Li Keqiang’s comments come as Hubei province – except for Wuhan – lifts travel restrictions for the first time in two months
Chinese premier Li Keqiang has warned local governments not to cover up new cases of Covid-19, as low daily rates of infection prompted the relaxing of travel restrictions in Hubei province, where the pandemic started.
Li’s comments came as analysts questioned the veracity of China’s claims that the nation has had several days with no new domestic cases.
India has started its first day in lockdown. 1.3bn Indian people – a fifth of the world’s population – will have to stay home for the next 21 days. Prime minister Narendra Modi told citizens and residents to “forget what going out means”.
India has also banned the export of anti-malarial drugs which are being tested for efficacy against Covid-19.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged leaders of the worlds 20 major industrialised nations on Tuesday to adopt a wartime plan including a stimulus package in the trillions of dollars for businesses, workers and households in developing countries trying to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
New Zealand declared a State of National Emergency ahead of a national lockdown tonight for at least four weeks.
Australian cancelled all elective surgery (outside urgent electives) from Wednesday night.
South Korea said it would tighten border checks for travellers from the United States by Friday.