Health care, oil firms buoy Japan stocks ahead of U.S. payrolls

Investors are now looking to Friday’s U.S. non-farm payrolls report for March, which is expected to show the world’s largest economy lost 100,000 jobs as companies quickly jettisoned workers in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Forces Japan declares health emergency for bases in Kanto region

“Due to the steady increase in COVID-19 cases in the Tokyo area, I have implemented a Public Health Emergency for the Kanto Plains region,” Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, U.S. Forces Japan commander said in a statement. “This order covers all Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine installations and facilities in the area.”

693 new coronavirus COVID-19 cases reported in last 24 hours, says Health Ministry

Notably, the total number of COVID-19 infections in India has crossed 4,000 mark with 693 new cases and 32 deaths being reported in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra leads with the maximum number of cases, while Tamil Nadu stands second and Delhi is at the third spot.

CVS to launch two new drive-through COVID-19 testing sites

CVS was part of a group of U.S. retailers that pledged at a White House news conference on March 13 to open the testing sites in their parking lots. CVS has only opened one drive-through testing site, in the parking lot of a CVS Pharmacy in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Beijing Peddles Billion-Dollar ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’ Industry in Australia

The Communist Party, which controls all industry in the country, has a vested interest in promoting TCM. Some estimates place the value of the global TCM market at $121 billion; CNN reported, citing the Communist Party, that China expects to be making $430 billion a year on TCM by the end of 2020. While China […]

South Korea reports fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases

A Korean student residing in the United States sparked public uproar after taking fever remedy before flying home late last month. The student was found to have contracted the virus, putting some 20 other people who took the same flight in self quarantine.

American joins United, others in suspending more NYC flights on coronavirus spike

U.S. carriers have drastically reduced their flying schedules around the world as air travel demand has plummeted due to the coronavirus, but the reductions to New York – one of the business capitals of the world – underscore the depth of the health and financial crises.

Japan PM to declare state of emergency of up to 6 months: media

An emergency would give governors authority to call on people to stay at home and businesses to close, but not to order the kind of lockdowns seen in other countries. In most cases, there are no penalties for ignoring requests, and enforcement will rely more on peer pressure and respect for authority.

Protective of religious beards, Israel to produce fitted face masks

FILE PHOTO: An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays during a protest in Jerusalem February 12, 2014. Hundreds of men protested against construction at a site in the nearby town of Beit Shemesh where they believe ancient Jewish graves are located. REUTERS/Ammar Awad/File Photo

Running out of beds and gear, Tokyo medical staff say Japan’s ‘state of emergency’ already here

“There isn’t that much capacity (of hospital beds) left in Tokyo, so a (medical collapse) is no longer unforeseeable,” said Satoshi Kamayachi, an executive board member of the Japan Medical Association, which has pushed Japan to call for a state of emergency. “The number of patients is clearly rising, so the situation is becoming more […]