Coronavirus: Week of Jan. 17 to Jan. 23, WHO secures 40m Pfizer shots

Coronavirus: Week of Jan. 17 to Jan. 23, WHO secures 40m Pfizer shots

Hong Kong locks down Kowloon district; UK variant shows ‘evidence’ of being deadlier

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

Global cases have reached 98,119,590, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has hit 2,104,927.

Saturday, Jan. 23 (Tokyo time)

11:08 a.m. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden plan to meet next month, the prime minister’s office said on Friday, following a call between the two leaders in which they agreed to join forces to combat coronavirus in North America.

10:36 a.m. Hong Kong’s government locked down an area of the Kowloon peninsula on Saturday, saying people there must stay home until all residents have been tested for the new coronavirus and results largely determined.

The government said in a statement there are 70 buildings in the “restricted area” of Jordan and that it aims to finish the process within about 48 hours.