Asia

First coronavirus deaths in the Middle East

Most of Hubei province remains under lockdown, with residents unable to leave their homes without special permission. Travel restrictions of varying severity have been imposed across China, from monitored movement to total quarantine from coronavirus, COVID-19

Japan economy suffers biggest drop since 2014

Consumer spending dropped 11.1% after the national sales tax was raised from 8% to 10% in October. In the same month, Typhoon Hagibis, the strongest typhoon in decades to strike mainland Japan, caused more than US$5 billion of damage to a large part of Japan.

Coronavirus: What do you feel if you are infected

An analysis, published in the esteemed The Lancet medical journal, of the first 99 patients treated for the coronavirus at Wuhan’s Jinyintan Hospital shows how differently the virus can impact people.

India ruins hope of world’s largest trade deal

The free trade pact, which is expected to be finalised in 12 months, is seen as a move to protect the countries in East Asia from slowing global trade and to help China which has been hit by rising tariffs and trade wars with the US.