04/06/2020, 10.16
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Coronavirus: Japan mulls state of emergency. 460 thousand businesses close in China

In the Land of the Rising Sun, the measure affects large centers. Singapore quarantines 20,000 migrants. In Indonesia, there are fears that official estimates cover only 2% of actual infections. Surge in cases in India and Pakistan. Russia and Saudi Arabia postpone meeting for agreement on oil production.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Japan is close to declaring a state of emergency for coronavirus in large cities such as Tokyo and Osaka. The Japanese press reports that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce the decision in the afternoon (local time). The adoption of full quarantine measures is not expected as in China or in some parts of Europe. In the country, confirmed cases are increasing (3600, over 1000 in the capital alone); 85 people died.

Yesterday in China there were 39 new cases of infection, nine more than the previous day. All, except one, originated abroad. 78 new asymptomatic patients have been identified in the country. The total cases are 82755, with over 3300 deaths. In the first quarter of the year, 460 thousand Chinese companies closed their doors. Between January and February, the registration of new companies saw a 29% drop compared to the same period in 2019.

South Korea yesterday recorded 47 cases of infection: it is the first time since mid-February that it has fallen below the threshold of 50 infected. The confirmed cases are 10284 and 186 deaths.

Singapore has quarantined 20,000 foreign workers. Yesterday there were 120 new cases of infection, for a total of 1300 infected; there were 6 deaths.

Indonesia, yesterday declared it mandatory to wear a protective mask in outdoor places yesterday. There are 2300 Covid-19 positive cases and an estimated 200 dead. However, there are doubts about the real extent of these numbers. For some observers, the official figures cover only 2% of real cases.

India has seen a surge in the infections, which reached 4067, with 109 deaths. According to the Ministry of Health, 30% of cases are linked to an event organized in recent weeks by a Muslim congregation. The southern state of Tamil Nadu was particularly affected (571 infected).

The spread of the virus is also accelerating in Pakistan. Now there are over 3 thousand cases with 45 dead. Bangladesh has announced an $ 8 billion stimulus to contain the economic damage caused by the pandemic. In the country there are only 70 reported cases with 8 fatalities.

The numbers are also growing worse in Russia. 5389 are infected in the country and 45 have died. The Kremlin has postponed a meeting with Saudi Arabia to find an agreement on a possible cut in oil production. The price of crude has fallen to around $ 30 a barrel due to the drop in world demand due to the epidemic crisis.

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