South Korea injected more than $13 billion in emergency funds to stoke economic activity sapped by the fast-spreading coronavirus, while a regional government in Japan declared a state of emergency in a bid to contain its own outbreak.
Governments trying to control the fast-spreading coronavirus are punishing residents and visitors who are accused of misleading health investigators, hiding key details about their activities and flouting quarantine orders.
The coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is now spreading faster than the epidemic in China, underscoring the difficulties in containing the spread of a disease that some observers already believe to be a pandemic.
A 23-year-old American soldier stationed in South Korea became the first U.S. service member to contract the coronavirus, as the government’s attempts to slow the contagion struggled to keep pace.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and ruling party came under sharp criticism from Indian courts and political rivals after four days of some of the worst communal violence in India’s capital city in decades left at least 27 dead and more than 200 injured.
The city’s government said it would dole out $15.4 billion in payouts and other stimulus in its annual budget in an attempt to resuscitate an economy reeling from the coronavirus epidemic and months of antigovernment protests.
South Korea’s efforts to tackle the coronavirus epidemic are being criticized for both moving too quickly and not fast enough, a dizzying backlash as the country struggles to tame the fast-spreading illness.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resigned and the cabinet was dissolved, plunging the Southeast Asian country into chaos less than two years after the 94-year-old leader took office in a historic election.
Scenes of eerie silence are unfolding in Daegu, South Korea’s fourth-largest city, as the nation raised its coronavirus alert to its highest level.
The last passenger on the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship disembarked Sunday, leaving hundreds of crew members on board and concerns about whether passengers who tested negative could turn positive.
The city-state offers cash grants for parents, housing subsidies and even relationship advice, but birthrates remain stubbornly low. In its latest push, the government expanded preschool subsidies and enhanced government support for assisted reproduction and fertility treatments.
South Korea, now the most virus-hit country outside of China, reported a jump in new coronavirus cases, with most of the incidents linked to a megachurch viewed as a cult by many Koreans.
Japanese officials defended their handling of cruise-ship virus victims after the first two passenger deaths were reported. Both people were in their 80s.
Dozens of Hong Kong evacuees from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship flew home from Japan, where they will undergo a further two-week quarantine amid controversy over the city government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
A doctor touched off a furor with a firsthand account of the virus-stricken Diamond Princess in which he accused Japan of doing a poor job of protecting people.
A growing number of defectors from North Korea are getting involved politically in South Korea and pushing to take a tougher stance on Pyongyang.
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has won a second term in office with a slim majority of the votes cast, a result that comes five months after the election and threatens to spark political unrest amid U.S. efforts to reach a peace deal with the Taliba
The Tokyo Marathon closed itself to public entries because of the coronavirus outbreak, cutting nearly 30,000 runners less than two weeks before the event.
The World Health Organization said it hasn’t advised the International Olympic Committee about whether it should change plans for the summer Tokyo Olympics because of the epidemic caused by a new coronavirus.
The U.S. and the Afghan Taliban have agreed to the first step of a peace deal, a senior Trump administration official said, a milestone after months of talks over ending a war that has gone on for more than 18 years.