(HBO) - Covid-19 has become a global pandemic and so many countries and cities have applied travel restrictions and social distancing orders.

India now has 52,952 cases of coronavirus, death toll 1783 - health ministry

The number of coronavirus infections rose to 52,952 in India, up by 3,561 over the previous day, the health ministry said on Thursday (May 7), with no signs of abating despite a strict weeks-long lockdown in the world's second most populous country.

Japan to help firms to move production bases to Southeast Asia

Japan will launch a subsidy programme to encourage domestic manufacturers to transfer their overseas production bases to Southeast Asia, as the coronavirus pandemic has greatly disrupted their supply chains heavily dependent on China.

Trump: FDA authorizes Remdesivir drug for COVID-19

President Donald Trump said on May 1 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had granted authorization to Gilead Sciences Inc for emergency use of its experimental antiviral drug Remdesivir to treat patients with COVID-19.

Global unemployment crisis triggered as COVID-19 remains severe

Together with the economic crisis triggered by COVID-19, a wave of unemployment is spreading in many major economies. Countries are now striving to not only fight the disease but also recover economic growth and support disadvantaged people.

Global efforts enhanced to relieve “pain” for poor countries amid COVID-19

International financial institutions and regional organisations are striving to provide effective "medicine” aimed at reducing damages for poor nations in the context of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to push many countries into miserable circumstances.

Vietnam affirms sovereignty over Hoang Sa, Truong Sa archipelagos

China’s circulation of a number of diplomatic notes at the United Nations (UN) that raise unreasonable sovereignty claims over Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos as well as maritime claims in the East Sea runs counter to the provisions of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), an official said on April 23.

The dark period of oil prices

Crude oil producers have just fallen into the depths after world oil prices for the first time in history fell to US$-37.63 per barrel. Moves to save the oil market from the brink of collapse were immediately launched, but efforts have been extremely fragile.

G20 health ministers acknowledge health systems'' vulnerability to pandemics -statement

Health ministers from the Group of 20 major economies discussed weaknesses in health systems that made the world vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak and other pandemics, a statement said after a virtual meeting on Sunday (April 19).

COVID-19 causes severe shocks to Middle East, Africa

A scenario of socio-economic disturbance in the Middle East and Africa has been forewarned by experts if the regions cannot control the COVID-19 pandemic. With many countries being quite vulnerable, the Middle East and Africa are suffering from "strong shocks”, with economic downturn, rising unemployment and food security concerns.

Vietnam lauds implementation of peace agreement in Colombia

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnam Permanent Mission to the UN, has appreciated the positive results of a peace agreement in Colombia and believed that this will contribute to ensuring security and safety for people in the country, especially those in conflict areas.

World News in Brief: April 14

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that lifting restrictions too soon could lead to a deadly resurgence of COVID-19 as some countries are easing their social and economic restrictions amid the outbreak.

In grim milestone, United States logs world''''s highest coronavirus death toll

The United States surpassed Italy on Saturday as the country with the highest reported coronavirus death toll, recording more than 20,000 deaths since the outbreak began, according to a Reuters tally.

ROK''s Moon announces US$29.5 bln in additional cheap loans for exporters

The Republic of Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday (April 8) the government will make an additional KRW36 trillion (US$29.5 billion) worth of cheap loans available for exporters hit by the coronavirus.

Japan declares coronavirus emergency, approves near US$1 trln stimulus

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo on Tuesday (April 7) declared a state of emergency to fight new coronavirus infections in major population centres and unveiled a stimulus package he described as among the world's biggest to soften the economic blow.

Washington state to send ventilators to states hardest-hit by coronavirus

US state of Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Sunday (April 5) announced that the state will return more than 400 ventilators received from the Strategic National Stockpile to help states having higher numbers of COVID-19 cases.

World News in Brief: April 3

The regional economic growth in developing Asia will decline sharply in 2020 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic before recovering in 2021, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released on Friday (April 3). The report, Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020, forecasted the regional growth of 2.2 percent in 2020, a downward revision of 3.3 percentage points relative to the 5.5 percent ADB forecasted in September 2019.

World News in Brief: March 31

The G20 trade and investment ministers vowed on Monday (March 30) to ensure the continued flow of essential supply, especially medical and pharmaceutical equipment, amid the current global crisis. They issued a statement on the website of the G20 General Secretariat of Saudi Presidency, expressing concern of challenges facing workers and businesses, particularly the most vulnerable ones.

World News in Brief: March 30

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) successfully test-fired super-large multiple rocket launchers on Sunday (March 29), the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Monday (March 30) morning. The report said the test was conducted by the Academy of Defence Science to verify the tactical and technological specifications of the launch system once again "to be delivered to units of the Korean People's Army."

Trump gives up quarantine on New York, CDC issues travel advisory over COVID-19

US President Donald Trump said Saturday (March 28) he asked the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue travel advisory for the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, scaling back from an earlier suggestion to impose quarantine on those areas.

Vietnam asks China to respect its sovereignty

Vietnam requests China to respect its sovereignty and take no actions that escalate tensions and complicate the situation, affecting peace and stability in the East Sea and the region, as well as efforts of countries in negotiations of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang said.

Eurozone struggles to properly respond to “economic shock” amid COVID-19 fears

A recent comment by Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra - "We are driving through the mist and we don’t know what the next phase looks like” - might cause confusion but it accurately reflects the reality of economies in the Eurozone. Recognising the imminent risk, the only monetary union in the world has yet to agree on measures to respond to the "economic shock” caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.

World News in Brief: March 25

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) to help launch a stimulus package in the trillions of dollars to keep businesses, workers and households afloat in face of the coronavirus. By the end of this year, the cost of this pandemic is likely to be measured in the trillions of dollars, Guterres told G20 leaders in a letter dated March 23.

European nations strive to combat COVID-19 with raft of further measures as Merkel put in quarantine

With surging confirmed COVID-19 cases, European nations adopted a raft of further measures on Sunday (March 22) to peg back the contagion, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel has put herself in quarantine after a doctor she met Friday tested positive.

Coronavirus cases top 100,000 in Europe, more measures expected

Over 100,000 people across Europe had tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Thursday (March 19) evening, prompting European governments to unleash more anti-virus measures.