Asia Briefs: Truck hits kids in Yokohama, killing one

Truck hits kids in Yokohama, killing one

TOKYO • A six-year-old boy was killed and 11 others were injured yesterday when a pickup truck ploughed into them in the Japanese city of Yokohama, south of Tokyo.

The injured included eight other children who had been walking on the street on the way to their elementary school.

The local fire department said the truck tipped over after colliding with two vehicles.

Police said they intend to arrest the 87-year-old driver of the truck on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in death and injuries, local media reported.


Myanmar on alert after first case of Zika

NAYPYITAW • Myanmar's health ministry said yesterday that it will advise women in Yangon to avoid getting pregnant in the next six months after the country confirmed its first case of Zika.

A 32-year-old pregnant foreign woman was diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus on Thursday.

The authorities said she would not be permitted to leave her home in Yangon for the next two weeks to prevent Zika from spreading.

They are also taking preventive measures in the country's two largest cities, Yangon and Mandalay.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe