Nikkei Asia is monitoring the unfold of the brand new coronavirus that originated within the central Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan.
World circumstances have reached 38,172,523, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College in Baltimore. The worldwide demise toll has hit 1,086,918.
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Wednesday, October 14 (Tokyo time)
8:23 p.m. Moscow says Russia will resume flights to Japan, Cuba and Serbia. The federal government has approved three flights every week to Tokyo.
7:32 p.m. Malaysia studies 660 new coronavirus circumstances and 4 extra deaths, because the capital poses imposed tighter restrictions on motion for 2 weeks. Greater than half the brand new infections are in Sabah, a state below lockdown.
6:08 p.m. SoftBank has teamed with logistics firm Nippon Categorical on a truck-fleet management service for small freight operators, Nikkei has realized. The service is seen as serving to Japan because it offers with a power driver scarcity.
5:21 p.m. Indonesia studies 4,127 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing its whole variety of circumstances to 344,749, knowledge from its COVID-19 activity drive present. The nation has additionally recorded 129 new deaths, the very best every day improve since Sept. 30.
5:19 p.m. The Philippines information 1,910 new coronavirus circumstances on Wednesday, the bottom quantity in additional than three weeks, and 78 extra fatalities. In a bulletin, the well being ministry mentioned the nation’s confirmed infections had climbed to 346,536, whereas its demise toll had risen to six,449.
4:28 p.m. Malaysia’s royal palace postpones all conferences for 2 weeks in response to new coronavirus curbs, doubtless putting off a decision on a bid by opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim to type a brand new authorities. Anwar met King Al-Sultan Abdullah on Tuesday to attempt to present he has a “convincing” parliamentary majority to type a authorities, sparking a recent bout of political wrangling simply months after Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin took workplace.
3:32 p.m. Thai biopharmaceutical firm Siam Bioscience indicators an settlement to companion with U.Ok.-based drugmkae AstraZeneca to supply and provide potential COVID-19 vaccine AZD1222, developed by the College of Oxford, for Thailand and different nations in Southeast Asia.
3:07 p.m. Tokyo studies 177 new coronavirus infections, up from 166 a day earlier, bringing the Japanese capital’s whole to twenty-eight,136.
1:00 p.m. India’s official coronavirus an infection rely rose by 63,509 within the final 24 hours, reaching 7.24 million on Wednesday, in accordance with the well being ministry. Deaths from COVID-19 rose by 730 to 110,586, the ministry mentioned.
In the meantime, the Worldwide Financial Fund forecasts the nation’s gross home product will shrink 10.3% this yr, revising its June forecast for a 4.5% drop down sharply. Nevertheless, it expects the financial system to bounce again subsequent yr, predicting development of 8.8%.
12:44 p.m. A number of coronavirus clusters have emerged in Australia’s two most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria, officers mentioned on Wednesday, prompting New South Wales, which incorporates Sydney, to delay easing some restrictions.
10:29 a.m. South Korea confirms 84 new coronavirus circumstances, down from 102 a day earlier. The nation’s whole infections have reached 24,889, with 438 deaths.
9:42 a.m. South Korea’s central financial institution retains its coverage charge regular at an all-time low of 0.5% on Wednesday because it seeks to maintain a lid on red-hot property costs even because the coronavirus-hit financial system continues to undergo.
9:06 a.m. Singapore’s financial system shrank 7% on the yr within the July to September interval, preliminary knowledge confirmed on Wednesday, marking a third consecutive quarter of contraction because of the coronavirus pandemic.
8:25 a.m. The World Financial institution says its government board accepted on Tuesday $12 billion in new funding for creating nations to finance the acquisition and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, exams and coverings. The financing plan is part of $160 billion in whole funding that the multilateral growth lender has pledged to creating nations by way of June 2021 to assist them struggle the coronavirus pandemic.
5:57 a.m. Malaysia will probably be one of many precedence recipients of China-made coronavirus vaccines at the moment below growth, Chinese language Overseas Minister Wang Yi mentioned Tuesday throughout a go to to Kuala Lumpur.
5:21 a.m. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki exams destructive for COVID-19, a authorities spokesman says on Twitter. He had gone into quarantine earlier after contact with an contaminated particular person.
4:12 a.m. Dustin Johnson, the world’s No. 1 golf participant, has examined optimistic for COVID-19, the PGA Tour says.
3:50 a.m. Eli Lilly’s U.S.-government-sponsored medical trial of a COVID-19 antibody remedy has halted for a “potential security concern,” The New York Occasions studies, citing emails from authorities officers.
1:55 a.m. World financial losses from COVID-19 will whole as much as $28 trillion within the six years to 2025, in contrast with pre-pandemic developments, the Worldwide Financial Fund tasks in its newest World Financial Outlook.
The IMF now expects the worldwide financial system to shrink 4.4% in 2020, a 0.8 proportion level improve from its June estimate. Fiscal spending by nations worldwide has helped cushion the impression of the pandemic, however this yr’s projected contraction continues to be far worse than the 0.1% drop in 2009 throughout the world monetary disaster.
Tuesday, October 13
11:45 p.m. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, captain of the Portuguese nationwide group and one of many world’s highest-paid athletes, has examined optimistic for COVID-19, in accordance with the native soccer physique.
9:55 p.m. Vaxart says it had begun an early-stage examine testing its oral pill COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which the drug developer hopes can be a viable different to injectable vaccines, studies Reuters. VXA-CoV2-1 is a room temperature secure oral pill not like some rival vaccine candidates together with the one by Moderna, which requires distinctive chilly storage.
8:45 p.m. The most recent world chief to have a brush with COVID-19 is Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, who says he has gone into quarantine after contact with an contaminated particular person, Reuters studies. The identical day, the nation logs over 5,000 new circumstances in a 24-hour interval for the second time because the pandemic started.
7:50 p.m. Singapore confirms 4 new circumstances — all imported — with no further infections throughout the group or from migrant employee dormitories. That is the primary time since March 25 that the dorms have produced no new circumstances. The amenities, identified for his or her cramped quarters, are accountable for the overwhelming majority of the city-state’s 57,884 circumstances.
6:00 p.m. Indonesia studies 3,906 new infections, down from 3,267 a day earlier, bringing the nation’s whole to 340,622. It additionally studies 92 new deaths, pushing the tally to 12,027, the area’s highest quantity.
5:05 p.m. The Philippines studies 1,990 new infections, the bottom quantity in three weeks, and 40 further deaths. Whole confirmed circumstances within the nation have risen to 344,713, the very best quantity in Southeast Asia, whereas deaths whole 6,372.
4:40 p.m. Russia’s infections rose by 13,868, a brand new every day document, pushing the overall quantity to 1,326,178. The earlier excessive of 13,634 new circumstances was registered on Sunday. The nation additionally studies a document every day improve of 244 deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the overall to 22,966.
3:30 p.m. Vehicle gross sales in China rose 12.8% in September from the identical month a yr earlier for the sixth straight month-to-month improve. Gross sales reached 2.57 million autos final month, in accordance with China Affiliation of Vehicle Producers’ knowledge. Auto insiders seek advice from “Golden September, Silver October,” concerning these months because the excessive season for China gross sales as drivers enterprise out to make purchases after staying away throughout the stifling summer time.
1:07 p.m. India studies 55,342 new circumstances for the previous 24 hours, the bottom every day rely in practically two months, bringing the nation whole to 7.18 million. The demise toll jumped by 706 to 109,856.
12:35 p.m. China’s imports grew at their quickest tempo this yr in September, whereas exports extended their strong gains as extra buying and selling companions lifted coronavirus restrictions, customs knowledge present. Imports surged 13.2%, returning to development from a hunch of two.1% in August. Exports rose 9.9% from a yr earlier, up from a strong 9.5% improve in August.
11:00 a.m. Malaysia’s authorities has accepted a 1 billion ringgit ($242 million) mortgage as a lifeline to budget carrier AirAsia Group because it struggles to comprise the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Nikkei Asia has realized.
11:00 a.m. South Korea studies 102 circumstances, marking the primary triple-digit improve in six days. Every day infections had principally fallen into the double digits over the previous two weeks, prompting the federal government to loosen up social distancing guidelines this week.
10:20 a.m. U.S. multinational Johnson & Johnson has paused medical trials for its vaccine because of an unexplained sickness in a participant. The ailment is being evaluated by an impartial monitoring board in addition to its personal physicians, the corporate mentioned in a press release.
10:10 a.m. China studies its first domestically transmitted infections in practically two months, as Qingdao launched a city-wide testing drive after discovering circumstances linked to a hospital treating imported circumstances. The Nationwide Well being Fee mentioned 13 infections have been reported on Oct. 12, down from 21 a day earlier. Seven of the circumstances originated abroad, whereas all six native infections have been from the province of Shandong, the place Qingdao is positioned.
9:30 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump returned to the marketing campaign path on Monday since being recognized with COVID-19, showing at an out of doors rally and not using a masks. Trump talked about his restoration. “I went by way of [the disease] now. They are saying I am immune. I really feel so highly effective,” he advised supporters standing shoulder to shoulder, most with out masks.
6:39 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump exams destructive for COVID-19 and isn’t infectious to others, his White Home doctor says. In a memo, Dr. Sean Conley mentioned Trump had examined destructive on consecutive days utilizing an Abbott Laboratories antigen card. The physician mentioned the exams and different knowledge “point out an absence of detectable viral replication.”
6:00 a.m. Japan’s first medical trial for a coronavirus vaccine is underway inside Osaka College Hospital. A few of the small-scale outcomes, together with these from one other college, are expected within the next month or so and can decide whether or not a bigger trial could be held in November involving 500 folks.
4:09 a.m. India announces new measures to spice up home demand by about 730 billion rupees ($9.95 billion) as Asia’s third-largest financial system continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
2:52 a.m. Spain has reported practically 28,000 new coronavirus circumstances since Friday, bringing the cumulative whole to 888,968, studies Reuters, citing well being ministry knowledge.
12:20 a.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposes a tiered system of additional restrictions on elements of England together with closing some pubs because the COVID-19 outbreak accelerates.
Johnson’s three-tier system, introduced in parliament, is an try to standardize a patchwork of usually difficult and complicated restrictions imposed throughout England.
Monday, October 12
8:15 p.m. Thailand’s Ministry of Public Well being and Siam Bioscience have agreed to fabricate and provide AstraZeneca’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine within the Southeast Asian nation, the British authorities says.
7:48 p.m. Malaysia imposes a two-week restriction on motion within the largest metropolis, Kuala Lumpur, the seat of presidency, Putrajaya, and the state of Selangor, efficient Oct. 14. The orders are available response to a spike in coronavirus circumstances within the nation, with the overall reaching practically 16,000.
4:40 p.m. Russia studies 13,592 new circumstances, close to a single-day day document and pushing the official tally to 1,312,310. Officers additionally mentioned 125 folks had died within the earlier 24 hours, elevating the demise toll to 22,722.
3:06 p.m. Tokyo studies 78 new infections, down from 146 a day earlier, bringing the capital’s whole to 27,793.
2:00 p.m. South Korean drugmaker Celltrion says it has obtained approval for Section 3 medical trials of an experimental COVID-19 remedy. This comes as the corporate plans to hunt conditional approval for its CT-P59 antibody drug for emergency use by the tip of this yr. The trials will contain about 1,000 asymptomatic sufferers and people who have come into shut contact with contaminated people.
1:14 p.m. India studies 66,732 circumstances within the final 24 hours, down from 74,383 the day before today, bringing the nation whole to 7.12 million. The demise toll jumped by 816 to 109,150.
12:20 p.m. New Zealand indicators a deal to purchase 1.5 million vaccine doses from Pfizer and BioNTech, with supply scheduled for as early as the primary quarter of 2021. Phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed, however the authorities’s first vaccine buy will cowl 750,000 folks. Officers mentioned talks have been underway with different drug firms for extra vaccines to cowl the nation’s whole inhabitants of 5 million.
11:15 a.m. The Chinese language metropolis of Qingdao will test its entire population of 9 million over 5 days, after new circumstances appeared linked to a hospital, Reuters studies. Town reported six new infections and 6 asymptomatic circumstances as of Sunday evening. Most have been linked to Qingdao Chest Hospital. The central authorities’s reporting of 21 new circumstances for Oct. 11 was printed after Qingdao’s announcement, however didn’t embrace the town’s infections. It’s not clear why this was accomplished.
10:30 a.m. The brand new coronavirus can survive on banknotes, glass and chrome steel for as much as 28 days, for much longer than the flu virus, Australian researchers say. In a examine printed in Virology Journal, researchers at Australia’s nationwide science company mentioned that at a temperature of 20 C, SARS-COV-2 remained infectious on easy surfaces.
10:24 a.m. South Korea studies 97 circumstances, up from 58 a day in the past, bringing the nation whole to 24,703 and 433 deaths. The federal government loosened social distancing guidelines from in the present day, reopening ballparks capped at 30% of capability in addition to lifting a ban on nightclubs and bars.
9:40 a.m. Singapore and Indonesia comply with reopen borders to one another for enterprise and official journey. Indonesia has recorded over 333,000 circumstances — the second-highest in Southeast Asia — and its capital Jakarta has been below strict social curbs. Singapore is reporting only a few infections every day. Vacationers will probably be topic to pre- and post-travel exams, each nations mentioned in a joint assertion.
9:36 a.m. China studies 21 new circumstances for Sunday, matching the variety of new circumstances a day earlier. All the new circumstances have been imported an infection that originated from abroad. The variety of new asymptomatic circumstances, which China doesn’t rely as confirmed circumstances, rose to 32 from 23 a day earlier.
8:53 a.m. Japan’s core equipment orders unexpectedly rose in August from the earlier month, posting a second straight month of positive factors, authorities knowledge reveals. Core equipment orders, a extremely unstable knowledge collection considered an indicator of capital spending within the coming six to 9 months, grew 0.2% in August after a 6.3% rise in July.
2:09 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump says he’s fully recovered from COVID-19 and won’t be a danger to others. “I beat this loopy, horrible China virus,” he advised Fox Information, including “it looks as if I am immune.”
Sunday, October 11
7:55 p.m. Japan’s cumulative case whole reached 90,099, together with about 700 from the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship that was quarantined close to Tokyo in February, in accordance with Kyodo. On Sunday, 437 circumstances have been reported whereas the demise toll climbed to 1,643.
7:22 p.m. Malaysia studies 561 circumstances, the majority of them within the state of Sabah, which has already seen infections surge over the previous few weeks. This brings the nation whole to fifteen,657 circumstances and 157 deaths.
5:04 p.m. Indonesia studies 4,497 circumstances and 79 deaths, the fewest every day fatalities since Sept. 27. This brings the nation whole in Southeast Asia’s greatest financial system to 333,449 circumstances and 11,844 deaths.
4:20 p.m. South Korea mentioned on Sunday it would begin relaxing social distancing rules in the present day, permitting the reopening of evening leisure companies and sports activities amenities, as circumstances have been reducing in current weeks. The brand new guidelines imply that nightclubs and karaoke bars can reopen and restricted audiences will probably be allowed at sports activities occasions, such because the nation’s high baseball league. However stricter guidelines will probably be maintained within the closely populated Seoul area and for high-risk actions, together with non secular gatherings and door-to-door gross sales.
3:26 p.m. Jakarta will kick off a two-week “transition” interval of eased coronavirus curbs from Monday, Gov. Anies Baswedan mentioned. The capital of Indonesia reimposed harder social restrictions from mid-September. The brand new coverage permits staff of nonessential companies to work from places of work, however at half capability. Eating places should restrict eat-in diners to 50% of capability.
3:06 p.m. India studies topping 7 million circumstances after seeing 74,383 infections within the final 24 hours, even because the unfold eased in western states equivalent to Maharashtra. Deaths rose 918 over the identical interval to achieve 108,334.
10:15 a.m. China studies 21 circumstances for Oct. 10, up from 15 a day earlier. All new circumstances have been imported infections involving abroad vacationers. The variety of new asymptomatic circumstances, which China doesn’t classify as confirmed, fell to 23 from 39 a day earlier, all of which have been imported.
6:29 a.m. Brazil studies 26,749 circumstances and 559 deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing the nation whole to five,082,637 circumstances and 150,198 deaths.
Saturday, October 10
11:23 p.m. Myanmar studies 2,158 circumstances — a document every day excessive — and 32 deaths. A complete of 26,064 circumstances and 598 deaths have been reported within the nation, the overwhelming majority since a second wave started in mid-August.
7:33 p.m. Malaysia studies 374 circumstances — barely up from the day before today — as officers ramp up contact tracing within the state of Sabah, which has seen a surge over the previous few weeks. This brings the nation whole to fifteen,096 circumstances and 155 deaths.
5:18 p.m. Indonesia studies 4,294 circumstances, bringing the nation whole to 328,952. The nation additionally studies 88 deaths — the bottom every day quantity in every week — bringing the overall variety of deaths to 11,765.
5:06 p.m. The Philippines studies 2,249 circumstances and 87 deaths, bringing the nation whole to 336,926 infections — essentially the most in Southeast Asia — and 6,238 deaths.
To compensate for earlier developments, see last week’s latest updates.