Asean morning news for April 13

Asean morning news for April 13

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 12 — discharges see active cases fall in Brunei, Cambodia, Thailand
As of 01:30 GMT April 12 there was 13,067 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 593, or 4.75 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 172, or 1.35 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 352 people were discharged and sent home after successful treatment.
— AEC News Today

Asia-Pacific response to COVID-19 needs social inclusion and environmental sustainability (video)
The unprecedented public health emergency triggered by the COVID -19 pandemic and its multi-faceted impact on people’s lives around the world is taking a heavy toll on Asia and the Pacific.
— AEC News Today (video)

Asean Ministers Endorse New COVID-19 Response Fund
Southeast Asian foreign ministers have endorsed the setting up of a regional fund to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and discussed a planned video summit of their leaders with counterparts from China, Japan, and South Korea.
— The Diplomat

Airlines urged to issue refunds for flights cancelled over Covid-19
The Federation of Asean Travel Associations (FATA) has raised concerns over passengers and travel agents not being refunded for flight cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
— New Straits Times

Repairing the US–Asean relationship requires commitment and time
The relationship between the United States and Asean in 2015 rested on two things. The first was a coherent set of strategic, economic and political policies.
— AEC News Today

Malaysia’s response to Covid-19 ranked fourth strictest in SEA
Malaysia’s Covid-19 response which includes the movement control order (MCO) is the fourth strictest among South-East Asian countries as of Friday, according to the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government.
— Eleven

Commentary: Farmers hold key to feeding Asia amid COVID-19 restrictions
From Pakistan and Malaysia to Australia and New Zealand, an unprecedented freeze on movement of people, goods and services is underway – and understandably so.
— CNA

Coronavirus and practical solidarity: What Asean can and should do
Some critics may say that Asean has so far done too little in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Straits Times

What the South China Sea tells us about the new geopolitics of Southeast Asia
When the lockdowns are lifted and borders reopen, governments in Southeast Asia will wake up to a geopolitical reality in which relations with China define nations’ development, economies and security.
— Asean Today

Asean Prize 2020 calls for nominations
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has officially launched the call for nominations for Asean Prize 2020.
— The Manila Times

Demonising China does nothing to untangle the contesting claims on South China Sea’s fish-rich waters
If they were asked which country is the biggest fish thief in the South China Sea, most casual observers would answer “China”.
— South China Morning Post

Consumers Vital In Reviving ASEAN Economies
Assuming the coronavirus infection rate does tail off and life eventually carries on as normal, Southeast Asia is well placed to champion growth and get its economies back up and running.
— The Asean Post

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

‘Please, we are not animals’: virus fears weigh on Cambodia’s garment workers
Climbing onto a crowded truck each morning, Cambodian seamstress Sim Samphor cannot help but worry about catching the coronavirus that has closed down most of the country in recent weeks.
— Thomson Reuters Foundation

TOP NEWS: Cambodian Government Issues New Decision on Travel Restriction
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered to ban travels from Phnom Penh to the provinces, effective from 24:00 on 9 April 2020 to 24:00 on 16 April 2020, according to the government’s latest decision issued on 10 April 2020.
— Fresh News

Cambodia: Foreign couple test positive for Covid-19, 122 in total
Cambodia on Sunday (April 12) confirmed that a foreign couple was tested positive for the Covid-19 (coronavirus), raising the total number of the confirmed cases in the kingdom to 122.
— The Star

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Indonesia Reports Biggest Daily Jump in Coronavirus Cases
Indonesia on Sunday reported 399 new cases of the coronavirus, its biggest daily jump so far, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 4,241, according to data provided by a health ministry official, Achmad Yurianto.
— The New York Times

Communications and transparency key to Indonesia’s COVID-19 response
In mid-February, Indonesia’s Health Minister, Terawan Agus Putranto pointed to divine intervention when explaining that no cases of COVID-19 had been identified in Indonesia.
— AEC News Today

‘Large-Scale’ Social Restrictions Expanded to Jakarta’s Satellite Cities
Health Minister Agus Terwan Putranto has approved the request from five districts and cities in West Java to implement the so-called large-scale social restrictions to contain the novel coronavirus epidemic in Greater Jakarta, where around 70 percent of confirmed cases were found.
— Jakarta Globe

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

Covid-19 cases reach 19
The Covid-19 Taskforce confirmed one more case today, taking the total in the country to 19. The latest case was identified as a 21-year-old student in Phonpapao village, Sisattanak district, Vientiane Capital.
— KPL

Lao Economic Growth Shrinks Amid Drop in Production, Spending
Economic growth in Laos has slowed as production and consumer spending drop amid fears of a spread of the coronavirus, with growth expected to shrink by about 50 percent, sources say.
— RFA

Chinese experts conclude anti-epidemic training for central Laos
The Chinese anti-epidemic medical expert team has completed experience sharing with and training for the central Laos’ backbone staff in hospital, prevention and control departments.
— The Star

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Malaysia reports 153 new COVID-19 cases with 3 new deaths
Malaysia’s health ministry reported 153 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, raising the cumulative total to 4,683, the highest in Southeast Asia.
— CNA

Malaysia’s response to Covid-19 ranked fourth strictest in SEA
Malaysia’s Covid-19 response which includes the movement control order (MCO) is the fourth strictest among South-East Asian countries as of Friday, according to the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government.
— Viet Nam News

Malaysian senator builds solar-powered buggy while under home quarantine for COVID-19
Stuck in a 14-day home quarantine, rural empowerment activist Adrian Banie Lasimbang decided to take advantage of the enforced isolation and come up with a working prototype of a solar-powered, electric buggy in the past two weeks.
— CNA

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Myanmar Reports 10 New COVID-19 Cases; Total Rises to 38
Myanmar saw its largest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases with 10 new infections detected in a seven-hour period on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
— Irrawaddy

Amid Covid-19 pandemic, Myanmar shuts down internet in Rakhine
The Foreign Affairs Ministry said the internet was suspended in the two states because of persistent trouble between the Arakan Army and the military, according to The Myanmar Times.
— New Straits times

Vietnam gives Myanmar US$50,000 to fight virus
DEPUTY Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, on behalf of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, symbolically handed over US$50,000 (RM215,716) as gift to the Ambassador of Myanmar to Vietnam Kyaw Soe Win to support the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Star Online

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

$5 mln ADB ‘Bayan Bayanihan’ project to help feed 55K ‘at risk’ Luzon residents
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a $5 million project to help the Philippine government deliver food supplies to up to 55,000 vulnerable households in Metro Manila and neighbouring areas, which are under enhanced community quarantine to contain the spread of COVID-19.
— AEC News Today (video)

Over 1 million Filipino workers displaced due to coronavirus
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported that over one million workers have now been displaced in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak .
— Rappler

PH gov’t now requires public disclosure of coronavirus patients’ identities
The Philippine government will now disclose to the public the personal information of patients who tested positive for COVID-19.
— Rappler

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Coronavirus: Work pass holder banned from working in S’pore, 39 foreign workers fined for breaching rules
The worker from an essential firm continued to loiter at various places for an extended period of time after his meal, returning to his place of residence only the next day.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: 9 in 10 Singaporeans will receive S$600 payout on Apr 14
Nine in 10 Singaporeans will on Tuesday (Apr 14) receive the S$600 one-off cash payout announced as part of the Solidarity Budget earlier this month, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Sunday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

233 new cases; seven new coronavirus clusters found
Singapore reported 233 new cases of Covid-19 infection yesterday, as well as seven new clusters, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ

 

Government finalising cash handouts to farmers
Government plans cash handouts to farmers’ families of between Bt15,000 and Bt30,000 a month per family. The figure is yet to be finalised by ministers and the cost is estimated at Bt130 billion to Bt400 billion.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Alcohol sales are now banned country wide in Thailand to help discourage gatherings
Alcohol sales are now banned country wide in Thailand, but not under a national decree but rather by every Provincial Governor making the separate decision to do so for their province.
— The Pattaya News

Hiding Medical History Related to Virus is Now Jailable Offense
Patients at public hospitals who conceal their travel history, medical conditions, and any information related to the coronavirus could now face up to six months in prison.
— Khaosod English

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Two new cases take Vietnam’s Covid-19 tally to 260
The Health Ministry confirmed two new Covid-19 cases Sunday evening, both from Hanoi’s Ha Loi Village, already isolated as a hotspot.
— VnExpress

Vietnam Airlines divests stake in Cambodia Angkor Air
Vietnam’s national flag carrier is divesting its stake in Cambodia Angkor Air and has also signed a contract to sell five aircraft.
— VnExpress

Vietnam gives Myanmar US$50,000 to fight virus
DEPUTY Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, on behalf of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, symbolically handed over US$50,000 (RM215,716) as gift to the Ambassador of Myanmar to Vietnam Kyaw Soe Win to support the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Star Online

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