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Richmond residents 'relieved' by new COVID pre-entry rules for Chinese travellers

Richmond residents 'relieved' by new COVID pre-entry rules for Chinese travellers

Air travellers from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau flying to Canada will need to present a negative COVID-19 test starting Jan. 5.
Rule requiring negative COVID test before Chinese flights takes effect

Rule requiring negative COVID test before Chinese flights takes effect

VANCOUVER — Airline passengers leaving China, Hong Kong and Macau will have to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test when they enter Canada starting today.
Beds run out at Beijing hospital as COVID brings more sick

Beds run out at Beijing hospital as COVID brings more sick

BEIJING (AP) — Patients, most of them elderly, are lying on stretchers in hallways and taking oxygen while sitting in wheelchairs as COVID-19 surges in China’s capital Beijing.
Travellers at YVR feel lucky after flight out of Hong Kong before COVID test rules

Travellers at YVR feel lucky after flight out of Hong Kong before COVID test rules

VANCOUVER — Travellers arriving in Vancouver from Hong Kong said they were relieved to be among the last arrivals before Canada's new COVID-19 testing requirements took effect, including one woman who changed her flight to avoid the rules.
China pushes back on air-travel test requirements, but Canadian firms not worried

China pushes back on air-travel test requirements, but Canadian firms not worried

OTTAWA — The Chinese government is unhappy that Canada and other countries are creating new COVID-19 restrictions for people flying from China, but business groups say the policy won't impact trade.
Beijing threatens response to 'unacceptable' virus measures

Beijing threatens response to 'unacceptable' virus measures

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government sharply criticized COVID-19 testing requirements imposed on passengers from China and threatened countermeasures against countries involved, which include the U.S. and several European nations.
Survey finds bleak outlook for Japanese companies in 2023

Survey finds bleak outlook for Japanese companies in 2023

TOKYO (AP) — Major Japanese companies have grown more pessimistic about the economy, given higher costs and a weaker yen, according to a survey by Kyodo News.
EU to try again for coordination on China COVID-19 policies

EU to try again for coordination on China COVID-19 policies

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations will try again on Wednesday to mold a coordinated approach on if and how authorities should check incoming airline passengers from China for any new COVID-19 variants after several member nations announced indiv
Canada's COVID-19 travel restrictions for China a 'political move,' says expert

Canada's COVID-19 travel restrictions for China a 'political move,' says expert

An expert says Canada's requirement of a negative COVID-19 test of travellers from China will not help in preventing new variants or the spread of the virus.
B.C.'s Health Minister supports COVID-19 testing for travellers from China

B.C.'s Health Minister supports COVID-19 testing for travellers from China

VANCOUVER — British Columbia's health minister says he supports Ottawa's decision to temporarily require people flying from China, Hong Kong and Macao to test negative for COVID-19 before leaving for Canada, beginning in early January.