Coronavirus pandemic: All storiesi

An outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China. It has since spread across the world and the World Health Organisation has declared a global pandemic. Seeking to distinguish the virus from the disease it causes, the virus has been named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease Covid-19.

  • The inquiry is examining the UK’s pandemic response and heard testimony about often chaotic scenes in the government of then-PM Boris Johnson
  • One area of focus for the inquiry is likely to be Sunak’s ‘Eat out to help out’ subsidised meal scheme designed to boost spending at eateries in August 2020

It wasn’t the most uplifting of inaugural addresses. Rather, Argentina’s President Javier Milei laid bare the scope of the nation’s economic problems: ‘there is no money’.


A son and father describe how Hong Kong students are still struggling with social skills after the pandemic, while an expert gives tips on how parents can help their children communicate better.

President Xi Jinping uses Politburo meeting to call for efforts to attract foreign capital and boost trade, while countering negative views of the economy.


Spending on consumer goods fell 0.9 per cent year on year during the third quarter as consumers remain ‘discerning’ about their choices, says a study by Bain & Company and Kantar Worldpanel.

The former British PM said portrayals of partying in Downing Street during the Covid-19 pandemic were ‘absolutely absurd’ as he faced a second day of questioning at a public inquiry.

The former PM resigned in disgrace after a series of scandals including reports that he had been present at alcohol-fuelled gatherings in Downing Street when most people in the UK were forced to stay at home.


Deeply against Beijing’s stances on Ukraine, trade and human rights, Brussels to seek ‘more on the political front’ before agreeing deals, source says.


Singapore took top ranking in the latest OECD assessment of education capabilities, with its students scoring highest in all three of the survey’s areas: mathematics, reading and science.


President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr has cancelled events on Tuesday, including a visit to Mindanao to attend to victims of a bombing on Sunday and people displaced from strong earthquakes since late Saturday.

Hong Kong’s Yuen Kwok-yung and fellow scientists launch Pandemic Research Alliance for joint research on novel viruses and to help prepare for next pandemic.

The WHO says the spike appears to be driven by a rise in the number of children contracting pathogens they had avoided during 2 years of Covid-19 restrictions.

The Conference Board think tank’s twice-yearly survey finds that confidence among dozens of polled CEOs has taken a big hit while Beijing struggles to stimulate the market and lure investors.

Finance minister Jeremy Hunt announced a huge package of 110 measures aimed at reinvigorating the ailing economy and boosting business investment.