Coronavirus | Japan's state of emergency is no lockdown. What's in it?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other hard-hit Japanese prefectures to fortify the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. But this is no European or Wuhan-style lockdown.

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Coronavirus lockdown: Invoke Essential Commodities Act to curb black marketing, Home Secretary tells States

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote to all State Chief Secretaries on Wednesday to ensure the availability of essential goods by invoking the provisions of the Essential Commodities (EC) Act 1955.

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American folk singer John Prine dies from coronavirus at 73

The legendary Grammy award-winning artiste was regarded as one of the greatest by his peers such as Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash

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Kelantan latest to scrap Ramadan bazaars

KOTA BARU, April 8 — No Ramadan bazaar will be held in Kelantan this year in line with efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, announced Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob today.

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More companies will fold under lengthy shutdown: BoQ

Bank of Queensland chief executive George Frazis has warned against keeping Australian businesses in "hibernation" until a vaccine for the coronavirus is available, saying the move would be "probably extreme" and put more firms under pressure.

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Virus a threat to sovereignty, PM declares

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, an outbreak of bipartisanship continues to spread through Australia's political ranks.

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The Biloela Tamil family say Christmas Island detention staff are ignoring coronavirus protection measures

The family and their lawyer have told SBS News they're worried about exposure to COVID-19 amid claims staff at the immigration detention centre are not self-isolating when they arrive from the mainland and are not following social distancing measures.

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Coronavirus | Two more test positive in Dharavi

Dharavi reported two new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. One of them is the 25 year-old son of an earlier COVID-19 positive patient and was already under quarantine at the Rajiv Gandhi sports complex.

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TNERC extends validity of previous tariff orders for green energy projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has already said the delay in renewable energy projects due to disruption in supply on account of COVID-19 outbreak will be considered as a force majeure event

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Testing times: Pregnancy in the time of COVID-19 pandemic

MADRID: Pregnant with twins, Ainhoa Martinez knows she probably should be home being careful rather than putting herself at risk by serving the public every day at her boutique teashop near Madrid.

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As morgues overflow, New York struggles with COVID-19 dead

NEW YORK: Refrigerator trucks parked outside hospital doors, overwhelmed undertakers, and talk about temporary burials in parks: America's coronavirus epicentre of New York is grappling with how to deal with the dead.

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China reports no new coronavirus deaths for first time

BEIJING, April 7 ― China today reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January, the National Health Commission said.

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Swiss ‘hackathon’ seeks new paths in coronavirus battle

BERN, April 7 — More than 5,000 people took part over the weekend in a virtual “hackathon” in Switzerland to generate fresh ideas for how to deal with and combat Covid-19, organisers said yesterday.

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The dollar is still king, even as COVID-19 slams US

NEW YORK: The COVID-19 outbreak in the United States has caused millions of people to lose their jobs and brought the economy to its knees but it has not dethroned the American dollar.

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Italy announces guarantees for bank loans worth over €400b

ROME, April 7 — Italy's government approved yesterday a new emergency decree that will offer more than €400 billion (RM1.88 trillion) worth of liquidity and bank loans to companies hit by the coronavirus crisis.

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COVID-19: Delivery and takeaway models unsustainable, say restaurant owners

It was a poignant moment for its owner, Mr Cedric Tang. He had grown up running along the shophouses at Amoy Street. The staff, many of them in their 60s who had worked there since its opening, had been there to witness those carefree moments.

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Italian top-flight clubs agree players’ pay cuts

MILAN, April 7 — Italian top-flight football clubs have unanimously reached agreement to cut the salaries of players, coaches and staff as a result of the coronavirus crisis, the Lega Serie A announced yesterday.

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Denmark to start easing coronavirus restrictions

COPENHAGEN, April 7 ― Denmark is to gradually lift restrictions put in place to fight the new coronavirus, starting with the reopening of daycare nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools from April 15.

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Help the needy amid COVID-19 outbreak: PM Modi to party workers on BJP’s 40th foundation day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted BJP workers on the party’s 40th foundation day on Monday and asked them to help the needy as the country fights to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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Maharashtra may not end lockdown on April 14

Maharashtra is unlikely to call off the lockdown on April 14, the 21st day of the countrywide measure announced by the Central government in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Be open to change and step outside your comfort zone, Dr M tells those who lost jobs during MCO

UALA LUMPUR, April 6 — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad advised those affected by the loss of jobs during this movement control order (MCO) crisis to participate in industries outside of their comfort zone to sustain themselves.

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'WAxit' separation begins to combat virus

Western Australia's unprecedented temporary border closure is in place, effectively separating the state from the rest of the country during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Magellan chief reflects on 'winners and losers' in post-coronavirus world

The travel industry would be one of the hardest hit by the fundamental and lasting changes, Mr Douglass warned, as retirees could come to fear international voyages and businesses may determine travel expenses are discretionary.

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COVID-19: Virus-hit Carnival cruise ship docks in Australia as country's death toll hits 39

SYDNEY: Carnival Corp's troubled Ruby Princess cruise liner, the biggest single source of coronavirus infections in Australia, docked south of Sydney on Monday (Apr 6) to get help for sick crew members requiring urgent medical treatment.

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Malaysia joins global ‘solidarity trial’ in search for Covid-19 cure

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — The ‘Solidarity Trial’, launched by the World Health Organization (WHO), will see Malaysia’s involvement in an international effort to test several drugs in treating Covid-19.

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IAF official, who visited Nizamuddin area during Tablighi Jamaat, quarantined

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has placed a Sergeant under quarantine as a precaution after Delhi Police found that he had visited the Nizamuddin area during the time of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation last month.

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British health minister denies clash with finance chief over lockdown strategy

LONDON, April 5 — British Health Secretary Matt Hancock today denied there was any disagreement with Finance Minister Rishi Sunak about when lockdown restrictions to fight the coronavirus could be lifted.

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Two move Covid-19 patients die in Sarawak, infections up to 264

KUCHING, April 5 — Sarawak registered another two more deaths from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), bringing the total number to 12 to date, state Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah said today.

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Covid-19: Ikea Tebrau closes food takeaway service after worker tests positive

JOHOR BARU, April 5 — Ikea Tebrau’s food for takeaway service will be temporarily closed until further notice after one of its workers tested positive for Covid-19.

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Covid-19: 179 more cases, death toll now 61

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia’s total coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections was now 3,662.

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Drive-by blessings in virus-hit Philippines

MANILA, April 5 — Priests delivered blessings from the back of trucks and motorised tricycles in the Philippine Sunday, adapting the deeply Catholic nation’s traditions to the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong records 28 new infections, taking total to 890

The mother of a six-week-old baby boy who previously tested positive for the coronavirus was among 28 cases confirmed in Hong Kong on Sunday, taking the total to 890.

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Lockdown to be lifted in U.P. on April 15, but in phases: Yogi Adityanath

The 21-day-long COVID-19 lockdown will come to an end in Uttar Pradesh on April 15, but in phases, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said.

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Disaster Response Force personnel deployed in Madurai

An 80-member Tamil Nadu Disaster Response Force has been deployed in Madurai city for emergency requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jordan to use drones, cameras to monitor curfew

AMMAN, April 5 — Jordan said it is to use drones and surveillance cameras to monitor compliance with a nationwide curfew imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: PM Modi calls up former Presidents, Prime Ministers and Opposition leaders

In a bid to forge bipartisan support over India’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic that has seen the country enter its 11th day of lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to former Presidents, Prime Ministers and leaders of Opposition parties.

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IAF official, who visited Nizamuddin area during Tablighi Jamaat, quarantined

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has placed a Sergeant under quarantine as a precaution after Delhi Police found that he had visited the Nizamuddin area during the time of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation last month.

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Health Ministry to import Covid-19 testing machines for faster results

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — The Health Ministry is looking to increase its Covid-19 testing capabilities by importing specialised devices.

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UK coronavirus deaths could reach 7,000 to 20,000, says expert

LONDON, April 5 — UK deaths from the coronavirus could rise to between about 7,000 and 20,000 under measures taken to slow the spread of the virus, Neil Ferguson, a professor at Imperial College in London who has helped shape the government’s response, said today.

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Coronavirus testing: how it works and where to get tested for Covid-19

The coronavirus testing process depends on the instructions of the health authorities of the place where you live.

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Coronavirus Australia: ‘Make your way home’, PM tells visa holders

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told anyone visiting Australia, or on a student visa and unable to stay financially afloat, “it is time to make your way home”.

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PM Modi urges people to light candles, mobile torches for nine minutes at 9 p.m. on April 5

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 3 asked Indians, entering the ninth day of a harsh lockdown, to demonstrate collective will to fight the coronavirus, a token demonstration of which, he said, would be to light candles, lamps, mobile torches for nine minutes on April 5 at 9 p.m. “There is no bigger force than our conviction and resolve. There is nothing we cannot achieve with these forces,” he said.

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Business Live: Sensex, Nifty down over 1%; prices of essential goods shoot up

Stocks have opened the day with the benchmark indices losing around 1% after recording some gains in the pre-open session.The rupee too has slipped against the dollar, reflecting the sentiment in the domestic equities market.

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Taiwan’s aggressive efforts paying off in fight against coronavirus: PBS

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S.'s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) published a video to its website on Wednesday (April 1) explaining how Taiwan's precautions since the early stages of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak saved it from being one of the most gravely affected countries.

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Korea sees first fatality of medical professional from coronavirus

DAEGU -- A doctor died Friday after being infected by the new coronavirus which he is suspected to have contracted while treating a patient in North Gyeongsang.

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India COVID-19 lockdown means no food or work for rural poor

For farm worker Manisha Uke, being able to survive is contingent on two factors - one, getting a daily wage of 100 Indian rupees ($1.3) a day and two, receiving a widow's monthly pension of 1,000 rupees ($13.1) from the government.

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Cash-strapped Tunisia may tax private firms to fund virus fight

Tunisia may impose exceptional taxes on companies if the government does not find the funds needed during the coronavirus crisis, Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said on Thursday, a move that might open a clash with the private sector.

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The new 9/11: Covid-19 and a looming mental health disaster

LOS ANGELES, April 3 — The coronavirus pandemic has plunged the world into uncharted territory, leaving people feeling helpless in the face of an invisible threat of unknown duration that could infect any of us.

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Covid-19: Association urges govt to prioritise domestic food security

KUALA LUMPUR, April 2 ? The Malaysia Dry Foodstuff Importers and Exporters Association (MDFIEA) has urged the government to prioritise domestic food supply security in order to ensure adequate food supply nationwide.

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University of Hong Kong researchers to check the spread of Covid-19

Octopus says the data will be only of the aggregate value and will not lead to ascertaining the identity of any individuals or the usage of any particular card

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