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China imposes local lockdowns as COVID-19 cases surge

Sep. 15, 2021 06:51 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China tightened lockdowns and increased orders for mass testing in cities along its east coast Wednesday amid the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. Checks have been set up in toll stations around the city of Putian in Fujian province, with a dozen of them...

Vatican says 6th Chinese bishop consecrated under 2018 deal

Sep. 08, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Catholic diocese of Wuhan, China — where the coronavirus was first detected — has a new bishop who was nominated by the pope according to the Vatican’s controversial accord with China, the Holy See said Wednesday. Bishop Francis Cui Qingqi, a...

China accuses US of politicizing COVID-19 origins research

Aug. 25, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China went on the offensive Wednesday ahead of the release of a U.S. intelligence report on the origins of the coronavirus, bringing out a senior official to accuse the United States of politicizing the issue by seeking to blame China. Fu Cong, a Foreign...

Experts on WHO team say search for COVID origins has stalled

Aug. 25, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The international scientists dispatched to China by the World Health Organization to find out where the coronavirus came from said Wednesday the search has stalled and warned that the window of opportunity for solving the mystery is “closing fast.” ...

Imprisoned Chinese citizen journalist not well, lawyer says

Aug. 17, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese citizen journalist serving a four-year sentence after reporting on the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city of Wuhan is in ill health after staging a long-running hunger strike, according to a lawyer who spoke with her family. ...

WHO expert 'had concerns' about lab close to 1st COVID cases

Aug. 12, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When a World Health Organization-led team traveled to China earlier this year to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, a top official said he was worried about safety standards at a laboratory close to the seafood market where the first human cases were detected,...

Delta variant challenges China's costly lockdown strategy

Aug. 05, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The delta variant is challenging China’s costly strategy of isolating cities, prompting warnings that Chinese leaders who were confident they could keep the coronavirus out of the country need a less disruptive approach. As the highly contagious variant...

China seals city as its worst virus outbreak in a year grows

Aug. 04, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's worst coronavirus outbreak since the start of the pandemic a year and a half ago escalated Wednesday with dozens more cases around the country, the sealing-off of one city and the punishment of its local leaders. Since that initial outbreak was...

China orders mass testing in Wuhan as COVID outbreak spreads

Aug. 03, 2021 23:41 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China suspended flights and trains, canceled professional basketball league games and announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan, as widening outbreaks of the delta variant reached the city where the disease was first detected in late 2019. While the...

China rebuffs WHO's terms for further COVID-19 origins study

Jul. 22, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday. Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the National Health Commission, said he was “rather...