Coronavirus latest: China orders customs to prioritize vaccine exports

Coronavirus latest: China orders customs to prioritize vaccine exports

Tokyo daily cases back over 1,000; New Zealand to keep border closed this year

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

Global cases have reached 99,734,558, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has hit 2,140,446.

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

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Tuesday, Jan. 26 (Tokyo time)

4:30 p.m. Britain’s unemployment rate rose to 5.0%, its highest since early 2016, in the three months to November as the pandemic continued to take its toll on the economy, official figures show. Separate data shows the number of employees on company payrolls in December was down 2.7% from a year earlier and 828,000 lower than at the start of the pandemic in February.

4:00 p.m. Japanese drugmaker Shionogi sells development and marketing rights of a COVID-19 drug to U.S.-based BioAge Labs. The drug was originally meant to treat allergic rhinitis. BioAge will hold exclusive rights for its use in treating COVID-19 in the U.S. and Europe in exchange for cash as well as milestones and royalties. The company plans to start a Phase 2 trial in the first half of the year.