HONG KONG: Hong Kong's battered tourism sector has urged the government to reopen its border with mainland China as soon as possible or at least extend the lifespan of Covid-19 vaccination centres, where more than 1,000 industry staff are working part-time.
Online appointments for Covid-19 vaccination at Bang Sue station in August for people aged 18 or more were fully booked shortly after registration opened on Thursday.
SEOUL: Nearly half of the stores at Myeongdong, a tourist shopping mecca in downtown Seoul, have become empty amid absence of tourists for nearly 18 months.
The Finance Ministry slashed its 2021 economic growth forecast on Thursday to 1.3% from a previously predicted 2.3% expansion, the third such revision this year, as the tourism-dependent country fights its biggest Covid-19 outbreak to date.
Thailand will likely be the worst economic performer in Southeast Asia this year, with economists continuing to slash the country’s growth forecast amid surging Covid-19 infections, mounting political tensions and fading hopes for a tourism revival.
WASHINGTON: An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the Alaskan peninsula late on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said, prompting a tsunami warning.
SYDNEY: Police in Australia's largest city have requested military help to enforce a coronavirus lockdown as infections in Sydney reached a new record on Thursday.
TOKYO: Tokyo Olympics organisers dismissed any link with rising coronavirus cases in Japan on Thursday after reporting 24 infections among Games participants, the highest yet.
PHNOM PENH: Cambodia is set to launch a lockdown in eight provinces bordering Thailand from midnight on Thursday, in a bid to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country.
PARIS: From lettuces farmed on New York's skyline to thick corridors of trees occupying once desolate Colombian roadsides, green initiatives are running wild in cities around the world.
Ratchanok Intanon beat Indonesian Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 21-12, 21-19 on Thursday to make it to the last eight of the Tokyo Games.
TOKYO: China's unrelenting domination of Olympic diving has rivals in Tokyo wondering not just how they can beat them, but also whether the country's approach is desirable or even healthy.