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A statement on the city of Shiyan’s official social media channel said rescue efforts were continuing but gave no word on the cause of the explosion. File photograph: iStock

At least 11 people have been killed and 37 others seriously injured after a gas explosion tore through a residential neighbourhood in central China on(...)

Eight people were reported dead in Wuhan, in Hubei province, with 280 injured after Friday’s tornado ripped through the district of Caidian. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty

Two tornadoes ripped through China’s central city of Wuhan and a town in the eastern province of Jiangsu, killing 12 people and injuring hundreds whil(...)

Remote learning, lockdowns and pandemic uncertainty have increased anxiety and depression among adolescents, and heightened concerns about their mental health. Photograph: iStock

I’m on a Zoom call for work in the living room. My teen son is on a class he can’t quite follow in the kitchen. I hear the occasional request of “came(...)

Members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) team investigating the origins of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Photograph: Hector Retamal/ AFP via Getty

World Health Organisation (WHO) experts have visited an animal disease centre in the Chinese city of Wuhan as part of their investigation into the ori(...)

People surf in waves off Jumeira beach near the Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai. Dubai replaced its top health official on Sunday after coronavirus cases in the United Arab Emirates, of which it is part, spiked in recent weeks. Photograph: Christopher Pike/Bloomberg

After opening itself to New Year revellers, Dubai is now being blamed by several countries for spreading the coronavirus abroad, as questions swirl ab(...)

A clinic doctor collects sample for coronavirus testing from motorcyclist at a Covid-19 screening facility at Clinic Ajwa near a mural depicting medical frontlines in Shah Alam, Selangor state, Malaysia, on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/Vincent Thian

Officials have learned a lot since last winter when a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown origin was reported in China Maria van Kerkhove was (...)

A man walking next to the still-closed Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, Hubei province, where the global coronavirus outbreak is believed to have begun. Photograph: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

Trump administration officials have tried taking a political sledgehammer to China over the coronavirus pandemic, asserting that the Chinese Communist(...)

A view of a Covid-19 testing station set up at Hannover Airport in Germany. Photograph: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

More than 20.72 million people have now been reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 749,629 have died, according to a Re(...)

  Officials sort seized pangolin scales at a port in southern Vietnam’s Ba Ria Vung Tau province in May 2019. Photograph: Vietnam News Agency/AFP

Vietnam’s prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a directive to ban the southeast Asian country’s wildlife trade with immediate effect in order to(...)

Shoppers queue to enter a re-opened Zara store on Dublin’s Grafton Street in central Dublin, Ireland on June 8th. File photo: Paul Faith/Getty

Doctors at Cork University Hospital have identified a case of Covid-19 in February that appears to predate the first known Irish case. They say the c(...)

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