Coronavirus latest: Tennis-French Open postponed to May 30

7:30 p.m. Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday suggested he plans to designate Tokyo for stronger measures to combat COVID-19 amid a rise in infections and mounting pressure on hospitals in the capital.

The Philippines temporarily suspends the use of AstraZeneca jabs for people under 60, following reports of "rare cases of blood clots with low platelets detected in some individuals inoculated with the vaccine," the country's health department says.

Cruise ships in the U.S. remain under a "no-sail order," and Carnival has said recent guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on resuming voyages, including ensuring all passengers are vaccinated, are "largely unworkable."

Earlier in the day, Osaka declared a state of medical emergency due to a strained health services sector that is dealing with a nearly 70% hospital bed occupancy rate for those in serious condition.

The Japan Center for Economic Research and Nikkei conducted a quarterly survey from March 5 to 26, collecting a total of 40 answers from economists and analysts in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

2:00 p.m. India's factory activity grew at its weakest pace in seven months in March as renewed lockdowns to curtail a resurgence in COVID-19 cases dampened domestic demand and output, a private survey shows.

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