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South Korea reports 35 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 7,513

South Korea reports 35 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 7,513

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea reported 35 new cases on Tuesday (March 10), bringing the total number of infections in Asia’s biggest outbreak outside mainland China to 7,513.The death toll rose by three to 54, the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said. The numbers are expected to be updated later on Tuesday.The daily rate of new infections in South Korea fell to its lowest level in 11 days on Monday as most of the roughly 200,000 followers of a fringe Christian church at the centre of the nation’s epidemic have been tested.President Moon Jae-in expressed guarded hope for the...

March 10, 2020
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Coronavirus: 600 passengers disembarked from Costa Fortuna cruise ship as of noon, all found to be well

Coronavirus: 600 passengers disembarked from Costa Fortuna cruise ship as of noon, all found to be well

SINGAPORE - More than 600 passengers disembarked from the Costa Fortuna cruise ship in three hours, as of noon on Tuesday (March 10), and all have been found to be well.In addition, passengers who have been to areas hard hit by the coronavirus in the past 14 days have also been individually screened by doctors, and are certified fit to travel, the Ministry of Health (MOH), Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on Tuesday.These passengers with recent travel history to affected areas are still staying on board the ship, and will later be taken...

March 10, 2020
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Malaysia tracking 5,000 people possibly exposed to coronavirus at religious event

Malaysia tracking 5,000 people possibly exposed to coronavirus at religious event

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysian authorities are tracking around 5,000 citizens across the country believed to have been potentially exposed to the at a religious event on the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday (March 11).The contact tracing was initiated after neighbouring Brunei reported its first case of coronavirus infection on Tuesday, a 53-year-old man who had attended the same event at a mosque between Feb 27 and March 1, the ministry said in a statement."Based on preliminary information, the religious event involved an estimated 10,000...

March 11, 2020
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Covid-19 outbreak will continue for a year or longer; more stringent measures may need to be put in place, says PM Lee

Covid-19 outbreak will continue for a year or longer; more stringent measures may need to be put in place, says PM Lee

SINGAPORE - The Covid-19 outbreak will continue for some time - a year, and maybe longer - said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his second national address on the situation on Thursday (March 12).But if Singaporeans keep up their guard and take practical precautions, the country will be able to keep its economy going and people will be able to carry on with their daily lives, he said.In a video address on his social media channels, PM Lee emphasised that the situation in Singapore remains under control.The disease outbreak response level will not be stepped up to red, the highest level,...

March 12, 2020
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Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffers third bleaching event in 5 years

Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffers third bleaching event in 5 years

SINGAPORE - Australia's Great Barrier Reef has after sea temperatures reached record levels last month, scientists say.How severe the event is will be known in a few weeks once aerial surveys of the 2,300km reef are completed and sea temperatures fall.Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about .Topics: We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Until we resolve the issues, subscribers need not log in to access ST Digital articles. But a log-in is still required for our PDFs.Close

March 12, 2020
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Indonesia President Joko stokes speculation herbs can fight coronavirus

Indonesia President Joko stokes speculation herbs can fight coronavirus

JAKARTA (BLOOMBERG) - Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has been bolstering speculation that a herb concoction can ward against being infected with the .He said in a statement posted on a government website that he's been drinking a mixture of red ginger, lemongrass, turmeric and curcuma, a type of tumeric native to South-east Asia, three times a day since the spread of the virus."I drink the mixture instead of tea now," Mr Joko said in the statement."I give the drinks to my guests, be it the morning, afternoon or evening."The brew is called Jamu, and is widely used as a herbal medicine in...

March 13, 2020
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North Korea fires two ‘ballistic missiles’ into sea: Seoul

North Korea fires two ‘ballistic missiles’ into sea: Seoul

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Saturday (March 21) fired two projectiles presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, Seoul’s military said. The projectiles were fired from North Pyongan province into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, without providing further details. “The military is monitoring for additional launches and maintaining readiness,” it added. Japan’s defence ministry said the North launched what appeared to be “ballistic missile-like object(s)”, adding there had been no...

March 20, 2020
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Coronavirus: Mosques in Jakarta disregard appeals to cancel Friday prayers

Coronavirus: Mosques in Jakarta disregard appeals to cancel Friday prayers

JAKARTA - A number of mosques in Jakarta have disregarded appeals by Governor Anies Baswedan to cancel Friday prayers for two weeks aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly that has so far killed at least 17 people in the capital.Indonesia has recorded a total of 32 deaths from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, with the total number of infections at 369 as of Friday (March 20).The world's fourth-most populous country on March 2. The government has been widely criticised for not doing enough tests, having carried out only 1,592 of them as of Thursday. In comparison, South...

March 20, 2020
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New Zealand announces move to enter lockdown over next 48 hours

New Zealand announces move to enter lockdown over next 48 hours

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday (March 23) the country will , with all non-essential services, schools and offices to be shut over the next 48 hours.The move means bars, cafes, restaurants and cinemas will be shut. Supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open, Ms Ardern said, adding that the country was well supplied.All schools will be closed from Tuesday, she said."New Zealand is now preparing to go into self isolation," she told a news conference.The measures, which will remain in place for at least four weeks, are aimed at breaking the...

March 23, 2020
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Embassies close in North Korea as diplomats evacuated over coronavirus fears

Embassies close in North Korea as diplomats evacuated over coronavirus fears

SEOUL (AFP) - Several embassies in North Korea closed on Monday (March 9) as many diplomats were flown out following weeks of tight quarantine restrictions imposed by Pyongyang over the spread of the coronavirus.North Korea has not confirmed a single infection but has imposed strict rules, including closing its borders and putting thousands of its own people into isolation.It has also subjected hundreds of foreigners - including diplomats - to a virtual lockdown on their own premises.Russian ambassador Alexander Matsegora described the conditions as "morally crushing".Those restrictions...

March 10, 2020
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