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Coronavirus latest: Thai government extends state of emergency

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Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Tuesday, May 26

7:42 p.m. The Thai government has decided to keep the kingdom under a state of emergency until June 30. It had been scheduled to end on May 31. This is an expected move by

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China chipmaker SMIC receives $2bn state help to supply Huawei

BEIJING/TAIPEI — China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. will receive a $2.25 billion infusion from state investment funds to underwrite the development and production of chips intended to counter new sanctions levied by the U.S.

Funds run by the Chinese government and the city of Shanghai will inject the capital into an SMIC group company that operates a plant in the city. The transaction, which will occur before the end of the year, will cut SMIC’s stake to 38.5% from 50.1%.

This move comes as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. stopped taking new orders from Huawei Technologies due to tougher U.S. restrictions

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Tokyo government weighs lifting state of emergency May 25

TOKYO — Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed Thursday that the state of emergency remains in place for metropolitan Tokyo and Hokkaido, while that status will now be lifted for Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures.

The government and an expert panel made the decision based on whether the number of new weekly cases fell to a benchmark of 0.5 per 100,000 residents, among other factors, such as medical care capacity and testing capacity.

Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba are considered a single area. Based on a Nikkei estimate, Tokyo’s number of weekly cases per 100,000

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Metropolitan Tokyo remains under the state of emergency

TOKYO – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed Thursday that the state of emergency remains in place for metropolitan Tokyo and Hokkaido, while that status will now be lifted for Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures.

The government and the expert panel made their decisions based on whether the number of new weekly cases fell to a benchmark of 0.5 per 100,000 residents, among other factors, such as medical care capacity and testing capacity.

Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba are considered one area because of heavy commuting. Based on a Nikkei estimate, Tokyo’s number of weekly

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