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A woman wearing a face mask to protect against Covid-19 walks past a mural in the central business district in Beijing on Thursday. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP

China has locked down 13 million people in the central city of Xi’an, as the country battles to contain increasingly frequent coronavirus outbreaks th(...)

Beijing wants to break up Alipay, the 1 billion-plus-user superapp owned by Jack Ma’s Ant Group, and create a separate app for the company’s highly profitable loans business, in the most visible restructuring yet of the fintech giant.

Beijing wants to break up Alipay, the 1 billion-plus-user superapp owned by Jack Ma’s Ant Group, and create a separate app for the company’s highly pr(...)

The Covid alarm, slightly larger than a smoke detector, is being hailed as a potential boon for screening in aircraft cabins, classrooms, care homes and offices. File photograph: iStock

The number of cases of Covid-19 worldwide since the pandemic began has exceeded 175.6 million and there have been 3.7 million related deaths. Meanwhil(...)

Retrospective Scooters: John Chubb and Niall McCart turn Mod-era Vespas into modern electric machines. Photograph: Sophie Stafford/New York Times

Among the iconic designs of Italy’s vibrant postwar period, few capture the essence of La Dolce Vita like Vespas and Lambrettas, the free-spirited mot(...)

Employees working on the production line of Swedish automaker Volvo Cars’s Torslanda production plant in Gothenburg. Photograph:  Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Volvo’s entire car lineup will be fully electric by 2030, the Chinese-owned company said on Tuesday, joining a growing number of carmakers planning to(...)

A Chinese student receiving a Covid-19 vaccine made by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech and in Phase 3 clinical trials, at a local medical centre in Jinhua, in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. Photograph: AFP/Wu Yilu

Ethan Zhang needed to get back to work. Work was in Ivory Coast, however, and since January the global coronavirus outbreak had stranded the 26-year-o(...)

Staff members spray disinfectant at a subway station in Wuhan as the subway prepares to reopen to the public after closing due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty Images

China will temporarily bar entry to returning foreigners with valid visas and residence permits and will drastically cut international flight routes, (...)

A local medical worker embraces and bids farewell to a medical worker from Jiangsu at the Wuhan Railway Station as the medical team from Jiangsu leaves Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus disease  outbreak, in Hubei province. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

At 44KW, a nightclub in Shanghai, life almost feels normal again. Bartenders mix cocktails for patrons leaning against the bar. Groups sit close toget(...)

An employee controls surgical masks at a leather workshop turned into a mask factory, close to Vigevano, Lombardy, Italy. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images

Italy’s death toll from coronavirus has overtaken that of China, where the virus first emerged. Hospitals in Italy said they were being overwhelmed, w(...)

Medical staff members in protective gears arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, on Tuesday. Photograph: AP

South Korea has declared “war” on the coronavirus as cases inside the country approach 5,000 and the World Health Organization chief warns the world i(...)

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