Shenzhen Weekly Round Up – Jan 16: Happy Chinese New Year, All the latest Covid Updates & A Plane Crash in Nepal

Now Shenzhen   |   January 16, 2023

Dear Shenzhen-er,

Hope your year of the Rabbit is off to a brilliant hop - whether your traveling, enjoying the long holiday from home, or nursing yourself through a Covid infection. Here are all of last week's Covid highlights:

-Updated List of Countries placing Travel Restrictions on Travelers from China: Morocco (Full Travel Ban!), Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Greece, Kuwait, Austria, Ghana, Qatar, U.K, France, South Korea, Israel, U.S., Australia, Canada, Spain, Italy, India (Source: Various) *verify specifics with the relevant authorities
-Chinese Embassy in the US will reopen on January 25th (Source: US Chinese Embassy Website)
-HK-Mainland High-Speed Rail service resumed on the 15th (Source: Shenzhen Daily)
-Molnupiravir arrives in China - Guangzhou and Beijing Hospitals receive first doses (Source: Global Times)
-59,938 Deaths reported from Dec 8 to Jan 12 (Source: National Health Commission)
-First Wave of Covid infections peaked the middle of last week. (Source: CGTN)
-Mainland inbound/outbound travel continue to rise - nearly 500,000 trips daily since Jan 8th (Source: Xinhua)

In other news: a small passenger plane crashed in Nepal yesterday - killing all onboard, and Shenzhen Daily held an awards ceremony for Expat Video Submissions this past Saturday (congratulations to our friend Píotr Lukasz Blaszak on his 1st and 2nd place winning submissions!)

Our sources on the ground continue to tell us we're continuing on a path back to normalcy here in SZ. As always if you're healthy and looking for something to do during this week have a look at our events page.

Have a great week folks!

-David & The NowShenzhen Team

P.S. - Greetings from Thailand! If you're in need of information about traveling in and out of China please directly get in touch with me personally on wechat: david-d-ho. We've access to some of the most authoritative info on the topic which unfortunately I cannot share with you here. Thanks!

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