Avoid crowds over virus, Japan health minister warns

Katsunobu Kato warned the nation was ‘entering a new phase’. — Reuters pic TOKYO, Feb 16 — Japan’s health minister today urged the public to avoid crowds and “non-essential gatherings”, including notoriously packed commuter trains, to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading in the country. Katsunobu Kato warned the nation was “entering a new phase” […]

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39 new cases of COVID-19 on cruise ship where Canadians trapped

TORONTO —Another 39 positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on a quarantined cruise ship in Japan, but it’s unclear if any of those new infections involve Canadians. Princess Cruises confirmed the new cases early Wednesday morning local time. “We are following guidance from the Japan Ministry of Health on plans for disembarkation protocols to […]

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Bhutan introduces ‘sustainable development fee’ for regional tourists

NEW DELHI: Ending decades of free entry to regional tourists visiting Bhutan, the government has decided to levy a daily US$17 (RM70 fee for regional tourists from India, the Maldives and Bangladesh, beginning this July. Bhutan is introducing the “sustainable development fee” following a spike in visitors that has sparked worries for the unique Himalayan […]

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Kunal Kamra Not Unruly: IndiGo Pilot Opposes Flight Ban

NEW DELHI — The pilot-in-command of the IndiGo flight in which journalist Arnab Goswami was allegedly heckled by Kunal Kamra has told airline’s management that he was “disheartened” to learn the carrier took action against the comedian without consulting him and solely on the basis of social media posts. READ:Kunal Kamra: DGCA Chief Says Flying […]

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