Japanese PM ends COVID-19 state of emergency in three more prefectures May 22, 2020 0 419 12345 DPATokyoJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday lifted a state of emergency in three western prefectures as increases in novel coronavirus cases appear to be slowing in the regions. The government will end the emergency in the prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo, while the measure would be kept in place in Tokyo, three neighbouring prefectures and Hokkaido, Abe said.The premier however added the government could lift the emergency in those prefectures as early as Monday if the number of new cases continues to be on a downward trend.Experts have agreed to the government’s move to end the emergency in the three western prefectures, Economic Revitalization Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters earlier in the day.Even under the state of emergency in Tokyo, many people wearing face masks commute on public transportation while more shops and department stores have reopened.In early April, Abe declared a one-month state of emergency for seven urban prefectures such as Tokyo and Osaka, requesting - not ordering - their residents to refrain from non-essential and non-urgent outings to prevent the spread of the virus.A week later the emergency was expanded to the entire country. He then extended it to the end of May. Japan has so far confirmed more than 17,000 cases, including 712 on a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo in February, and nearly 800 deaths as of Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Global coronavirus cases surpass 5 mn with death toll now topping 328,000 May 22, 2020 0 417 Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen released from jail due to coronavirus outbreak May 22, 2020 0 1540 Senate approves Trump political ally as US intelligence czar May 22, 2020 0 1642 Peru passes 100,000 COVID-19 cases, 3,000 dead LIMA: Peru has become the second Latin American country after Brazil to reach 100,000 coronavirus cases, according to health ministry figures out on Wednesday. The number of dead from COVID-19 has also passed 3,000, .. US leaving Open Skies arms treaty a ‘blow’ to European security: Russia AFP MOSCOW Washington’s departure from the Open Skies arms control treaty would be a blow to European security, a Russian deputy foreign minister said on Thursday, after President Donald Trump announced the US will .. Bolivian health minister held for suspected corruption LA PAZ: Bolivia’s health minister was arrested on suspicion of corruption related to the over-priced purchase of ventilators to fight COVID-19, then fired by interim President Jeanine Anez, officials said on .. Italian woman wins $1.1 million Picasso in charity draw PARIS: An Italian woman has won a Picasso painting worth more than $1 million in a charity raffle to raise money for village water projects in Africa. The winner of Wednesday’s draw at Christie’s auction house in Paris was .. China parliament eyes HK national security law after unrest AFP Beijing China’s parliament said on Thursday it will introduce a proposal for a national security law in Hong Kong at its annual session, in a move likely to stoke unrest in the financial hub. Beijing has made clear it .. China warns of ‘countermeasures’ over US virus sanctions threat BEIJING will retaliate if the US Congress passes legislation seeking sanctions against China over the coronavirus pandemic, the spokesman for the country’s parliament said on Thursday. Tensions between the global .. Newborn in Japan gets world’s first liver stem cells transplant AFP Tokyo Doctors in Japan have successfully transplanted liver cells derived from embryonic stem cells into a newborn baby, in a world first that could provide new treatment options for infants. The newborn was .. Britain buys over 10 million antibody tests for healthcare workers, patients LONDON: Britain on Thursday announced it had signed deals to buy more than 10 million coronavirus antibody tests from pharmaceutical firms Roche and Abbott for distribution to frontline healthcare workers. “From next .. UK exempts care staff from migrant health tax AFP LONDON The British government on Thursday announced that foreign care workers would be exempt from a charge imposed on migrants to fund the health service, after an outcry sparked by the coronavirus outbreak. Prime .. Guatemala blasts Trump over virus-infected migrant deportations GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemala blasted US President Donald Trump on Thursday over US deportations of migrants infected with coronavirus. President Alejandro Giammattei said the deportations had saturated quarantine .. US family turns in $1 mn found on street WASHINGTON: A sheriff’s department in the US state of Virginia praised a family who turned in two large mail bags they found in the middle of the road -- filled with nearly $1 million in cash. At first, Emily Schantz’ family ..