Asean morning news for April 14

Asean morning news for April 14

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 13 — record rise in regional deaths as global infections and deaths ease
As of 01:34 GMT April 13 there was 13,667 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 600, or 4.59 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 170, or 1.24 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 345 people were discharged and sent home after successful treatment.
— AEC News Today

ADB announces $20-billion coronavirus rescue package
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Monday, April 13, it will roll out a massive $20-billion package to help developing member nations weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
— Rappler

Asean cases a worry, admit health chiefs
Despite the declining number of novel coronavirus infections, Thailand cannot lower its guard because case numbers in neighbouring countries are still high, the spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

China Limited the Mekong’s Flow. Other Countries Suffered a Drought
As China was stricken by the coronavirus in late February, its foreign minister addressed a concerned crowd in Laos, where farmers and fishers across the Mekong River region were contending with the worst drought in living memory.
— The New York Times

Cambodia says special ASEAN+3 video summit shows leaders’ strong political commitment to fight COVID-19
The upcoming special summit of ASEAN+3 (China, Japan and South Korea) via video conference is crucial for the leaders to express their political commitment and to put forward measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodian officials and an expert said on Monday.
— China.org.cn

Asean’s food security at stake if supply chain disruptions persist
ASEAN’S food security could well be jeopardised if governments do not protect the broader supply chain accordingly, warned a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report.
— The Malaysian Reserve

RoK official: ASEAN+3 meeting to pool determination for COVID-19 fight
Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs of the Republic of Korea Gunn Kim has said the online ASEAN+3 meeting, scheduled for April 14, will pool political determination of leaders to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Vietnamplus

COVID-19, a litmus test for ASEAN
With over 13,000 cases of COVID-19 in the ASEAN Region, many countries are still treating the pandemic as a security issue rather than a health and medical issue.
— Inquirer.net

COVID-19 hits ASEAN economic recovery hopes
The ASEAN Secretariat has published its policy brief highlighting the economic impact of COVID-19 on ASEAN recently.
— Borneo Bulletin

Asean rallies against Covid-19
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will on Tuesday push ahead with a proposal to set up the Asean Response Fund (ARF) as part of a six-point declaration to be endorsed by the 10 Asean leaders as they join hands to fight Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Deputy PM stresses solidarity in ASEAN co-operation in fighting COVID-19
More than ever, ASEAN is fully aware of the significance of a community-based mindset and actions in the fight against COVID-19.
— Viet Nam News

ASEAN Club Championship delayed to next year
The 2020 ASEAN Club Championship has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has said.
— Vietnamplus

Surviving The Pandemic Without Clean Water
With the current COVID-19 health crisis looming – infecting close to two million people worldwide, governments have imposed drastic measures to contain the virus.
— The Asean Post

Asean markets subdued as Opec+ deal fails to lift sentiment
Most Southeast Asian stock markets were subdued on Monday, as an agreement by OPEC and its allies to slash oil output did little to calm investors plagued by the incessant spread of the new coronavirus, while Philippine shares rose on hopes of policy easing.
— The Star Online

What would four more years of Trump mean for Southeast Asia?
It’s now highly likely that the US will re-elect Donald Trump for four more years.
— Asean Today

Good-neighborly bond highlighted in China-ASEAN joint fight against COVID-19
Cambodia’s medical student Sok Sambo volunteered to work as an interpreter for the Chinese COVID-19 medical team in Cambodia without hesitation, though he knew the job had high risks.
— China.org.cn

Whither ASEAN unity?
It is past due for ASEAN to step up its regional cooperation in the fight against the pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

How can hospitals in ASEAN stay resilient?
Barely four months into 2020 and the world has gone topsy-turvy with the sudden outbreak of COVID-19.
— The Business Times

ASEAN Super 8 Rescheduled to 20 – 22 Oct 2020 while ICW Moves to 2021
Informa Markets, the organiser of Southeast Asia’s leading trade show in the built environment industry – ASEAN Super 8 – has decided to reschedule the 2020 edition to a new date from 20 – 22 October 2020 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC).
— PRNewswire (media release)

Hainan boosting economic cooperation with ASEAN
Since the beginning of 2020, China’s Hainan Province has significantly increased cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states and continues to increase trade, economic and investment cooperation with them, according to the statement published on the website dedicated to Hainan’s free trade zone and port.
— Tass

Film week to celebrate ASEAN Chairmanship 2020
The ASEAN Film Week themed “ASEAN Cohesion and Proactive Adaptation” will contribute to the cultural connection of ASEAN nations and build a regional peace, stability and prosperity, bonded together in partnership in dynamic development.
— Saigon Giai Phong

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

Senate begins discussing State of Emergency draft law
The Senate’s permanent committee today is handing over the draft law on “State of Emergency” to its expert commission for study before its upcoming plenary session.
— Khmer Times

Health Minister Reminds People of Possible COVID-19 Community Transmission during New Year
Minister of Health H.E. Mam Bunheng has reminded the Cambodian people of possible community transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) during the Khmer Traditional New Year, being held from April 13 to 16.
— AKP

Factories continue operation on NY day
Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Sam Heng said on Monday that 95 per cent of factories and enterprises are continuing their production as normal, with workers remaining at work on the first day of the Khmer New Year holidays.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Indonesia Ramps Up Virus Testing as New Infections Surge
Indonesia’s government is ramping up its coronavirus testing capacity and expanding the partial lockdown to areas outside the capital after facing criticism for having one of the region’s lowest testing rates per capita.
— Bloomberg

Jokowi Issues Decree Naming COVID-19 National Disaster
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday officially ratified the presidential decree No.12/2020, naming the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 as a national disaster.
— Tempo.co

COVID-19 Update: Indonesia Records New Cases and Recoveries
Indonesian COVID-19 team spokesman Achmad Yurianto announced Monday 316 new coronavirus cases, which increased the total number of coronavirus patients to 4,557.
— Tempo.co

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

President extends New Year wishes
President Bounnhang Vorachit has extended best wishes to Lao citizens and people of Lao origin living abroad and foreigners residing and working in the Lao PDR on the occasion of Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year 2563 B.E).
— KPL

One Covid-19 patient recovers, no new cases reported
A patient who contracted Covid-19 and has been undergoing treatment in hospital has tested negative for the first time, and no new infections have been reported, authorities announced today.
— Vientiane Times

Phongsavanh Foundation assists 103 Hospital to fight Covid-19
The Phongsavanh Foundation has donated medical supplies and consumer products worth about 66.56 million kip to 103 Hospital to help in the fight against Covid-19.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Malaysia reports 134 new coronavirus cases, one new death
A total of 134 Covid-19 positive cases were reported today, bringing the total number of cases in Malaysia to 4,817. One more fatality raised the death toll to 77.
— The Sun Daily

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

Petronas provides food aid to ease burden of 800 families
Petronas has reached out to 800 deserving families through a special initiative, the Sentuhan Kasih Covid-19 programme, by providing food aid to the B40 community in Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu and Kelantan to ease their burden during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
— The Borneo Post

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar rock icon one of 21 new COVID-19 patients
Myanmar’s most famous rock star, Myo Gyi, is among the 21 latest COVID-19 victims, bringing to 62 the total number of infected people in the country, the Health Ministry said on April 14.
— Myanmar Times

Key challenges to Myanmar’s development and governance remain
Myanmar’s efforts to reverse a legacy of isolation began with the quasi-civilian government (QCG) led by former president U Thein Sein.
— AEC News Today

The China-Myanmar Economic Corridor: Delays Ahead
Although no new deals were struck during People’s Republic of China (PRC) President Xi Jinping’s trip to Myanmar on January 17 and 18, the visit was significant for several reasons.
— James Town

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

Manila starts targeted COVID-19 mass testing
Six district hospitals and the Delpan quarantine facility can conduct 232 swab tests each day or 1,624 tests per week, the city’s public information office said Monday.
— Philstar

Worst case scenario? Pandemic may last until 2021 if no intervention – DOH
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday, April 13, said that the coronavirus pandemic in the country might last until January 2021 if no intervention is done.
— Rappler

Philippines COVID-19 death toll breaches 300; cases rise to 4,932
The death toll from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines has climbed to 315 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 18 more fatalities on Monday as the total number of infections nationwide rose to 4,932 with 284 new cases.
— GMA Network

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

MOM issues new guidelines, warns of virus risk outside purpose-built dorms
FOREIGN workers who live outside purpose-built dormitory facilities are also vulnerable to the deadly novel coronavirus that has claimed eight lives in Singapore, a new advisory from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has warned.
— The Business Times

New cases of virus reach high of 386 in Singapore
Singapore recorded a single-day high of 386 new coronavirus cases yesterday, with foreign workers in dormitories accounting for a significant proportion of them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

24 work pass holders barred from working in Singapore for flouting COVID-19 circuit breaker measures
A total of 24 work pass holders have had their permits revoked and permanently barred from working in Singapore for breaking COVID-19 circuit breaker rules, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Monday (Apr 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ

 

Thai government warned 10 million may lose their jobs in next three months
As many as ten million workers in Thailand may lose their jobs in the next three months, if the COVID-19 pandemic drags on and if the Government does not provide timely support for businesses, according to Mr. Supant Mongkolsuthee, president of the Federation of Thai Industries.
— Thai PBS News

Man Driven Jobless by COVID-19 Asks to be Jailed
Holding a single yaa baa pill wrapped in foil, Chaiyapon walked into the Wichit Police Station and asked police to arrest him for possession.
— Khaosod English

Study finds Chinese dams held back Mekong waters
China’s Mekong River dams held back large amounts of water during a damaging drought in downstream countries last year despite China having higher-than-average water levels upstream, a US research company said in a study.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Vietnam’s total coronavirus cases climb to 265 but no deaths
Vietnam’s health ministry reported five more confirmed Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases on Monday (April 13), taking the country’s tally to 265, with no deaths.
— The Star Online

COVID-19: Rice ATMs in Vietnam Give Free Rice to People Affected by Coronavirus Crisis
Rice is one of the most important food crops in Asian countries. So when this COVID-19 pandemic arrived in some countries, one of the priorities of most Asians is to stock sacks of rice.
— Tech Times

Leveraging the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement for development
The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) was approved by the European Parliament in February 2020 and is expected to be approved by the National Assembly of Vietnam at its meeting in mid-2020. Although the COVID-19 outbreak may delay the meeting, the approval of the Agreement is a top priority.
— East Asia Forum

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