China reports 1,300 asymptomatic virus cases after public concern

CHINA on Wednesday said it has more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the first time it has released such data following public concern over people who have tested positive but…

Hungry and in chains, Thailand’s tourist elephants face crisis

UNDERFED and chained up for endless hours, many elephants working in Thailand’s tourism sector may starve, be sold to zoos or be shifted into the illegal logging trade, campaigners warn,…

From ‘best prepared’ to postponed: Tokyo 2020’s rocky road

OLYMPIC officials regularly lauded Tokyo as the best prepared host city they had seen. But no one could have planned for the coronavirus pandemic that has forced an unprecedented postponement…

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 23 next year

THE Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23 next year, organisers said on Monday, after the coronavirus forced the historic decision to postpone the Games until 2021. “The Olympics will…

China slashes rate, pumps $7 bn into market to counter virus

CHINA’s central bank on Monday cut an interest rate on loans to banks by the largest margin in five years and injected 50 billion yuan ($7 billion) into the financial…

Asian markets mostly down as virus fears grow

ASIAN markets fell Monday following a steep drop on Wall Street as the jubilation from last week’s enormous US stimulus package faded and investors returned their attention to the soaring…

On or off? Who’s saying what over Tokyo Olympics postponement

AS the deadly coronavirus spreads around the globe, doubts grow over whether the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will go ahead as scheduled from July 24 to August 9. AFP Sport looks…

Fellaini is first coronavirus case in Chinese Super League

FORMER Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini has tested positive for the coronavirus, he said Sunday, becoming the first known case in the Chinese Super League (CSL). The 32-year-old Belgian international…

China’s virus strategy: a model for the world?

THE head of the World Health Organization believes China’s battle with the coronavirus offers a beacon of hope, but others question whether Beijing’s strategy can be followed by other countries…

South Korea drive-in cinemas enjoy sales boom over virus fears

A long queue of cars forms in front of a drive-in cinema in Seoul, as South Koreans look for safer spaces to enjoy a movie without the risk of contracting…