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Moscow under lockdown as global virus cases top 700,000

World Mar 30, 2020

Moscow under lockdown as global virus cases top 700,000

Russia's capital on Monday became the latest world city to impose a coronavirus lockdown as declared cases globally topped 700,000 and the planet braced for a drawn-out battle against the disease. Worried governments are imposing fresh confinement measures in the face of a spiraling COVID-19 ...

Coronavirus pandemic fuels trend toward smaller funerals in Japan

Business Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic fuels trend toward smaller funerals in Japan

by Alex Martin

From dispatching Buddhist monks to connecting grieving families with affordable funeral homes, Osaka-based end-of-life startup Uniquest Inc. is among the many firms that have been capitalizing on the growing preference toward simple, cheaper funerals and greater efficiency and personalization of services. That trend is likely ...

Suga pledges support for Okinawa's virus-rocked tourism industry

National Mar 30, 2020

Suga pledges support for Okinawa's virus-rocked tourism industry

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Sunday promised to provide assistance to Okinawa Prefecture's tourism industry, which has been hit by a slump in visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic. In Naha, Suga met with officials of local economic organizations and received requests for assistance, including ...

Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing

National Mar 30, 2020

Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing

by Junko Horiuchi

Japan's approach to halting the coronavirus pandemic might seem to other nations around the world like it is very social, and not so distant. As communities from Milan to Melbourne find themselves compelled to hunker down in their homes, peeking through the curtains at a ...

Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe's cities cleaner air

World Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe's cities cleaner air

Air pollution has decreased in urban areas across Europe during lockdowns to combat the coronavirus, new satellite images showed on Monday, but campaigners warned city-dwellers were still more vulnerable to the epidemic. Cities including Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Milan and Frankfurt showed a reduction in average ...

Coronavirus may prove to be game-changer for virtual sports

More Sports Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus may prove to be game-changer for virtual sports

With an unprecedented captive audience of three billion people in coronavirus lockdown, virtual sporting events are wooing fans after traditional live sports were shut down and public gatherings banned in many countries. Horse racing, boxing, cycling, soccer, motor racing and other sports are desperate to ...