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The Latest: Nepal starts 15-day lockdown as COVID-19 spikes

KATHMANDU, Nepal – Offices were closed, markets were shuttered, and vehicles were forced off the streets in Nepal’s capital on Thursday as authorities imposed a 15-day lockdown because of spiking cases of COVID-19.

The lockdown was imposed in most of the Himalayan cities and towns. In Kathmandu and surrounding districts, police set up checkpoints and stopped drivers and pedestrians. Several vehicles were impounded for defying the lockdown.

Residents rushed to neighborhood grocery stores for supplies in the morning when authorities allowed them to open for a few hours. To avoid the shutdown, tens of thousands had run out of Kathmandu in the past two days.

Both international and domestic flights were operating on schedule. The government has closed the land borders to foreigners, but citizens of neighboring India can enter with a negative coronavirus test and proof of a hotel booking for a 10-day quarantine.

Nepal’s health ministry has recorded 312,699 infections, while 3,211 people have died from COVID-19.



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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Moderna announced Thursday it is beefing up global manufacturing of its COVID-19 vaccine to produce up to 3 billion doses in 2022.

The company predicts supplying bet million and 1 billion doses worldwide this year. But it’s looking ahead as much of the world still will need a first round of COVID-19 vaccinations next year – and to be ready if and when people may need a booster shot.

MAdults in the U.S., European Union, and multiple countries authorize Moderna’s vaccine. The company expects data from a U.S. study of the two-dose vaccine in 12- to 17-year-olds and has begun testing the shots in younger children. Also underway are studies of doses tweaked to match better a worrisome mutated version of the coronavirus__

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is extending a month-long lockdown by two weeks as the country’s worst coronavirus infection spike starts to ease but remains alarming.

President Rodrigo Duterte said in televised remarks Thursday night that the second-most restrictive lockdown level will now run through May 14 in metropolitan Manila and four nearby provinces, a region of more than 25 million people. Mayors, however, cut a nine-hour night curfew in metropolitan Manila to six hours to help battered businesses.

Duterte warns mayors and village chiefs that they face jail if they don’t prevent gatherings and other events thaviolatingndemic restrictions.

Confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines soared past 1 million Monday, with deaths now at more than 17,000, the second-highest in Southeast Asia.

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