Factbox: Latest information on the global spread of the coronavirus

May 30 (Reuters) – Beijing’s streets were busier on Monday as residents of two districts were allowed to return to work, while Shanghai announced the end of its two-month COVID-19 lockdown, allowing most residents of the city’s largest Chinatown to leave their homes and drive their cars from Wednesday. Read more


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* Shanghai will relax COVID testing requirements from June 1 for people who want to enter public areas or use public transportation, a city official said, while its party secretary said the city would put fully implement economic policies and make every effort to accelerate economic recovery. Read more

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* Beijing reported a new community COVID-19 infection between 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. local time (0700 GMT), after reporting no such cases for three days, a disease control official said.

* India’s federal government will provide scholarships, mental health counseling and health insurance to children orphaned by the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said. Read more

* Japan’s relaxation of a two-year ban on foreign tourists aims to balance the huge economic importance of tourism with fears that travelers could spark a COVID outbreak, insiders say. Read more

* North Korea has lifted movement restrictions imposed in the capital Pyongyang after it was first admitted to a COVID-19 outbreak weeks ago, media reported, as the isolated country says the virus situation is now under control. Read more


* Conservative lawmaker Jeremy Wright, a former British cabinet minister and attorney general, said he believed Prime Minister Boris Johnson should step down, after a damning official report released last week detailed a series of illegal parties at the office of Johnson during the COVID-19 shutdowns. Read more

* The Archbishop of Canterbury will no longer deliver a sermon at a thanksgiving service to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee this week as he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is suffering from mild pneumonia , said his office. Read more


* After unprecedented revenue growth last year, digital platforms such as Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O), Snap Inc (SNAP.N) and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) are now facing a sobering reality as a pandemic – ad-driven advertising trends are dissipating, according to a report by research firm MoffettNathanson. Read more


* Fears about possible side effects and the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines have been key drivers of hesitation among thousands of South Africans, a government-backed online survey has shown. Read more


* The World Health Organization has said it does not believe the outbreak of monkeypox outside of Africa will lead to a pandemic as the UN health agency considers whether the outbreak should be assessed as a “potential public health emergency of international concern”, as has been done for COVID -19 and Ebola. Read more

* Patients who experience a recurrence of COVID-19 symptoms after completing treatment with Pfizer’s Paxlovid drug should self-isolate again for five days, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an advisory . Read more


* Global stock markets rose on Monday and the dollar was anchored at five-week lows on bets of a possible slowdown in US monetary tightening and after an easing of COVID restrictions in China. Read more

* China’s “zero-COVID” policy of constantly monitoring, testing and isolating its citizens to prevent the spread of the coronavirus has hit much of the country’s economy, but it has created growth bubbles in medical, technology and construction. Read more

* The Swedish economy slowed sharply in the first quarter of the year, according to data from the Statistics Office, confirming that the lingering effects of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine have dampened growth. Read more

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Compiled by Olivier Sorgho and Shailesh Kuber; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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Factbox: Latest information on the global spread of the coronavirus

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