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Hong Kong ends hotel quarantine as Asia tiptoes out of pandemic

The Chinese territory is the latest part of the region to ease its strict Covid-19 policies after more than two years of being largely isolated from the world.
Passengers queue up at the arrival hall for buses going to quarantine hotels from Hong Kong international airport in Hong Kong, Friday, Sep. 23, 2022. Hong Kong’s leader announced the city would no longer require incoming travelers to quarantine in designated hotels as the city seeks to open up globally after nearly two years. The measures will come into effect Monday(AP Photo/Lam Yik)
Passengers queue up at the arrival hall for buses going to quarantine hotels from Hong Kong international airport in Hong Kong, Friday, Sep. 23, 2022. Hong Kong’s leader announced the city would no longer require incoming travelers to quarantine in designated hotels as the city seeks to open up globally after nearly two years. The measures will come into effect Monday(AP Photo/Lam Yik)

Japan to relax Covid travel restrictions and grant entry to independent tourists

Beginning Oct. 11, Japan will drop visa requirements and the cap on the number of tourists granted entry .
Image: Japan tourism
Image: Japan tourism

DOJ investigating massive Covid-19 relief money fraud

47 people face charges in what the DOJ is calling the biggest theft of Covid pandemic relief money ever. The money was supposed to help feed children in need but instead was stolen and used to purchase luxury goods, the government alleges. NBC News’ Ken Dilanian has more details on the investigation.
DOJ investigating massive Covid-19 relief money fraud
DOJ investigating massive Covid-19 relief money fraud

NYC is ending its vaccination mandate for private-sector employers on Nov. 1

However, employers will be free to continue to require workers to get vaccinated as a condition of employment. “This puts the choice in the hands of New York businesses,” the mayor said.
A healthcare worker administers the Moderna Covid-19 vaccination on April 30, 2021, in New York.
A healthcare worker administers the Moderna Covid-19 vaccination on April 30, 2021, in New York.

Feds accuse 47 people of stealing cash meant to help feed needy kids in 'staggering' Covid scheme

Prosecutors say the suspects in the $250 million fraud used the money to buy commercial real estate, luxury cars, fancy homes and even coastal property in Kenya.
Meals are bagged for distribution to students.
Meals are bagged for distribution to students.

Covid will be a leading cause of death in the U.S. indefinitely, whether or not the pandemic is 'over'

Disease experts predict that Covid will remain among the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. for the foreseeable future.
Image: Funeral homes in NYC overwhelmed by COVID-19 death
Image: Funeral homes in NYC overwhelmed by COVID-19 death

27 killed in China as bus crashes on the way to Covid quarantine

The accident in Guizhou Province renewed public anger over the country’s strict “zero-Covid” policies.
Image: Nucleic Acid Test In Guiyang
Image: Nucleic Acid Test In Guiyang

'The pandemic is over,' Biden says in TV interview

"We still have a problem with Covid," the president said on CBS. "We're still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over."
President Joe Biden speaks during a bilateral meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in the Oval Office on Sept. 16, 2022.
President Joe Biden speaks during a bilateral meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in the Oval Office on Sept. 16, 2022.

See how the prices have changed for popular grocery items

NBC News is tracking changes in grocery prices to monitor the impact on consumers’ food bills.
Illustration of shopping carts packed with groceries traveling up a growing line graph.
Illustration of shopping carts packed with groceries traveling up a growing line graph.

WHO says 'the end is in sight' for Covid pandemic as global deaths hit lowest since March 2020

In the U.S., however, Covid deaths have stayed relatively flat. The country's weekly average of 478 deaths a day is far above that from July 2021, its lowest point ever.
Image: Covid vaccination site in Germany
Image: Covid vaccination site in Germany

Under Covid lockdown, Xinjiang residents complain of hunger

The lockdown in Ghulja, a city in the far western Chinese region, is also evoking fears of police brutality among the Uyghur ethnic group.
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