Coronavirus outbreak

STARTING DATE: 1 Dec 2022

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An outbreak of a novel coronavirus started around mid-December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The virus spread around the world, with cases confirmed in around a dozen other countries including France, Australia and the US and dozens of deaths in China as of Jan 26, 2020.

Coronavirus outbreak
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Longer shelf life

FDA says it was following the latest approved safety information when it extended the shelf life of some batches of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to 15 months from nine.

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Longer shelf life
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Chinese seek quick move

Condos in Thailand are attracting Chinese buyers as they want to speed up relocation to the country due to concerns over the future of Beijing's zero-Covid policy.

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Chinese seek quick move
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Covid set to be seasonal, expert says

As Covid-19 looks set to become a seasonal disease like influenza, the government should provide annual vaccinations, especially for those who are living with chronic health conditions and/or the elderly, according to a prominent virologist.

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Covid set to be seasonal, expert says
6 Feb 2023

Seasonal threat

Covid-19 is becoming seasonal and annual vaccination should suffice for vulnerable people, while mRNA vaccine produces more complications than earlier vaccines, according to a prominent virologist.

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Seasonal threat
6 Feb 2023

Full operations

Chinese travel agencies resume outbound group tours to 20 countries including Thailand, following the relaxation of rules governing personal foreign travel.

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Full operations
2 Feb 2023

Hong Kong offers 500,000 free flights

Hong Kong is ready to welcome the world back, its leader said on Thursday, as he pitched an offer of 500,000 free flights and positive publicity to resurrect the once-vibrant global hub after three years of Covid-enforced isolation.

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Hong Kong offers 500,000 free flights
31 Jan 2023

Beijing reaches 'temporary herd immunity'

BEIJING: Beijing has reached “temporary herd immunity” and its Covid outbreak is nearing an end, a city health official said on Tuesday, in another sign China’s unprecedented virus wave is waning.

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Beijing reaches 'temporary herd immunity'
30 Jan 2023

Virus under control

Covid-19 infection rates remain low after the country reopened to visitors, with fewer than 4% of outbound travellers testing positive, a senior health official says.

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Virus under control
30 Jan 2023

Hong Kong doctors report people chasing Covid antivirals

Some people in Hong Kong have been acting suspiciously to get their hands on Covid-19 antiviral drugs, the Post has learned, with one person going to six doctors in a single day asking for the same medicine.

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Hong Kong doctors report people chasing Covid antivirals
28 Jan 2023

Covid-19 cases 'are declining' despite foreign arrival surge

The number of Covid-19 cases has gradually declined, despite the spike in foreign visitors entering the country, said government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul.

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Covid-19 cases 'are declining' despite foreign arrival surge