Asean morning news for April 3

Asean morning news for April 3

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Asean governments jump on dodgy COVID-19 instant test kits (video)
Governments across Asean have raised alarm over the sudden emergence of unregistered COVID-19 instant test kits being sold online and in markets, warning the public not to fall victim to the unproven devices.
— AEC News Today

Asia-Pacific airports grind to a halt on coronavirus impact
Airports across Asia-Pacific are temporarily shutting terminals, shops and have put spending on hold as they grapple with traffic restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Flightglobal

COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 2 — America leads the world in daily deaths: 1,049
As of 01:40 GMT April 2 there was 8,148 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 376, or 4.84 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

COVID-19 Report: Face masks becoming mandatory in parts of Southeast Asia
Wearing face masks has become mandatory in some parts of Southeast Asia, including part of Thailand, where people risk paying hefty fines if they are caught without them.
— Yahoo News

ASEAN unity in doubt as Indonesia calls for special COVID-19 summit
The absence of a concerted ASEAN response to the coronavirus pandemic has put a spotlight on member states’ commitment to regional integration and unity.
— The Jakarta Post

Moon pushing for virtual summit of ASEAN+3 leaders
Cheong Wa Dae is pushing for a virtual summit of ASEAN+3 (ASEAN members plus Korea, China and Japan) to advance multilateral cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a presidential aide, Thursday.
— The Korea Times

China, Vietnam should enhance cooperation with regional countries to curb COVID-19: Chinese premier
China and Vietnam should strengthen cooperation with regional countries to curb the spread of COVID-19, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in a phone conversation with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Thursday afternoon.
— Xinhuanet

ASEAN Para Games postponed to October amid COVID-19
Brunei Darussalam contingent will face another wait for an appearance in the ASEAN Para Games (APG) 2020 in Manila, the Philippines after the multi-sport competition was re-scheduled to October tentatively amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Borneo Bulletin

SE Asia leaders face Covid-19 legitimacy crises
When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gave shoot-to-kill orders to security forces to enforce a Covid-19 lockdown in Metro-Manila, the lethal warning underscored the rising threat to rights and democracy across virus-hit Southeast Asia.
— Asia Times

ASEAN urged to heed UN Sec-Gen call for ceasefire, ensure human rights amid COVID19
We, the undersigned civil society organisations and individuals, strongly urge the Member-States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to heed the call of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres for immediate global ceasefire in active armed conflicts in all parts of the world, in order to focus on the fight against the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
— Reliefweb

Southeast Asian Workers Struggle Financially as Social Distancing Kills Business
The coronavirus pandemic is leaving many workers in Vietnam and Laos unemployed as businesses have been shut down to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, while Myanmar struggles to deal with large numbers of returning migrant workers who lost their jobs in neighboring Thailand and China.
— Radio Free Asia

Garment industry hit hard by COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic that first emerged in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, China, has severely affected local industries and livelihoods across the world.
— The Asean Post

6 young Southeast Asians have been named by Forbes for making an impact in the world
Forbes just released their 30 under 30 list and to absolutely no one’s surprise, Southeast Asians are taking up spots on that list.
— Mashable SE Asia

Coronavirus challenges Southeast Asia’s fragile democracies
The pictures on social media showed three men armed with assault rifles guarding the entrance to a convenience store in the Thai beach resort of Pattaya after thieves were reported to have stolen cash from a similar store.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thailand rises on stimulus hopes; Malaysia up as infection curve flattens
Thailand shares closed higher on Thursday on hopes of fresh stimulus measures to cushion the coronavirus’ impact on its economy, while Malaysian equities gained as the rate of new infections slowed.
— The Edge Markets

JICA: Southeast Asian trainees prefer RoK to Japan
In a recent report on the programme to receive foreign intern trainees, the Japan International Cooperation Agency said the Republic of Korea (RoK) is emerging as a destination more preferable than Japan in the eyes of Southeast Asian trainees.
— Vietnamplus

From flying taxis to e-jeepneys: transport in Southeast Asia is going electric
Southeast Asian cities are among the most congested and polluted in the world.
— Eco-Business

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Border crossing to and from Cambodia suspended over COVID-19 as Vietnam declares epidemic
The Vietnamese Government has suspended cross-border activities of individuals at main and secondary border gates and trails in border areas with Cambodia from April 1 as part of its measures to effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19.
— Khmer Times

Gov’t Defends Draft “State of Emergency” Law; Rights Groups Remain Concerned
A Cambodian government spokesperson defended the draft “State of Emergency” legislation on Thursday, calling the use of the soon-to-be-passed “historic” law as inevitable.
— VOA Khmer

Asean governments jump on dodgy COVID-19 instant test kits (video)
Governments across Asean have raised alarm over the sudden emergence of unregistered COVID-19 instant test kits being sold online and in markets, warning the public not to fall victim to the unproven devices.
AEC News Today

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Indonesia virus death toll rises to highest in Asia outside China
Indonesia’s coronavirus death toll rose to 170 on Thursday as the world’s fourth most populous nation passed South Korea as the country with the highest number of recorded fatalities in Asia after China.
— Reuters

Indonesia ranks 57th in Inclusive Internet Index, among the lowest in the world
Progress on creating widely accessible and affordable internet access in Indonesia is slow, with a recent study placing Indonesia 57th among 100 countries on the Inclusive Internet Index, indicating there is still a huge amount of work to be done when it comes to building a fully functioning digital economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s economic stimulus not enough to stop layoffs, focus should be to contain COVID-19: Experts
Indonesia’s US$24.2 billion healthcare budget and economic stimulus package may not be enough to weather the impact of COVID-19 and prevent millions from losing their jobs, analysts warned on Thursday (Apr 2).

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Covid-19: no more infection case confirmed
No Covid-19 has been confirmed today. As a result the number of infection cases in the country currently stays at 10 including 7 in Vientiane Capital and 3 in touristy Luang Prabang. There has been no deaths related to Covid-19 in the Lao PDR.

Govt postpones payment of customs duty, taxes
The government will reduce and defer the payment of customs duty, taxes and various fees in a bid to regulate goods prices and address labour problems during the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Vientiane Times

Keeping global food chains alive is crucial amid COVID-19 crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting enormous strains on the public health systems around the world, and millions of people in the world’s most advanced economies are in some form of quarantine.

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Covid-19: 208 new cases, 5 deaths, says Health DG
Another 208 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the country as at noon today, bringing cumulative cases to 3,116, while five more deaths were reported.
— The Sun Daily

GLCs, GLICs, private sector say contributed RM51.5m for Covid-19 fight
A total of RM51.5 million has been contributed by several government-linked companies (GLCs), government-linked investment companies (GLICs) and the private sector, to aid medical workers in the fight against Covid-19.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia hits 3,000 Covid-19 cases and 50 deaths, as recoveries again reach record high
Health authorities reported 208 more coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections today, bringing Malaysia’s total to 3,116 cases.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Myanmar reports four new COVID-19 patients
A family of four, including an eight-year-old girl, in Paukkhaung township in Bago Region has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.
— Myanmar Times

Over 60% of European-Run Firms in Myanmar Hurt by COVID-19: EuroCham Survey
Amid an overall economic slowdown in Myanmar, the EU Chamber of Commerce’s latest survey revealed that more than 60 percent of its member companies in the country have already been either significantly or moderately affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Suspends New Rice Export Licenses to Ensure Domestic Supply Amid Virus Outbreak
Myanmar has stopped issuing rice export licenses following the declaration of the coronavirus as a pandemic, but will honor existing licenses, the head of an industry group said Wednesday, as local merchants warned that hoarding could threaten domestic supply.
— Radio Free Asia

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Philippines eyes mass testing of suspected COVID-19 cases starting on April 14
The government is looking to start mass testing persons suspected of having COVID-19 on April 14, the chief implementer of the national action plan against the disease said on Thursday.
— GMA Network

Davao City goes under enhanced community quarantine starting April 3
Mayor Sara Duterte placed Davao City under enhanced community quarantine effective Friday, April 13, further restricting the movement of residents.
— Rappler

Asean governments jump on dodgy COVID-19 instant test kits (video)
Governments across Asean have raised alarm over the sudden emergence of unregistered COVID-19 instant test kits being sold online and in markets, warning the public not to fall victim to the unproven devices.
— AEC News Today

See here for more of today’s Philippines morning news

Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Singapore reports 4th death from COVID-19, a 68-year-old Indonesian national
Singapore on Thursday (Apr 2) reported its fourth death related to COVID-19, a 68-year-old Indonesian national.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Proposed law to ensure landlords pass on property tax rebates in full to tenants
The Government will introduce new legislation at the next sitting of Parliament on April 6 to ensure that landlords pass on property tax rebates in full to their tenants.
— Straits Times

49 new coronavirus cases in S’pore; 3 new clusters at Mustafa Centre, Maxwell station worksite and Keppel Shipyard
41 are local cases and eight are imported. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 1,049.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


Nation-wide curfew imposed from Friday night
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced a nation-wide curfew, from 10pm until 4am, effective from Friday night, as authorities in Thailand intensify their attempts to control the movement of people and the continuing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Thai PBS News

Two THAI flights from London found to be Covid-19 hotspots
The Nonthaburi Provincial Public Health Office has announced that passengers of two Thai Airways (THAI) flights from London to Bangkok may be at risk because three people who took these flights were found to be infected with Covid-19.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thailand shuts doors on all new arrivals, including Thais, for two weeks to prepare better quarantine centers
Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman for the Center for the Covid-19 Situation Administration, said Thursday afternoon that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha had ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue a new directive prohibiting new arrivals effective immediately, April 2nd, 2020 until April 15th, 2020.
— The Pattaya News

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Vietnam’s COVID-19 cases rise to 222
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health on Thursday morning confirmed four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 222.
— Xinhua

Vietnam bans posting fake news online
Vietnam will fine people posting fake news on social media in an effort to crack down on the spread of both general misinformation and falsehoods about the novel coronavirus.
— The Register

Vietnam Imposes Hefty Fines for Going Maskless
While U.S. health authorities are debating whether or not wearing masks will help slow the spread of COVID-19, Vietnamese authorities are handing out steep fines to those who disregard the mandate to wear them at all times, just about everywhere.

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