India's 1.3 billion people were under an immense lockdown on Wednesday to prevent an explosion of coronavirus cases as the government struggled to deliver essential goods and calm nerves.
All unnecessary services in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, have been ordered to shut down as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the city's ruling body said on Wednesday.
More than 40 cases of coronavirus infections were reported in Tokyo on Wednesday, Japanese media reported, the biggest one-day increase in Japan's capital which has overtaken much smaller cities to become the country's epicenter of the virus.
Indonesia has confirmed 105 new coronavirus cases, bringing the Southeast Asian country's total to 790, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto said on Wednesday.
The Philippines' health ministry on Wednesday reported 84 new coronavirus cases and three deaths.
More than 170,000 people have signed up to help Britain's National Health Service tackle the coronavirus outbreak just hours after a request for a quarter of a million volunteers.
Life started to return to normal on Wednesday after two months of lockdown in Hubei province, epicentre of China's coronavirus outbreak, with traffic controls lifted, construction work resuming and passengers venturing out to catch buses and trains.
Disposable rubber gloves are indispensable in the global fight against the new coronavirus, yet a month's lockdown in stricken Malaysia where three of every five gloves are made has upended the supply chain and threatens to hamstring hospitals worldwide.
Some British health workers fighting the coronavirus outbreak on the ground still feel inadequately protected, the head of the National Health Service Confederation a lobby group which represents swathes of the health service.
Israelis hoping for a stroll or jog were instructed on Wednesday to stay within 100 meters (110 yards) of their homes for a week under tightened restrictions to curb the coronavirus.