As countries world-wide plan to extend lockdowns to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the city in China where the virus first emerged is preparing for the last of its strict controls to be lifted at midnight.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday approved the extension of a community quarantine across the island of Luzon to April 30, while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday issued an order for a monthlong state of emergency covering Tokyo, Osaka and five prefectures.

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