Will Ripley

Will Ripley


CNN International correspondent. 19 trips to North Korea. RT not endorsement. Instagram: @willripleycnn https://t.co/RcZgIa88cN

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When China’s communist rulers don’t like the message, they silence the messenger. @CNN  coverage of tennis star Peng Shuai is blocked inside China. As Beijing waits for the news cycle to move on, the global pressure keeps growing. My report for @ErinBurnett  @OutFrontCNN  @cnni 

#breaking Japan confirms first case of Omicron variant as it closes its borders to all new foreign arrivals. Hong Kong adds non-resident arrivals from 13 more countries where Omicron has been detected. China says "zero-Covid" rules will protect against Omicron. @rosemaryCNN   @cnni 

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The journey from Tokyo to Hong Kong normally takes me about five hours. It’s now been 19 hours since I left Narita airport and I’m still not home, as I await my COVID-19 test result. This is what international travel is like during the coronavirus pandemic. (Thread)

The coronavirus pandemic isn't just taking lives -- its taking livelihoods. As economies shut down, jobs are lost. And the world that many people have known goes away. Here in Japan, a whole new wave of 'coronavirus refugees' are finding themselves homeless for the first time.

#breaking Hong Kong police have just fired pepper spray into a crowd that is assembled in Causeway Bay. Journalist @lee_sheungman22  who is on ou @CNN  team, was hit. I know from experience, it feels absolutely dreadful. But she’ll be ok.

In the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, as other countries were taking aggressive measures to fight the virus, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was fighting to save the Olympics. Now, Japan’s problems are piling up. WATCH @CNN  #gothere 

#breaking A fresh surge of coronavirus cases is putting pressure on Japan's healthcare system. There are currently more than 13,000 known cases in Japan & 360 confirmed deaths. Tokyo (pop. 13.5M) is testing, on average, fewer than 300 people/day vs. NYC's average 20,000/day.

We’re all impacted by coronavirus. Fear. Anxiety. Paranoia. It’s everywhere. I’m fighting these toxic feelings by doing at least one thing everyday that brings me joy. Today, it’s dancing in my room ?(Bollywood style, thanks #Muqabla ). What gives you joy? Show me! #JoyFightsFear 

So much for social distancing. Tokyo residents seem to ignore warnings from their government about a spike in coronavirus cases, packing the Meguro river to view the cherry blossoms on a weekday afternoon.

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