Asia Today: Tokyo sets virus case record as holiday begins

TOKYO — The city of Tokyo announced a record 366 new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, exceeding 300 for the first time as Japan begins a four-day weekend with many

Asia Today: Australian state leader says sick not isolating

MELBOURNE — Australia's hard-hit Victoria state reported a record 484 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and health authorities warned that numbers could continue to rise. With Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne, now

Opinion | Conferences work better when everyone stays home

I was helping to organize would have to take place virtually. I believed that our event was doomed to become the academic analog of a cooking show — a pale

Asia Today: Outbreak in northwest China spreads to second city

BEIJING — China's latest coronavirus outbreak has spread to a second city in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. One of the 17 new cases reported on Monday was in the ancient

Profile of a killer: Unraveling the deadly new coronavirus

What is this enemy? Seven months after the first patients were hospitalized in China battling an infection doctors had never seen before, the world's scientists and citizens have reached an unsettling

Asia Today: Rules return in Hong Kong, India, ease in China

HONG KONG — Renewed restrictions took effect in Hong Kong on Wednesday, with restaurants limited to takeout after 6 p.m., as the Asian financial center battles a resurgence of the

Asia Today: Another spike brings India past 900,000 cases

India's number of coronavirus cases jumped by another 28,000 on Tuesday and are fast approaching 1 million. The 28,498 cases reported in the past 24 hours took the national total to

Casino shares jump after China lifts quarantine rules for Macau

Shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp., Wynn Resorts Ltd. and other global casino companies rallied today (Monday) after prospects brightened for Macau, the world’s largest gambling hub. Macau’s neighboring Chinese

Asia Today: Hong Kong, hot spots shut again

Hong Kong reported 52 new cases yesterday (Monday), 41 of which were locally transmitted as the city battles a renewed outbreak of the coronavirus. Of the locally transmitted cases, authorities

Hong Kong reports 28 more Covid-19 cases, 16 local

Health authorities confirmed 28 new cases of Covid-19 in Hong Kong today (Saturday), with another 33 cases pending confirmation, RTHK reported. The Centre for Health Protection said 16 of the 28

Asia Today: Australia Victoria state daily cases drop, China rejects food imports

MELBOURNE — The beleaguered Australian state of Victoria received some good news Saturday with health officials reporting 216 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from the

Asia Today: Australia’s Victoria state has record 288 cases

— Australia: Victoria state on Friday reported the new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases, which also reflects a record number of tests exceeding 37,500. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said

Big Read: After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4 billion in virus aid

By REESE DUNKLIN & MICHAEL REZENDES, NEW YORK The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus

Asia Today: Hong Kong, Tokyo see record spikes feed fears of Asia second wave

— Hong Kong will tighten its social-distancing measures again after reporting 42 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, sparking fears of a new wave of infections. Of the 42 cases, 34

Asia Today: Australian PM defends Melbourne lockdown

CANBERRA — Australia's prime minister says a shutdown of the nation's second-largest city is necessary and promised continuing financial support for businesses that fear they won't survive a second lockdown. The

Tom Hanks on Covid-19, ‘Greyhound’ and wartime mentality

NEW YORK — Since contracting COVID-19 in March, Tom Hanks has been, by most measures, busy. He and his wife, Rita Wilson, flew home after recuperating in Australia, where he

Asia Today: China’s university exam begins after virus delay

BEIJING — Almost 11 million students began taking China's university entrance exam Tuesday after a delay as the country worked to bring down coronavirus infections. The grueling four-day exam known as

Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in COVID-19 boom

Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's

Asia Today: India’s virus cases surpass 600,000, curve rises

NEW DELHI — India's number of coronavirus cases passed 600,000 on Thursday with the nation's infection curve rising and its testing capacity being increased. The 19,148 new cases reported in the

New case of Covid-19 in Macau, tally at 46

A new imported case of Covid-19 in Macau was reported early today (Friday) by the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center. It's the 46th infection registered in the MSAR, after

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