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Phuket Closes Land and Sea Entry and Exit Points

BANGKOK — Thailand’s popular seaside resort island of Phuket has closed all land and sea entry and exit points until April 30 to try to limit the spread of COVID-19.

What It’s Like to Catch, and Survive, the Coronavirus in Thailand

BANGKOK — Speaking from his condo, Singaporean expat Jay Feng asked other people currently in self-isolation at their homes to stay calm and not to panic. He knew a thing or two about the coronavirus; in fact, he survived it.

Chinese Charities Donate Medical Supplies Overseas to Fight Virus

BEIJING (Xinhua) — Multiple Chinese foundations have donated medical supplies to support countries in the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Out-of-Season Snow Blankets Tokyo Amid Pandemic

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Crowds disappeared from bustling business and tourist districts as out-of-season snow fell in Tokyo and surrounding areas on Sunday, the second day under stay-at-home requests in the capital region due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Japan Comedian Star Ken Shimura Dies of Coronavirus

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Ken Shimura, a veteran slapstick comedian and a one-time member of rock and roll band and comedy group the Drifters, a household name in Japan in the 1970s and 1980s, died of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus Sunday, his agency said Monday. He was 70.

Trump Extends Virus Guidelines, Braces US for Big Death Toll

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bracing the nation for a death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April, bowing to public-health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding coronavirus pandemic.

Tourists Stranded in Asia by Canceled Flights, Shut Borders

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — From the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand to the foothills of Mount Everest, tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as airlines cancel flights and countries close their borders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Tokyo’s Infection Spike After Olympic Delay Sparks Questions

TOKYO (AP) — Before the Olympics were postponed, Japan looked like it had coronavirus infections contained, even as they spread in neighboring...

Thailand’s Virus Death Toll Rises to 6; 109 New Cases Reported

BANGKOK — Government officials said on Saturday one more patient died of coronavirus infection, raising the total death toll to 6 in Thailand.

Prayut Approves Buying Medical Supplies From China, Japan

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has approved a 1.5-billion-baht (46-million U.S. dollar) budget for the Ministry of Public Health to buy medicines and medical equipments from China and Japan to cope with the COVID-19 spread in Thailand, Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai, at the ministry confirmed on Friday.

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