1. Japan is set to extend its nationwide state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic by nearly a month until the end of May. It was originally set to expire on Wednesday.
  2. Some Asian countries are allowing businesses to open as the number of new infection cases seems to be leveling off. The Thai government allowed barber shops, restaurants and some other stores in the capital to reopen from Sunday.
  3. The U.S. government says it has “enormous evidence” to prove the coronavirus originated in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.