India curbs diagnostic testing kit exports as virus spreads

NEW DELHI/DHAKA (Reuters) – India is restricting the export of most diagnostic testing kits, as coronavirus cases in the South Asian nation topped 3,350 on Sunday despite a three-week nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the respiratory disease. India, which in recent weeks already banned the export of certain

Pakistan, Bangladesh try to stop Friday prayers to avert coronavirus spike

ISLAMABAD/DHAKA (Reuters) – Police in Pakistan will enforce a strict lockdown to prevent people from going to mosques to offer Friday prayers and fuel a rise in coronavirus infection, officials said, after failing to prevent large congregations last week. Health experts have warned of an epidemic in South Asia, home

Indian police clear out anti-government protest citing coronavirus

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Police in India’s capital broke up the longest-running protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship law on Tuesday, citing a ban on public gatherings because of the coronavirus outbreak. Dozens of people, many of them women, have been staging a sit-in protest since early December on

South Asian governments impose coronavirus curfews, border controls

DHAKA/COLOMBO (Reuters) – Bangladesh tightened border controls while Sri Lanka arrested more than two dozen people for violating a nationwide curfew as part of increased efforts on Saturday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in densely populated South Asia. The region, home to 1.9 billion people, appears to have

Pakistan urges calm as coronavirus cases surge, Sri Lanka stops flights

ISLAMABAD/COLOMBO (Reuters) – Pakistan’s prime minister has urged calm after its tally of coronavirus cases rose to 245 while Sri Lanka sealed itself off and shut its stock market on Wednesday, fuelling fears that South Asian countries are struggling to stem the pandemic. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases

India cancels almost all visas, closes Myanmar border, as regional coronavirus cases rise

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India said on Wednesday it will suspend the vast majority of visas to the country in a wide-reaching attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as cases across the region continued to rise. The virus has hit Europe and the United States far harder than China’s most

Bhutan bars tourists after first coronavirus case, India total hits 31

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bhutan said on Friday it would bar arriving tourists for two weeks after confirming its first case of the coronavirus, a tourist who spent several weeks in neighbouring India. The tiny Himalayan kingdom, which is heavily reliant on high-end tourism for foreign exchange, said a 79-year-old