Tokyo Governor's plea for the tens of millions of people in the capital and surrounding regions to avoid non-essential, non-urgent outings until April 12, and particularly this weekend, followed a surge in coronavirus infections this week.
Ramping up measures against the outbreak which has infected 5,698 people and claimed 92 lives, Turkey also limited intercity bus travel, banned walks and fishing along the seashore and beaches, as well as jogging in forests and parks on weekends.
Afghanistan's political turmoil has impeded each tentative step toward negotiations with the Taliban — negotiations that are supposed to come next under a peace deal that Washington signed with the insurgents last month.
Iranian media report nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the country, where drinking alcohol is banned and where those who do rely on bootleggers.
The government's reluctance to ban congregational prayers carries within it the fraught tensions of Pakistan's identity.
Pakistan is the latest country to employ creative public safety campaigns to increase awareness.
At least 74 people have died of the coronavirus in Turkey, where more than 3,600 have been reported infected since the first case on March 11, the health minister said late on Thursday.
Police on both sides of the border have used tactics of public shaming to force people off the roads during the pandemic lockdown.
Singapore's extensive surveillance during a two-month-long virus battle has won international praise but it is seeing a surge in cases in recent days. South Korea, where early testing helped slow transmission, is now seeing 100 new cases per day.
The International Olympic Committee issued a joint statement with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe postponing the Tokyo Games until next year.
With only the partial backing of his centrist party and the support of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud, Gantz left many of his political allies fuming over the smoothing of a path to partnership with a prime minister under criminal indictment.
A six-year-old child was among the 25 victims of Wednesday's attack, claimed by a group affiliated with Daesh terror group.
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