Top court upholds police ban of June 4 vigil this year

The Court of Final Appeal (TUI) has ruled that a decision by the police to ban this year’s June 4 vigil due to the government’s Covid-19 prevention measures will be

Financial support for employees and businesses distribution expected in June

Local government may start distributing the financial relief exclusively for employees and business in June, the Secretary for Administration and Justice said during a press conference today (Friday). The Executive Council

Asia Today: Virus cases jump again in South Korea, India

SEOUL — South Korea on Thursday reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases in more than 50 days, a resurgence that health officials warn is getting harder to track and

Asia Today: South Korea cases rise, India crosses 150,000

SEOUL — South Korea reported 40 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, its biggest daily jump in nearly 50 days, causing alarm as millions of children return to school. Active

Asia Today: Philippines trying to ease quarantine congestion

As about 24,000 Filipinos who lost their jobs abroad are being transported by land, sea or air to their provincial homes, the president warned local officials not to refuse them

Asia Today: South Korea to require masks on transit, flights

South Koreans will be required to wear masks when using public transportation and taxis nationwide starting Tuesday as health authorities look for more ways to slow the spread of the

Facemasks dissolved in incineration enough to destroy virus 

Incinerating disposed facemasks is sufficient to destroy the virus, according to information released during today’s (Friday's) Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center. Alvis Lo Iek Long, a clinical director of the

Macau elites applause NPC’s HK national security proposal

Macau members of the National People’s Congress (NPC) have commended China’s proposal to establish a national security organization in Hong Kong. Earlier this week, the NPC submitted a draft decision to

Asia Today: India’s cases surge again, China opens Congress

India reported its biggest single-day spike in virus cases Friday ahead of a resumption of domestic flights after a two-month halt. The 6,088 new cases reported in the last 24 hours

China boosts spending for virus-hit economy, takes up HK law

Beijing - China's No. 2 leader today (Friday) promised higher spending to revive its pandemic-stricken economy and curb surging job losses but avoided launching a massive stimulus on the scale

Key points about China’s legislative session

BEIJING — Thousands of delegates from across China are in Beijing for this year's annual session of the country's rubber-stamp legislature and its advisory body, meetings delayed by more than

China focused on jobs as national legislature meets

As job losses surge, China is joining the United States and other governments in rolling out stimulus spending to revive its virus-battered economy. How much is Beijing ready to spend? Companies

Asia Today: S. Korean students return to class; 32 new cases

South Korean students began returning to classes Wednesday as the country counted 32 new coronavirus cases. It was the first time in nine days that the daily increase was above 30.

Asia Today: Hong Kong increasing coronavirus testing

Hong Kong's leader says the city is ramping up testing for the coronavirus, especially for workers at the busy international airport and caregivers at homes for the elderly and disabled. Carrie

Asia Today: India cases surge, Beijing petition offices shut

NEW DELHI — India recorded its biggest single-day surge in coronavirus cases on Monday, attributed largely to migrant workers returning home after losing their jobs in India's population centers. The 5,242

Asia Today: India cases pass China; Nepal reports first death

India's confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed China's, with the Health Ministry on Saturday reporting a spike to 85,940 infections and 2,752 deaths. China has reported 82,941 confirmed case and 4,633 deaths

Asia Today: Japan easing emergency, Wuhan starts new testing

Experts on Japan's coronavirus task force on Thursday approved a government plan to lift a state of emergency in most areas ahead of schedule except for Tokyo and several other

Asia Today: New Zealand has no new cases for 2nd day

New Zealand reported zero new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, the second day in a row without any new cases and the fourth day since early last week. Director-General of

Asia Today: Singapore partly reopens despite rise in cases

Singaporeans were able to get a haircut at the barber or pop in to their favorite bakery Tuesday as the government loosened restrictions three weeks before a partial lockdown ends. Despite

Asia Today: Indian cases spike, Shanghai Disney park reopens

India reported its biggest daily increase in cases Monday as it prepares to gradually resume train service while easing its virus lockdown. India's train network was halted in late March as

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