Asean morning news for April 15

Asean morning news for April 15

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 14 — Thailand infection rate slows – regional survivors top 5,000
As of 01:33 GMT April 14 there was 14,458 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 791, or 5.47 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Asean+3 declares war on virus
Asean and its Plus three dialogue partners — China, Japan and South Korea — have agreed in principle to setting up a joint fund to combat the coronavirus pandemic following a virtual summit, government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

COVID-19 in ASEAN: ‘Protectionist’ measures threaten global supply chains as lockdowns persist
Several countries in the South East Asian region have moved to impose extended lockdowns, export bans and other heightened trade barriers in response to continued widespread COVID-19 infection rates within the region, posing a very real risk for food supply chains worldwide.
— FoodNavigator-Asia

Number of Flights Operated by Asia Pacific Airlines Down 93%
The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has called on governments in the region to relax slot constraints, curfews on operating hours, and expedite approvals exempting crew from quarantine requirements.
— Travel News Asia

PM pushes Asean fund for virus tests, protective gear
Southeast Asian nations plan to discuss forming a joint fund to combat the coronavirus pandemic with China, Japan and South Korea during a virtual summit on Tuesday, according to a Thai official.
— Bangkok Post

AirAsia warns public of Facebook scam
AirAsia has warned the public not to be taken in by a charity scam posted on Facebook.
— Travelmole

Philippine president pushes for sustained food security, open trade in ASEAN amid COVID-19
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday stressed the importance of sustained food security and open trade in Southeast Asia as the region battles the COVID-19 pandemic.
— China.org.cn

COVID-19: ASEAN should have guidelines on imposing travel or trade restrictions, says PM Lee
To build resilience for future economic shocks, countries in the region should have common criteria on travel and trade restrictions, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (Apr 14).
— CNA

PM Prayut urges ASEAN’s joint efforts to fight Covid-19
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning called on ASEAN countries to mobilize the energies and efforts of all sectors to jointly fight the novel coronavirus which is ravaging more than half of the countries in the world.
— Thai PBS News

Migrant workers suffer as Asean countries combat Covid-19
Millions of migrant workers in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia toil in conditions that leave them vulnerable not only to the Covid-19 (coronavirus), but to strict lockdowns imposed to stem the pandemic in host countries.
— The Star Online

Roadblocks to ASEAN’s clean energy transition
Phase I of the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016–2025 will conclude in 2020. Its key strategies involve the ASEAN power grid, clean coal technology, renewable energy and civilian nuclear energy, among others.
— East Asia Forum

Leaders support establishment of ASEAN COVID-19 response fund
The leaders of Southeast Asian countries agreed on Tuesday to establish an ASEAN COVID-19 Response Fund as a means to help procure crucial medical supplies and equipment for frontline response and preventive efforts in all member states, as the deadly virus that causes the disease continues to tear through the region.
— The Jakarta Post

Vietnam’s agenda for ASEAN 2020 meetings
The online informal meeting of ASEAN is scheduled to take place on April 14 to discuss ways and means to collaborate jointly to fight against the deaths due to COVID 19 across the ASEAN region, and work out a plan of action so as to sustain the ASEAN regional growth, protect jobs, provide employment and food to the 650 million population in different southeast Asian countries.
— Modern Diplomacy

PM: Malaysia to share findings on Covid-19 cure with Asean and plus three partners
its findings with experts and scientists from Asean and the Plus Three partners — China, Japan and South Korea — to jointly pursue efforts in search of a vaccine for Covid-19, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
— Malay Mail

Revising diplomacy amid pandemic
This year was supposed to be the golden year of Thai foreign policy. Emerging triumphantly from the Asean chairmanship in 2019 after five years under troubled skies, the new civilian government laid out a raft of initiatives and collaborative efforts that were intended to increase its international profile and propel its regional role beyond Asean.
— Bangkok Post

SE Asia Stocks-Climb in thin trade on signs of pandemic peaking
Southeast Asian markets rose in thin trade on Tuesday, tracking broader equities on signs of the coronavirus pandemic peaking, amid high caution ahead of Chinese trade data and an uncertain U.S. earnings season.
— Reuters

Lao official lauds Việt Nam’s initiatives in ASEAN Chairmanship Year
Lao Deputy Foreign Minister Thongphane Savanphet has spoken highly of Việt Nam ’s role as the Chair of ASEAN 2020 in guiding and promoting the building of the ASEAN Community this year.
— Viet Nam News

Building regional resilience against COVID-19
This week, the world saw the COVID-19 infection rate top 1.7 million, with more than 100,000 deaths globally.
— The Jakarta Post

mTouche to market medical equipment to fight Covid-19 in Southeast Asia
mTouche Technology Bhd will market and distribute medical equipment for Malaysia and Southeast Asian markets.
— New Straits Times

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

Travel ban violators should not be punished
Interior Minister Sar Kheng called on authorities not to punish anyone who flouts the government’s directive on a week-long travel restriction, saying they should instead be educated.
— Khmer Times

14 More COVID-19 Patients Recovered in Cambodia, Total to 91
Cambodia’s Ministry of Health this morning announced that 14 more patients have recovered from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while no new infection case was detected.
— AKP

Exports soar 24% in first two months
Cambodian exports soared 24 per cent year-on-year to $2.563 billion in the first two months of this year, despite the reverberating local and global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

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Indonesia reports highest daily jump in Covid-19 deaths (update)
The death toll from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, rose to 459 after 60 new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, the country’s Covid-19 task force said.
— The Star

Sharp Correction to Indonesia’s Economic Growth Expected as Global Recession Looms
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Tuesday the economic impact from the Covid-19 pandemic has the potential to trigger a global recession in 2020, and economic growth in Indonesia is likely to see a sharp correction.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia overtakes Japan as virus upends aviation pecking order
Indonesia has overtaken Japan to become the world’s third-biggest aviation market as airlines continue to slash passenger capacity because of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, according to OAG Aviation Worldwide.
— The Star

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Nearly 300 Lao Workers Strike Over Unpaid Wages at Chinese Garment Factory
Hundreds of workers staged a protest last week at a Chinese garment factory in the Lao capital, saying the firm did not pay their wages for March and ignored government orders to close the factory to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
— RFA

Laos Issues Tax Relief Measures to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact
On April 10, 2020, the Laos government issued tax relief measures to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Asian Briefing

One Covid-19 patient allowed to go home after recovery, no new cases for 2 days
A patient infected by the Coronavirus was discharged from Mittaphab Hospital in Vientiane on Tuesday after testing negative, even as Laos reported no new Covid-19 cases for the second consecutive day.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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COVID-19: Malaysia reports 170 new cases, almost 50% recovery rate
Malaysia reported 220 more COVID-19 recoveries on Tuesday (Apr 14) bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,478, almost 50 per cent of the total positive
— Channel News Asia

Malaysia Airlines Operates Repatriation Flights to Egypt, Indonesia and New Zealand
Malaysia Airlines has recently operated several more repatriation flights to Egypt, Indonesia and New Zealand.
— Asia Travel Tips

Petronas contributes sanitising equipment worth RM 24,000
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has contributed RM24,000 worth of sanitising equipment and chemicals to the Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) in Sarawak in order to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Total number of COVID-19 cases reaches 63 Tuesday
Update of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar until 14 April 1. The National Health Laboratory (Yangon) took laboratory tests on the specimens of 309 persons on 13 April 2020.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar fruit trucks stuck at Chinese border crossing
Under a new cross-border cargo policy to control the spread of the coronavirus, Chinese border authorities are not letting cargo trucks from Myanmar pass through a key entry point into China from northern Myanmar’s Kachin state.
— Fresh Plaza

Eight killed in Myanmar’s troubled western state of Rakhine
Myanmar’s armed forces have been battling the rebel Arakan Army in the western state for more than a year.
— Aljazeera

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Government appeals for patience as outbreak aid gets entangled in red tape
Nearly a month into the Luzon’s lockdown, aid is nowhere to be found for majority of the government’s intended beneficiaries.
— Philstar

Rice, pork, other goods now under coronavirus price freeze
The Department of Agriculture (DA) expanded goods covered by the price freeze and enforcement of the suggested retail price scheme amid the coronavirus pandemic .
— Rappler

PH coronavirus cases exceed 5,000, death toll hits 335
The Philippines now has more than 5,000 coronavirus cases, as the Department of Health (DOH) reported 291 new cases on Tuesday, April 14.
— Rappler

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Singapore’s COVID-19 cases exceed 3,000 with 334 new infections; situation remains ‘critical’
Singapore reported 334 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday (Apr 14), bringing the national total to 3,252.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Covid-19: Wearing a mask now a must if leaving the house; first-time offenders to be fined S$300
INDIVIDUALS must now wear a mask when outside of their homes, or risk facing fines of S$300, said the multi-ministry taskforce tackling Covid-19 on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

About 5,000 foreign workers to be tested for Covid-19 in next few days, even those who are well but are contacts of confirmed cases
Foreign workers who are unwell are being identified and separated from other workers, said the multi-agency taskforce tackling the outbreak, adding that even those who do not show symptoms but are close contacts of confirmed Covid-19 cases are being tested.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Economy could lose over B1.3tr if virus crisis goes beyond Q2
The Thai economy is expected to lose 1.3 trillion baht, almost all of it in the tourist sector, due to the initial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a banking association said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand facing double whammy – Covid-19 and worsening seasonal drought
The Office of the National Water Resources says up to 6,255 villages in 24 provinces have already been declared as drought-affected areas, while national dams and reservoirs are only at an average of 49% capacity (only 26% of that water is usable).
— The Thaiger

The Sri Ganesh Thai Nepali Association gives back to the needy in Pattaya
A local organization, The Sri Ganesh Thai Nepali Association which is located near Flybird Condominium and the V Residence in Pattaya is offering food to all needy people affected by the Covid-19 Coronavirus, including foreign migrant workers, daily in Pattaya at 2:00PM and 8:00 PM.
— The Pattaya News

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Vietnam ships medical supplies to US as Trump cracks under pressure
VIETNAM has sent 450,000 protective suits to the US as part of the country’s support in the “global effort” to contain the coronavirus package, the government said.
— Morning star online

Vietnam May Extend Social Distancing Ban in Some Cities
Vietnam may extend its social distancing order in provinces and cities that have a high risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus spread, the government said in a posting on its website.
— Bloomberg

Vietnam targets 7% annual GDP growth over next five years
Vietnam’s government said it will target annual gross domestic product growth of 7% during the 2021-2025 period, even as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to derail global trade and production.
— Yahoo News

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