Hong Kong Drops Mask Mandate After Almost Three Years

John Lee, the Beijing-controlled chief executive of Hong Kong, announced on Tuesday that Hong Kong’s mandate to wear masks both inside and outdoors will be dropped on Wednesday, March 1. The mandate was imposed in July 2020, making it one of the world’s longest-lasting and strictest coronavirus mandates.

Commuters wearing face masks browse their smartphones as they ride on a subway train in Hong Kong on Feb. 7, 2023. Hong Kong’s government announced Thursday, Feb. 16, that the territory's population dropped for a third straight year as deaths rose during the pandemic and anti-virus measures reduced the number …

Chinese Holiday Travel Surges to over 42 Million Despite Coronavirus Wave

China’s Ministry of Transportation reported on Saturday that over 42 million people have traveled by car, train, ship, and plane during the early days of the long Lunar New Year travel season, and over two billion trips will have been taken by the time the holiday is done, even though a massive wave of coronavirus infections is raging across China.

Travellers line up to board an aircraft in the international departure hall at Xiaoshan International Airport as China lifts quarantine requirements for international arrivals on January 8, 2023 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. (Photo by Wang Gang/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

China Refuses to Release Data on Suicides During Coronavirus Lockdowns

One of the many pandemic secrets kept by the Chinese Communist government is the escalating rate of suicides under China’s severe, and seemingly endless, coronavirus lockdowns. A few high-profile tragedies have slipped past Communist censors to become topics of discussion on social media, but the government adamantly refuses to give anyone a glimpse at the big picture.

A resident looks out from her window during a Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown in the Jing'an district of Shanghai on May 25, 2022. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Coronavirus: China Begins Locking Down 8.5 Million in Xi’an Metropolis

Coronavirus lockdowns returned to the Chinese mega-city of Xi’an on Tuesday, as classes were suspended, public venues shut down, and tourist attractions closed. Chinese citizens, both those residing in Xi’an and outside the city, flooded social media with angry and frightened posts at the latest twist in China’s seemingly endless lockdown horror show.

China is the last major economy still trying to stamp out Covid-19 within its borders

Kidnapped Chinese-Canadian Billionaire Jailed for 13 Years in Shanghai

Billionaire Xiao Jianhua, born in China but a citizen of Canada, was violently abducted by Communist Chinese agents from a Hong Kong hotel in 2017. The Chinese tyranny held him incommunicado for five years, denying him access to Canadian consular services. In July he reappeared in a Shanghai courtroom, where he was quickly declared guilty of corruption, and on Friday he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

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Shanghai Claims to Have Discovered Yet Another Coronavirus Subvariant

Shanghai health officials claimed on Sunday to have recently discovered a new subvariant of the Chinese coronavirus called “Omicron BA.5.2.1,” China’s state-run Global Times reported on Monday, noting that Shanghai’s municipal government has cited the alleged discovery as a reason for locking down parts of the city this week.

A health worker takes a swab sample from a man to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Huangpu district of Shanghai on July 12, 2022. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)