Asia Today: Virus forces cancellation of Asian peace prize
Barbershops and beauty salons are now allowed to operate under strict health measures as the lockdown continues to ease in the capital. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)BANGKOK A Philippine peace award has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, marking only the third disruption in six decades for the annual prize regarded as an Asian Nobel. The Philippines is a coronavirus hotspot in Southeast Asia, with about 22,400 infections, including more than 1,000 deaths. In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region: WHO FINDS PANDEMIC WORSENING: The head of the World Health Organization warned that the coronavirus pandemic is worsening. But Tijjani Muhammad-Bande hopes to announce an alternative for leaders to deliver their usual speeches during the assemblys so-called General Debate.