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Manhattan return-to-office plans face persistent headwinds over COVID, safety

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The Empire State Building and New York’s skyline are seen from the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt observation deck in Midtown Manhattan, in New York City, New York, U.S., October 18, 2021. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK, May 24 (Reuters) – Efforts by financial......

Shanghai inches towards COVID lockdown exit, Beijing plays defence

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Shanghai cautiously works to restore transport services Shanghai reports mostly zero new community cases this week Beijing on edge as new infections keep appearing BEIJING/SHANGHAI, May 21 (Reuters) – Shanghai cautiously pushed ahead on Saturday with plans to restore part of its transport network in a major step towards exiting......

Some in Shanghai allowed out to shop; end of COVID lockdown in sight

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SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 19 (Reuters) – More Shanghai residents were given the freedom to go out to shop for groceries for the first time in nearly two months on Thursday as authorities set out more plans for exiting the city-wide COVID-19 lockdown more fully. The commercial hub of 25 million recorded......

China relaxes some COVID test rules for U.S., other travellers

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Medical staff members check the temperature of people as they enter at Capital Airport, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China, November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, May 18 (Reuters) – China has removed certain COVID-19 test......

Japan to allow limited tour groups from May as step to full re-opening

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Tourists wearing protective face masks following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen at Asakusa district in Tokyo, Japan March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Ju-min Park/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TOKYO, May 17 (Reuters) – Japan said on Tuesday it would start conducting “test......

Oktoberfest to go ahead in 2022 after pandemic break

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MUNICH, April 29 (Reuters) – The annual Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival, will take place this year without any coronavirus restrictions after being cancelled for the past two years due to the pandemic, Munich mayor Dieter Reiter said on Friday. “There will be an unrestricted (festival), which will hopefully......

Young South Koreans dread revival of work dinners as pandemic eases

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People make a toast at a pub in Seoul, South Korea, October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, April 28 (Reuters) – When South Korea announced its decision to lift most COVID-19 restrictions earlier this month, 29-year-old office worker Jang was more......

‘Great Resignation’ sees more companies offer equity to staff

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25% of North American companies to offer share grants Over 40% of firms tracked workers’ locations amid COVID-19 Some companies will adjust pay for those working remotely April 27 (Reuters) – Companies in North America and Europe plan to give more employees an equity stake in their businesses to help......

Singapore to remove most COVID curbs next week

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People wearing face masks pass the Marina Bay Sands hotel during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Singapore October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SINGAPORE, April 22 (Reuters) – Singapore will remove most remaining COVID-19 restrictions from April 26 and ease its......

Nerves fray, frustration grows in Shanghai’s lockdown purgatory

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A medical worker in a protective suit collects swab from a resident at a makeshift nucleic acid testing site inside a residential compound under lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shanghai, China April 19, 2022. REUTERS/Xihao Jiang/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SHANGHAI,......

Hong Kong reopens venues, extends dining hours as COVID cases fall

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Gyms, cinemas, theme parks open for first time in over 4 mths Many restaurants booked up for weeks ahead as curbs eased Authorities urge vigilance against risk of rebound Pools, beaches, nightclubs still closed HONG KONG, April 21 (Reuters) – Hong Kong reopened gyms, beauty parlours, theme parks and cinemas......

S.Korea to lift most COVID curbs next week as Omicron wanes

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SEOUL, April 15 (Reuters) – South Korea said on Friday it will drop most COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions next week including a midnight curfew on eateries as the Omicron surge in cases shows signs of waning, although people will still have to wear masks. From April 18, the midnight curfew on......

China’s Xi says sticking to tough COVID curbs will bring victory

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SHANGHAI, April 14 (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping has said that China must stick to its strict “dynamic COVID clearance” policy while the global pandemic remains very serious, promising those enduring lockdowns that persistence will win out in the end. China’s zero-COVID policy has put millions of people into lockdown......

Some in Shanghai leave home for 1st time in two weeks as COVID curbs ease

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Over 7,000 residential units classified as lower-risk areas Residents from lower-risk zones still subject to controls U.S. orders some personnel to leave Shanghai consulate Shanghai reports 994 symptomatic cases for April 11 Bosch suspends production at 2 plants; 2 others on ‘closed loop’ SHANGHAI, April 12 (Reuters) – Some Shanghai......

Musk to join Twitter board, promises ‘significant improvements’

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April 5 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) boss Elon Musk vowed “significant” improvements at Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) on Tuesday, after the micro-blogging site announced plans to name him to the board. The appointment, however, will potentially block chances of a takeover bid from Musk as he cannot own more than......

Starbucks’ Schultz announces halt to stock repurchasing program as he returns

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Starbucks cups are pictured on a counter in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 16, 2022. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK, April 4 (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp’s (SBUX.O) longtime former chief executive Howard Schultz announced on Monday......

Indonesia greets Ramadan with mass prayer as COVID curbs ease

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JAKARTA, April 3 (Reuters) – The world’s largest Muslim-majority nation of Indonesia welcomed the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan with a mass prayer at Jakarta’s grand mosque on Saturday, with plateauing coronavirus cases allowing for eased restrictions this year. Thousands gathered after dusk at Istiqlal mosque in......

China expects sharp drop in holiday travel due to COVID outbreaks

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Airline staff wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) disease as they work at Beijing Capital International airport in Beijing, China March 13, 2022. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, April 3 (Reuters) – China’s transport ministry expects a......

Hong Kong to ease strict COVID measures from April, lifts flight ban

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HONG KONG, March 21 (Reuters) – Hong Kong plans to relax some anti-COVID-19 measures next month, lifting a ban on flights from nine countries, reducing quarantine for arrivals from abroad and reopening schools. The moves, announced on Monday by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, come after a backlash from businesses and......

China’s factories opt for isolation bubbles to beat COVID curbs and keep running

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Chinese flags flutter near containers stacked at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, China January 13, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song/ Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SHANGHAI/BEIJING, March 17 (Reuters) – To keep factory lines open in the face of COVID curbs Chinese firms are asking workers......

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