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Coronavirus latest: Australia retail sales post record slump

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 6,395,328, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The worldwide death toll has hit 380,580.

To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:


(Source photo by AP) 

Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Thursday, June 4

12:10 p.m. China says it will allow more foreign airlines to fly into the mainland, shortly after Washington barred Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the United States citing Beijing’s restrictions on American airlines. Qualifying

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Chinese AI-based diagnostic solution targets early-stage myopia

BEIJING — The OO Eyetech ophthalmic diagnostic system has been in the spotlight recently, after early results from deployment at 200 elementary and junior-high schools in China showed an excellent ability to detect the early stages of myopia.

The system, developed by Xingchen Wanyou Technology, is an artificial intelligence based solution.

Xingchen Wanyou has received about 10 million yuan ($1.3 million) in investment capital from Foxconn, the major electronics manufacturing service company affiliated with Hon Hai Precision Industry of Taiwan, which makes products for Apple of the U.S., among others. It was the second investment by Foxconn in the Chinese

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Coronavirus latest: antimalaria drug fails to prevent COVID-19 in study

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 6,395,328, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The worldwide death toll has hit 380,580.

To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:


(Source photo by AP) 

Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Thursday, June 4

9:40 a.m. Australian airline Qantas Airways says it will raise domestic flight capacity to 15% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of June, up from 5% now, as Australian states ease travel restrictions.

9:00 a.m.

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Hong Kong activists fear first ban on Tiananmen vigil won’t be last

HONG KONG — Jeremy Wong was 16 when he first attended the annual vigil in Hong Kong that marks the anniversary of China’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.

Wong, now 36, has joined tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park every year since, honoring the lives lost with candlelight and seeking accountability for the deadly crackdown. He participated over the years despite occasional heavy rain and thunderstorms.

But this year, a police ban on the vigil will hold him back.

For the first time in three decades, Hong Kong authorities

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