Coronavirus latest: Indonesia’s cases reach new daily high

Nikkei Asia is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Global cases have reached 36,071,253, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has hit 1,054,609. To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts: […]

Nikkei Asia is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 36,071,253, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has hit 1,054,609.

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

Thursday, October 8 (Tokyo time)

8:35 p.m. In an unexpected move, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly asks Congress to pass the 4.5 trillion pesos ($93 billion) national budget for 2021.

Fears have mounted over possible delays in the budget’s passage after Duterte-allied lawmakers — embroiled in a power struggle over the House of Representatives speakership — suspended the session until next month.

“I am not going to give a timeline. Only dictators do that. I want you to fix this. If and when I see that there is a delay and it will result in the derailment of government service, I will solve the problem for you,” Duterte said in a brief televised speech.

7:32 p.m. Malaysia reports 375 new coronavirus cases, the second straight day of falling infections as the country moved to impose targeted lockdowns.

5:52 p.m. Indonesia’s infections reach a new daily high of 4,850 cases, with 108 deaths in the past 24 hours. Indonesia has now reported a total of 320,564 cases and 11,580 deaths. Health officials express concerns over potential further increases in the coming weeks, with labor unions and student groups taking to the streets over the past few days in protests against a contentious omnibus law on job creation.

5:30 p.m. Russia reports 11,493 new cases, just short of the most confirmed in a single day, pushing the overall total to 1,260,112. Officials said 191 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 22,056. On May 11, Russia confirmed 11,656 cases, its biggest one-day tally.

5:00 p.m. The Philippines reports 2,363 new cases and 144 more deaths, the largest daily increase in casualties in more than three weeks. Total confirmed infections have reached 331,869, while deaths have increased to 6,069.

3:30 p.m. The Bank of Japan raised its economic assessment for most of the country’s nine regions, saying they were starting to pick up. “Once the impact of the coronavirus pandemic subsides globally, Japan’s economy is likely to continue improving further as overseas economies resume steady growth,” said Haruhiko Kuroda, the central bank’s governor.

3:07 p.m. Tokyo reports 248 new infections, up from 142 a day earlier, bringing the capital’s total to 27,117.

2:12 p.m. Japan’s service sector sentiment index rose in September to its highest point in two and half years, a Cabinet Office survey shows. The survey of workers such as taxi drivers, hotel workers and restaurant staff — called “economy watchers” for their proximity to consumer and retail trends — showed confidence about current economic conditions rose 5.4 points from August to 49.3.

1:27 p.m. India reports 78,524 cases in the last 24 hours, up from 72,049 the previous day, bringing the total to over 6.83 million. The death toll jumped by 971 to 105,526.

12:49 p.m. The Philippines’ largest budget carrier, Cebu Air, says it is looking to raise $500 million to repair a balance sheet that has been hit by the pandemic. The move comes a day after the Philippine government hinted it could offer airlines some assistance while also making it clear that the private sector would have to lead the industry’s revival.

11:00 a.m. AstraZeneca, which has promised not to profit from its COVID-19 vaccine “during the pandemic,” has the right to declare the pandemic over as early as next July, according to an agreement with a manufacturer, the Financial Times reports. The memorandum of understanding between AstraZeneca and a Brazilian manufacturer defines the “Pandemic Period” as ending on July 1, 2021, the FT said.

10:50 a.m. Patients are asking to join clinical trials of antibody-based COVID-19 drugs after U.S. President Donald Trump was treated last week with an experimental therapy from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and then on Wednesday touted its benefits and promised to make it free to Americans. Medical experts said more data is needed to assess the treatment’s efficacy before wider use should be allowed.

10:22 a.m. South Korea confirms 69 new cases, down from 114 a day ago. Total infections reach 24,422 with 427 deaths.

9:10 a.m. China reports 11 new cases for Wednesday, up from seven a day earlier. The new cases all were imported infections involving travelers from overseas. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not count as confirmed cases, fell to eight from 24 a day earlier.

7:23 a.m. Brazil passes the mark of 5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases as it approached 150,000 deaths in the second-most deathly coronavirus outbreak outside the U.S., reports Reuters. Though the number of daily cases has come down from a peak in July, public health experts warn that Brazil is ignoring social distancing precautions and faces the danger of a second wave by returning to normal everyday life too quickly.

5:00 a.m. U.S. stocks close sharply higher as investors regain optimism that at least a partial deal on more U.S. fiscal stimulus may happen. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 529 points, or 1.9%, the S&P 500 gained 1.7%, and the Nasdaq Composite added 1.8%.


President Donald Trump stands on the balcony outside the Blue Room after returning to the White House on Monday from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Returning to the Oval Office on Wednesday, Trump suggested his diagnosis could be a “blessing in disguise.”

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4:50 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump enters the White House Oval Office for the first time since returning earlier this week from a military hospital where he was being treated for COVID-19, according to a White House spokesman. In a new White House video posted Wednesday evening, Trump suggested his diagnosis could be a “blessing in disguise” for the nation’s battle against the pandemic.

4:15 a.m. The spread of COVID-19 in Ireland has reached an exponential growth phase and a coming surge in hospitalizations will create a “very significant challenge” for Irish society, reports Reuters, citing a leading public health official.

3:05 a.m. France reports a second daily record of new COVID-19 infections in five days, with almost 19,000 additional cases over 24 hours, while hospitalizations for the disease stood at a three-month high.

2:00 a.m. The World Economic Forum will hold its 2021 annual meeting in Lucerne-Buergenstock, Switzerland, from May 18 to 21, it said on Wednesday. It had announced in August that it would not host the event in the Swiss ski resort of Davos in January as usual due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The meeting will take place as long as all conditions are in place to guarantee the health and safety of participants and the host community,” the WEF said in a statement.


The Palace Hotel in Buergenstock, near Lucerne, Switzerland. The World Economic Forum will hold its next annual meeting in Buergenstock in May rather than in Davos in January.

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1:20 a.m. Italy has made it mandatory to wear face masks outdoors nationwide, trying to stop a rise in COVID-19 cases. The decree, approved at a cabinet meeting, will probably take effect Thursday, Reuters reports, citing a government source. The European country was an early pandemic hotspot and ranks sixth worldwide in COVID-19 deaths, with 36,000, according to Johns Hopkins University’.

Wednesday, October 7

11:30 p.m. Drugmaker Eli Lilly has sought emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for experimental COVID-19 antibody treatments and expects to have as many as one million doses available in the fourth quarter of this year.

“We believe the data generated to date provide sufficient evidence that both monotherapy and combination therapy may be effective to treat COVID-19 in patients with a high risk for serious outcomes,” Daniel Skovronsky, the company’s chief scientific officer, says in a statement.

10:30 p.m. All Nippon Airways has proposed to lay off staff as it tries to cut costs in the face of the global travel slump, Nikkei has learned. The Japanese airline’s management also seeks to reduce monthly pay for around 15,000 employees. The cuts are expected to lower annual compensation by about 30%. The coronavirus pandemic has decimated airline earnings and despite securing a 1 trillion yen ($9.4 billion) credit line in June, ANA has been unable to turn its fortunes around as demand for travel remains weak.


Thailand hopes to get consumers spending again by offering tax deductions.

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9:05 p.m. Thailand is introducing tax incentives in an effort to revive domestic consumption, according to Reuters. A government spokesman says tax deductions of up to 30,000 baht ($960) will be available on purchases of goods and services from October to December. Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow says the move will cost the government an estimated 11 billion baht in lost revenue but should generate 120 billion baht for the economy.

8:30 p.m. An Indonesian seaman who escaped from a South Korean quarantine center has been caught, Reuters reports, citing local media. Earlier in the day, authorities said the man had tested negative and was suspected of attempting to stay in the country illegally.

7:04 p.m. Malaysia reports 489 new cases, a slight dip from the previous day, bringing the cumulative tally to 13,993. No new deaths were reported.

6:59 p.m. The wealth of China’s ultrarich jumped 41% from April 2019 to the end of July this year, gaining from the rally in asset prices after the trough in March brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, helping the country’s richest citizens to collectively break the $1.5 trillion mark and boost global billionaire wealth to a record high.

6:28 p.m. India reports 72,049 new cases, down from the daily highs of last month in a sign that infections are peaking, officials and experts say.

6:03 p.m. Japan plans to permit Japanese and foreign national business travelers with residency status to reenter the country without having to isolate for two weeks, Nikkei has learned. The two-week self-quarantine measure will be waived for returning business travelers who submit an action plan. The travelers will also have to refrain from using public transit.

5:00 p.m. The Philippines’ health ministry on Wednesday says it has recorded 2,825 new coronavirus infections and 60 additional deaths.

4:29 p.m. The Indonesian government is preparing a 2-hectare site in the north of Jakarta to be used as a third COVID-19 cemetery. Labor rallies and local elections add to fears over Indonesia’s dire death toll.

3:11 p.m. Tokyo reports 142 cases, down from 177 a day earlier, bringing the capital’s total to 26,869.

2:37 p.m. An Indonesian seaman fled a South Korean quarantine facility by breaking through a wall only a day before his two-week isolation ended. “The person had tested negative for coronavirus and showed no symptoms during the isolation period,” health ministry spokesman Son Young-rae told reporters. Authorities suspect the man, who had entered the country on a work visa, intends to stay illegally in the country.

1:34 p.m. India reports 72,049 cases in the last 24 hours, up from 61,267 the previous day, bringing the country’s COVID-19 tally to 6.76 million. The death toll jumped by 986 to 104,555. The number of active cases currently stands at 907,883 while 5.74 million people have already recovered, according to the health ministry’s latest update.

1:20 p.m. A Chinese experimental vaccine being developed by the Institute of Medical Biology under the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences was shown to be safe in an early-stage trial, researchers said.

12:25 p.m. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has tested negative for the novel coronavirus, his office said on Wednesday, after a minister who attended a high-level meeting chaired by the premier on Saturday contracted the virus.

11:19 a.m. Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose advocacy of public health guidelines to fight the coronavirus conflicts with President Donald Trump’s downplaying of the pandemic, said on Tuesday the recent rash of infections at the White House could have been prevented. Fauci has been a longtime advocate of wearing face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

11:07 a.m. Melbourne, the capital of Australia’s state of Victoria, on Wednesday reported the lowest two-week average of new cases after a second wave of infection led authorities to impose one of the world’s toughest lockdowns. For the first time since the second coronavirus outbreak caused more than 800 deaths in the state — more than 90% of the country’s 897 virus-related deaths — the two-week average has fallen below 10.

8:35 a.m. U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he and President Donald Trump should not have their scheduled debate on Oct. 15 if Trump is still infected with the coronavirus at that time. “If he still has COVID, we shouldn’t have a debate,” Biden told reporters traveling with him.

8:06 a.m. White House adviser Stephen Miller tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, an NBC reporter said on Twitter, the latest case of coronavirus reported among Donald Trump’s inner circle since the Republican president announced he had the virus last week. Miller’s wife, Katie, who is a spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence, tested positive for the virus in May.


Dr. Anthony Fauci takes questions from U.S. senators in  Washington on Sept. 23: Fauci has said the White House could have prevented an outbreak of COVID-19 among staffers and others.

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6:08 a.m. With coronavirus cases on the decline in Singapore, the city-state wants to become a global hub for “hybrid” conventions that combine online and in-person elements to create a greater economic payout with less infection risk.

5:16 a.m. Japan’s Mizuho Financial Group “plans to introduce three- and four-day workweeks in December,” CEO Tatsufumi Sakai revealed at a Nikkei hosted symposium on Tuesday. With new work styles and greater digitization crucial in adapting to the coronavirus, the leaders of five large Japanese financial groups shared their strategies for an industry that is being transformed by the pandemic.

4:01 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump orders an end to talks with Democratic lawmakers on a new stimulus package until after the election so that the Senate can focus on approving his nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average quickly falls more than 300 points after the decision is tweeted out.

2:55 a.m. The U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff have gone into self-quarantine after the Coast Guard’s No. 2 tested positive for the novel coronavirus following a top-level meeting at the Pentagon last week, reports Reuters, citing U.S. officials. American defense officials stressed that the military’s top brass — with the exception of the Coast Guard vice commandant, Admiral Charles Ray — had all tested negative so far and were still carrying out their duties.

12:15 a.m. White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah says that U.S. President Trump’s health is improving quickly but that he is “not out of the woods yet.” She says special precautions are being taken at the White House to ensure the safety of staff around the president.

Tuesday, October 6

7:44 p.m. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the government is not planning to impose a nationwide lockdown, but will instead implement restrictions targeted at specific areas, despite a spike in coronavirus cases over the past two weeks.

“For now, we are not thinking of imposing a total lockdown nationwide. If we do that again, it could bring down the country’s economic and social systems,” he said on Facebook Live from his home. Malaysia’s health ministry reported 691 new cases on Tuesday, another new daily record.

He also urged citizens to abide by health guidelines and to stop spreading fake news.

5:30 p.m. China is in talks to have its locally produced COVID-19 vaccines assessed by the World Health Organization, as a step toward making them available for international use, a WHO official says. Hundreds of thousands of essential workers and other groups considered at high risk in China have been given locally developed vaccines even though clinical trials had not been completed, raising safety concerns.

5:18 p.m. A quarterly consensus survey conducted by Japan Center for Economic Research and Nikkei shows that economists of five Southeast Asian countries and India have again revised downward their projections for 2020 or fiscal 2020/21, which had already fallen into the negative in an earlier survey.

The 40 responses recorded in the survey conducted over September shows that economists and analysts expect recoveries after 2021, but only if countries are able to control the spread of COVID-19.The economies of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand contracted by 10.7%, while India’s shrunk by 23.9% in the April-June period as the pandemic took hold in the region, according to the survey.


Japanese and South Koreans on business will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days when travel between the two countries resumes.

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5:25 p.m. Indonesia reports 4,056 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections to 311,176, government data show. Meanwhile, the number of deaths rose by 121, the highest daily increase since Sept. 30, taking total fatalities to 11,374.

5:05 p.m. The Philippines confirms 2,093 new infections and 25 more deaths, the lowest number of fatalities reported in 15 days. Total confirmed cases in the country have increased to 326,833, the highest in Southeast Asia, while deaths have reached 5,865.

4:22 p.m. South Korea and Japan agree to exempt business travelers from 14-day quarantines starting on Thursday. South Korean business people can come to Japan on a short-term business track or long-term residence track after first obtaining a visa. Applicants are required to submit a negative COVID test certificate and to buy private medical insurance covering their stay.

4:00 p.m. China’s economy likely expanded 5.2% in the July-September quarter as a policy-led recovery continues, with growth expected to accelerate from 3.2% during the April-June period, according to a survey by Nikkei and Nikkei Quick News.

3:14 p.m. Tokyo reports 177 cases, up from 66 a day earlier, bringing the capital’s total to 26,727.

2:00 p.m. Sri Lanka confirms a large cluster of infected garment factory workers days after reporting its first community infection in two months, AP reports. The health ministry said the 321 infected people are coworkers of the first patient, who was diagnosed at a hospital two days ago.


A woman is assisted to a government-run hospital in Jammu, India on Oct. 5.

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1:30 p.m. India’s daily count of new cases rises by 61,267, fewer than the 74,442 a day earlier. This is the lowest single-day rise in infections since Aug. 25. Government data shows a cumulative total of 6.69 million. Deaths rose by 884 to 103,569.

11:30 a.m. Philippine inflation slowed to a four-month low in September, reflecting weak demand due to the pandemic. The Consumer Price Index rose 2.3% in the month from a year earlier, slightly slower than the 2.4% inflation in August, as pressure eased on the heavily weighted food and non-alcoholic beverage index.

10:45 a.m. South Korea confirms 75 cases, up from 73 a day ago, bringing the country total to 24,239 with 422 deaths. Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae said the ministry will expand in-person classes from next week.

9:50 a.m. After U.S. President Donald Trump returned to the White House and took off his mask after being hospitalized, presidential challenger Joe Biden criticized him for downplaying the seriousness of the virus. “I would hope that the president, having gone through what he went through — and I’m glad he seems to be coming along pretty well — would communicate the right lesson to the American people: Masks matter,” Biden said.


U.S. President Donald Trump pulls off his protective face mask as he poses atop the Truman Balcony of the White House after returning from being hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center on Oct. 5.

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8:22 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House after being hospitalized. But in a video released shortly after leaving the hospital, Trump urged Americans to “get out there” and not be afraid of the virus. Trump left the hospital wearing a mask but took it off to enter the White House. Trump walked up the steps, removed his mask, then saluted the Marines guard as it left.

7:30 a.m. A drug combination used to treat HIV shows no benefits for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, a study said on Monday, confirming the initial results of a previous trial. Scientists at the University of Oxford said in June interim results had ruled out benefits of lopinavir-ritonavir in lowering mortality. The findings published in The Lancet showed that 23% of those given the drugs died within 28 days, compared to 22% of those given usual care.

5:54 a.m. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 can spread through the air, sometimes for hours, acknowledging concerns about airborne transmission. The CDC guidance comes weeks after it published — then took down — a similar warning, sparking debate over how the virus spreads. The agency said that people possibly infected others who were more than 6 feet away within enclosed, poorly ventilated spaces.

5:20 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 465 points, or 1.68%, while the S&P 500 climbs 1.8% after President Donald Trump’s medical team backs his discharge from the hospital.

Besides Trump’s health, investors are also watching progress by lawmakers and the White House on a long-delayed second stimulus package. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have spoken by telephone on economic relief measures and are prepared for another call Tuesday, Pelosi’s spokesperson Drew Hammill tweets.


In new guidance, the U.S. CDC said there was evidence that people with COVID-19 can infect others from a distance of more than 6 feet.

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5:05 a.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo orders schools to close from Tuesday in some parts of New York City where COVID-19 cases are rising. The move comes just days after the city fully restarted in-person classroom learning on Oct. 1.

But Cuomo stops short of calling on restaurants and other businesses to close in respond to the flare-up in infections.

4:25 a.m. U.S. stocks extend their gains on news Trump is leaving the hospital, with the Dow up 1.6% and the S&P advancing 1.7%.

3:20 a.m. U.S. stocks gain on hopes for President Donald Trump’s recovery from COVID-19, despite conflicting reports about his condition. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the broader S&P 500 are both up 1%, although down somewhat from session highs.

Hopes that Congress and the White House are closer to a deal on fresh economic stimulus are also emboldening investors.

2:08 a.m. The Hyundai Motor group’s monthly global sales have risen for the first time since the coronavirus gripped the world, with tax savings on auto purchases in South Korea and promotions in the U.S. helping to spark demand.

12:51 a.m. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says she tested positive for COVID-19, adding that she would begin quarantining.


White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany takes a question in the Briefing Room of the White House on Oct. 1.

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Monday, October 5

10:40 p.m. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz cancels all his appointments for the day and is being tested for the new coronavirus after an unidentified close colleague tested positive, reports Reuters, citing a spokesman. Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler of the Greens has taken the same precautions, and Kurz’s staff are also being tested, the spokesman says, adding that Kurz was not in quarantine.

9:57 p.m. Malaysia-based AirAsia Group’s Japanese joint venture says it will cease operations immediately, citing a lack of visibility and certainty of a post-pandemic recovery path.

9:01 p.m. Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet says it will launch non-stop flights connecting New Delhi and Mumbai with London’s Heathrow airport starting Dec. 4 under an “air bubble agreement” between India and the U.K.

Such arrangements are temporary agreements aimed at restarting commercial passenger services while most borders remain closed due to the pandemic. India has entered into such agreements with several countries, including the U.S., Canada, France, Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

8:15 p.m. Iran has registered a record high 3,902 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, with the total number of infections in the worst-hit country in the Middle East rising to 475,674, state TV reported. Health Ministry spokesperson Sima Sadat Lari told the television station that a record high 235 patients died in the past 24 hours, the same number of fatalities as on July 28.

6:33 p.m. The entire Malaysian cabinet has been asked to quarantine, including Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin after a minister tested positive for coronavirus. The minister attended a special COVID-19 cabinet meeting on Saturday, chaired by Muhyiddin, who subsequently released a statement saying that he had tested negative, but would quarantine for 14 days nonetheless. Malaysia recorded 432 cases on Monday, a record daily high.


The Malaysian cabinet is in quarantine after a minister tested positive for COVID-19.

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5:45 p.m. Indonesia confirms 3,622 new cases, taking the total number of infections in the country to 307,120, official data shows. It also reports 102 new deaths, bringing total fatalities to 11,253.

5:00 p.m. The Philippines reports 2,291 new infections and 64 more deaths. Total confirmed cases in the country have increased to 324,762, the highest in Southeast Asia, while deaths have reached 5,840.

4:30 p.m. Russia’s daily case tally reaches higher than it has been since May 12 as authorities report 10,888 new infections, including 3,537 in Moscow. Authorities say 117 people died overnight, pushing the official death toll to 21,475. Total cases in the country now stand at 1,225,889.

4:00 p.m. Cinema chain Cineworld will close all its U.K. and U.S. theaters this week, leaving up to 45,000 workers unemployed as it looks to survive the economic fallout from the pandemic. The world’s second-biggest cinema chain says it will temporarily shutter all of its 536 Regal theaters in the U.S. and 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theaters in the U.K. from Oct. 8.

3:12 p.m. Tokyo confirms 66 new infections, marking the first time in a week that the capital has reported less than 100 cases.

1:19 p.m. India reports 74,442 cases in the last 24 hours, down from 75,829 the previous day, bringing the country total to over 6.6 million. The death toll jumped by 903 to 102,685.


A man walks by a social distancing sign on the first day of New Zealand’s coronavirus safety measures that mandate wearing of a mask on public transport, in Auckland on Aug. 31. Coronavirus restrictions in the country’s largest city will be lifted this week. 

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11:24 a.m. South Korea confirms 73 new cases, up from 64 a day ago. Total infections reach 24,164 with 422 deaths.

10:30 a.m. Coronavirus restrictions in New Zealand’s largest city will be lifted this week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says, expressing confidence that a second wave of infections in Auckland has been almost eliminated. The city will move to alert level 1 from 11.59 p.m. on Wednesday, joining the rest of the country, after reporting no new cases for 10 days.

9:25 a.m. China reports 20 cases for Sunday, up from 16 a day earlier. All were imported involving travelers from overseas. The number of new asymptomatic infections, which China does not classify as confirmed COVID-19 cases, rose to 27 from 26 a day earlier.

8:55 a.m. U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tested negative again for COVID-19 on Sunday, his campaign says, according to a media pool report. Biden, who shared a debate stage with President Donald Trump last Tuesday, also tested negative in two tests on Friday, the day Trump disclosed his coronavirus infection.

6:49 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump briefly leaves the hospital to salute supporters in front of the hospital where he is staying near the capitol. He soon returned after waving to people from the backseat of a car.


Since their Sept. 29 debate, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, has tested positive for COVID-19 while his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, has tested negative three times.

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2:40 a.m. Japan and South Korea look to agree as early as this week on reopening short-term and long-term business travel between the two countries.

2:24 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump’s medical team reveals that the president has received dexamethasone, a steroid shown in studies to improve survival for patients hospitalized with critical COVID-19 who need extra oxygen.

12:57 a.m. Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies. The 81-year-old, better known as Kenzo, created his label in Paris in the 1970s.

Sunday, October 4

6:28 p.m. Malaysia reports 293 new coronavirus cases, taking its total number of infections to 12,381. Fatalities remained at 137. The Southeast Asian country saw record daily increases in cases last week, partly because of clusters linked to an election in its second-largest state of Sabah.

5:00 p.m. Indonesia reports 3,992 new cases, the lowest increase in six days, taking its total number of infections to 303,498, Health Ministry data shows. The coronavirus-related death toll rises by 96 to 11,151.

4:40 p.m. Russia reports 10,499 new coronavirus cases, the most daily infections since May 15, when the outbreak was at its peak and lockdowns were in place. Russia’s COVID-19 crisis center says 107 related deaths have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, lifting official national death toll to 21,358.

11:56 a.m. The number of confirmed cases in Germany rises by 2,279 to 299,237, data from the country’s Robert Koch Institute shows. Two new deaths increase the total to 9,529.

10:25 a.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Japan on Sunday but will not visit Mongolia and South Korea as planned, the State Department said Saturday, after President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 and hospitalized.

9:11 a.m. Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 757,953 on Saturday, the health ministry says, with the death toll reaching 78,880. Authorities cite 4,863 new cases and 388 deaths, but the true figures are likely higher due to limited testing.

8:11 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump, being treated for COVID-19 in a military hospital outside Washington, says in a video on Saturday that he felt ill when he arrived at the facility but now feels better. Trump, looking tired and wearing a suit coat but no tie, said, “I’m starting to feel good.” He added that “over the next period of a few days I guess that’s the real test. We’ll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days.”

Saturday, October 3

7:20 p.m. Chinese President Xi Jinping sends a message to U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, wishing them a speedy recovery from the coronavirus, Chinese state television reports.

6:57 p.m. Malaysia reports a record increase in coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, with 317 new infections. The country has reported a total of 12,088 cases. The Health Ministry confirms one new death, raising the total to 137.

9:43 a.m. A mask-wearing U.S. President Donald Trump moved to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for treatment on Friday after being diagnosed with COVID-19, as his administration and re-election campaign scrambled to adjust to an extraordinary twist in his turbulent presidency. “I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out,” Trump said in a brief video posted to Twitter earlier.

9:24 a.m. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a message of sympathy to U.S. President Donald Trump, wishing him well and hoping he recovers quickly from the coronavirus, North Korean state media said on Saturday.

8:54 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump has been treated with an experimental antibody cocktail for COVID-19 as a precaution, White House officials said Friday. The president’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said in a statement that Trump “remains fatigued but in good spirits” after receiving an intravenous dose of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals’ dual antibody. Trump was also taking immune system boosters zinc and vitamin D, as well as aspirin and other generic drugs.

7:12 a.m. The new James Bond movie, “No Time to Die,” on Friday became the latest blockbuster release to be pushed into next year as the movie industry struggles to get back to business amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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

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