Coronavirus latest: India to reopen malls and restaurants

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 6,632,985, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The worldwide death toll has hit 391,136.

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Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Friday, June 5

9:02 p.m. India will open shopping malls, restaurants and places of worship next week even though infections are rising at their fastest daily rate. Hotel guests will be tested for fever, masks will be compulsory at all times and restaurants will have to set tables apart to maintain social distancing when they reopen on Monday.

8:39 p.m. British luxury carmaker Bentley Motors plans to shed up to 1,000 jobs, nearly a quarter of its workforce, adding to the auto sector’s gloom, Reuters reported.

6:03 p.m. Indonesia reports 703 new infections, up from 585 on Thursday, and 49 new deaths. The cumulative totals now stand at 29,521 cases and 1,770 fatalities.

5:30 p.m. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin unveils an additional economic stimulus package worth 35 billion ringgit ($8.22 billion) in a bid to revitalize industries hit by the coronavirus pandemic. He said that 10 billion ringgit would be a direct fiscal injection from the government. The measure comes on top of incentives worth 260 billion ringgit announced earlier.

4:30 p.m. Singapore confirms another 261 coronavirus cases, the city-state’s smallest increase in nearly two months, taking its tally to 37,183. The lower number of cases was partly due to the fact that fewer swab-tests were conducted, according to the health ministry.

3:00 p.m. Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average closes at 22,863.73, up 0.74% from Thursday on hopes of a swift, U.S.-led economic recovery. It was the benchmark index’s fifth consecutive daily increase, the first five-day winning streak since October.

2:30 p.m. The Czech government has agreed to fully open borders with Austria and Germany, and allow unrestricted travel with Hungary beginning at noon today, Prime Minister Andrej Babis tweets. The decision follows Thursday’s full opening of the border with Slovakia.


Relatives of a man who died of COVID-19 grieve at a crematorium in New Delhi on May: India had its biggest rise in both confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths on the day.

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2:10 p.m. India reports 9,851 new cases and 273 deaths over the past 24 hours, marking the biggest single-day increases for both tallies. India now counts 226,770 infections and 6,348 deaths.

1:40 p.m. Toshiba forecasts a 15.7% drop in annual operating profit for the year through March 2021. While strong orders for infrastructure projects and cost cuts will help shore up earnings, the company expects the coronavirus outbreak will cut profit by 90 billion yen. It now predicts an operating profit of 110 billion yen, down from 130.46 billion yen a year earlier.

12:30 p.m. A Tokyo 2020 executive board member says that organizers will need to monitor the novel coronavirus situation until next spring before deciding whether to go ahead with the Summer Olympics. The comment by lawmaker Toshiaki Endo, one of six vice presidents on the board and a former Olympics minister, marks the first time an organizing committee executive has remarked on the timing for a decision on the Games.

11:13 a.m. South Korea confirms 39 new coronavirus cases, unchanged from Thursday. Most of the cases occurred in the Seoul metropolitan area. The country’s total confirmed infections have reached 11,668 with 273 deaths.

11:00 a.m. The Fuji Rock Festival, a big outdoor concert in Japan that has been held annually for more than two decades, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, its organizer says. The three-day festival was scheduled to take place at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture, starting Aug. 21.

10:38 a.m. Southeast Asia’s biggest low-cost carrier AirAsia Group is set to reduce its workforce by up to 30% as founder Tony Fernandes considers selling a 10% stake in the airline to raise cash.


Unemployment in the Philippines jumped to a record 17.7% in April, from 5.3% in January, as a coronavirus lockdown stifled economic activity.

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10:23 a.m. The Philippines’ unemployment rate surged to a record 17.7%, or 7.3 million jobless people, in April as the lockdown shut businesses, the country’s statistics agency says. The Philippines releases jobless surveys on a quarterly basis. Unemployment in January came to 5.3%.

9:30 a.m. Japan’s household spending suffered the biggest annual drop on record in April as lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus kept consumers home and businesses shut. Household spending tumbled 11.1% in April from a year earlier, government data shows, marking the fastest pace of decline since comparable data became available in 2001.

9:10 a.m. China reports five new COVID-19 cases and three new asymptomatic infections for June. All five of the new cases were imported, involving travelers from overseas. For June 3, China had reported one confirmed case and four asymptomatic cases.

9:00 a.m. Argentina extends until June 28 a mandatory lockdown in the capital Buenos Aires and other areas, President Alberto Fernandez announces, after the country surpassed 20,000 confirmed cases earlier in the day. Argentina’s lockdown, which was due to end on June 7, has been in place since March 20.

4:45 a.m. Three of the authors of an influential article that found hydroxychloroquine increased the risk of death in COVID-19 patients retract the study, citing concerns about the quality of the data behind it. The anti-malarial drug has been controversial in part due to support from U.S. President Donald Trump, as well as implications of the study published in the British medical journal last month.

3:50 p.m. British drugmaker AstraZeneca has doubled manufacturing capacity for its potential coronavirus vaccine to 2 billion doses in two deals involving Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates that guarantee early supply to lower income countries. The deals with epidemic response group CEPI and vaccine alliance GAVI are backed by the World Health Organization and aim to quell concerns that the company was committing all initial supplies of the vaccine to the developed world.

3:20 a.m. Murata Manufacturing and a subsidiary of materials maker Teijin have developed a clothing fabric that kills microbes with tiny electric shocks generated by the wearer’s movements.

3:15 a.m. Protesters particularly in cities in the U.S. that have struggled to control the novel coronavirus should “highly consider” getting tested for COVID-19, Robert Redfield, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,tells a U.S. House of Representatives committee.

2:20 a.m. Japan plans to let business travelers from some countries bypass a two-week coronavirus quarantine requirement as soon as this summer, with proof of a negative virus test result.

12:10 a.m. A Japanese medical technology company plans to develop a robot that can automate much of the process of coronavirus testing.

Thursday, June 4

10:30 p.m. U.S. stocks open lower as the number of workers receiving unemployment benefits remained steady at the end of May, with the S&P 500 falling 0.4% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipping 92 points, or 0.4%.

7:55 p.m. Inovio Pharmaceuticals plans to start early human trials on an experimental COVID-19 vaccine in South Korea later this month, Reuters reports. The U.S. company is to conduct the program with Seoul National University Hospital. It is also testing the vaccine in the U.S.

6:20 p.m. Malaysia reports 277 new cases after a cluster was detected at an immigration detention center. The rise in new cases pushes Malaysia’s total past the 8,000 mark, to 8,247.

6:15 p.m. The Philippines confirms 10 more deaths and 634 new infections. Total deaths are at 984, with confirmed cases at 20,382.

6:00 p.m. Indonesia reports 585 new cases, down from 684 on Wednesday, bringing its cumulative total to 28,818. It has suffered 1,721 deaths, up 23 in the past 24 hours. South Kalimantan Province on the island of Borneo reported the highest number of new infections, 109, with clusters appearing at two traditional markets.

4:16 p.m. Tokyo records 28 new cases, sources tell Nikkei, raising concern of a second coronavirus wave. The Japanese capital on Tuesday issued its first alert under a new system after reporting 34 cases earlier in the day. There were 12 new cases on Wednesday.

3:30 p.m. The governor of Jakarta will gradually ease movement restrictions on Friday, starting with the reopening of mosques, churches and other houses of worship, provided they implement health protocols such as physical distancing and mask-wearing. On Monday, nonessential offices will be allowed to reopen with 50% of employees able to come at one time. Shopping malls will be allowed to reopen on June 15, but only at half capacity. Schools will remain closed until further notice.

2:30 p.m. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike says that simplifying some aspects of the 2020 Summer Olympics is now under consideration, as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has already caused the Games to be postponed for a year which has led to serious cost overruns.

2:00 p.m. Malaysia’s exports tumbled 23.8% in April from a year earlier, their steepest fall in a decade, as the pandemic disrupted global supply chains, government data shows. Imports shrank 8% to 68.42 billion ringgit as the domestic demand weakened.


Shoppers in Kuala Lumpur wait to enter a supermarket amid the coronavirus outbreak on May 28, 2020.

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1:50 p.m. Thailand reports 17 new coronavirus cases on Thursday and no new deaths, taking the total number of infections to 3,101, of which 58 were fatalities. The new cases were Thai nationals in quarantine who recently returned from the Middle East, including 13 from Kuwait.

1:46 p.m. India again sets a record with a single-day increase of 9,304 cases, bringing the country’s COVID-19 tally to 216,919. It has suffered 6,075 deaths, up 260 over the past 24 hours.

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 foreign carriers currently barred from operating flights to mainland China will be allowed once-a-week flights into a city of their choosing starting on June 8.

11:30 a.m. Australia’s retail sales slumped a seasonally adjusted 17.7% in April, their biggest decline on record, reversing an 8.5% jump in March, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows. Much of the country was locked down to combat the coronavirus in April.

11:00 a.m. Brazil registers a record number of daily deaths from the coronavirus for a second straight day, at 1,349, bringing the total to 32,548. It also added 28,633 cases, pushing the total to 584,016 cases.

10:33 a.m. South Korea confirms 39 new cases, down from 49 a day ago. Total infections reach 11,629 with 273 deaths.

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. China reports one new coronavirus case and four new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases the previous day. All five cases were imported, involving travelers from overseas. For June 2, China reported one confirmed case and four asymptomatic cases.

6:00 a.m. A summit planned for September in Leipzig, Germany, between China and the European Union has been postponed because of the coronavirus, the German government announces. The decision was made after Chancellor Angela Merkel held a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

5:37 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes up 527 points at 26,269.89. Stock prices are buoyed by an improvement in the non-manufacturing index, indicating the economy may be emerging from its pandemic-induced downturn.


A University of Minnesota study of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine found that it is ineffective as a treatment for COVID 19. U.S. President Donald Trump had touted its effectiveness.

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4:43 a.m. A high-profile study says a malaria drug touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a treatment for COVID-19 is ineffective in preventing infection in people exposed to the coronavirus. The University of Minnesota study also says it found no serious side effects from hydroxychloroquine.

2:00 a.m. New York City says that it is offering testing for coronavirus infection to all residents free of charge. The service is available at more than 150 sites.

Wednesday, June 3

8:41 p.m. Singapore has offered a detailed explanation of how its new “travel bubble” with China will work, as the city-state moves to reopen its borders. Trips could resume in the next two weeks and travelers from both sides will have to apply for visas in advance. Before departing, each passenger must take a coronavirus test, followed by another upon arrival.

7:01 p.m. Indonesia’s flagship carrier Garuda Indonesia has fired 135 contract pilots as demand for flights tumbled, Nikkei has learned. A company source said that most of them were aged 60 and above. Those fired represent nearly 10% of its 1,400 staff and contract pilots.

6:07 p.m. Malaysia reports 93 new coronavirus cases, raising the cumulative total to 7,970. The health ministry said there were no deaths in the last 24 hours, leaving the toll at 115.

6:05 p.m. The Nippon Professional Baseball league’s Yomiuri Giants announce that two players have contracted the coronavirus. The team earlier Wednesday canceled their scheduled practice game against the Seibu Lions.

5:55 p.m. Indonesia announces 684 new cases, higher than Tuesday’s 609, and 35 additional deaths. This brings the total to 28,233, including 1,698 deaths. Indonesia’s second-most populous province, East Java, continues to report the highest number of daily infections.

4:46 p.m. Russia reports 8,536 new cases of coronavirus, bringing its tally to 432,277, the third-highest in the world. The death toll reached 5,215 after it registered another 178 deaths over the past day.

3:15 p.m. Tokyo confirms 12 new cases of coronavirus infections, down from 34 the previous day. Tuesday’s numbers led the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to issue its first alert under a new warning system.

2:21 p.m. Indonesia announces a slight increase to its COVID-19 relief and recovery fund to 677.2 trillion rupiah ($47.6 billion), from the 641.17 trillion rupiah figure it announced in mid May. The latest increase is mainly attributable to a nearly 20% rise in welfare spending to 203.9 trillion rupiah. The move will widen Indonesia’s 2020 budget deficit to 6.34% of the GDP, from the previously announced 6.27%.

1:47 p.m. India confirms the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has topped 200,000 as it reports another record daily rise in infections, at 8,909. The total now stands at 207,615, including 5,815 deaths, which rose by 217 over the past 24 hours.

1:43 p.m. Cambodia is enjoying a public health success four months after detecting its first coronavirus case, but the World Bank warns the pandemic’s economic fallout could cause an economic contraction of between 1% and 2.9% this year, in what would be its first bout of negative growth since 1994.


Family members of Virendra Gupta, who died due to the coronavirus disease COVID-19, wear protective masks and gloves as they mourn during his cremation in New Delhi on June 1.

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1:42 p.m. Thailand reports one new coronavirus infection and no new deaths, bringing the country’s total to 3,084 confirmed cases and 58 fatalities.

1:10 p.m. South Korea announces approval for the emergency use of Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir to treat COVID-19, after a government panel last week cited positive results for the anti-viral drug in other countries.

1:05 p.m. Japan heads into its peak season for annual shareholder meetings, with companies racing to implement safety measures and find effective ways for investors to meet and vote amid the coronavirus pandemic.

12:53 p.m. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her government may lift all social distancing measures, returning the country to normal life, bar the international border closure, as early as next week, Reuters reports. Ardern will decide Monday whether to ease the restrictions.

11:35 a.m. The Chinese market becomes the last best hope in a coronavirus-ravaged world. Global manufacturers are ramping up production in the country as other economies founder.

11:01 a.m. Australia’s GDP contracted 0.3% in the first quarter ended March, its first decline in nine years.

10:55 a.m. Cardboard is in the spotlight in Japan as light, cheap, and easy-to-handle means of preventing the spread of the coronavirus schools and offices. The humble packaging material may become a key tool in preventing a second wave of infection.

10:24 a.m. South Korea confirms 49 new coronavirus cases, up from 38 a day ago. Total infections in the country have reached 11,590, with 273 deaths. The government announced its third extra budget this year, setting aside 35.3 trillion won ($29.1 billion) to create jobs and invest in digital infrastructure.

10:14 a.m. China reports one new coronavirus case and four new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases on June 2. The total number of reported infections in the country stands at 83,021. The death toll remains unchanged at 4,634.

9:25 a.m. Mexico reports a new daily record 3,891 new cases of novel coronavirus, and 470 more deaths. The total number of known cases stands at 97,326, with 10,637 deaths.

7:45 a.m. Brazil posts another record number of coronavirus deaths with 28,936 additional cases, and 1,262 deaths. In total, there have been 555,383 confirmed cases and 31,199 deaths in the country.

5:40 a.m. Video conferencing software developer Zoom Video Communications sharply raises its annual sales forecast on the back of strong telework demand.

5:00 a.m. U.S. stocks close higher on hopes for an economic rebound, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising 1% and the S&P 500 climbing 0.8%

4:55 a.m. Bolivia will hold its presidential election, originally set for May but delayed owing to the pandemic, on Sept. 3, the country’s electoral court says.

1:45 a.m. A Rohingya man has become the first person to die from coronavirus in the world’s largest refugee settlement in Bangladesh, Reuters reports

1:00 a.m. The coronavirus pandemic will have “severe and long-lasting socioeconomic impacts that may weaken long-term economic growth prospects, lower investment because of elevated uncertainty, and lead to the erosion of human capital,” World Bank Group President David Malpass says on the release of analytical chapters of the bank’s 2020 Global Economic Prospects Report.

12:45 a.m. New York City remains on track to begin reopening on June 8 despite the past nights’ protests and unrest, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says.


Pedestrians in face masks cross a street in Tokyo on May 27. Japan’s capital recorded more than 30 new daily coronavirus infections on Tuesday, a little over a week after a state of emergency was lifted on May 25.

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Tuesday, June 2

10:42 p.m. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government issues its first coronavirus alert under a new warning system, as the number of new cases surged to 34 from 13 on Monday.

6:04 p.m. The Hong Kong government announces that it is extending its social distancing measures, which had been due to end on June 4, for an additional two weeks. Authorities also report an additional six cases of the coronavirus, including four from one housing estate, bringing the total number to 1,094 cases and four deaths from COVID-19.

6:00 p.m. The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak originated, has found no new symptomatic COVID-19 cases after testing of the entire population of nearly 10 million people between May 14 and June 1, officials say. But a total of 300 asymptomatic cases — people who are infected with the virus but do not exhibit symptoms of the disease — have been discovered.

4:55 p.m. India has approved Gilead Sciences’s antiviral drug remdesivir for emergency use to treat COVID-19 patients. The drug was authorized for emergency use by U.S. regulators last month and has also been approved by Japan.

4:40 p.m. Russia reports 8,863 new cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing its nationwide tally to 423,741. The death toll rose to 5,037 with 182 deaths confirmed in the last 24 hours.

4:20 p.m. Tokyo confirms 34 new cases of coronavirus infections as schools, shopping malls and gyms reopened after the state of emergency was lifted on May 25. It is the first time since May 14 for the daily number to reach 30 or more. Gov. Yuriko Koike said the Tokyo government will consider issuing its own alerts including measures asking some businesses to close again.

2:08 p.m. India confirms 8,171 new cases, bringing the country’s COVID-19 tally to 198,706 and marking the third straight day of more than 8,000 infections. The total includes 5,598 deaths, up 204 over the past 24 hours.

1:53 p.m. Indonesia announces it will not send any pilgrims on the hajj to Saudi Arabia this year, citing a lack of certainty from Saudi authorities over the pandemic. Indonesia traditionally sends the largest annual contingent and had planned to send 220,000 pilgrims during this year’s hajj season, which will fall in July.

1:50 p.m. Indonesia’s foreign tourist arrivals tumbled 87.4% in April from a year earlier to around 160,000, due to travel curbs imposed to contain the coronavirus. More than 90% of those who did visit came from neighboring East Timor and Malaysia.

1:15 p.m. North Korea will open schools early this month, after delays due to concern about the new coronavirus, state media reports. Schools usually begin their spring term April 1, but the start was postponed as the government took steps to ward off the virus. The isolated country has said it has had no confirmed cases of the disease.

1:00 p.m. Hong Kong reports four new cases in a single housing estate after recording no local transmissions for more than two weeks, raising fears of a “super spreader” in the neighborhood. Health officials who made an inspection say there is no need to evacuate the complex.


North Korean state media announded June 2 that schools will open early this month. The start of the school year was delayed by concerns about the coronavirus.

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12:15 a.m. Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, will allow some fitness facilities to open from June 13, after nearly a week with no new cases via community transmission.

10:25 a.m. South Korea confirms 38 new cases, up from 35 a day ago. Total infections reach 11,541 with 272 deaths.

10:00 a.m. Japan allows saliva-based tests to help increase PCR testing. But the country is limiting the tests to patients who have been symptomatic within a nine-day timeframe — the period during which a measurable amount of virus in saliva remains. Currently, nasal swabs are being used, but sneezing when collecting samples has threatened medical workers with infection.

8:00 a.m. Brazil reports 11,598 new cases and 623 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the country total to 526,447 cases and 29,937 deaths.

7:20 a.m. A week after Japan fully lifted its state of emergency, businesses are lifting their shutters and turning the lights back on. But customers and workers are not rushing to return.

5:00 a.m. The U.S. stock market largely ignored the turmoil sweeping the country, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining 91 points, or 0.4%, to 25475. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq rose 0.4% and 0.7% respectively.

4:00 a.m. As Asian governments reopen their economies, many are exploring the idea of “travel bubbles” that would allow citizens to cross borders with minimal or no quarantine periods.

3:27 a.m. Marriott International has reopened all hotels in China, according to CEO Arne Sorenson, with the occupancy rate reaching 40%.

Monday, June 1


Government support for saliva-based polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests will likely increase the number of people screened for COVID-19.

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8:57 p.m. The Singapore government is racing to create additional housing for about 60,000 migrant workers by the end of this year as it seeks to reduce the density in dormitories that have hosted mass outbreaks of the coronavirus, Reuters reports.

8:20 p.m. India has reported over 190,000 cases of coronavirus, passing France to make it the 7th worst-hit country behind the U.S., Brazil, Russia, the U.K., Spain and Italy, according to Johns Hopkins University.

7:20 p.m. New Delhi has allowed barber shops and salons to reopen, and is lifting the restriction on the number of passengers in private and public vehicles as the country starts to exit from a lockdown imposed on March 25. Delhi, India’s third worst-hit state with nearly 20,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, sealed off its borders for a week amid a continuous rise in infections.

7:00 p.m. The Philippine health authority is planning to validate around 6,800 positive coronavirus tests in the coming days, to try to provide an accurate picture of the pandemic’s progress in the country, the Manila Bulletin reported. A senior health officer, in a virtual press briefing, said that the department was dealing with around 6,800 unvalidated test results now.

The authority reported 552 new cases in the country on Monday, bringing the total to 18,638.

6:28 p.m. Citing public health concerns, Hong Kong will ban candlelight vigils in Victoria Park on the anniversary of China’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square on June 4 1989. This is the first time since 1990 that the vigil has been banned.

Activist Lee Cheuk-yan said the government was suppressing pro-democracy movements under the pretext of social distancing rules. The coronavirus outbreak has largely been brought under control in Hong Kong, with only a handful of new cases reported in the past weeks.

Hong Kong’s retail sales in April dropped 36.1% on the year, as the outbreak weighs on tourism and local consumption, marking the 15th consecutive month of decline.

6:00 p.m. Stocks in Hong Kong and mainland China soared on Monday as investors expressed relief after U.S. President Donald Trump stopped short of specifying tough sanctions over Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong.

5:00 p.m. Japan’s government plans to negotiate with its counterparts in Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand to lift entry bans on travelers from the four countries, which have strong economic ties with Japan and have largely brought their outbreaks under control. Japan is considering a phased approach in which business travelers would be allowed back first.

4:40 p.m. Russia reports 9,035 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking the nationwide tally of infections to 414,878 with 162 deaths reported in the past 24 hours. The total death toll reached 4,855.

4:30 p.m. Singapore confirms 408 new coronavirus cases on Monday, down from 518 a day earlier, bringing the city-state’s tally to 35,292.

3:00 p.m. Japan’s stock benchmark rose to a three-month high on Monday as U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats against China over new security laws for Hong Kong were less threatening than feared. The Nikkei average gained 0.8% to 22,062.39, its highest close since Feb. 26.

2:40 p.m. Gambling revenue in Macao slid 93.2% in May from a year earlier due to coronavirus-related restrictions in the world’s biggest casino hub. The 1.76 billion patacas ($220.4 million) in revenue for the month came after a 96.8% plunge in April.

2:00 p.m. Universal Studios Japan says it will reopen on June 8 but only to Osaka residents who have an annual “passport.” All Osaka residents will be welcomed beginning June 15, and on June 19 residents of five nearby prefectures will be allowed into the park. Meanwhile, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea have extended their closures again, setting no specific reopening date.

1:57 p.m. India reports another record single-day infection spike with 8,392 new cases, bringing the country’s COVID-19 tally to 190,535. The total includes 5,394 deaths, up 230 over the past 24 hours.

11:50 a.m. Public schools resume in Tokyo after a three-month closure, while the capital allows businesses such as shopping malls, gyms and movie theaters to reopen. Schools are still taking precautions, such as limiting attendance numbers, to prevent a second wave of infections.


Schools in Tokyo reopened on Monday after a three-month closure due to the coronavirus outbreak. They are still taking precautions, limiting attendance numbers to prevent a second wave of infections.

11:30 a.m. South Korea’s Celltrion says its experimental COVID-19 treatment showed a 100-fold viral load reduction in animal tests. The pre-clinical study noted improved nasal drainage, cough and body aches after the first day, and clearing of lung inflammations within six days, the company said in a statement.

10:27 a.m. South Korea reports 35 new cases, up from 27 a day ago. Total infections reach 11,503 with 271 deaths. Preschools in the country’s provincial regions reopen today, while the government plans to announce its third extra budget soon.

10:20 a.m. Tokyo begins random antibody tests on about 3,000 volunteer residents. Some of the antibody tests are underway in Miyagi Prefecture north of the capital, while Osaka further south will start testing from Wednesday.

10:00 a.m. China reports 16 new cases for May 31, the highest since May 11 and up from two cases a day earlier. All the cases came from overseas travellers. There were 16 new asymptomatic cases, compared with three a day earlier.

9:50 a.m. South Korean exports tumbled in May for the third straight month, though at a slower pace, as extended global lockdowns weighed on global demand. Shipments contracted 23.7% year on year in May, slower than the 25.1% drop in April.

8:55 a.m. Capital spending in Japan rose 4.3% in the January-March quarter from a year earlier. Investment by all nonfinancial sectors for factories, equipment and similar expenditures totaled 16.35 trillion yen ($152 billion).


A COVID-19 patient in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Los Angeles, California on May 40.

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5:35 a.m. Global coronavirus cases set a new record of over 134,000 on May 30 according to Johns Hopkins data. Brazil had 33,000 cases, far more than 24,000 in the U.S.

5:30 a.m. Seven out of 10 Japanese companies with domestic plants will revise their supply chains, a Nikkei survey shows, highlighting corporate efforts to find a new normal in light of continuing risks from the novel coronavirus.

3:40 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump hopes to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the next Group of Seven summit, signaling his desire to find partners as he blames China for the novel coronavirus pandemic. Trump said that he will postpone the G-7 summit from June to September.

Sunday, May 31

9:00 p.m. Sri Lanka plans to reopen its tourism sector in mid-June by allowing only small groups of visitors to begin with, a local newspaper quoted a senior tourism ministry official as saying.

7:30 p.m. Thailand’s House of Representatives passes a 1.9 trillion baht ($59.8 billion) support package to ease the impact of the coronavirus. The legislation, comprising three bills, needs approval from the Senate, which is expected to convene in early June, before it can become law.

1:50 p.m. Thailand reports four new coronavirus cases and no new deaths, taking the Southeast Asian country’s total number of infections to 3,081, with 57 deaths.

10:52 a.m. China confirms two new infections, down from four the day before, lifting the total number of recorded cases in the mainland to 83,001. With no new fatalities reported, the death toll remains at 4,634.

9:11 a.m. Brazil’s Health Ministry says the coronavirus death toll has risen to 28,834, with 956 fatalities in the past 24 hours. The South American country surpasses France, with only the U.S., Britain and Italy reporting more deaths. The number of infections in Brazil reaches 498,440, with a daily record of 33,274 new cases reported.

4:12 a.m. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a total coronavirus case count of 1,737,950, an increase of 18,123 from its previous count. The number of deaths has risen by 1,074 to 102,785.

12:14 a.m. Austria’s health ministry gives the green light for two Formula One motor races on July 5 and 12 — the delayed season-openers — to be held without spectators, Reuters reports.

Saturday, May 30

9:46 p.m. The Philippine Health Department reports eight additional deaths from the coronavirus and 590 new infections. Total fatalities rise to 950, while confirmed cases reach 17,224.

6:16 p.m. Malaysia reports 30 new coronavirus infections, raising its total to 7,762. The Southeast Asian country’s death toll remains at 115.

5:46 p.m. Indonesia records 557 new infections, taking its tally to 25,773. The country reports 53 new deaths, raising the toll to 1,573.

4:13 p.m. Singapore’s Health Ministry confirms 506 more coronavirus cases, increasing the city-state’s total to 34,366.

3:16 p.m. Taiwan approves remdesivir, from Gilead Sciences, to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

11:15 a.m. Japan’s health ministry postpones the approval of Avigan, a candidate drug for treating coronavirus infections, until June or later. The delay dashes the hopes of many, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who previously said that he “will aim for approval by the end of May.”

11:00 a.m. China records four new cases of coronavirus as of the end of Friday, compared with zero the day before. All of the cases were imported. The country also confirms four new asymptomatic cases, versus five the day before. With no new fatalities reported, the death toll remains at 4,634.

8:00 a.m. Brazil registers 1,124 deaths from the novel coronavirus and 26,928 additional cases in the past 24 hours. The death toll in Brazil, which has the second-largest outbreak in the world, stands at 27,878.

7:00 a.m. Japan’s largest diagnostic companies will step up to help the country in its lagging coronavirus testing effort by tripling their combined capacity to roughly 10,000 daily before summer’s end.

6:15 a.m. A record 5.97 million Japanese people, or about 9% of the nation’s entire workforce, were employed but not working last month, official data shows.

5:23 a.m. U.S. stocks end the final trading day of May with mixed results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls almost 0.1%, paring its losses after President Donald Trump’s news conference on China, in which he announced less drastic measures than some had expected. The S&P 500 rises about 0.5%.

3:52 a.m. The U.S. will “terminate” its relationship with the World Health Organization and roll back preferential treatment for Hong Kong, President Donald Trump says at a news conference. Trump claims the WHO is under China’s “total control.”

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

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