on to human cells.
The decision to end hotel quarantine for travellers have been welcomed, but some experts say it will have little impact while others say it is overdue.
Residents say they have not been given enough food and denied medical care, becoming the latest city in China to experience such problems.
The infected patient had arrived in Chongqing from overseas developed symptoms while in quarantine for Covid-19.
Some 280 firefighters sent to blaze in China Telecom building on Friday afternoon.
Frequent testing has become a costly approach in the face of highly contagious Omicron variants, and cities have been told to come up with the funds to pay for it.
Chongqing Medical University team isolated 58G6, a potent neutralising monoclonal antibody, from recovered Covid-19 patients and tested it against virus.
FDA has authorised emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna boosters that target BA.4 and BA.5 variants of Omicron.
Residents snap up food, queue for testing and wait for restrictions to lift as lockdown begins in Chinese city of 21 million.
Main suspect is also accused of kidnapping, robbery, organising gambling and other crimes, while party discipline authorities find police officers abused their power and took bribes.
China recently suspended all joint initiatives on narcotics in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says the country is constantly fine-tuning its response to lessen the impact on the economy and people’s lives.