Japan posts record 5,000 cases; AstraZeneca asks Philippines to approve vaccine
The Nikkei Asia is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
Global cases have reached 86,468,659, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has hit 1,869,808.
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Wednesday, Jan. 6 (Tokyo time)
6:33 p.m. Indonesia’s daily coronavirus cases reach a new high of 8,854, with 187 new deaths. The country’s totals now stand at 788,402 cases with 23,296 deaths. A government official on Wednesday says total deaths include over 500 health workers.
6:15 p.m. Japan’s stock market is heading toward a repeat performance of last spring as the country prepares for another COVID-triggered state of emergency, expected to be announced on Thursday, nine months to the day since the central government issued its initial “soft lockdown.”
Investors have spent the week rushing to sell stocks in sectors like transportation, retail, food and beverage, likely to be negatively impacted by the state of emergency, which is initially expected to last a month, covering Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitama.
6:10 p.m. Daily cases in Japan reach a record of at least 5,000. Tokyo and Osaka recorded daily highs of 1,591 and 560 respectively. The spread of the infection is seen to be accelerating.