Nikkei Asia is following the spread of the coronavirus which was first detected in the city of Wuhan, in central China.
The cumulative global cases have reached 170,174,444, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has reached 3,537,835.
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Monday, May 31 (Tokyo time)
12h00 Chinese factory activity slowed in May as raw material costs rose to their fastest in more than a decade, weighing on small export-oriented businesses. The purchasing manager index in the manufacturing sector edged down to 51.0 during the month. Officials warn that recovery is not yet assured amid problems such as more expensive raw materials and the pandemic situation abroad.
11:30 a.m. South Korea is reporting 430 cases, up from 480 a day earlier and the lowest daily tally since March 29. Totals by country showed 140,340 cases and 1,959 deaths.
10:30 China is reporting 27 cases for Sunday, seven of which were imported. Infections rose in southern Guangdong province, which accounted for the remaining 20 cases, prompting authorities to lock down parts of Guangzhou city., the provincial capital.
9:30 a.m. Japan’s industrial production rose in April, helped by production of general-purpose machinery and electrical machinery, a sign that manufacturers continued to benefit from recovering demand in the United States and China. Meanwhile, retail sales surged during the month, largely thanks to a better economic outlook than a year earlier, when the country was under tighter coronavirus restrictions.
8:50 a.m. Chinese media claim that the city of Guangzhou has confirmed more than 20 cases of what appears to be an Indian variant and requires people using airports or long-distance trains to have a certificate showing a negative PCR test. The city had mostly contained the virus, but in late May confirmed five symptomatic cases and 20 asymptotic cases.
8:30 The Australian state of Victoria is reporting five local cases midway through a seven-day lockdown to tackle an outbreak that has now spread to an elderly care facility. The infections bring the total to 45 in the latter group, including a worker at a Melbourne elderly care facility where some of the residents have not been vaccinated.
Sunday May 30 (Tokyo time)
11:30 p.m. Taiwan has signed agreements with two local companies to provide up to 20 million doses of the vaccine, the official Central News Agency said on Sunday. The government on Friday signed agreements with Medigen Vaccine Biologics and United Biomedical for five million doses each, and made informal agreements for an additional five million each for a total of 20 million doses.
9:30 p.m. The Vietnamese business center in Ho Chi Minh City will impose social distancing measures for 15 days from Monday in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, the central government said. Of the 133 infections detected in the city since last Wednesday, 126 are linked to a group of the Revival Ekklesia Mission congregation, reports the official Vietnam news agency.
6:41 p.m. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he will speak on Monday on how authorities will tackle the coronavirus while reopening the city-state’s economy.
âTomorrow I plan to share with you how we plan to keep COVID-19 under control, while gradually opening up again,â he wrote on Facebook. “The solution: testing, contact tracing and vaccination, all faster, and more. Also: What will the new normal look like?”
4:30 p.m. Malaysia reports 6,999 new cases of COVID-19, bringing its cumulative total to 565,533. That daily figure is down from Saturday’s 9,020, the fifth consecutive record rise in the South Asian nation. Is.
Science Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said five more mega vaccination centers will be opened in the Kuala Lumpur area and that he will visit northern Penang state and southern Johor state next week to discuss opening others.
3:13 p.m. Taiwan is reporting 355 new national cases of COVID-19, including 89 added retroactively from a backlog, as it continues to readjust counts following delays in reporting positive tests.
13:41 India reports its smallest daily increase in new cases in about a month and a half, at 165,553, with an increase of 3,460 deaths. The cumulative number of cases in the South Asian country stands at around 27.9 million, while the death toll has reached 325,972, according to the health ministry.
Saturday May 29
4:00 p.m. Malaysia is reporting 9,020 new cases, the highest daily toll since the start of the pandemic. This is the fifth consecutive day of record new infections, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 558,534.
3:18 p.m. Taiwan has 486 new national cases, including 166 cases added to totals in recent days as it continues to readjust its infection figures following delays in reporting positive tests.
Meanwhile, Terry Gou, the billionaire founder of Apple Inc’s main supplier Foxconn, said his charity plans to seek the import of 5 million doses of the BioNTech SE vaccine to Taiwan.
The shots would be airlifted from Germany to Taiwan without going through any intermediary, Gou said in a statement.
âThis plan is underway,â he said.
1:50 p.m. India reports 173,790 new infections in the past 24 hours, its smallest daily increase in 45 days, while deaths have risen by 3,617. The country’s number of infections now stands at 27.7 million, with a death toll of 322,512, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
1:20 p.m. Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said the country has detected a new variant of the coronavirus, which is a mixture of the Indian and British variants of COVID-19 and spreads rapidly by air, according to the online newspaper. VnExpress.
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