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Nikkei Asia is following the spread of the new coronavirus that started in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 37,722,044, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The death toll worldwide has reached 1,078,411.

To see how the disease has spread, check out our site virus tracking graphs:

Tuesday, October 13 (Tokyo time)

11:00 am The Malaysian government has approved a $ 1 billion ringgit ($ 242 million) loan as a lifeline for budget carrier AirAsia Group as it seeks to contain the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Nikkei Asia has learned.

11:00 am South Korea reports 102 cases, marking the first three-digit increase in six days. Day-to-day infections had largely dropped to double digits over the past two weeks, prompting the government to ease social distancing rules this week.

10:20 am The American multinational Johnson & Johnson has stopped clinical trials for its vaccine due to an unexplained illness in one participant. The disease is being evaluated by an independent monitoring board, as well as by its doctors, the company said in a statement.

10:10 am China reports its first locally transmitted infections in nearly two months after Qingdao launched a nationwide testing machine after discovering cases related to a hospital handling imported cases. The National Health Commission said 13 infections were reported on October 12, up from 21 days ago. Seven of the cases originated overseas, while all six local infections were from Shandong province, where Qingdao is located.

9:30 p.m. U.S. President Donald Trump returned to Monday’s campaign after being diagnosed with COVID-19, appearing at an unmasked outdoor rally. Trump talked about his recovery. “I went through [the disease] now They say I’m immune. I feel so strong, “he told supporters standing side by side, most without masks.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in the state of Florida on October 12th. © AP

6:39 am US President Donald Trump tests negative for COVID-19 and is not contagious to others, says his White House doctor. In a memo, Dr. Sean Conley said Trump had tested negative in successive days using an Abbott Laboratories antigen card. The doctor said tests and other data “show a lack of detectable viral copying”.

6:00 p.m. Japan’s first clinical trial for a coronavirus vaccine is taking place inside Osaka University Hospital. Some of the small-scale results, along with those from another university, are expected within the next month or so and will determine if a larger trial can be held in November involving 500 people.

4:09 am India announces new measures to boost domestic demand by about 730 billion rupees ($ 9.95 billion) as Asia’s third largest economy continues to struggle with the coronavirus pandemic.

2:52 am Spain has reported nearly 28,000 new cases of coronavirus since Friday, bringing the total to 888,968, Reuters reports, citing data from the health ministry.

12:20 am British Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposes a system of levels of further restrictions in parts of England including the closure of several premises as the acceleration of the COVID-19 outbreak accelerates.

Johnson’s three-tier system, announced in Parliament, is an attempt to standardize a patchwork of often complicated and confusing constraints imposed across England.

Monday, October 12th

8:15 p.m. The Thai Ministry of Public Health and Siam Bioscience have agreed to produce and supply the AstraZeneca COVID-19 experimental vaccine in the Southeast Asian country, the British government says.

Passengers expect to board a bus in Kuala Lumpur on October 2: Malaysia will impose restrictions on movement starting October 14 as COVID-19 cases increase. © Reuters

7:48 pm Malaysia imposes a two-week movement restriction on the largest city, Kuala Lumpur, the seat of government, Putrajaya and the state of Selangor, effective October 14. The orders come in response to an increase in coronavirus cases in the country, totaling close to 16,000.

4:40 p.m. Russia reports 13,592 new cases, near a one-day record, and pushes the official number to 1,312,310. Officials also said 125 people had died in the previous 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 22,722.

3:06 pm Tokyo reports 78 new infections, from 146 the day before, bringing the total of the capital to 27,793.

2:00 p.m. South Korean drug maker Celltrion says it has received approval for Phase 3 clinical trials of an COVID-19 experimental treatment. This comes as the company plans to seek conditional approval for its CT-P59 antibody drug for urgent use by the end of this year. The trials will include about 1,000 asymptomatic patients and those who have come in close contact with infected individuals.

1:14 p.m. India reports 66,732 cases in the last 24 hours, up from 74,383 days ago, bringing the country to 7.12 million. The death toll rose from 816 to 109,150.

12:20 pm New Zealand signed an agreement to buy 1.5 million doses of vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech, with delivery scheduled for the first quarter of 2021. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the government’s first vaccine purchase will cover 750,000 people . Officials said talks were under way with other drug companies for more vaccines to cover the country’s entire population of 5 million.

All residents of Qingdao in Shandong Province of China will be tested for COVID-19. © China Daily / Reuters

11:15 am The Chinese city of Qingdao will test its entire population of 9 million within five days after new cases emerged linked to a hospital, Reuters reports. The city reported six new infections and six asymptomatic cases as of Sunday night. Most were affiliated with Qingdao Chest Hospital. The central government report on 21 new cases for October 11 was published after Qingdao’s announcement, but did not include city infections. It is not clear why this was done.

10:30 am The new coronavirus can survive on banknotes, glass and stainless steel for up to 28 days, much longer than the flu virus, Australian researchers say. In a study published in the Virology Journal, researchers at the Australian National Science Agency said that at a temperature of 20 C, SARS-COV-2 remained infectious on smooth surfaces.

10:24 am South Korea reports 97 cases, up from 58 the day before, bringing the country to 24,703 and 433 deaths. The government loosened the rules of social distancing from today, reopening the covered ball parks at 30% of capacity as well as lifting a ban on nightclubs and bars.

9:40 am Singapore and Indonesia agree to reopen borders to each other for business and official travel. Indonesia has recorded over 333,000 cases – the second highest in Southeast Asia – and its capital Jakarta has been under severe social constraints. Singapore is only reporting a few infections every day. The passengers will undergo pre- and post-trip tests, the two countries said in a joint statement.

9:36 am China reports 21 new cases on Sunday, matching the number of new cases the day before. All the new cases were imported infection emanating from overseas. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not count as confirmed cases, rose to 32 from 23 the day before.

8:53 am Japan’s top machinery orders rose sharply in August from last month, posting a second consecutive month of profits, government data show. Major machinery orders, a highly volatile data set considered as an indicator of capital expenditure in the next six to nine months, rose 0.2% in August after a 6.3% increase in July.

U.S. President Donald Trump removes his face mask as he steps out on a White House balcony to speak to supporters in Washington on Oct. 10. © Reuters

2:09 am US President Donald Trump says he has fully recovered from COVID-19 and will not be a danger to others. “I defeated this crazy and terrible virus of China,” he told Fox News, adding “it looks like I’m immune.”

Sunday, October 11th

7:55 pm Japan’s total cumulative issues totaled 90,099, including about 700 from Diamond Princess, a cruise ship that was quarantined near Tokyo in February, according to Kyodo. On Sunday, 437 cases were reported while the death toll rose to 1,643.

7:22 pm Malaysia reports 561 cases, most of them in the state of Sabah, which has already seen an increase in infections in recent weeks. This brings the country to 15,657 cases and 157 deaths.

5:04 p.m. Indonesia reports 4,497 cases and 79 deaths, the fewest daily fatalities since September 27th. This brings the total of the country to Southeast Asia’s largest economy to 333,449 cases and 11,844 deaths.

4:20 p.m. South Korea said on Sunday it would begin relaxing social distance rules today, allowing the reopening of nightclub businesses and sports facilities as cases have been declining in recent weeks. The new rules mean nightclubs and karaoke bars can reopen and limited audiences will be allowed at sporting events, such as the best baseball league in the country. But stricter rules will be maintained in the densely populated and high-risk Seoul region, including religious gatherings and door-to-door sales.

3:26 pm Jakarta will begin a two-week “transition” period of lightened coronavirus curbs from Monday, Governor Anies Baswedan said. The Indonesian capital again imposed tougher social restrictions by mid-September. The new policy allows non-core business employees to work from offices, but at half capacity. Restaurants should limit dining dinners to 50% of capacity.

3:06 pm India reports on top of 7 million cases after seeing 74,383 infections in the last 24 hours, even when the spread eased in western states such as Maharashtra. Deaths increased 918 over the same period to reach 108,334.

10:15 am China reports 21 cases for October 10, from 15 days ago. All new cases were imported infections involving overseas travelers. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed, dropped to 23 from 39 the day before, all were imported.

6:29 am Brazil reports 26,749 cases and 559 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the country to 5,082,637 cases and 150,198 deaths.

Saturday, October 10th

11:23 pm Myanmar reports 2,158 cases – a record daily high – and 32 deaths. A total of 26,064 cases and 598 deaths have been reported in the country, the vast majority since a second wave began in mid-August.

7:33 p.m. Malaysia reports 374 cases – just over a day earlier – as officials increase tracking of contacts in the state of Sabah, which has seen an increase in recent weeks. This brings the country to 15,096 cases and 155 deaths.

5:18 p.m. Indonesia reports 4,294 cases, bringing the country to 328,952. The country also reports 88 deaths – the lowest daily number in a week – bringing the total death toll to 11,765.

5:06 pm The Philippines reports 2,249 cases and 87 deaths, bringing the country to 336,926 infections – most in Southeast Asia – and 6,238 deaths.

To follow previous developments, check out last week’s latest updates.



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