Asia Today: More restrictions in Australia’s State of Victoria

CANBERRA — The State of Victoria, Australia's coronavirus hot spot, announced today (Monday) that businesses will be closed and scaled down in a bid to curb the spread of the

Asia Today: SKorea arrests leader of church with big cluster

SEOUL — South Korean prosecutors arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect Saturday as part of an investigation into allegations that the church hampered the government's anti-virus response

Asia Today: India, Philippines ease rules; Bali reopens

NEW DELHI — India added another record surge in virus cases today (Friday) as the government decided to lift a nighttime curfew that was in force since March. The 55,079 new

Asia Today: 723 cases in Australia, closures in Vietnam

MELBOURNE — Australia's coronavirus hot spot Victoria will make masks compulsory statewide after reporting on Thursday a record 723 new cases. Masks have been mandatory in the state capital Melbourne and

Misinformation on coronavirus is proving highly contagious

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight for the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy

Asia Today: China, SKorea, Japan see upticks in virus cases

China reported more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday as the country continues to battle an outbreak in Xinjiang. The 101 new cases was China's highest daily increase in

Asia Today: New cases continue to rise in China’s Xinjiang

New coronavirus cases continue to rise in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, with 57 reported on Tuesday. Beijing also reported its first case of domestic transmission in more than two weeks,

Asia Today: Australian outbreak attributed to sick workers

MELBOURNE — Australia's hard-hit Victoria state on Monday posted a new daily record of 532 new COVID-19 cases, and the government leader warned that a lockdown in the city of

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he tested negative for coronavirus

BRASILIA — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said today (Saturday) that he had tested negative for the new coronavirus, based on a fourth test since he said July 7 that he

Asia Today: Amid new surge, India tests potential vaccine

NEW DELHI — India began its first human trials of a novel coronavirus vaccine candidate as the world's second-most populous country recorded nearly 49,000 new cases. The additional infections take India's

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

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

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