China’s vice-premier signals shift in Covid stance as some lockdowns eased

One of China’s most senior pandemic response officials has said the country is entering a “new stage and mission” in the latest indication of the government’s changing approach after mass protests against its zero-Covid policy. Sun Chunlan, China’s vice-premier, made the comments to national health officials on Wednesday, according to the state media outlet Xinhua. … Read more

eThekwini by-election could see a shift in allegiances | The Citizen

EThekwini Metro’s ward 10 voters in KwaZulu-Natal are today expected to cast their ballots in a by-election that will be a test of strength for all the political parties contesting as trends show a shift of allegiances since the November 2021 local government election in some places countrywide. Changes in voters’ support The results of … Read more

UK’s Truss freezes energy bills in first big policy shift | The Citizen

New British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Thursday said domestic fuel bills would be frozen for two years, marking her first week in office with a costly plan to tackle a politically perilous cost-of-living crisis. The government said it would also review progress towards its legally enshrined target to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, … Read more