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Australia reinstates Covid-19 quarantine pay amid fresh Omicron wave

The leave payments entitle workers to get up to A$750 (S$713) for each seven-day quarantine period.

Covid-19 pandemic has led to Japan's quiet work-from-home revolution

Companies are working to digitise operations and offer more flexibility to employees.

Some Beijing residents asked to wear Covid-19 monitoring bracelets, sparking outcry

The bracelets monitor users' temperature and upload the data onto a phone app they had to download.

Japan warns of Covid-19 surge, PM to give news conference

Tokyo has called on people to be especially careful ahead of an upcoming long weekend and school vacations.

Covid-19: Asia

Malaysian doctors fear greater manpower crunch as new Covid-19 wave looms

Doctors of at least two key public hospitals say junior doctors have been quitting in droves. 

Hong Kong to make Covid-19 app more like mainland China to curb infections

Hong Kong will adopt a traffic light colour code to restrict movement of infected residents and close contacts.

Shanghai Covid-19 cases rise as city names more high-risk areas

Local authorities added 40 mid-risk areas and two high-risk areas on Saturday.

North Korea blames ‘alien things’ near border with South for Covid-19 outbreak

Defectors and activists have been known to fly balloons carrying leaflets across the heavily fortified border.