Coronavirus live news: Boris Johnson in hospital as Japan prepares for state of emergency

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Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to craft an “unprecedented” stimulus package to respond to the downturn inflicted by Covid-19, with a draft document referring to the pandemic as the “biggest crisis” the global economy has faced since World War Two.

Abe’s government is to pledge to take “all steps” encompassing fiscal, monetary and tax policies to battle the deepening fallout from the coronavirus in a stimulus package to be approved on Tuesday, a draft document reviewed by Reuters showed.

The Afghan health ministry has urged migrants returning from Iran to quarantine themselves, as coronavirus cases in the country continue to surge and the number of deaths reached 10.

A heath ministry spokesman said 2,737 people have been tested for Covid-19 in Afghanistan, with 367 confirmed positive. 30 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in last 24 hours.

Testing remains low in Afghanistan, and experts fear that the full extent of the spread is not known, leaving the country vulnerable to further infection.

Afghanistan’s most affected province, Herat, recorded 16 new positive cases, raising the total number to 230. Kabul is the second most affected city, with 57 confirmed cases.

Tens of thousands of Afghans have fled the coronavirus outbreak in Iran and returned home to Afghanistan, sparking fears they are bringing new infections into the country.

Kabul and all three provinces which have borders with Iran are under partial curfew in a bid to contain the virus spread, but with people still walking around freely, experts warn that fighting the coronavirus will be challenging.

Three patients died of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, pushing the total number of deaths to 10.

A doctor at a private hospital has also died of coronavirus in Kabul, the health ministry spokesman said. “Samples will be taken from 20 other doctors who were in contact with this doctor.”

Afghanistan has recorded 18 coronavirus recoveries so far.

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