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Abe declares end to Japan’s coronavirus emergency

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other prefectures on Monday, ending seven weeks of economic restrictions and ushering in an uncertain “new normal.”

Although the country of 126 million has recorded over 16,000 infections and 800 deaths since the pandemic began, it has avoided a devastating outbreak like in the U.S. and elsewhere. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government called off the emergency in most regions earlier this month, and it is poised to do so for Tokyo and nearby Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures, as well as Hokkaido, after consulting

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India’s Modi declares $265bn in economic relief to fight pandemic

NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled an economic package Tuesday night worth 20 trillion rupees ($265 billion) to help the country’s smaller businesses, laborers, farmers and middle-income earners overcome the crisis posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is almost 10% of the country’s GDP,” Modi said in a nationally televised address.

Details of the economic relief will be revealed by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman beginning Wednesday, said Modi, who noted that it also will “focus on land, labor, liquidity and laws.”

“It will cater to various sections, including cottage industry, MSME [micro, small and midsize enterprises], laborers,

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India’s Modi declares $266bn in economic relief to fight pandemic

NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled an economic package Tuesday night worth 20 trillion rupees ($266 billion) to help the country’s smaller businesses, laborers, farmers and middle-income earners overcome the crisis posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is almost 10% of the country’s GDP,” Modi said in a nationally televised address.

Details of the economic relief will be revealed by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman beginning Wednesday, said Modi, who noted that it also will “focus on land, labor, liquidity and laws.”

“It will cater to various sections, including cottage industry, MSME [micro, small and midsize enterprises], laborers,

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Japan’s Aichi Prefecture declares its own coronavirus emergency

TOKYO — Japan’s Aichi Prefecture declared its own state of emergency on Friday, signaling tension between the central and local governments over efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak. 

“We will take every measure with the highest priority on protecting the lives and health of citizens of the prefecture,” Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura said at a meeting at the prefectural office.

Under the prefecture-specific emergency declaration, which lasts until May 6, residents are strongly urged to refrain from going out. Located in central Japan, Aichi is home to Nagoya, the country’s fourth-largest city, and carmaker Toyota Motor.

Emergency measures were announced

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