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From goatherd to Olympic medalist

The son of a pedicab driver and a market stall attendant, Eko Yuli Irawan didnt dream of much beyond tending to goats, which he did every day after school to help his family make ends meet. Seeing potential, a local coach let Irawan train for free at his weightlifting gym, a decision that changed Irawans life.

Today, the 30-year-old athlete from Sumatra is a three-time Olympian, having won bronze medals in Beijing and London and a silver in Rio de Janeiro. The fact that hes done this and more despite his tiny stature of 5ft 2in has made him a national hero in his native Indonesia. After winning gold at the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships, he has his sights set at the top of the podium in Tokyo next year, and eventually wants to be recognised as the greatest of all time, a different kind of GOAT altogether.

See also: TatlerHot List: The Most Influential Voices In Asia Right Now

Grassroots activist giving hope to the hopeless

Singaporean Noor Mastura had a tumultuous childhood, living for years without a home or enough to eat. At one point, it got to be too much, and Mastura ascended the highest building she could find, fully intending to jump. But a voice in my head said Not like this, not now, says Noor. She eventually climbed down from the ledge, telling herself that things would get better.

They did, and after struggling to make herself and her family more financially secure, Mastura vowed to do what she could so that no one else in Singapore would go hungry, founding non-profit Back2Basics in 2013 to deliver free groceries to underprivileged families and homebound older people. Two years later she co-founded her other non-profit, Interfaith Youth Circle, to encourage dialogue between religions. For her work with both organisations, she was named Singaporean of the Year 2018 by The Straits Times. Not one to lay low, Mastura recently launched Being Bravely Woman, a platform to tackle issues of female empowerment specific to the Muslim world.

From gangster to CEO

Chiau Haw Choon grew up in a good family. He spent his days playing in the hardware shop founded by his grandfather in the small Malaysian town of Megat Dewa. But his life went off the rails when he was 13, after his family moved to Alor Setar, a much larger city, so his father could expand the family business into cement trading. Chiau dropped out of school and became involved in gangs. Two years later, he was caught up in a criminal investigation and thrown into a police lockup for five days. He didnt return to school until he reached the age of 17, after a period of self-reflection.

Once he applied himself to his studies, Chiau unexpectedly found himself taking the reins of the family company in his early twenties, when his father suddenly became ill. I didnt expect to be taking over so soon, he says. The only experience I had was as part of a gang. Nonetheless, Chiau quickly expanded the business. Within three years, the Chin Hin Group had moved far beyond cement trading, becoming Malaysias largest distribution company for building materials. The firm eventually evolved into two separate publicly listed companies, making Chiau, who is now 36, the youngest head of a publicly listed company in Malaysia.

Giving hope to millions with mental illnesses

As a child, Hana Alfikih never fit in. Bullied at school and miserable at home, the Jakarta resident turned to drawing to soothe her nerves and distract herself from the impulse to self-harm. Only much later, at university, was Alfikih diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Today, she continues to use art as therapy, but for the benefit of her thousands of social-media followers, who know her by the moniker Hana Madnessreportedly named for her fondness of UK ska band Madness, rather than her global advocacy for mental health causes. Her illustrations feature colourful characters named after mental illnesses and medications, such as Bipo, Skizo and Medico, designed to amuse and disarm. Her mission is to reduce the stigma around mental health in Indonesia, where the practice of pasung, or confining mental illness sufferers in cages and removing them from society, is all too common. Alfikih tackles the issue head on in a recently released documentary, In Chains.

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Journalist and human rights activist

As a journalist, human rights activist and LGBTQ ally, Nalutporn Krairiksh is a fierce advocate for those who struggle to have their voices heard in her native Thailand, speaking up for inclusion in all its forms.

Frustrated by the lack of access and consideration offered to disabled people, Krairiksh, who was diagnosed with ALS as a child and is wheelchair-bound, is also the founder of ThisAble.me, an online platform that publishes news and human-interest stories about disability rights, using her writing to bring awareness to subjects that dont usually receive the spotlightfrom less glamorous issues such as public transport access to systemic bias.

Krairiksh is also a founding member of the Future Forward Party, now the social group Move Forward, which is focused on social justice issues and made significant inroads in the 2019 Thai election.

Showing Hong Kong the Lion Rock Spirit

Elite rock climber Lai Chi-wai was one of the worlds best, regularly winning competitions and ranking in the top 10 professional climbers in the world. In 2011, a traffic accident left him paraplegic when his wife was seven months pregnant with their first child. Seeing his newborn son, says Lai, was all the motivation he needed to continue to live life to the fullest.

Lai continued his rockclimbing career, moving into coaching to help train the next generation. Five years after his accident, in December 2016, he inspired millions by scaling Lion Rock, Hong Kongs most famous peak.

Lai used his arms alone to ascend the 500-metre rock face over a gruelling 10-hour climb. The Lion Rock Spirit has long been a part of every Hongkongers identity, said to represent the tenacity that gave rise to the citys socio-economic development over the decades. In Lai, that spirit is alive and well.

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Singapores modern-day Beethoven

Globally recognised concert pianist Azariah Tan has played at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, won numerous international competitions and has a doctorate in piano performance. Something that makes Tan unique among his peers, however, is that he has reached these milestones and more despite having lost most of his hearing ability due to a degenerative condition. Tan only has 15 per cent of his hearing remaining and continues to suffer an additional loss of 5 per cent a year. He is likely to be deaf within the next few years.

Rather than let his condition slow him down, Tan draws inspiration from Beethoven, famously deaf, and wants to perform as often as he can in order to give hope to others. Hes raised funds for hearing-impaired children worldwide and played countless charity and outreach shows. In 2017 Tan was a finalist for the Singapore Youth Award, the nations highest youth accolade, in recognition of the inspirational role he exemplifies.

Dancing into a nations hearts

The 2008 Sichuan earthquake killed almost 70,000 people and left millions devastated. On that fateful day, dancer Liao Zhi was inside a building that collapsed completely. She lost her 10-month-old daughter, whom she was holding in her arms, and both her legs. Liao was the buildings sole survivor, rescued after being trapped for 30 hours beneath the rubble.

Remarkably, she returned to the stage just two months after the incident, her performance inspiring a nation still in mourning. Liao eventually adjusted to dancing with prosthetic legs, learning to accept the constant pain as her new normal. In 2013, she won the nations hearts again, coming in second place in a TV dancing competition, Dance Out My Life. The same year she released an autobiography to tell the world of her ordeal, which was later adapted into a Hong Kong play, Angels Psalm. More than a decade since the earthquake, Liao remains a symbol of tenacity and courage, continuing to inspire millions to never give up.

See also: Tatler Hot List: 16 Women Fighting For Fairness in Asia

From delivery boy to the head of Chinas FedEx

Born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong, Wang Wei skipped university to begin a career in the manufacturing industry. After realising how difficult it could be to move goods across the China-Hong Kong border, he founded Shun Feng Express, now known simply as SF, from a small shopfront in Hong Kongs Mong Kok district in 1993. In the early days, Wang, along with his six employees, would personally load boxes into vans and haul freight across the border. Today, the company operates 66 aircraft and employs almost 300,000 couriers.

Known as the FedEx of China, SF is arguably more innovative than its US counterpart. After obtaining Chinas first licence for delivery drones, in February this year the company used the devices, which can travel up to 18 kms and carry 10 kgs, to send medical supplies to Wuhan hospitals at the peak of the citys coronavirus outbreak. Wang still owns 60 per cent of the companys shares and is the tenth richest person in China. Tatler was unable to confirm if he still personally makes deliveries.

From criminal to social-media philosopher

Sean Buranahiran was bullied relentlessly as a child. He learnt martial arts, he says, to bulk up and take on his attackers. It didnt work out exactly as he had planned, as Sean wound up going to jail for his violent conduct.

After serving his time, Buranahiran told himself he needed to turn his mind, rather than his body, into the powerful weapon. I wanted to win the war without fighting, he says, and dedicated himself to learning from the great philosophers. Now he is one of Thailands top social media thought leaders, coming to prominence with 51 Weapons of The Wise, his bestselling book based on his experience of turning his life around. His viral videos on life, love and philosophy have been shared by millions, including, says Buranahiran, dozens of high-profile leaders such as the Crown Prince of Dubai. He is also an in-demand motivational speaker and runs his own life lessons course, IVM: The Way of Sean Buranahiran.

From living on the streets of Manila to the citys youngest elected mayor

As a child, Isko Moreno would rifle through garbage to find his familys next meal, eking out an existence in the alleyways of Manilas Tondo district. After being discovered by a talent scout at a neighbours wake, he began an acting career, making a name for himself in teen-focused movies before graduating to more serious roles. But Moreno felt the call of public duty, and in the Philippines, where celebrity often carries political cachet, he felt the jump to elected office was within reach.

After a couple of unsuccessful runs at the Senate, last year he became Manilas youngest ever elected mayor, building a nationwide profile. A shining light in the countrys scandal-prone politics, Moreno is admired for his everyman style, inspiring millions with his If it happened to me, it can happen to anyone refrain, and avoiding the trappings of his office. His only indulgences, he says, are the cups of Starbucks coffee he drinks to get through his packed schedule. This is my pat on the back, he says. Every cup reminds me to be grateful because now I can afford to spend 120 pesos for coffee, when once upon a time I could not.

Turning personal tragedy into hope for her community

Jazz Tan always knew her father was involved in a criminal gang, but her life turned upside down at the age of 14 when he was murdered by his cohorts in their Penang family home. Losing the familys sole wage earner, Tan took jobs washing plates and whatever I could do to just keep us alive, she says, and eventually won a scholarship to put herself through university.

While at school, Tan established YouthsToday, a platform that raises money to fund creative projects that encourage young people to remain in education, find their passions and stay away from criminal activity. I didnt want other youth to follow in my dads footsteps, says Tan. YouthsToday matches student projects with corporate sponsors; in return, students run campaigns with their newly learned skills, such as photography, to help brands market to the universities. Since it was established in 2013, nine years after the death of her father, YouthsToday has supported 50,000 young people, working with brands including Sony and KFC. If youre revengeful for whats happened to you, youll end up feeling very emptyeven if you take revenge on the person who did you wrong. Instead, channel your energy into making yourself successful, she says.

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Missing your travel plans? These home self-care practices will make you feel like youre on a Thailand retreat – Well+Good

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Imagine the most relaxing place you can think of. Envisioning your living room? Probably not. The truth is, most of us would prefer to be on a tranquil getaway right now (or, like, any time) rather than dealing with our current reality.

Say it with us: Theres no place like Thailand, theres no place like Thailand, theres no place like Thailand

Assuming you, also, failed to click your ruby red heels and magically arrive at the wellness destination of your dreams, were bringing you the next best thing, courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand: Thai-inspired, self-care practices to create your own at-home wellness retreat (and make your living room feel a tiny bit more like that tranquil oasis).

Thai culture has values that are very in tune with body and mind, heart, soul, and spirit.

Thai culture has values that are very in tune with body and mind, heart, soul, and spirit, says Karina Stewart, founder and chief wellness director at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa in Thailand. When [those values, the warmhearted people, ancient healing traditions, extraordinary cuisine, and mindfulness practices] come together, there are not many places in the world that can compare.

Of course the tropical climate, diverse flora and fauna, and gorgeous architecture also help make Thailand a top wellness destination, she says. But just because you cant teleport all of Thailands beauty into your living space doesnt mean you cant tap into some of those vacay vibes. Enter: Your very own at-home wellness retreat.

While we could probably all go for a Thai massage right about now, moving your body on your own can achieve almost the same effect. Thai massage therapists include a lot of stretching in their actual massage, Stewart says. A healthy stretching regime, where every joint of the body is stretched on a regular basis, happens when we do yoga, pilates, Tai Chi, or Qigong.

Look up a soothing Tai Chi flow to help you replicate that post-massage Zen feeling. Plus, Khun Sasi, an applied Thai traditional medicine doctor at Kamalaya, says even just changing your posture every 15 to 30 minutes while youre sitting at your computer can help energy flow more freely through your body, according to traditional Thai wisdom.

Yes, eating counts as a form of self care, and Stewart says nourishing your body, Thai-style, is all about simple, plant-forward dishes made with fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of herbs and spices. Adding fresh herbs and spices into our cuisine has an amazing impact on our rejuvenation, in our digestive health, in our immune health, on our emotional balance, and on our mental clarity, she says.

Meal prepping not exactly part of your ideal staycation? Brew an herbal teaanother Thai stapleto sip on whenever you want to relax. Sasi recommends boiling one cinnamon stick and two to three cardamom seeds for 15 minutes, then adding either the juice of one lime (if youre feeling constipated, this works wonders, says Sasi) or half a teaspoon of organic honey (she counts this as a bloat-buster) for a soul-soothing, wellness-supporting brew.

Prioritizing your own needs is important for your mental well-being, but caring for others can sometimes be a major boon for your mood. In Thailand, peoples social network is very strong, Stewart says, which translates to more compassion and warmheartedness. So call a relative you havent spoken to in awhile, write a letter to a friend, or simply wave to your neighbor. Even if it only boosts your mood for a few minutes, thats still a self-care win.

Meditating with an ocean view sounds amazing, but taking a few minutes to focus on your breath can happen pretty much anywhere. Mindfulness practices are a very big part of Thai culture especially with regards to Buddhism, Stewart says. It is regulating stress, helping us sleep, calming our emotions, and also showing us how to be more self aware. And with that we are able to observe ourselves and make better choices in our day to day lives.

Throw on a video or audio track of ocean waves crashing, and carve out some time to sit quietly with your eyes closed. Bonus points if you light a sea salt-scented candle to really soak in the serenity vibes with every deep breath.

Dont wait until youre on a wellness retreat to get in tune with your body. According to Stewart, Thai people are known for listening to their bodies, especially through the understanding of yin and yang energy, adopted from the Chinese. By balancing hot and cold energy, Stewart explains, you can encourage your body to come back to center. And who couldnt use a little more balance in their life?

You can use foods to tap into that energy by sipping on a cooling beverage like coconut water or mint tea when youre feeling hot or irritable (they dont call it being hot-headed for nothing), or cooking with warming spices like cinnamon or ginger when youre feeling down or just straight-up chilled from too much AC.

And with that, were off to stretch, call our mom, and plan our future IRL vacay to Thailand.

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School communities must stick together. The current pandemic is a testament to this.

Through a cohesive campus community, it is possible for students to be safe and healthy, with no compromise to their academic progress.

It goes beyond shifting education online. International schools in Asia are making daily deliveries of schoolwork, even laptops, tablets and Wi-Fi hot spots. Teachers hold daily virtual Zoom sessions with students. Administrators meet daily to check on the academic and emotional well-being of students. Digital learning tools from Google Hangouts to Microsoft Teams are being implemented full force.

Everyone is doubling down to keep learning going.

With team spirit and support, schools are proving that they can remain focused despite lockdowns, with the added benefit of students and faculty learning the true value of community.

A recent study by National University of Singapore psychology researchers Francesca Wah and Tick Ngee Sim also found that teamwork impacts academic performance.

Source: Jerudong International School

Wah and Sim recruited 1,005 students from three government-aided, co-educational Singapore primary schools to see if a common goal of winning encourages students to perform better at tasks. They found that children of all abilities who competed in groups against other teams for rewards such as actual prizes and verbal praise achieved higher scores. Students also said they prefer a team-learning approach to an independent-study approach.

Co-operation plays a key role in cultivating social connectedness, said Wah.

These unprecedented times call for nothing less. Here are four international schools in Asia with supportive campus communities keeping students inspired and engaged.

At International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC), community comes first.

The investments it has made over the past three months to safeguard students and faculty as well as adapt to COVID-19 is exemplary in its depth and breadth.

This stems from ISHCMCs deep-rooted culture of care to balance academic outcomes with the social and emotional needs of the community given the current environment.

Source: International School Ho Chi Minh City

With the support of an experienced Student Support Service team, a number of Wellbeing Guides were developed aimed at keeping parents and students engaged and empowered through challenging times. Emotional support is available to caregivers and learners virtually as needed.

This holistic response is well-received by ISHCMCs students and parents alike. They are grateful to have compassionate leaders at ISHCMC who have offered stability to keep the community spirit alive. This is particularly true for Grade 12 students, who are about to embark into a post-COVID-19 world.

ISHCMC Secondary School Principal Will Hurtardo said, We are defined as humans not by the situations put in front of us but by the way we face them, respond to them and overcome them. More than ever, you have faced adversity with courage and resilience in a way we find truly humbling. The future is full of optimism and hope because you are the people shaping it.

Read more about how ISHCMCs Class of 2020 responded during school closures and their success stories getting accepted to the top universities around the world.

At Jerudong International School, community spirit is at the centre of everything that students do.

For instance, the Middle Years (Years 7-9) community follow the Way of the Meerkat.

Meerkats are renowned for working together, and older meerkats mentor the younger ones. Middle Years students are encouraged to think about the role they each play in creating a community at JIS and influencing Junior School students.

Source: Jerudong International School

In the Upper Years (Years 10-13), the curriculum focuses on the core values of JIS: resilience, positive relationships, thinking, healthy living and mental health. These values help to create an engaging and cohesive learning experience for all.

JIS Wellbeing Captains also receive Mental Health First Aid training and are free to organise events such as Random Acts of Kindness Day and Mental Health Day.

Through its Polio Points programme, students get to earn points by achieving their schools aims. If a student achieves all of the aims, JIS then donates money to UNICEF to pay for one Polio vaccination (sponsored by Aetna) last year, their efforts paid for 8,265 polio vaccinations in developing nations.

These initiatives show the holistic approach JIS takes to instill global citizenship in its students. At JIS, its always an encouraging environment for students to reach out to others and to think about how their actions have a positive impact on their peers.

It did not take long for Bangkok Patana School to act to keep its campus community safe. From mandating temperature scans and providing masks, this international school put its students and facultys safety first and foremost.

And once international schools in Asia are allowed to open again, Bangkok Patana will continue to prioritise the safety of its pupils by abiding the Thai governments safety guidelines.

Source: Bangkok Patana School

Bangkok Patana also prepares students for future challenges through a broad range of subjects explored within the International Baccalaureate (IB) and outdoor learning.

For instance, Year 3 students get to learn in an Outdoor Classroom where they interact with nature, plan gardens and create their own tropical fruit, vegetable and herb patches. Secondary students learn to look beyond their personal needs and make a positive impact on society at large via community service, gaining valuable experience and networking opportunities in the process.

Through this process, students gain a greater understanding of their responsibility to contribute to the global sustainability movement.

Singapore American School (SAS) is an international school with heart.

To keep their community safe during the pandemic, they closed their campus and decided to integrate distance learning into their curriculum.

Source: Singapore American School

Alongside temperature checks, temperature screening slips are issued to ensure that all students, parents and educators are healthy before coming to campus.

Student wellbeing is paramount and the schools eco-conscious campus also shows their community how sustainability helps to build a better world.

Their campus sits by a two-acre natural rainforest that their science classes use as a living laboratory, and they have one million kilowatt-hours of electricity running through their campus solar panels.

Through this commitment to sustainability and student safety, SAS is setting an example for schools around the world.

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Has coronavirus sent your kids suddenly home? Are they craving something to do nearly 24/7? Most schools and daycare centers are closed, and many parents have hours and hours of unstructured time with their kiddos. Despite this being a time of crisis, parents have an opportunity to create special memories with their children.

Now is an easy time to resort to lots of screen time, but experts recommend setting healthy limits. Studies show that too much screen time can impact brain development and attention span in children and even delay expressive language development in toddlers.

One challenge is that most parents have fewer community resources available to them than usual. Many libraries, gyms, museums, programs, and even parks are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Parents and caregivers are getting more creative than ever before to keep young minds engaged and hands busy. Here are some fun ideas.

Some are calling the coronavirus quarantine an unprecedented opportunity to let children be children and to have fun. Get them outside in the yard. Now is a wonderful time for children to build forts, do art projects, and dig in the dirt for worms (if possible). Imaginative play involves powering down the devices, providing children with open-ended toys or objects, and conceding to a little bit of chaos.

If your children arent used to playing this way, you can help spark their imaginations to get them started. It might also be helpful to rotate the toy supply of younger children. This makes newly rotated items more exciting and reduces clutter in their play area.

Spring is a wonderful time to get that veggie patch going and you can get the kids involved.

Many grocery stores sell seeds, so this might not even require a special trip to the garden supply or hardware store. Some helpful ways to get children excited about gardening involve including them in planning, reading books about gardening, creating a photo journal of the garden, or starting a compost pile.

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to plant a garden with a minimal amount of work and supplies is with direct seeding. Peas, spinach, lettuce, radishes, carrots, beets, melons, beans, turnips, green onions, and squash are all great candidates. If space is limited, do you have a patio, balcony, deck, or courtyard space you can use? If so, give container gardening a try with pots and planters.

No room for a backyard garden? Try container gardening on a balcony or deck. Image by Phichit WongsunthifromPixabay

Art projects with kids are a wonderful way to engage creativity, but they often consume a lot of resources.

Raiding the recycling bin for artistic inspiration is an easy way to repurpose materials, reduce waste, and avoid trips to the store. Reuse plastic bottles, mason jars, aluminum cans, and cardboard to craft new creations. Make bird feeders out of toilet paper tubes, an egg carton dragonfly, or tin can creatures.

Despite exercise being excellent for the immune system, now is an easy time to become a couch potato.

There are so many resources available online for doing physical activity, such as learning Thai Chi or Qigong, Zumba dance, ballet, karate, yoga, and meditation. Although this does involve some screen time, the kiddos can be active at the same time.

There are many ways to engage children in caring about the planet.

Greenpeace has a Plastic-free Future Global Classroom initiative with lesson plans and games for children of all ages. There are opportunities to celebrate Earth Day remotely. You can even organize a virtual event and promote it on the Earth Day website.

Due to social distancing, many people are feeling disconnected and lonely.

Think about your friends and family that might feel most isolated right now and consider fun and creative ways to connect them with the kids. This can involve making collages out of old magazines, tin can creatures from the recycling bin, or recording songs. Some families are using video conferencing to connect in unique and fun ways, such as playing hike-and-seek or singing happy birthday.

Do you have any torn or soiled linens or clothing? If so, what creations can the kids make from them?

If you have a dog, there are many fun toys you can make, such as a braided toy from repurposed linens. If you have a young child, sewing buttons on socks is an excellent way to improve sewing skills and a good start to creating a sock puppet! Older kids may enjoy sewing a simple pillow, drawstring bag, bean bags, or stuffed creatures.

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A woman wearing a mask walks through a terminal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

COVID-19 testing and processing being conducted in Lansing, Mich.

Aragaw Beyene, center, of Washington, plays with his cousins' children, Eldana Tilahune, 6, left, and Meklit Tilahune, 2, Monday, March 16, 2020, at a public park in northwest Washington. Beyene and his extended family are taking turns watching each other's children so the others can work while schools are closed due to coronavirus precautions. "I normally drive an Uber," says Beyene, "but it's scary to drive an Uber right now with the coronavirus. I haven't gone to work since Friday. Although I hear there is not much work." The family says they may stop taking the children to parks outside due to coronavirus fears. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Friends, from left, Erin Carroll of Severna Park, Md., Clay Colehouse of Crownsville, Md., Jessica Goblin of Severna Park, Md., Travis Victorio of Millersville, Md., Mary Fitzell of Millersville, Md., and dog Marty, enjoy lunch during a visit to Annapolis, Monday, March 16, 2020. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the closure of bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters across the state in response to coronavirus beginning at 5 p.m. Monday. Drive-thru, carryout and delivery service will still be allowed. The friends gathered for lunch because they are home from college. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

People walk in Union Station's Main Hall in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. The U.S. surgeon general says the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago. It's a sign that infections are expected to rise in America as the government steps up testing and financial markets continue to fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington Union Station, a major transportation hub in the nation's capital, is nearly empty during morning rush hour as many government and private sector workers stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A bicyclist moves through Gravelly Point as planes arrive and depart at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A person stands near empty seats at Stadium Grill, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. The restaurant, which is across the street from Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the spring training baseball home of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins, is normally full with customers on game day. On Sunday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. Major League Baseball planned to update teams Monday on its health policy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Shelves are nearly empty at a supermarket in the wake of coronavirus outbreak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, March 17, 2019. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

A man wearing a face mask walks past advertisement boards at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Indonesia's capital city announced a lockdown of all tourist destinations and entertainment as well as the closing all of its public schools for 14 days amid the global coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

A security official checks the temperature of a visitor as a precaution against the new coronavirus at the Parliament House in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

In this Monday, March 16, 2020, photo, a woman wearing a medical mask with her child shops in a food mall in Chechen province capital Grozny, Russia. The Russian government says that it has decided to bar entry to all foreigners starting Wednesday. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

A streetcar conductor wears a mask on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans on Saturday, March 14, 2020, amid an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)

Train commuters hold on to the side of an overcrowded passenger train in Soweto, South Africa, Monday, March 16, 2020. South Africa will revoke nearly 10,000 visas issued this year to people from China and Iran, and visas will now be required for other high-risk countries that had been visa-free, including Italy and the United States. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Elderly Thai people, some wearing protective masks practice Tai Chi at Lumpini park in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

FILE - In this Saturday, March 14, 2020 file photo, travelers wait to check in their luggage at the Los Angeles International Airport. The coronavirus pandemic that's caused many Americans to avoid airports has others booking spur-of-the moment trips at dirt-cheap ticket prices. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., makes a statement about a coronavirus aid package, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 13, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Donald Trump listens to Vice President Mike Pence during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

People wearing a masks walk through a terminal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

People walk in Union Station in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. The U.S. surgeon general says the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago. It's a sign that infections are expected to rise in America as the government steps up testing and financial markets continue to fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A delivery worker rides his electric bicycle past the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, March 16, 2020, in New York. New York leaders took a series of unprecedented steps Sunday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including canceling schools and extinguishing most nightlife in New York City. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A COVID-19 test being processed at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Laboratories in Lansing, Mich.

A woman wearing a mask walks goes through security at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Custodian Joan Garner washes the floor in the pool locker room at Orange High School, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday ordered every school in Ohio to close for three weeks beginning at day's end Monday. DeWine says it's possible Ohio schools may be closed for the rest of the academic year. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Darcy Coleman locks the door to Rebelle Artisan Bagels after handing an online order to a customer outside as the restaurant closed its doors to dine-in service Monday, March 16, 2020, in Providence, R.I. State officials on Monday ordered restaurants and bars to end dine-in service as the total number of cases of the new coronavirus in the state has risen to 21. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A cyclist wears a mask as he crosses the Brooklyn Bridge, Monday, March 16, 2020 in New York. The bridge's pedestrian and bicycle path is normally crowded on a sunny day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Oculus at the World Trade Center's transportation hub is sparsely occupied, Monday, March 16, 2020 in New York. Millions of Americans have begun their work weeks holed up at home, as the coronavirus pandemic means the entire nation's daily routine has shifted in ways never before seen in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A volunteer uses rubber gloves while handing out lunches at a food distribution center set up by the Dream Center for those in need due to the coronavirus outbreak, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Physicians Assistant Jessica Hamilton, left, and Amena Beslic RN holds a swab and test tube kit to test people for COVID-19 at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

State Rep. Tracy Ehlert, D-Cedar Rapids, works at her desk in the Iowa House, Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. I Iowa leaders are suspending the current legislative session for at least 30 days in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Courtney Crabtree check the temperature of a customer at a Witham Health Services drive-through Community Viral Screening center, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Whitestown, Ind. The screening center for coronavirus will help provide guidance and reduce unnecessary trips to the emergency room. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Empty shelves are seen at the Meijer store, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Whitestown, Ind. People concerned with the coronavirus have been shopping ahead and emptying store shelves. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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A pedestrian wearing a protective mask passes a line of customers outside a supermarket, Monday, March 16, 2020, in New York. New York leaders took a series of unprecedented steps Sunday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including canceling schools and extinguishing most nightlife in New York City. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask walks past a nearly empty restaurant near Grand Central Terminal, Monday, March 16, 2020, in New York. New York leaders took a series of unprecedented steps Sunday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including canceling schools and extinguishing most nightlife in New York City. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Tony Berastegui, left, and his sister Giselle, age 12 and nine respectively, do their school work at home on the dining room table as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close Monday, March 16, 2020, in Laveen, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

A cable car operator looks out toward the Golden Gate Bridge while standing at the near-empty Hyde Street turnaround Monday, March 16, 2020, in San Francisco. Officials in six San Francisco Bay Area counties issued a shelter-in-place mandate Monday affecting nearly 7 million people, including the city of San Francisco itself. The order says residents must stay inside and venture out only for necessities for three weeks starting Tuesday in a desperate attempt by officials to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, attendees take a close look at cars from BYD at the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai. Chinas auto sales plunged 81.7% in February, 2020, from a year ago after Beijing shut down much of the economy to fight a virus outbreak, adding to problems for an industry that already was struggling with shrinking demand. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, Tom Hanks, left, and Rita Wilson arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The couple have tested positive for the coronavirus, the actor said in a statement Wednesday, March 11. The 63-year-old actor said they will be "tested, observed and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires." (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

A poster advertising "The Phantom of the Opera" is shown on the shuttered Majestic Theatre on a nearly deserted side street near Times Square, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in New York, after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of more than 500 people amid a rise in coronavirus cases. The ban for Broadway theaters started Thursday and will be in effect through April 12, according to a statement from the Broadway League, an organization of theater owners and producers. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Minskoff Theatre is shuttered Thursday, March 12, 2020, in New York, near Times Square after Broadway theaters closed following New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's banning of gatherings of more than 500 people over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A sign announcing the suspension of all Broadway shows is posted on a door at the Minskoff Theatre, where "The Lion King" had been playing, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of more than 500 people. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Zhili Sun, practices tai chi by blooming cherry trees while wearing a mask, Sunday, March 15, 2020, along the tidal basin in Washington. Sun, who is from China, says he was visiting his son in the U.S. when the coronavirus pandemic struck and has been unable to get home. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A family visits the cherry blossom trees along the tidal basin, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. Several events, including the parade, that are part of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival have been canceled due to coronavirus precautions. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Signs in the briefing room of the White House indicate social distancing measures being taken to separate reporters working at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

FILE - In this April 22, 2019 file photo, Chloebella Frazier, 4, of Washington, takes part in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Washington Union Station, a major transportation hub in the nation's capital, is nearly empty during morning rush hour as many government and private sector workers stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Washington Union Station, a major transportation hub in the nation's capital, is nearly empty during morning rush hour as many government and private sector workers stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

People walk in Union Station's Main Hall in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. The U.S. surgeon general says the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago. It's a sign that infections are expected to rise in America as the government steps up testing and financial markets continue to fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Visitors to Gravelly Point watch as a plane takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A bicyclist moves through Gravelly Point as planes arrive and depart at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A plane takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A man walks through an empty U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. Congress has shut the Capitol and all Senate and House office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The U.S. Capitol Rotunda sits empty on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. Congress has shut the Capitol and all Senate and House office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Visitors to Gravelly Point watch as a plane takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The U.S. Capitol Rotunda sits empty on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. Congress has shut the Capitol and all Senate and House office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Zhili Sun, practices tai chi by blooming cherry trees while wearing a mask, Sunday, March 15, 2020, along the tidal basin in Washington. Sun, who is from China, says he was visiting his son in the U.S. when the coronavirus pandemic struck and has been unable to get home. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A family visits the cherry blossom trees along the tidal basin, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. Several events, including the parade, that are part of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival have been canceled due to coronavirus precautions. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Signs in the briefing room of the White House indicate social distancing measures being taken to separate reporters working at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

FILE - In this April 22, 2019 file photo, Chloebella Frazier, 4, of Washington, takes part in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Washington Union Station, a major transportation hub in the nation's capital, is nearly empty during morning rush hour as many government and private sector workers stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

People walk in Union Station's Main Hall in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. The U.S. surgeon general says the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago. It's a sign that infections are expected to rise in America as the government steps up testing and financial markets continue to fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

People walk in Union Station in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. The U.S. surgeon general says the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago. It's a sign that infections are expected to rise in America as the government steps up testing and financial markets continue to fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A plane takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A man walks through an empty U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. Congress has shut the Capitol and all Senate and House office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

People wearing a masks walk through a terminal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A sign is placed at a deserted at Hokkaido sushi bar, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. The restaurant, which is across the street from Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the spring training baseball home of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins, is normally full with customers on game day. On Sunday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. Major League Baseball planned to update teams Monday on its health policy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

An empty practice field is seen at the Miami Marlins spring training baseball facility, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. On Sunday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. Major League Baseball planned to update teams Monday on its health policy.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

A worker sprays disinfectant at Al Akbar mosque amid fears of coronavirus outbreak in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)

A woman goes to a subway station is seen in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the day after German authorities spoke out more restrictions to avoid the spread out of the coronavirus. Only for most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

In this Monday, March 16, 2020, photo, a woman wearing a medical mask shops in a food mall in Chechen province capital Grozny, Russia. The Russian government says that it has decided to bar entry to all foreigners starting Wednesday. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

A gate at the Chicago Cubs practice facility at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz., is closed and locked Monday, March 16, 2020. The remainder of spring training baseball games have been canceled due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

FILE - This Sunday, March 15, 2020, file photo shows a bowl of stickers for those taking advantage of early voting in Steubenville, Ohio. Sharing the primary calendar Tuesday are two states that represent different pieces of America: Ohio, a largely white state thats barely growing and looking to rebound from a decline in manufacturing, and Arizona, a state where one-third of the population is Latino and growth is exploding. One looks more like the nation's past, the other could be its future. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Illuminated hearts cover the windows of the three room brothel 'Lankwitzer 7' in Berlin, Germany, Friday, March 13, 2020. Sex for sale has long been a staple part of the German capital's hedonistic nightlife, but amid concerns over the new coronavirus even the world's supposedly oldest profession is being hit by a sudden slump. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Revelers celebrate St. Patrick's Day Saturday, March 14, 2020, during an unofficial gathering at Tracey's Original Irish Channel Bar in New Orleans. (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)

A man looks toward the skyline from Bernal Heights Hill in San Francisco, Monday, March 16, 2020. Officials in six San Francisco Bay Area counties issued a shelter-in-place mandate Monday affecting nearly 7 million people, including the city of San Francisco itself. The order says residents must stay inside and venture out only for necessities for three weeks starting Tuesday in a desperate attempt by officials to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A man wearing a face mask walks on a pedestrian bridge at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Indonesia's capital city announced a lockdown of all tourist destinations and entertainment as well as the closing all of its public schools for 14 days amid the global coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

A worker wearing protective gears disinfects as a precaution against the new coronavirus at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The Korea Baseball Organization has postponed the start of new season to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

An empty practice field is seen at the Miami Marlins spring training baseball facility, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. On Sunday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. Major League Baseball planned to update teams Monday on its health policy.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Taylor Alderton, owner of Palm Harbor Boutique, pecks on a cell phone while she sits in her deserted store, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. The store, which is across the street from Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the spring training baseball home of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins, is normally full with customers on game day. On Sunday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. Major League Baseball planned to update teams Monday on its health policy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens during a briefing on coronavirus in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

This Friday, March 13, 2020 photo shows tents set up outside the Lexington Medical Center hospital in West Columbia, S.C. U.S. hospitals are setting up tents for testing, canceling elective surgeries, calling on retired doctors for help and confronting the possibility they will have to ration treatment as they prepare for an expected onslaught of coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

In this March 7, 2020 photo provided by Brazil's presidential press office, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, center, stands with President Donald Trump, second from left, Vice President Mike Pence, right, and Brazil's Communications Director Fabio Wajngarten, behind Trump partially covered, during a dinner in Florida. Wajngarten tested positive for the new coronavirus, just days after the trip, according to Bolsonaro's communications office on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Alan Santos/Brazil's Presidential Press Office via AP)

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks with reporters about the effects from the coronavirus, at the White House, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

There are no visitors touring the Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 13, 2020, which has been closed to tourists because of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A sign posted on a door at a store near Pike Place Market, an area tourist attraction, requests credit card payments only, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Seattle. In efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced a ban on large public gatherings in three counties in the metro Seattle area. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

A pair of shoppers wearing masks walks through Pike Place Public Market, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Seattle. In efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced a ban on large public gatherings in three counties in the metro Seattle area. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

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A worker cleans nearly-empty check-in counters for international flights at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok on March 11. / REUTERS

By Nyein Nyein 20 March 2020

The Myanmar Consulate General in Chiang Mai has urged Myanmar citizens to follow Thailands new requirement that foreigners present a medical certificate showing they are free of COVID-19 as well as proof of health insurance upon arriving in the country.

Thailand has recorded one death from COVID-19 since the outbreak started in Chinas Wuhan City in December. The Thai government announced that it has found 50 more cases on Friday, bringing its tally to 322. Of these, 43 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals and 278 are still being treated.

As Thailand saw a large jump this week in its number of recorded infections, the Thai government closed down schools, universities and entertainment venues around the country for two weeks, starting Wednesday, March 18.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced on Thursday that starting on Sunday, March 22, any foreigners entering the Kingdom must show a medical certificate ensuring the person is free of COVID-19 as well as health insurance showing at least US$100,000 of coverage for COVID-19 treatment.

The medical certificate must be issued no more than 72 hours before the date of arrival in Thailand and confirm that the traveler has tested negative for coronavirus. The Thai government has ordered airline operators to only allow passengers to check in if they have the two required documents.

The CAAT also ordered all airlines operating flights into Thailand to take protective measures on board, including wearing masks at all times, seating passengers as far away from one another as possible and following disinfection procedures on arrival.

The measures announced Thursday replaced Thailands previous requirements that applied to travelers from China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Italy and Iranwhich are classified as disease infected zones.

Thailands new requirement that travelers have at least $100,000 in medical insurance is likely to impact Myanmar nationals as the Kingdoms good healthcare services are popular among Myanmar people. Patients seeking treatment in Thailand previously did not need to carry medical insurance.

The current medical insurance must cover COVID-19 treatment and the minimum coverage is US$100,000. But medical insurance packages are not so well-known among Myanmar people. Now they wont be allowed to come to Thailand without this medical insurance. Therefore, we have tried to relay the message as much as we can, U Zaw Myo Htet, consul and first secretary for the Myanmar Consulate General Office in Chiang Mai told The Irrawaddy.

As of Friday, the global total for COVID-19 cases topped 236,000 with over 9,800 deaths in 175 countries, including 80,928 cases and 7,263 deaths in China.

But as of Thursday evening, Myanmar still has no COVID-19 cases, according to the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports. Myanmar has had 173 suspected patients, 157 of whom have already tested negative for the virus and 18 of whom are still awaiting results. Of those who tested negative, 106 patients were discharged from the hospital, 57 are still receiving treatment and eight died of preexisting illnesses.

On Thursday, Myanmar banned foreign tourists from entering Myanmar at land border checkpoints, including from Thailand. Local residents are still allowed through under protective measures, including body temperature screening.

Nine illegal border crossing gates controlled by the Myanmar military-backed Karen Border Guard Force (BGF) in Karen State, near the Myawaddy-Mae Sot border checkpoint, were also closed on Thursday, according to BGF leader Colonel Saw Chit Thu

On Friday, the Myawaddy-Mae Sot border checkpoint was quieter than it was over the past week as Myanmar migrant workers had rushed to return home, according to migrant labor rights group Yaung Chi Oo Workers Association.

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Citizens of Cambodia living along the nations border with Thailand are battling to make ends satisfy as authorities close checkpoints in between both countries to stop the spread of the unique coronavirus (COVID-19), motivating require a federal government bailout.

Authorities in Thailand, where 322 individuals have actually been contaminated with the condition brought on by the virus (COVID-19) and also someone has actually passed away from the condition, lately revealed several checkpoint closures in coming days, which Cambodians living along the border claim has actually put a grip on profession.

Long Sokunthy, a citizen of Banteay Meanchey districts OChrov area, stated that the closure of the border with the areas largest economic climate had actually influenced her everyday earnings as a food supplier, both due to the fact that of an absence of Thai organisation, as well as a raised concern of acquiring the condition amongst Cambodians, that rather select to stay at home.

Some 60 percent of local citizens are currently exercising social distancing from their residences, she approximated, including that she currently makes regarding 400,000 riel (UNITED STATE $100) each day in sales, contrasted to 1 million riel (UNITED STATE $250) prior to the border shut.

Sitting here I always saw tons of people in the past, but now its very quiet, she informed RFAs Khmer Service, including that the local market was likewise near vacant on Friday.

Everyone is remaining at residence I am bothered with infection from COVID-19 yet I am unable to venture out of job regardless of the condition coming to be extra significant. My kids and also I will certainly have to quit working up until the Thai border is resumed.

In Banteay Meancheys Poipet neighborhood, near the border, a local citizen that decreased to be called, stated that while the checkpoint continues to be open to visitors, citizens can just go across the border unlawfully, indicating there has actually been a considerable decline in cross-border profession amidst a suppression by authorities.

The border closure has actually impacted regarding 60-70 percent of the local economic climate, such as rice noodle vendors that initially offered in between 30-40 kgs (66-88 extra pounds) of noodles [per day], and also currently just offer 5 kgs (11 extra pounds), so food suppliers have actually shed a whole lot of cash, the local stated.

Residents of border locations in Battambang and also Pailin districts likewise informed RFA their capacity to work had actually likewise been influenced by the closures and also the expanding concern of infection.

Sum Someath, a cab driver at the Lem border checkpoint in Battambang, stated his prices had actually gone down so considerably that he had to quit working.

I have actually quit driving the taxi for a number of days, due to the fact that the concern of the coronavirus has actually maintained individuals within, and also currently I have absolutely nothing to do [to earn an income], he stated.

Vorn Pov, head of state of Independent Democracy of Information Economy Association, stated motorcycle drivers, road suppliers, and also building employees have actually been some of the employees worst impacted by the break out, and also are having difficulty also managing everyday dishes.

I think the government should prepare a budget package to support the poor, he stated.

If they owe money to the bank, then the government should tell the bank to delay interest payments. The government should also prepare a budget package to buy food for the poor during the coronavirus outbreak.

Cambodia had actually revealed a minimum of 51 favorable COVID-19 clients as of Friday, consisting of a number of lately recognized Muslim Cambodians and also Malaysian nationals that went to an Islamic expedition in Malaysia last month.

The records of the current infections have actually led customers to stay clear of Muslim organisations, motivating Cambodian Muslims to get in touch with the general public to avoid discrimination as the country rallies with each other to battle the spread of the virus.

Food safety in Laos

Meanwhile, in bordering Laos, which has yet to report any type of validated instance of COVID-19, authorities lately released a notification caution stores to avoid rate gouging, amidst records of raised costs for items and also prevalent hoarding.

The Wednesday notification from authorities in the resources Vientiane stated that stores that increase costs amidst the wellness dilemma will certainly be warned, fined, and punished.

But regardless of the order, local citizens claim food is flying off of racks, while the expense of items specifically clinical products is increasing.

People began hoarding food, especially rice, canned fish, and instant noodles because theyre afraid that the borders will be shut down due to the threat of the coronavirus, a rice vendor at a market in Vientiane informed RFA Friday.

People are consistently acquiring 2 or 3 100- kilo (220- extra pound) bags of rice each time and also saving them for lasting usage, the rice vendor stated, talking on problem of privacy.

Another local of the resources stated the expense of encounter masks had actually trebled to 15,000 kip (UNITED STATE $1.50) from 5,000 kip (UNITED STATE $0.50) weeks earlier.

Reports of the panic acquiring in Laos comes as the federal government tightens up control of vacationers in and also out of the nation.

On Thursday, authorities in Laos shuttered all tiny checkpoints for Lao and also Thai nationals throughout their nations common border, put on hold issuance of e-visas and also vacationer visas, suggested that Laotians avoid any type of excessive traveling abroad, revealed an implemented 14- day quarantine for Lao nationals returning to the nation, outlawed huge celebrations, and also shut all amusement places.

The brand-new procedures began the exact same day authorities shut all institutions throughout the country up until April 21, pointing out coronavirus worries.

An image reveals a tiny grocery store in the Lao resources Vientiane, 2019. Credit: RFA

Mask scarcity in Myanmar

Also on Friday, clinical employees in Myanmar which likewise has yet to reveal a COVID-19 infection informed RFAs Myanmar Service that they are requesting for contributions amidst a lack of masks and also safety clothes, as well as devices such as ventilators and also defibrillators around the nation.

If there is an actual break out, doctor go to threat of infection due to the fact that we do not have sufficient safety devices now, stated Ye Ye Than, a physician from Thingangyun Hospital in Yangon that has actually requested contributions via his Facebook web page.

I have been asking for public donations to fill the gap. Ideally, a healthcare facility with 100 doctors needs at least 200 protective suits In every hospital in the country, there is a shortage of these protective tools for health workers.

She stated devices like ventilators and also defibrillators are as well costly for a lot of medical facilities in Myanmar and also, also if there are benefactors, expanding international need implies there will certainly be couple of readily available on the marketplace.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) lately revealed that it has actually developed a UNITED STATE $1.8 million reserve for Myanmar to battle the coronavirus, and also Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi stated previously today that the federal government is developing a public fund to battle spread of the virus, getting in touch with participants of the general public to contribute.

But regardless of these procedures and also a current standards released by authorities for terminating public occasions, Myanmars federal government has actually run the gauntlet for stopping working to safe sufficient clinical materials to efficiently consist of COVID-19

New instances in Vietnam

On Friday, Vietnam validated that it had actually recognized 6 brand-new infections, bringing the complete number of COVID-19 instances to91 Among the brand-new infections were the initial 2 registered nurses in the nation to agreement the condition, as well as a British pilot for Vietnam Airlines that lives in Ho Chi Minh City.

A day previously, the Ho Chi Minh City Ministry of Health validated that 49 Vietnamese nationals had actually gone to the exact same Muslim expedition in Malaysias resources Kuala Lumpur last month that had actually triggered a number of of Cambodias favorable instances. The Vietnamese explorers are still undertaking screening, they stated.

Vietnams main Ministry of Health revealed Friday that it will certainly broaden quarantine demands to all inbound vacationers from those initially in area for vacationers from the UNITED STATE, European Union, and also participant states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). International arrivals will certainly be housed in transformed army bases from March 21, authorities stated.

Meanwhile, institutions are shuttered throughout the nation, while authorities have actually bought all amusement places to close up until completion of March and also asked residents to avoid holding huge celebrations or heading out in public without safety face masks.

Reported by RFAs Khmer, Lao, and also Vietnamese Services, and also Waiyan Moe Myint for RFAs MyanmarService Translated by Pheap Aun, Max Avary, Ye Kaung Myint Maung, and also VietHa Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

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Three-day mental health and wellbeing event for all to be held at Sikh temple in Leamington – Warwick Courier

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The Mental Health and Wellbeing event, taking place next Friday (March 13), Saturday (March 14) and Sunday (March 15), will coincide with Sikh New Year celebrations.

Sessions will include a new mums coffee morning on the Friday to launch the event, men's and women's yoga classes, thai chi, workshops on how children can stay safe online, talks on mental health, positive thinking, domestic violence, suicide, addiction and self-harm awareness and other subjects from experts, professionals and counselors and an exhibition about the work of charities in and around the town.

Cllr Mini Mangat (Labour, Leamington Willes): "This three-day health event at the Gurdwara Sahib is a first for us here in Leamington and Warwick.

"It is crucial to break through mental health stigmas that can exist within our community by focusing on raising awareness and access to support for taboo subjects within mental health like addiction, suicide, coping with bereavement and domestic abuse to name a few.

"This is a collaborative approach with many volunteers and agencies coming together, and speakers who have lived experiences from within the community, reaching out and taking important information and messages direct to the community in the Gurdwara Sahib.

"This event coincides with the Sikh New Year beginning on March 14 2020 with the month of Chet.

"Starting the new year communicating and sharing that it's OK not to be OK and that it's absolutely OK to ask for help is a great message for the new year ahead."

So for more information call 07788 293391 or 07875 464138.

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Asia Rice-Drought-hit Thailand’s rates soar to 6-1/2 yr peak on supply dearth – Financial Post

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BENGALURU A supply crunch in drought stricken Thailand pushed rice export prices to their highest in 6-1/2 years this week, while Vietnamese rates bounced back to a more than one-year high on firm demand.

Thailands benchmark 5% broken rice prices jumped to $460-$467 per tonne on Thursday, their highest since August 2013, from $430-$452 last week.

Most of the demand is from domestic buyers who are stocking up rice amid fears of shortages, a Bangkok-based trader said.

The protracted drought in many rice producing areas caused market concerns over possible supply shortages and is the main reason for the price hike as overseas demand remained flat, traders said.

The dry season, which usually starts in November and lasts until April, could persist into June, the Thai government said.

In Vietnam, rates for 5% broken rice rose to $390-$400 on Thursday, their highest since December 2018, versus $365-$375 a week earlier on strong demand.

The Philippines remains the largest buyer, and we have seen more orders coming in from Malaysia, Cuba and Africa, a trader based in Ho Chi Minh City said.

Vietnams rice exports in the first two months of this year likely rose 11.5% from a year earlier to 811,000 tonnes, the governments General Statistics Office said on Saturday.

The strong demand has outpaced the rise in supplies as local farmers are still harvesting rice from the winter-spring crop, another trader in the city said, adding that farmers have harvested 60%-70% of the crop.

Meanwhile, in top exporter India, rice export prices extended losses due to weak demand and as rupee fell to the lowest level in 16 months.

Indias 5% broken parboiled variety rates inched lower to $367-$371 per tonne this week, from last weeks $369-$373.

Weak rupee is allowing us to lower prices in dollar terms, but still demand is not picking up, said an exporter based at Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

Weak rupee increases exporters margin from the overseas sale.

Neighboring Bangladesh has set a production target of 20 million tonnes for summer variety rice crop Boro, for the current year, a senior agriculture ministry official said.

Boro contributes more than half Bangladeshs typical annual rice output of around 35 million tonnes.

In 2019, the country produced a record 20.4 million tonnes of Boro, up from 19.6 million tonnes the previous year, the agriculture ministry says. (Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav in Mumbai, Ruma Paul in Dhaka, Khanh Vu in Hanoi and Panu Wongcha-um in Bangkok; editing by David Evans)

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Five Popular Ways to Keep Yourself Fit in Thailand – Chiang Rai Times

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Although Thailand is notorious for its decadence and party atmosphere, that doesnt mean that this country doesnt also offer a wide range of exciting and unique fitness opportunities.

From water sports for beach lovers, to specialized boxing for those who prefer a more combative sport, to fitness retreats that promise to transform your body in a matter of weeks Thailand has a sporting activity for everyone.

So, whether you are looking to get fit in Thailand, or if you are planning a trip there and want to ensure you maintain your fitness levels, keep reading to discover the top five ways that people exercise in this southern Asian country. This way you can still indulge in all the delicious street food without feeling too guilty!

Not for the fainthearted, but if you can stand the heat, there are some beautiful trekking opportunities in Thailand including the famous Tiger Temple trek where you can marvel at the massive statue of Buddha if you manage to get to the top that is!

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park is another great option with the chance to scale the sacred Doi Pui mountain and enjoy the tropical views of the surrounding banana and giant fig trees.

Remember to pack plenty of water though, as the heat coupled with the intense physical exertion can be dangerous if you become dehydrated.

Arguably the most popular way to keep fit in Thailand, Muay Thai is a form of boxing or kickboxing that is unique to the country, where participants use their fists, elbows, knees and shins to fight each other.

Not only will this sport help you to build muscle and burn calories, it will also teach you about the importance of self-discipline a vital skill for ensuring that you achieve your fitness goals.

Thailand is home to many fitness retreats with Ultimate Fitness being the number one Fitness retreat overseas worldwide, providing visitors with the opportunity to revolutionize both their diet and fitness regime.

If you struggle with motivation or feel like you need something radical to kickstart your fitness routine or weight loss journey, then a fitness retreat is the ideal experience for you.

If you want to get fit without it feeling like a chore, then you cant go far wrong with an afternoon diving in the calm and crystal waters that Thailand provides. With a diverse selection of exotic marine life for you to marvel at, plus the chance to burn up to 600 calories per hour, scuba diving or snorkeling is definitely up there on the top five fitness activities to try in Thailand.

If you want to embrace the beautiful natural surroundings of Thailand but are not a fan of the ocean, then why not practice some Thai Chi or yoga on the beach. Both of these popular activities can be as rigorous or low impact as you would like, with some of the health benefits including the ability to:

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