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Coronavirus live news: Japan prefectures to declare emergency; Ireland’s health IT systems suffer ransomware attack

Japan to declare state of emergency in three more prefectures; Ireland says vaccine programme will be unaffected by IT shutdown

12.13pm BST

As vaccine programmes continue to gain momentum throughout the world, for New Zealand, the question of how to reopen is becoming pressing.

Tess McClure in Christchurch reports on the issue of travel in New Zealand:

Related: ‘No roadmap’: New Zealand mulls reopening options after a year of closed borders

12.01pm BST

Stocks fall as Singapore announced on Friday its strict guidelines on gatherings and public activities, amid a rise in infections and new clusters forming in recent weeks.

The measures which will be in place from Sunday to mid-June include limiting social gatherings to two people, a halt on dining in at restaurants and for employers to make working from home a default arrangement for staff.

Singapore’s Straits Times index closed down 2.2% on Friday, its sharpest daily fall in 11 months, with drops led by firms exposed to retail and travel. Singapore Airlines fell 5.7%, the sharpest drop in a year.

The Singapore dollar fell slightly.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Coronavirus live news: Japan prefectures to declare emergency; Ireland’s health IT systems suffer ransomware attack ———