Asean morning news for April 24

Asean morning news for April 24

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 23 — Cambodia leads region in race to the bottom
As of 00:58 GMT April 23 there was 23,289 22,367 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 922 or 4.12 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

US blasts China at Southeast Asian meeting on coronavirus
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his Southeast Asian counterparts on Thursday that China is taking advantage of the world’s preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic to push its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.
— The Mainichi

Thailand names 5 more ASEAN countries as ‘high risk’, 4 are border nations
A Ministry of Public Health announcement yesterday, signed by Deputy PM and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, and published in the Royal Gazette, claims the Covid-19 situation in 5 nearby countries is escalating.
— The Thaiger

Gov’t repression of rights a common ASEAN trend amid pandemic — think tank
Ranking members of the ASEAN human rights community have cast fear over what they said was a growing trend of governments in the region resorting to the repression of fundamental human rights.
— The Philippine Star

Indonesian ASEAN rights representative expresses concern as Malaysia turns away refugees
Indonesia’s representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Human Rights Commission (AICHR), Yuyun Wahyuningrum, has expressed concern about the refusal of Malaysian authorities to allow Rohingya refugees to enter the country because of COVID-19 fears.
— The Jakarta Post

VN keeps close watch on complex situation in ASEAN countries’ territorial water
Spokeswoman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang on April 21 replied to reporters’ questions about the recent complex situation in some ASEAN countries’ territorial waters.
— Saigon Giai Phong

Malaysia proposes Asean nations formulate mechanism on surplus food: Hishammuddin
Malaysia today proposed that Asean countries formulate a mechanism to provide their surplus food to nations around the world which are facing shortages during the Covid-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pix) said.
— The Sun Daily

US Urges Southeast Asian Nations to Close Wildlife Wet Markets
The United States appealed to Southeast Asian countries Thursday to shut down all wet markets illegally selling wildlife, saying such trading places had been linked to animal disease communicable to humans, as Washington announced it had released $35.3 million in regional aid to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
— Benar News

Authoritarianism on the rise in ASEAN during COVID-19
As governments around the world implement tough containment policies to reduce the rate of public infection—undoubtedly for good reason—some in ASEAN are adopting policies that take things too far, strengthening the hand of undemocratic regimes.
— Asean Today

Secretary Pompeo Launches U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures Initiative
On Wednesday, Secretary Pompeo launched the U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures initiative.

Brunei ranks third in Southeast Asia for talent competitiveness
Brunei Darussalam has taken the third place in Southeast Asia, seventh in the Asia-Pacific and 38th place globally in the recent Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2020.
— Borneo Bulletin Online

Fragile ASEAN food supply chains creak under strain of pandemic
The chickens supplied by Toh Thye San Farm have shrunk. They used to weigh in at 2 kg, but now they yield only around 1.3 kg of meat.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

US, Asean are partnering to defeat Covid-19, build resilience, support economic recovery — Michael Pompeo
Members of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) are enduring strategic partners as we respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and plan for economic recovery.
— Malay Mail

US commits to aiding Asean’s virus response
The United States has committed to continue to provide generous support to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to assist them to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khmer Times

Parents of children with autism hope the Asean Autistic Games will go on in December
Sporting events have been cancelled everywhere due to the Covid-19 pandemic but Hasree Khaw and his family are hoping that the Asean Autism Games will go on as scheduled in December.
— The Star Online

ASEAN-US ties should boost COVID-19 handling efforts: Minister
Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, at a ministerial-level videoconference meeting between ASEAN and the US, Thursday, emphasized that the strategic partnership between both sides should be utilized to optimally handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

S. Korea hosts online seminar for ASEAN officials on coronavirus responses
South Korea held an online video seminar on coronavirus responses for the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as part of efforts to help the foreign partners cope with the COVID-19 outbreak, the foreign ministry said Thursday.
— The Korea Herald

Reform needed to improve progress on regional infrastructure growth: Report
INFRASTRUCTURE plans in Indonesia and the Philippines need a major overhaul to achieve their ambitious growth goals, according to research from Oxford Economics.
— The Business Times

SE Asia Stocks-Markets track overnight gains on Wall Street
Southeast Asian shares rose on Thursday, taking cues from Wall Street that rose overnight after oil prices recovered and the U.S. Congress looked set to approve a fresh fiscal package.
— Reuters

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Covid-19: A global approach to protecting garment workers in supply chains as Cambodia faces up to 500,000 job losses
The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has stated approximately 60 percent of its factories have been severely affected by cancelled orders of ready-made garment exports, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khmer Times

Education Ministry Pushes for Online Classes, as School Closures Extended
The Education Ministry last week released more detailed guidance asking higher education institutions to start conducting classes online, as the government extended indefinitely the closure of schools and universities.
— VOA Khmer

Cambodian Migrant Workers Are Prohibited from Returning to their Jobs Abroad
The Ministry of Interior Wednesday (April 22) said that the 85,000 or so Cambodian migrant workers who have returned to Cambodia due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic must not attempt to go back to the countries where they used to work.
— Cambodianess

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Indonesia Bans Public Transports Starting on First Day of Ramadan
The Indonesian government bans its citizens in areas severely affected by the coronavirus outbreak from leaving for other cities and limits travels in other areas to logistics and medical supplies, effective from Friday when Muslims begin to observe Ramadan.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia to ban air, sea travel to early June over COVID-19
Indonesia will temporarily ban domestic and international air and sea travel starting on Friday (Apr 24), barring a few exceptions, to prevent further spread of coronavirus, Transport Ministry officials said on Thursday.

Space Running Out for Coronavirus Dead at Jakarta Cemetery
The Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta is starting to run out of graves to bury Covid-19 victims.
— Jakarta Globe

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Laos Remains Vulnerable Despite Mostly Avoiding COVID-19 Carnage, Officials Say
Health officials in Laos say the government has implemented effective measures to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, but that authorities must ensure they continue to be upheld because the impoverished nation with limited medical resources remains at risk.

Ministry of Labour to create jobs for Lao workers amid Covid-19 crisis
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare will collect information on Lao workers who returned home from Thailand during the Covid-19 outbreak from each province in order to create jobs for them.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Covid-19 Hotline Overwhelmed By Non-COVID-19 Inquiries
The national Covid-19 hotline in Laos has been overwhelmed by calls unrelated to the coronavirus, including prank calls and inquiries about other health conditions.
— The Laotian Times

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71 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths in the country
There were 71 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections to 5,603 as of 12pm today.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia rises to 26th place in Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020
These achievements reinforce the fact that Malaysia is on the right track to develop industry-ready digital talent.
— Open Gov Asia

Changes to public transportation operating hours during Ramadan
All public transport services provided by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) and Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) will be operating from 6am to 10am and 4pm to 10pm daily during the month of Ramadan.
— The Sun Daily


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COVID-19 case count hits 132 in Myanmar
The health ministry reported five new COVID-19 cases at 8 pm on April 23. All were detected from among the thousands of people undergoing quarantine across the country, implying that the government’s strategy of isolating suspected infected persons is effective in containing the disease.
— Myanmar Times

Rogue garment factories face action in Myanmar
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says garment factory owners who are flouting a government order to close their plants because of the coronavirus pandemic will face legal action.
— Ecotextile

Rakhine Villager Shot at Checkpoint in Latest of Myanmar Civilian Killings
Myanmar Army soldiers gunned down a villager as he returned home from fishing in war-ravaged Rakhine state, the latest in a series of civilian killings, with troops saying the man failed to follow instructions at a security checkpoint, the victim’s father said Wednesday.
— Radio Free Asia

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Duterte’s lockdown decision hinges on PH capacity to treat patients
President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision on whether to lift, ease, or extend the Luzon lockdown or enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) will be based on the health sector’s capacity to treat coronavirus patients.
— Rappler

‘New infections waning, but PH far from target’
The Philippines has yet to flatten the curve of new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, even though there are signs that the increase in new cases has started to decline, the Department of Health said Thursday.

PH coronavirus cases reach 6,981, death toll at 462
The Philippines has 271 new coronavirus cases, raising the total number to 6,981, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday, April 23.
— Rappler

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Singapore headline inflation falls to zero in March
SINGAPORE’S headline inflation was flat in March, narrowly avoiding the negative turn that the core inflation gauge had taken just the month before.
— The Business Times

MOM to reduce or stop future payouts to companies that cut down on workers’ salaries during circuit breaker
Employers found to have cut down on their workers’ salaries, or placed them on unpaid leave, during the circuit breaker period may be subject to lower payouts in the next tranches or even be denied such payouts in the future, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
— The Online Citizen

1,037 new cases, 982 of them in dorms
Foreign workers living in dormitories continued to make up the bulk of new coronavirus cases, with 982 such workers among the 1,037 new cases yesterday, the Ministry of Health said in its daily update.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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FTI sees 30% plunge in car production
Car production is expected to plunge 30% to 1.33 million units this year, possibly sinking as much as 50% to 1 million if the coronavirus crisis drags into June, says the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s youngest coronavirus patient recovers and goes home
Thailand’s youngest COVID-19 patient, a one month old baby, has fully recovered and has gone home to Rayong province this morning (Thursday), after almost 20 days of treatment at Bamrasnaradura Institute of Infectious Diseases in Nonthaburi province.
— Thai PBS News

28 million Thais apply for cash handouts
More than 28 million Thais have registered to receive the government’s Bt5,000 cash handout before the system closed at midnight.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

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Vietnam-linked hackers targeted Chinese government over coronavirus response: researchers
Hackers working in support of the Vietnamese government have attempted to break into Chinese state organisations at the centre of Beijing’s effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Opportunities for telecom services in Vietnam
There are growing demands for bandwidth and support services for online jobs as a way people adapt to the impacts of COVID-19.
— Open Gov Asia

Without a single COVID-19 death, Vietnam starts easing its coronavirus lockdown
Offering a rare and surprising bright spot in the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam began easing its nationwide lockdown Thursday following an aggressive containment campaign that has meant few infections and no deaths in an Asian nation initially believed to be at great risk from the
— Yahoo News

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