Covid destroyed my lungs; a double transplant saved my life – video

Cesar Franco is the first person in the UK to undergo a double lung transplant as a result of a Covid-19 infection. He spent five months in St Thomas’ hospital on the NHS’s highest level of live support, with an Ecmo machine effectively breathing for him. When doctors told him his only chance of survival … Read more

From blank paper to alpacas: how protesters in China are voicing their anger – video

The largest protests in a generation erupted in cities across China over the weekend against the government’s zero-Covid policy.  The most widely used symbol in the demonstrations has been a blank sheet of paper. It symbolises censorship, and may also, some Twitter users pointed out, be read as a reference to the deaths last week … Read more

How far could China’s ‘zero Covid’ protests go?

China has been rocked by an outpouring of communal anger at the government’s restrictive ‘zero Covid’ lockdown policies. Could the protests develop into something more substantial? Tania Branigan reports The largest protests in a generation have erupted in cities across China against the government’s harsh Covid restrictions and also, in some cases, the president himself, … Read more

China: police crackdown on anti-lockdown protests – video

Police in major cities across China, including Beijing and Shanghai, have increased efforts to crackdown on zero-Covid protests. According to footage circulating on social media, police have made at least one arrest. Police are patrolling areas where protests began over the weekend, installing security barriers and checking personal phones for signs of civil disobedience. Widespread … Read more

Awkward silence: China official speechless after question on protests – video

China’s foreign ministry has defended the Communist party’s zero-Covid policy amid rare protests within the country. The foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, paused for a long time when asked by a reporter if China would reconsider the policy given people’s widespread ‘anger and frustration’. He eventually asked for the question to be repeated and then … Read more

Hong Kong residents show support for mainland China Covid protests – video

Dozens of protesters gathered in Hong Kong in solidarity with anti-lockdown demonstrations in mainland China. The protest was held to commemorate the 10 people who died in a fire in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang region, and show solidarity with the protests that took place over the weekend in cities across China against stringent Covid-19 measures. Hong … Read more

Why blank sheets of paper have become a symbol of dissent in China – video

People opposed to China’s strict Covid restrictions are protesting in cities across the country, holding blank pieces of paper as a symbol against censorship. The protests, triggered by a deadly apartment fire in the far west of the country, are taking place in defiance of a series of heavy-handed arrests of demonstrators. The protests mark … Read more

Covid-19 Australia data tracker: coronavirus cases, deaths, hospitalisations and vaccination

In September 2022, federal and state governments began releasing data once a week, on Fridays, rather than daily. As a result, Guardian Australia has aggregated the data released before that date to weekly values, to make the new figures comparable with the old. Latest Australia Covid numbers and statistics This chart shows the number of … Read more

‘Xi Jinping, step down!’: anti-lockdown protests spread across China – video

Demonstrations have broken out in cities and university campuses across China amid widespread anger at Covid lockdowns. The wave of civil disobedience was triggered by an apartment fire on Friday in which at least 10 people died in the west Xinjiang region. In an unusually bold act that appeared to indicate the level of people’s … Read more