Japan extends pandemic state of emergency until May 31 May 05, 2020 0 483 12345 DPATokyoJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that the government will extend the state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic until May 31, as it is still seeing hundreds of new infection cases daily.Abe, who has called on the public to stay at home, said he appreciated people’s efforts, but said they were not enough to flatten the curve and lower infection rates, he said.The number of those with severe symptoms increased threefold since early April, the premier said.Abe asked a government panel of experts to provide an interim evaluation of the effectiveness of the measures on May 14. Depending on circumstances, the emergency could be lifted before May 31, he said.Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of economic revitalization, also told the parliament steering committee that the government is considering lifting the emergency “if certain conditions are met.” Japan on Sunday reported 199 new cases and 18 deaths from the Covid-19 respiratory disease, which is caused by the virus, according to a Kyodo News tally. As of Sunday, the country has confirmed 15,771 cases, including 712 on a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo in February, and 548 deaths, a Kyodo tally showed.However, critics argue actual numbers are much larger, as Abe’s government has intentionally limited testing. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Coronavirus cases pass 145,000 in new European blackspot Russia May 05, 2020 0 414 Train fares for regional migrants in India spark political furore May 05, 2020 0 105 China defends virus record, accuses US of ‘groundless’ distraction May 05, 2020 0 121 Trans-Tasman travel on the agenda for NZ and Australian PMs meeting DPA Wellington The possibility of making it easier to travel between their two countries will be on the agenda as New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern joins Australia’s national cabinet meeting on Tuesday. At a .. China province launches anti-racism push after outrage AFP Beijing China’s southern Guangdong province has launched a raft of anti-discrimination policies targeting businesses and venues after a heavy-handed crackdown on the African community sparked international .. Bangladesh to reopen shopping centres amid virus shutdown DPA Dhaka Amid a nationwide shutdown, Bangladesh has decided to reopen shopping centres from the weekend to allow people to buy goods ahead of the Muslim Eid-al-Fitr festival, the government said on Monday. The shopping .. Malaysians cautiously embrace partial lifting of COVID-19 lockdown DPA Kuala Lumpur After seven weeks of being told by authorities to “dudak rumah,” or stay at home, Malaysians tentatively resumed some aspects of pre-coronavirus life on Monday. Some businesses reopened and .. Vietnam fisheries reject Chinese fishing ban in disputed waters DPA Hanoi A Vietnamese professional fishing association on Monday rejected a recent Chinese fishing ban imposed on disputed waters in the South China Sea. “The Vietnam Fisheries Society (VFS) strongly opposes China’s ..