Community lockdowns, curbs on mass gatherings present challenges as campaigning starts for May 9 polls.
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Dissidents join rights groups in warning against any effort by Beijing to use Games as ‘sports-washing opportunity’.
Statistics office has recorded more than 105,000 total COVID deaths as the country hits a new record for active cases.
COVID news from January 15: UN-backed vaccine-sharing programme has delivered one billion doses to 144 nations.
COVID news from January 12: Biden administration warns it could act in response to China’s cancellations of US flights.
COVID news from January 11: UN health agency calls for new vaccines that better protect amid emerging variants.
The Omicron variant’s advance expected due to its contagious nature as it becomes dominant in France, Portugal and UK.
France, Italy, Argentina and Greece also reported record daily highs as WHO warned of COVID ‘tsunami’.
France’s third straight day of record cases comes amid thousands of flights cancelled worldwide on Christmas weekend.
Holiday travel disrupted as Thailand reports first Omicron cluster, Ecuador makes vaccines compulsory.