Japan plans to set up virus testing center for travelers: Abe

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday the government was considering setting up a new coronavirus testing facility dedicated to overseas travelers, as he stressed the need to reopen borders to business and trade.

“The present state of ‘isolation’ has an enormous impact at a time of globalization, especially on a country like Japan that depends on international trade,” said Abe at a news conference held at the end of the Diet session. “We have decided to open borders first to business travelers from countries that have contained the virus.”

The idea of establishing a new polymerase

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Beijing travelers face restrictions amid spiraling virus cases

Beijing reported 21 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, ten fewer than the day before, as other parts of China imposed restrictions on people entering from the capital.

The city has now logged 158 new infections since June 11 after going nearly two months without recording a single case.

Authorities have raised the capital’s public health emergency response level from three to two. In an effort to stamp out emerging coronavirus hot spots before they grow, authorities have also locked down several residential compounds, launched mass testing and tracing initiatives, and closed certain businesses just days after they had reopened.


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Singapore says virus ‘under control’ as reopening hits phase 2

SINGAPORE — Singapore said Monday it will proceed with plans to reopen most of its economy and allow stores to resume business Friday as the country further eases coronavirus restrictions.

Social gatherings of up to five people will be allowed, and restaurants will be able to accept dine-in guests.

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the city-state, topping 40,000 with a daily increase of around 400. While virus transmission has been rampant in the tightly packed housing for migrant workers, the government has based its decision to ease restrictions mainly on cases among locals, which have been relatively low.


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Dow falls 600 points on fresh fears of second virus wave

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks tumbled at the opening bell Monday after spikes in coronavirus infections were reported in parts of the country, as well as in China, where the outbreak had been said to be under control.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped around 600 points, or about 2%. The broader S&P 500 index also fell around 2%.

The U.S. market drop followed a sell-off in Asia. Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average sank for a third straight trading day, falling 3.5% to close at 21,531, its first drop below 24,000 since May 29. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index slid about

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