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4.30am BST

A bit more now on the new travel bans in Japan and South Korea, which are poised to tighten restrictions as they intensify efforts to prevent “imported” cases of the coronavirus.

Japan will expand its entry ban to include people travelling from the US, China, South Korea and most of Europe, local media reported on Monday. The measure will apply to foreign nationals who have been to any of the listed regions within 14 days of arriving in Japan, while Japanese citizens and foreigners who have traveled outside the banned areas will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and watch for symptoms of Covid-19, Kyodo news agency quoted sources as saying.

Japan has already imposed an entry ban on arrivals from affected areas of China and South Korea, as well as more than 20 European countries.

South Korea, meanwhile, will require all travellers from overseas to undergo two weeks of quarantine from April, Yonhap news agency said on Monday. Visitors who are unable to provide an address in the country will be told to stay at government-designated facilities at their own expense, it added.

Of the 105 new cases reported on Saturday, 41 involved people arriving overseas: 23 from Europe, 14 from the Americas and four from unidentified Asian countries.

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4.24am BST

Singapore’s central bank eased monetary policy Monday as the city-state, seen as a bellwether for the health of global trade, heads for a deep recession due to the coronavirus pandemic, AFP reports.

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