At Least 19 Missing as Mudslide West of Tokyo Hits Houses

A powerful mudslide carrying a deluge of black water and debris crashed into rows of houses in a town west of Tokyo following heavy rains on Saturday, leaving at least 19 people missing, officials said. Dozens of homes may have been buried in Atami, a town known for hot springs, said Shizuoka prefecture spokesperson Takamichi Sugiyama. […]

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Indonesian Police Block Streets on First Day of Tougher COVID-19 Curbs

Indonesian police threw up roadblocks and more than 400 checkpoints on the islands of Java and Bali to ensure hundreds of millions of people stayed home on Saturday, the first day of stricter curbs on movement to limit the spread of COVID-19. As it battles one of Asia’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, the world’s fourth-most-populous nation […]

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Indonesia To Deploy 53,000 Personnel For Emergency Restrictions

JAKARTA– The Indonesian government has decided to deploy 53,000 personnel, for emergency community activity restrictions (locally known as PPKM), to be imposed in Java and Bali, from today, Jul 3 to 20, a senior police officer said, yesterday. Inspector General Imam Sugianto said that, the joint force consists of 21,000 policemen and 32,000 soldiers. The […]

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Covid-19: WHO sounds alarm on Euro 2020 as Asian cases soar

COPENHAGEN— The World Health Organization (WHO) called for better monitoring of Euro 2020 football matches as Covid cases rise again in Europe, fuelled by the deadly Delta variant that is racing around the globe. Hundreds of cases have been detected among spectators attending Euro matches taking place across Europe, with carriers of the Delta strain […]

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Singapore’s Manufacturing PMI Rises To 50.8 In Jun

SINGAPORE– Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM), announced yesterday that, the Singapore purchasing managers’ index (PMI), an early indicator of manufacturing activity, rose from 50.7 in May to 50.8 in Jun. This is the 12th month of expansion for Singapore’s overall manufacturing sector. A PMI reading above 50 indicates expansion, while a reading […]

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Covid-19: WHO recommends Covid tests in schools

COPENHAGEN— The World Health Organization said that Covid-19 tests should be carried out in schools — even when no cases have been detected — to avoid the “harmful” effects of remote learning. Screenings in schools had previously only been recommended if a cluster of coronavirus cases has been identified, but the WHO now believes PCR […]

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