Covid-19 | South Korea hunts sick beds as West readies for long virus fight

China prepared to close temporary hospitals while South Korea struggled to find enough beds for its sick yesterday as the virus epidemic that began in Asia increasingly

North Korean swagger may conceal brewing virus disaster

In these days of infection and fear, a recent propaganda photo sums up the image North Korea wants to show the world, as well as its people: Soldiers

North Korea fires presumed short-range missiles into the sea

North Korea fired two presumed short-range ballistic missiles into its eastern sea on Monday, South Korean officials said, resuming weapons demonstrations after a months-long hiatus

Australia’s first virus death was Diamond Princess passenger

A 78-year-old man with coronavirus died in a Perth hospital, marking Australia’s first fatality, after returning from the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan last month. The

Hardest-hit China, South Korea count 938 new virus cases

As the worst-hit areas of Asia continued to struggle with a viral epidemic, with hundreds more cases reported yesterday in South Korea and China, worries about infection and containment spread

Saudi Arabia halts pilgrimages over virus; Iran cases spike

Saudi Arabia yesterday banned foreign pilgrims from entering the kingdom to visit Islam’s holiest sites over the new coronavirus, potentially disrupting the plans of millions of faithful ahead of the

South Korean virus cases jump again, first US soldier infected

South Korean virus cases jumped again yesterday and the U.S. military confirmed its first case among American soldiers based in the Asian country, with his case and many others connected

South Korea | ‘Are you still alive?’ Virus fears grip people of Daegu

A woman wearing vinyl gloves on a subway train. Guests donning masks at a sparsely attended wedding ceremony. People feverishly stocking up on instant noodles and rice. Friends calling each

Japan | Abe: Flex hours, work style among key steps to fight virus

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said yesterday that the success of new measures such as letting employees work from home and expanding hospital treatment capacity will determine whether the country

Malaysia | Mahathir resigns but outcome of power struggle unclear

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad abruptly submitted his resignation to the king yesterday and his party exited the ruling coalition, kicking off a race to form the next government of

Disbanded Thai party says gov’t colluded in 1MDB scandal

Thailand’s disbanded opposition Future Forward Party attacked the government yesterday for allegedly colluding with Malaysia’s former prime minister to cover up the 1MDB financial scandal, for which former Malaysian leader

Covid-19 | South Korea reports first virus death as 2.5m urged to stay home

Yonhap news agency says South Korea has reported its first death from a new coronavirus. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not immediately provide details. The report came as

JAPAN | Passengers begin leaving after ship’s virus quarantine ends

Hundreds of passengers began leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship yesterday after the end of a much-criticized, two-week quarantine that failed to stop the spread of a new virus among

Quarantine on cruise ship in Japan comes under question

An extraordinary two- week quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship ends today, with thousands of passengers and crew set to disembark over the next several days in the port

Pakistan | Afghan refugees tell UN: ‘We need peace, land to go home’

Hukam Khan isn’t sure how old he is, but his beard is long and white, and when he came to Pakistan 40 years ago fleeing an earlier war in Afghanistan,

Viral outbreak spooks Asian places of worship

In a popular Catholic church in the Philippines, nearly half of the pews were empty for Sunday Mass. The few hundred worshippers who showed up were asked to refrain from

FAQ | How virus is impacting Asia’s cruises and passengers

DEE-ANN DURBIN & DAVID KOENIG A new viral outbreak is wreaking havoc on cruises in Asia, where some passengers are stranded aboard ships and others can't leave China.

The Buzz | Japan reports first death from virus, 44 more cases on ship

Japan announced last night its first death from a new virus from China, hours after confirming 44 more cases on a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo as fears of

Covid-19 | New virus cases fall again, deaths now exceed 1,100

China yesterday reported another drop in the number of new cases of a viral infection and 97 more deaths, pushing the total dead past 1,100 as postal services worldwide said

Coronavirus epidemic named Covid-19

The World Health Organization says the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-19. “We now have a name for the disease and it’s Covid-19,” WHO chief

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