Latest coronavirus: Hong Kong chief says to keep ban on US and UK flights

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Cumulative global cases have reached 451,091,296, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The global death toll has reached 6,021,649.

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Thursday, March 10 (Tokyo time)

12:50 p.m. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said now is not the time to lift a ban on flights from nine countries, including the US and UK, with plans to reopen the city after the government brings a worsening coronavirus outbreak under control, Reuters reports.

10:30 a.m. China reports 528 new cases on March 9 from 337 a day earlier, according to Reuters.

10:00 a.m. Wholesale prices in Japan jumped 9.3% in February from a year earlier, the fastest pace of increase on record and a sign that inflationary pressures were building even before the Ukraine crisis hit. triggers a spike in fuel and commodity prices

People walk past a store in a shopping district in Beijing following an outbreak of COVID-19 in April. © Reuters

Wednesday March 9

5:30 p.m. Shanghai, China, reported 62 locally transmitted asymptomatic COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, the seventh consecutive day of an increase in such cases, according to official data. The financial hub is moving quickly to halt the spread of the virus, delaying or canceling dozens of concerts and exhibitions, and closing some public venues. The city also reported three local cases with confirmed symptoms, which China counts separately from those without.

4:16 p.m. Hong Kong’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific Airways said its 2021 net loss reached nearly $800 million as it warns its operations will remain largely entrenched amid the worst COVID-19 outbreak to date .

1:19 p.m. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said mandatory citywide COVID-19 testing was no longer a priority but would continue as the government studies the results. After two weeks without speaking to the public, Lam says she will hold a daily briefing to keep the public informed about efforts to curb the current outbreak. All nursing facility residents will be vaccinated by March 18 to eventually create a ‘closed-loop’ bubble for nursing homes.

12:30 p.m. India is reporting 4,575 cases in the past 24 hours, down from 3,993 a day earlier, but still a relatively low number. Deaths rose by 145 to a total of 515,355. With the recent steady decline in infections, India is expected to resume regular international flights on March 27.

A voter wearing a plastic glove votes for the presidential election at a polling station in Seoul on March 9. © AP

9:53 South Korea’s daily cases top 300,000 for the first time, rising to 342,446 from 202,702 a day ago, as tens of millions of voters cast ballots to elect a new president. The total number of cases has now reached 5.21 million with 9,440 deaths. COVID-19 patients will have exclusive access to polling stations for 90 minutes starting at 6 p.m.

9:33 am Japan’s strong economic growth in the final quarter of 2021 has been downgraded in a revised estimate as pressure from record COVID-19 infections and rising energy costs raise risks of a contraction this quarter . The revised data shows Japan grew at an annualized rate of 4.6% in October-December, lower than the preliminary reading of 5.4% released last month.

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10:28 p.m. As daily COVID-19 cases drop sharply, India says regular international flights will resume on March 27. Scheduled international flights have been suspended in India since March 2020 due to the pandemic, but New Delhi has bilateral air bubble agreements with more than 30 countries under which commercial passenger services are operated.

Hong Kong’s mandatory COVID-19 testing could be delayed until April, according to local media. ©AP

6:24 p.m. Hong Kong’s mandatory COVID-19 testing could be delayed until April, local media report, as the city registers 28,475 new cases. Health experts said testing at the peak of the infection wave was not effective and recommended that testing be done as the infection wanes.

The University of Hong Kong says in its latest forecast that the fifth wave peaked on March 4. More than 4.3 million people are expected to have caught coronavirus and around 5,000 recorded deaths by the end of the last outbreak, it says.

2:33 p.m. India continues to witness a downward trend in daily COVID cases, recording 3,993 new infections in the past 24 hours, the lowest one-day count since May 2020 and bringing the total number of cases from the country at 42.97 million. Deaths rose by 108 to 515,210.

11:00 South Korea is reporting 202,721 new cases on Monday, down from 217,716 a day earlier. But the number of critically ill patients topped 1,000 for the first time in more than two months.

10:15 a.m. Japan posted a current account deficit of 1.18 trillion yen ($10.31 billion) in January, as higher costs of imported oil offset gains in investment income, government data showed. It is the largest current account deficit since the start of 2014 for the country, which faces continued uncertainty due to the Ukraine crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna plans to develop and begin testing vaccines targeting 15 of the world’s most worrisome pathogens by 2025. © Reuters

9:30 a.m. Moderna says it plans to develop and begin testing vaccines targeting 15 of the world’s most worrisome pathogens by 2025 and will also permanently relinquish its COVID-19 vaccine patents for vaccines intended to some low- and middle-income countries. The US biotech company also says it will make its messenger RNA technology available to researchers working on new vaccines for emerging and neglected diseases through a program called mRNA Access.

4h50 The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says to avoid travel to Hong Kong, New Zealand and Thailand if there are high cases of COVID-19.

The CDC elevates all three destinations to “Level Four: Very High.”

In total, the CDC urges Americans to avoid travel to more than 130 countries and territories.

Monday March 7

10:30 p.m. The global death toll from COVID-19 tops 6 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

6:00 p.m. Hong Kong is reporting 25,150 new coronavirus infections and 280 deaths as authorities struggle to contain a soaring COVID-19 outbreak that has torn through hundreds of nursing homes and affected many of the city’s unvaccinated elderly. On Sunday, Hong Kong authorities said residents should not worry about an impending mass testing program, details of which will be announced. Hong Kong reported the most deaths worldwide per million people in the week to March 6, according to data publication Our World in Data.

2:20 p.m. Chinese stocks fall as global stock markets tumble, commodity prices rise, Russia’s war on Ukraine rages and COVID-19 resurfaces in the country. The CSI300 index was down 2.4% at 4,389.39 at the end of the morning session. The Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.5% to 3,396.73 and the Hang Seng Index fell 3.4% to 21,159.18. The Chinese port city of Qingdao reported 88 new coronavirus cases for March 5, the highest number of locally transmitted cases in one day so far this year for China.

The number of critically ill patients in South Korea is expected to rise as the country eases social distancing. A makeshift coronavirus testing site in Seoul. ©AP

00:30 South Korea reports 210,716 new cases on Sunday, up from 266,849 the day before but still up 50% from the previous week, according to Yonhap news. The number of critically ill patients rose by 70 to 955 as new infections are expected to rise further under the recent decision to ease social distancing.

10:20 a.m. Japan’s Nikkei stock index tumbled more than 800 points, or 3%, in early morning trading as investors feared U.S. and European bans on Russian petroleum products could further push up oil prices and hurt the economy. world economy, which is still recovering from the pandemic.

9:40 a.m. Japan reports 53,969 new infections, down 20% from the previous week. The government decided to extend its quasi-state of COVID-19 emergency covering 18 prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, until March 21 and to lift it in 13 prefectures.

Sunday March 6

The Qingdao outbreak mainly affects middle school students in Laixi County, according to the Qingdao Municipal Health Commission. © Reuters

6:32 p.m. The Chinese port city of Qingdao reported 88 new coronavirus cases for March 5, all of the omicron variant. The tally represents the highest number of locally transmitted daily cases in China so far this year. China recorded 329 new cases on the mainland on Saturday, including 175 locally transmitted, the National Health Commission (NHC) said, up from 102 local cases a day earlier. The Qingdao outbreak mainly affected middle school students in Laixi County, the Qingdao Municipal Health Commission said.

Saturday March 5

11:45 p.m. Spain is dropping quarantine requirements for people who have come into contact with others who have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status. Close contacts are now urged to exercise caution and act responsibly.

6:40 p.m. Indonesia is considering a quarantine waiver for foreign visitors to Bali starting next week, officials say, while neighboring Malaysia announces the removal of restrictions on travelers from Thailand and Cambodia. Malaysia will allow vaccinated arrivals from Cambodia and Thailand to skip quarantine from March 15. Several daily flights connect Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh, Bangkok and the island of Phuket.

5:42 p.m. Hong Kong health authorities are reporting 37,529 new infections, as well as 150 deaths from COVID-19. The new number of infections was down from 52,523 the previous day.

To keep up to date with previous developments, check out the latest updates from last week.

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