A view of Mount Fuji includes a full moon in Japan. [Photo/IC]
>Mount Fuji to be closed
The climbing season for Mount Fuji, Japan's highest peak, is cancelled for this year, after local officials announced on Monday that the mountain trails leading up to the summit will stay closed throughout the summer due to the novel coronavirus.
Shizuoka Prefecture, which manages three of the four trails that lead to the peak, made the announcement following a similar announcement made by a neighboring prefecture that manages the fourth trail.
It will be the first time the trails of the 3,776-meter volcanic mountain are closed since 1960.
Located about 130 km west of Tokyo, Mount Fuji attracts multitudes of hikers and tourists during its climbing season, which runs from July to September.
Some 236,000 people climbed the mountain last year, according to the Environment Ministry.
US President Donald Trump participates in a Cabinet meeting on the administration's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak response in the East Room at the White House in Washington, US, May 19, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]
>Trump takes unproven drug
US President Donald Trump said Monday that he is taking a malaria drug to protect against the novel coronavirus.
Trump told reporters he has been taking the drug, hydroxychloroquine, and a zinc supplement daily "for about a week and a half now."
Trump said his doctor did not recommend the drug to him, but he requested it from the White House physician.
The Food and Drug Administration warned health professionals last month that the drug should not be used to treat COVID-19 outside of hospital or research settings, due to sometimes fatal side effects.
Regulators issued the alert for the drug, which can also be used to treat lupus and arthritis, after receiving reports of heart rhythm problems, including deaths, from poison control centers and other health providers.
Several prominent doctors said they worried that people would infer from Trump's example that the drug works or is safe.
Blockeley University hosts virtual commencement for UC Berkeley class of 2020.
>Online Minecraft commencement
The coronavirus pandemic forced UC Berkeley to cancel its plans for a commencement ceremony on campus, but it didn't stop students, staff and alumni from getting together and holding a graduation celebration inside "Minecraft".
With the university's blessing, a virtual commencement was held on May 16 in the popular video game.
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