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Japan declares state of emergency, ramping up virus battle

Abe said Tuesday that there would be no European-style lockdowns. The state of emergency will only permit Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and heads of six other designated prefectures to do more to reinforce calls for social distancing. Virtually all of those measures will be requests that cannot be enforced with penalties for violations.

China says no new deaths in coronavirus milestone

Beijing imposed an unprecedented lockdown on tens of millions of people in Wuhan and the rest of Hubei province in late January in a bid to smother the virus, and the number of new domestic infections has dwindled for weeks. Relief has been tempered, however, by caution over new risks: rising numbers of infected people arriving from abroad.

Quarantine culture from rooftops, balconies

People are self-isolating across the world, either alone or together.Here's take a look at the novel ways of community building, self expression and shared motivation captured in these times of enforced distancing.In pic: Children have a meal at the balcony in New York City.

Coronavirus detected in Wuhan in late December: China

Since the coronavirus outbreak, the pandemic has killed 3,331 people in China with the number of infections rising to 81,740, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Tuesday. A total of 1,299 patients are still being treated, while 77,078 patients have been discharged after recovery.

165 VIPs urge 20 economic powers for billions for COVID-19

In an open letter to governments of the Group of 20 nations, the leaders, ministers, top executives and scientists also called for USD 35 billion to support countries with weaker health systems and especially vulnerable populations, and at least USD 150 billion for developing countries to fight the medical and economic crisis.

Pakistan's coronavirus cases sharply rise to 3,864; death toll at 54

The total number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has sharply increased to 3,864 with more than 500 fresh infections while the death toll reached 54, the health officials said on Monday.

IMF postpones second review of USD 6 billion bailout package for Pakistan

The IMF has postponed the second review of its USD 6 billion bailout package for cash-strapped Pakistan scheduled on Friday, citing a delay by the country in implementing the agreed actions, a media report said on Tuesday.

No change in British PM Boris Johnson's condition: Sources

There has been no change in Boris Johnson's condition, two sources close to him said on Tuesday, after the British prime minister was taken into intensive care following a deterioration in his coronavirus symptoms.

Return of the Koala: Wildfire victims return to forest

Wrapped in towels and sandwiched between laundry baskets, Noisy the koala is released two months after being pulled from Australia's devastating bushfires.

UN Security Council to discuss COVID-19 pandemic in closed session on Thursday

Council President for the month of April, the Dominican Republic, said it has formally scheduled a closed video-teleconferencing (VTC) "regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the issues that fall under the UNSC mandate".

UK PM Boris Johnson in intensive care, needed oxygen after coronavirus symptoms worsened

Johnson's personal battle with the virus has shaken the British government just as the United Kingdom enters what scientists say is likely to be one of the most deadly weeks of the pandemic, which has killed 70,000 people worldwide.

COVID-19: Saarc nations among 30 asking India to remove export ban on key drug

COVID-19: Saarc nations among 30 asking India to remove export ban on key drug

Around 30 countries including Saarc nations and key global partners globally including West Asia have asked India to lift the ban on the export of Hydroxychloroquine, used for Covid-19 treatment.

Facebook hampers do-it-yourself mask efforts

Facebook hampers do-it-yourself mask efforts

Facebook’s systems threatened to ban the organisers of hand-sewn masks from posting or commenting, they said, landing them in what is colloquially known as “Facebook Jail”. They said it also threatened to delete the groups. The issue has affected do-it-yourself mask-makers in states like Pennsylvania, Illinois and California, they said.

Covid-19 pandemic puts brakes on Chinese projects

Covid-19 pandemic puts brakes on Chinese projects

The lack of travel facilities for Chinese labour is a key factor in this process, with thousands of Chinese workers unable to return to work on BRI projects across Asia and Europe, persons familiar with the BRI projects told ET. Over 130 countries have placed restrictions on the entry of Chinese citizens travelling from China, claimed one of the above quoted persons

US warns China not to 'exploit' virus for sea disputes

US warns China not to 'exploit' virus for sea disputes

Washington, Apr 6 (AFP) The United States on Monday warned China not to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to exert itself in the South China Sea after Vietnam said Beijing sank a trawler.

China faces new wave of coronavirus infections as number of imported cases rise sharply

China faces new wave of coronavirus infections as number of imported cases rise sharply

Mi Feng, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission (NHC) told the media on Monday that 951 imported cases have been reported till Sunday as China airlifted more of its nationals from different countries currently struggling to cope with coronavirus spread.

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