Japan Cancels Cherry Blossom Festivals

Major cherry blossom festivals in Japan have been canceled due to the deadly new coronavirus, the latest in a growing list of events quashed as the epidemic spreads globally. The traditional spring celebrations in Tokyo and Osaka, which attract millions of people wanting to see the white and pink flowers, will not go ahead as planned in April. Other cherry …

U.S. Postpones Southeast Asian Leaders’ Meeting

The United States has postponed a meeting of leaders of southeast Asian nations that was set for Las Vegas in mid-March due to COVID-19, a senior Trump administration official said. The decision was first reported on February 28 by Reuters news agency. President Donald Trump had invited leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to meet in the …

Italian Gov’t Prepares Economic Support as Death Toll Rises

The death toll from COVID-19 in Italy has risen to 34, five more than a day earlier, officials said on Sunday, as the government prepared to boost spending to help the fragile economy.  Italy reported 566 new cases of novel coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,694, the Civil Protection Agency said. Of those infected, 83 …

The 3D Printer Creating A Meatless ‘Beef’ Steak

A food technology company in Barcelona, Spain has created a plant-based steak by using a 3D printer.  Novameat created the world’s first 3D-printed plant-based vegan “beef” steak in 2018 but has now revealed an updated version of what is described as a “Nespresso for meat substitutes.” Company CEO and founder, Giuseppe Scionti, said: “We use a 3D printer so we …

Adults in England to be Automatically Enrolled as Organ Donors

All English adults are to be automatically enrolled as organ donors unless they choose to opt out under legislation that is set to come into effect in just eight weeks, health secretary Matt Hancock said.  On Tuesday, the government asked Members of Parliament to ensure the new “opt-out” system is up and running by May 20. It is hoped the …

China to End Wildlife Trade to Prevent Epidemic

China proposed major legislative changes to abolish wildlife consumption and trade, to prevent viral outbreaks like the ongoing coronavirus epidemic in the country. Consumption of wild animals as food and captive breeding would be totally prohibited, announced the National People’s Congress. Hunting, trading, or transporting of wild animals shall also be banned to prevent animal-to-human transmission of diseases. The stern …

Trump: US COVID-19 Risk is Low

The risk to the American people from the novel coronavirus remains very low, said U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday at a press conference in the White House. President Trump said because of the precautions taken by the U.S., the COVID-19 risk to the public “remains very low.” So far, a total of 60 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., …

New Delhi’s Deadliest Violence in Decades Following Citizenship Law

Violence erupted on the streets of New Delhi, mostly between Hindus and Muslims. At least 27 people have been killed, including a police officer, and about 200 people have been injured.  India’s capital saw its deadliest violence in decades after Parliament approved a controversial citizenship law in December. The legislation was backed by the Hindu nationalist party, BJP. The law …

Hong Kong to Give $10k to 7-M Residents

Hong Kong’s government on Wednesday said it will give a 10,000 Hong Kong dollars handout to seven million permanent residents in a bid to jump-start a recession-hit economy now compounded by the coronavirus outbreak. Financial Secretary Paul Chan unveiled the cash gift in an annual budget, committing a colossal 120 billion Hong Kong dollars to help alleviate the worst economic …