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Tuesday, April 6 (Tokyo time)
14.03 India reported 96,982 cases in the past 24 hours, one level below the previous day’s record spike of 103,558, bringing the country’s total to more than 12.68 million. Deaths increased by 446 to 165,547.
13.10 Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start on April 19, said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The conditions for starting quarantine-free travel with Australia have been met, he said. “The success of our team in managing COVID-19 and sustaining it over the past 12 months now opens up opportunities to reconnect with loved ones and continue the trans-Tasman journey.”
12.00 Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga received a second dose of Pfizer vaccine in preparation for his visit to Washington next week to meet US President Joe Biden. The two governments have agreed to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus during Suga’s trip, with all members of the delegation and accompanying press having been vaccinated in advance.
11:45 a.m. The International Swimming Federation has canceled diving, artistic swimming and marathon swimming Olympic qualifications is scheduled for this month and next month in Japan, according to the calendar section of the website. The federation said on Friday that it is reviewing the qualifications planned for Japan and will make an announcement this week. It has yet to issue a new statement.
11:30 am South Korea reported 478 new cases, compared with 473 a day ago, taking the country’s total infections to 105,752, with 1,752 deaths.
10:33 Asian economists have revised their growth forecasts for the economies of Singapore and Indonesia, thanks to the faster launch of the coronavirus vaccine, a recent survey showed. The Japanese Economic Research Center and the Nikkei were conducted quarterly survey from March 5 to 26, gathered a total of 40 answers from economists and analysts in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
10:00 am China reported 24 new cases for Monday, down from 32 the previous day. Of the new cases, 15 were local infections. All local infections were reported in Ruili, a city in the southwestern province of Yunnan that borders Myanmar. It has ordered home quarantines and restricted the flow of people after new clusters emerged. Authorities said separately that 12 of the new COVID-19 cases in Ruili previously were asymptomatic patients.
9:20 am Japanese household spending fell for the third consecutive month in February, government data showed, as emergency restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus hurt consumption. Household spending fell 6.6% in February from a year earlier, after a 6.1% drop in January. The decline was steeper than the average market forecast for a 5.3% decline.
9:00 am. North Korea’s Sports Ministry said it would not participate in the Tokyo Olympics to protect its athletes amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made at a meeting of North Korea’s Olympic committee on March 25, the ministry said on the Joson Sports website.
2:40 am British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was too early to say whether the international summer holidays could continue this year, a statement suggesting the reopening of planned outbound trips could be postponed after May 17. “I wish I could give you more on that,” said Johnson. “I know that people watching want to know exactly what they can do starting May 17, but we’re not there yet.”
Monday, April 5
11:46 India’s Panacea Biotec agreed to produce 100 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine annually, according to Russian marketers of the injection. The Russian Direct Investment Fund did not indicate when production would start.
8:13 p.m. Singapore will receive COVID-19 digital travel tickets starting next month, becoming one of the first countries to adopt the initiative. The International Air Transport Association mobile travel ticket will be accepted in pre-departure checks for travelers flying to Singapore, with a smartphone app showing a digital certificate for the coronavirus test and vaccine.
15:50 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said everyone in the country would be able to test for COVID-19 twice a week in a new effort to track the pandemic as the country reopens. Johnson, who is expected to confirm plans to relaunch international travel on Monday evening, said the testing program would break the chain of transmission and find asymptomatic cases.
15:15 Tokyo reported 249 cases, down from 355 the previous day. However, the seven-day average of new cases in the capital edged up 9.6% from last week to 391.
2:00 pm India’s factory activity grew at the weakest pace in seven months in March as new lockdowns to limit the resurgence of COVID-19 cases dampened domestic demand and output, a private survey showed.
1:00 p.m. In a bleak milestone, India reported 103,558 cases over the past 24 hours, the highest jump ever, data from the health ministry showed. The total number of cases in India currently stands at 12.59 million. Deaths jumped 478, to 165,101.
11:50 Johnson & Johnson has filed an application for authorization for the emergency use of single-use vaccines in the Philippines, said the head of the country’s Food and Drug Administration. The J&J document, which was submitted on Wednesday, is being evaluated, FDA Director General Rolando Enrique Domingo told reporters. J&J is the seventh COVID-19 vaccine maker to seek approval in the Philippines.
11:00 AM South Korea reported 473 new cases, down from 543 days ago and the first time in six days for the country to report fewer than 500 new cases. Total infections reached 105,752, with 1,748 deaths.
9:30 am China reported 32 new cases for Sunday, up from 21 the previous day and marking the highest daily total in more than two months. Of the new cases, 15 were local infections, all reported in Yunnan Province where a new cluster found near the border with Myanmar. The number of new asymptomatic cases, not classified by China as confirmed cases, stood at 18, matching the total from the day before.
8:50 am El Salvador President Nayib Bukele said China would donate 150,000 doses of Sinovac to the country, on top of the 2 million Sinovac injections his government has purchased. “I received a letter from President Xi Jinping, in which he informed me that he will donate 150,000 vaccines for COVID-19 to our country,” Bukele wrote on Twitter. El Salvador started an immunization campaign with the AstraZeneca vaccine in February. In 2018, El Salvador cut ties with Taiwan in transitioning to Beijing.
4:10 am The US had delivered more than 165 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine nationwide as of Sunday morning and distributed nearly 208 million, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The number of doses administered has increased by more than 3 million since Saturday.
The agency said 106.2 million people had received at least one dose, while 61.4 million had been fully vaccinated. The CDC calculation includes two-dose inoculations of Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech as well as Johnson & Johnson single-use vaccines.
Sunday, April 4th
9:11 p.m. India’s richest state, Maharashtra, imposed strict restrictions on COVID-19 starting Monday after infections spiked, said a minister of state. The state will close malls, cinema halls, bars and restaurants from Monday evening and impose a total lockdown at the weekend, Nawab Malik told reporters after a cabinet meeting.
14.06 Leicester City center-back Caglar Soyuncu missed his side’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday as he tested positive for COVID-19 while playing for Turkey in the country’s 2022 World Cup qualifier, manager Brendan Rodgers said. Soyuncu, Turkey’s 3-3 draw with Latvia on Tuesday, was isolated in Turkey. The 24-year-old has made 16 league appearances for Leicester this season.
Saturday, April 3
10:26 p.m. Taiwan will receive the first batch of vaccines under the WHO-led COVAX program on Sunday, the island’s health minister said. Nearly 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will be given.
7:30 p.m. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte extended a tight lockdown on the capital and neighboring provinces for at least a week to try to contain a new spike in coronavirus infections, his spokesman said on Saturday. The Philippines, which has the second highest COVID-19 cases and deaths in Southeast Asia, reported 12,576 new coronavirus infections as of Saturday, adding to the pressure on the health care system.
15:20 Australia will continue its inoculation program with AstraZeneca, health officials said on Saturday, after cases of blood clots raised concerns about the vaccine’s safety.
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