Coronavirus latest: Japan eyes lifting emergency outside major prefectures

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 3,925,815, according to the World Health Organization.

The worldwide death toll has hit 274,488.

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Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Monday, May 11

6:24 a.m. Japan considers lifting the state of emergency declaration in most prefectures this month, although it will keep urging caution in Tokyo and some other areas.

6:22 a.m. China locks down a northeastern city near the North Korean border as new coronavirus cases are found there, leading to concern that a new wave is coming.

4:56 a.m. Sony looks to enhance next-generation robots from avatarin, a startup launched by Japanese carrier ANA Holdings, as interest grows in remote-control machines that can take the place of humans.

4:00 a.m. The long-awaited sale of Air India is put off again, with the government extending by another two months the deadline for submission of preliminary bids to buy a 100% stake in the loss-making national carrier.

1:51 a.m. Japan hopes to test 400,000 people per week for the novel coronavirus, with the health ministry planning to approve the nation’s first antigen test kit for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Sunday, May 10

7:31 p.m. South Korea reports 34 new infections, the highest since April 9, after a small outbreak emerged around a slew of nightclubs, prompting the authorities to temporary close all nighttime entertainment facilities around the capital.

5:42 p.m. Indonesia reports 387 new coronavirus infections, taking the total to 14,032. The Southeast Asian country also reports 14 more people have died from COVID-19, raising the total to 973.

5:39 p.m. Malaysian health authorities report 67 new coronavirus cases, bringing the cumulative total to 6,656, and no new deaths.

5:26 p.m. The Philippine Health Department confirms 184 new cases, taking the Southeast Asian nation’s total reported infections to 10,794. Fifteen more deaths related to COVID-19 are reported, bringing the toll to 719.

4:09 p.m. Singapore registers 876 new coronavirus infections, its health ministry says, taking the city-state’s total to 23,336.

3:47 p.m. Malaysia extends movement and business curbs by another four weeks to June 9, amid a gradual reopening of economic activity.

2:18 p.m. China’s National Health Commission reports 14 new cases Saturday — the most since April 28 — including the first infection in more than a month in the city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak was first detected late last year, Reuters reports.

2:00 p.m. South Korean President Moon Jae-in warns of a second coronavirus wave as infections rebound to a one-month high. Moon’s warning comes during a speech in Seoul marking the third anniversary of his inauguration.

1:29 p.m. More than 4 million people worldwide have been infected with the new coronavirus, a tally by Johns Hopkins University indicates. The spread shows no sign of abating as infections spike in Latin America and the Middle East.

11:54 a.m. Australia’s biggest state, home to Sydney, will allow cafes and restaurants, playgrounds and outdoor pools to reopen Friday after extensive testing shows a sharp slowdown in the spread of the coronavirus, the premier of New South Wales says.

6:13 a.m. Electric-car maker Tesla will leave California and move its headquarters to another state “immediately,” CEO Elon Musk says after local health officials refuse to let the company’s factory reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Saturday, May 9

5:01 p.m. Mazda Motor has requested 300 billion yen ($2.8 billion) in financing from Japan’s three megabanks and other institutions as the automaker braces for further fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

To catch up on earlier developments, see last week’s latest updates.

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