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By Yvette Tan, Andreas Illmer, Ayeshea Perera, Aparna Alluri and Saira Asher

All times stated are UK

  1. Indian humour in dark times

    The former chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir, has attempted to lighten the mood at his own expense.

    He was among thousands of local leaders put under house arrest a day before the disputed region was stripped of its semi-autonomous status on 5 August.

    He spent nearly eight months under house arrest.

  2. G7 to debate next steps to tackle virus

    Foreign ministers from the G7 group of leading industrial nations will discuss the coronavirus pandemic in a video

    conference later on Wednesday.

    UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is expected to push for more co-ordinated action to find a

    vaccine and to help repatriate tourists stranded by travel restrictions.

    The meeting had been due to be held in the US city of Pittsburgh but was cancelled as

    countries restricted travel to combat the spread of the virus.

    On Thursday, leaders from the wider G20 group of nations will hold their own video conference on the outbreak.

  3. The year the outdoors became Australia’s enemy

    Shaimaa Khalil

    BBC News, Sydney

    When I
    moved to Australia, I got the same comment over and over: “Enjoy the outdoors!”

    I arrived
    in November, when the bushfires began to rage. It became more ominous to be outdoors and for many, it soon became the enemy. The monstrous fires destroyed homes, claimed lives and ravaged bushland.

    It forced so many Australians to rethink their relationship with the
    outdoors. And now coronavirus is doing the same thing, but differently.

    Australians are being urged to stay home and practice social distancing. And yet in the same week that the government had warned against mass gatherings, hundreds and hundreds flocked to Bondi Beach here, forcing police to close it. When
    gyms shut, I saw people with their gym equipment by Sydney’s harbour.

    But the
    number of cases is growing rapidly. The question is at which point do Australians start
    to fully respond?

    For a country that prides itself on the outdoors as a
    lifestyle, ‘stay home’ is a difficult pill to swallow.

    A composite image of Sydney's Bondi Beach swarming with people, and empty, after it was closed by police

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    Image caption: Sydney’s Bondi Beach was shut by police, after crowds of people ignored distancing rules
  4. Asian shares are continuing a global rally today as investors hope the US is about to pour some $2 trillion (£1.7tn) into the world’s biggest economy to help cushion it from the huge blow being dealt by the coronavirus pandemic.

    That follows the Dow Jones Industrial Average seeing its biggest one day gain, in percentage terms, since 1933.

    For some perspective, in points terms, this month alone has seen the Dow having the five biggest daily gains and five biggest falls of its 135-year history.

    So why are are we seeing these historic swings?

    Simply put, on a daily basis, or often hourly or even minute-by-minute, investors and speculators are having to revalue the assets (shares, bonds, oil, gold etc) they buy and sell as they weigh the latest news on the economic impact of measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus against steps being taken to support the global economy by governments and central banks.

    So-called algorithmic trading, where computers automatically trade based on pre-programmed instructions, are also seen as adding to market volatility. That’s because this kind of software is able to buy and sell assets at lightning speeds – high-frequency trading – which can magnify price swings.

    And, while making predictions about the stock market at the moment is probably unwise, we are likely to see more of these big moves in the coming days, weeks or even months.

  • What is open after India lockdown?

    Indians across the country were told to stay at home starting today, and it kicked off a night of chaos which saw long lines and panic buying across supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential shops.

    After the speech by PM Narendra Modi announcing the complete shutdown a ministry statement clarified what exactly would be allowed to stay open:

    • Shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables etc. However, district authorities may encourage home deliveries to be carried out instead
    • Banks, insurance offices and ATMs
    • Print and electronic media
    • Petrol stations

    When and how people can step outdoors varies by state and authorities are expected to clarify the rules today.

    grocery store, new delhi

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: ‘Look at us today… we are your future’
  • Why are 1.3 billion people under lockdown?

    India is a crowded place and many of life’s every day activities include being around lots of people – which is what makes it a difficult place to control the virus.

    • Taking the train to work – between 85 – 90% of people who use trains travel in overcrowded second-class coaches
    • Going to a place of worship, for many it’s a daily activity to take part in congregations or religious musical functions
    • Big or joint families – its not uncommon for three generations to live together. One infected person could mean the entire family, including grandparents, get sick.

    The BBC’s Soutik Biswas in Delhi says these are the reasons India requires a “hard” lockdown to fight the virus.

    But the lockdown isn’t without its challenges. Read more from him here.

    Gurugram, India

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    Image caption: India is one of the world’s most densely populated countries
  • Officials point fingers over Australia ship ‘disaster’

    Ruby Princess cruise ship cuts in front of Sydney Opera House

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    As we’ve
    been reporting, the decision to allow passengers off the Ruby Princess cruise ship in
    Sydney last Thursday is being seen as a catastrophic error.

    One woman has died and there are least 130 cases.

    Passengers have contacted the BBC saying they received no warnings at all. A furious public has been calling for accountability.

    • How did the Ruby Princess disaster happen?

    In response, the Australian Border Force (ABF)
    spoke out this morning to point the finger squarely at state health officials.

    ABF commissioner
    Michael Outram said the ship’s doctor flagged flu-cases two days before arrival in Sydney.

    New South Wales (NSW) Health assessed
    this information but cleared the ship as “low risk”. It dismissed doing an
    on-board medical check at port, and told the Ruby it was free to disembark.

    “The decision to allow them off … was one of
    the New South Wales Health,” said Mr Outram.

    NSW Health has
    defended itself, saying it followed national protocols. This morning it stressed all cases so far had been exposed on the ship – something they
    couldn’t have prevented.

    But they didn’t address the critics questioning why they let infected passengers off the ship to then go home to their individual countries.

    were still seeking to “identify an onward transmission from any contact with
    those people travelling home”.

  • How do I keep my hands clean?

    You would have heard by now that washing your hands is one of the most
    important and effective ways to keep the coronavirus at bay – but you shouldn’t
    be doing just a quick rinse. Here’s a quick video to explain the correct

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: How to wash your hands – in 20 seconds
  • Read more about their struggles, here.
  • the US Customs and Border Protection said in the statement.

    Malaysia is the world’s biggest producer of medical gloves, according to news agency Reuters and the US is the world’s biggest consumer of that very product per person.

    The global coronavirus pandemic means that gloves are in huge demand in pretty much every country around the globe as most health systems are struggling to ensure protection for their staff.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Joe Wicks keeps children fit with online PE classes

    The fitness guru is running free online classes every weekday for children.

  • ‘Don’t panic’ says Modi

    After announcing the lockdown, Narendra Modi urged Indians not to panic.

    “Essential commodities, medicines would be available,” he wrote on Twitter.

  • Australia ‘very worried about rate of rise’

    Good morning from Australia, which is ramping up response measures. About
    2,300 people here have now tested positive – it was about 600 a week ago.

    “We are very worried about the rate of the rise. It is a
    very, very steep growth,” chief medical officer Dr Brendan Murphy told Australians last night.

    midnight, strict limits will apply to people attending funerals and weddings. Many businesses have been ordered to close – we have more details here.

    For the first time, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also expressly discouraged gatherings at home.

    This morning, he added elective surgeries would be banned and a new taskforce would be created to stimulate businesses.

    New South Wales, which has more than 1,000 cases, said its first children under 10 had tested positive: a
    two-month-old boy and a seven-year-old girl.

    Sydney's Luna Park

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    Image caption: Amusement parks are among a list of businesses which must now close
  • Long queues after lockdown announcement

    Panic buying was triggered across India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a national lockdown.

    People scrambled to get their groceries and other essential products, with long queues forming across outside pharmacies and supermarkets:

    People gather at a pharmacy to buy supplies

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    People gather at a pharmacy to buy supplies

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    People lineup outside stores to buy groceries

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  • Almost 20,000 global deaths

    1. Italy: 6,820
    2. Hubei province, China: 3,160
    3. Spain: 2,808
    4. Iran: 1,934
    5. France: 1,100
    6. US: 775
    7. United Kingdom: 422
    8. Netherlands: 276
    9. Germany: 157
    10. Belgium: 122

    Source: Johns Hopkins University