Typhoon Haishen: Japan escapes worst as storm barrels towards South Korea

South Korea is bracing for the arrival of Typhoon Haishen, after the powerful storm battered Japan’s southern islands but appeared to pass through without major damage or casualties. The storm, carrying top sustained winds of up to 144 km/h (90 mph), was headed north toward South Korea’s second largest city of Busan, the country’s weather agency said. High winds have already cut power to almost 5,000 households in the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, including the resort island of …

Asia stocks mostly rise; Japan leads gains with trading stocks jumping

Markets in Asia Pacific were largely higher in Monday afternoon trade, with Japan stocks leading gains as investors monitor political developments in the country. Mainland Chinese stocks were higher in the morning, with the Shanghai composite up 0.8% while the Shenzhen component gained 0.619%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index jumped 1.36%. China announced Monday that manufacturing activity expanded in August. The official manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for that month came in at 51.0, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. That …

Which countries have not reported any coronavirus cases?

COVID-19 has so far been reported in 188 countries and territories [Ebrahim Noroozi/AP] In December 2019, the coronavirus was seemingly confined to China. But, a few weeks later, the virus, which causes the illness known as COVID-19, became a global pandemic. The virus, which leads to a respiratory illness that can be transmitted from droplets of bodily fluids – such as mucus and saliva, has now been reported in at least 188 countries. More: Coronavirus: All you need to know …

Coronavirus live updates: Improvement in virus mortgage bailout stalls; MGM Resort lays of 25% of U.S. workforce

The Trump administration announced the acquisition of 150 million new rapid coronavirus tests manufactured by Abbott Labs as part of a roughly $750 million deal, cornering nearly all of the supply the company expects to produce through 2020. The new test is cheap, produces results quickly and can be administered without the use of scarce and technical lab equipment. The Department of Health and Human Services said the tests will “potentially” be deployed to schools and “special needs populations.” Here …