Asean morning news for April 8

Asean morning news for April 8

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 7 — active cases down in Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam
As of 01:34 GMT April 7 there was 10,726 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 546, or 5.36 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

ASEAN leaders set to hold teleconference next week to combat virus
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are arranging to hold a teleconference next week to discuss how to tackle the outbreak of the new pneumonia-causing coronavirus, diplomatic sources said Monday.
— The Mainichi

Domestic travel in the US, Australia and Southeast Asia could resume by June, says Flight Centre CEO
Domestic travel within North America, Australia and Southeast Asia could be on course to return to normal by June if current efforts aimed at curbing the coronavirus outbreak are successful, according to the CEO of Australia’s largest travel agency.

South-East Asia countries need to strengthen nurses” cadre:WHO
Lauding tireless efforts being made by frontline health workers in tackling COVID-19, the World Health Organization on Tuesday said countries in South-East Asia need to redouble efforts to strengthen and expand their nurses and midwives” cadre by 1.9 million to achieve health for all by 2030.
— Outlook

Asean think tank sees COVID-19 pushing 2020 PH GDP growth down to 4.5 percent
The regional economic think tank Asean+3 Macroeconomic and Research Office (Amro) has cut its 2020 growth forecast for the Philippines to 4.5 percent as the entire region reels from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Covid-19 measures leave Southeast Asia’s migrant workers exposed, lay bare their living conditions
The spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus among Singapore’s migrant workers has thrown the vulnerability of this community into sharp relief as Southeast Asia continues to grapple with the pandemic.
— Eco-Business

COVID-19 Report: Lockdowns, limitations pile up across Southeast Asia
A patchwork of new measures is coming to Southeast Asia to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
— Coconuts Singapore

Time to ramp up protection against deepening Asian financial contagion
A surge of financial crises across emerging economies has already begun.
— Khmer Times

Structural transformations more important than ever for ASEAN: AMRO
ASEAN+3 growth is expected to reduce sharply to 2 per cent in 2020, followed by a strong rebound to 5.5 per cent in 2021, said ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) on Tuesday, with the launch of its annual flagship report.
— The Business Times

COVID-19 response calls for heightened ASEAN cooperation, mainstreaming biodiversity in health sector
COVID-19 has spread at an unprecedented rate to over 200 countries, including to ASEAN Member States. The number of confirmed cases in the region has surged to 13,072, as of 6 April 2020.
— Philippine Information Agency

Commentary: E-learning sees no smooth sailing in Malaysia and Indonesia
Governments and companies across the world have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with cancellations of public events and closures of offices, restaurants, museums, schools and universities to avoid masses from gathering.

What’s in Vietnam’s New Coronavirus Assistance to Cambodia and Laos?
Late last week, Vietnam handed over some assistance to Laos and Cambodia as the two fellow Southeast Asian states continue to manage the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.
— The Diplomat

US regional leadership: A shot across the bow
For years at the Shangri-La Dialogue, the pre-eminent meeting of defence ministers held in Singapore, successive secretaries of defence from the United States have repeated ad nauseam that Washington is a “resident power” in the region.
— The Interpreter

Coronavirus may be giving Beijing an opening in the South China Sea
As the United States military was embroiled in controversy over its handling of an outbreak of coronavirus on one of its Pacific aircraft carriers, China was resuming operations in the South China Sea.

ASEAN catches up with COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 crisis is turning the globalized world on its head, putting ASEAN in uncharted waters like never before.
— The Jakarta Post

ASEAN-US Relations: An Agenda For A Rescheduled Summit – Analysis
The ASEAN-US Summit, originally scheduled for mid-March in Las Vegas, became yet another entry on a growing list of international events cancelled because of the Covid-19 contagion
— Eurasia Review

Most SE Asian stocks chase global markets higher as virus spread slows; Thailand surges 6%
Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Tuesday, tracking equities around the world, as sentiment was aided by coronavirus infections slowing in Europe and the United States, while Thailand surged more than 6% on rallying oil prices.
— The Edge Markets

Strip and dip: Mission Foods launching new corn snacks in South East Asia and China
Mission Foods is launching Corn Strips in South East Asia and China, with the firm claiming traditional triangular corn chips can be ‘frustrating’ for consumers.
— FoodNavigator-Asia

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Cambodia Cancels Khmer New Year Celebration 2020 to Fight Covid-19; State and Private Institutions Operate as Normal: PM Hun Sen
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced a new measure to fight Covid-19 by cancelling the celebration of Khmer New Year, supposedly be held from 14-16 April 2020.
— Fresh News

Testing of possible Covid-19 cluster victims narrows to 100 a day
A Health Ministry source told Khmer Times that the testing of possible victims of COVID-19 among cluster groups in suspected areas and communities has slowed to just over a 100 the past few days.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Denies Entries of 150 Cambodians from Malaysia to Ensure Other 16M Are Safe
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that he refused to accept 150 Cambodians from Malaysia to ensure the other 16 million Cambodian people are safe from being infected with Covid-19
— Fresh News

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves in March plunge US$9.4 billion
Indonesia’s official reserve assets stood at US$121 billion, as of March-end 2020, $9.4 billion lower, from the position of $130.4 billion recorded at the end of February 2020.
— Antara News

Indonesia grants Jakarta more powers to tackle COVID-19 outbreak
Indonesia approved on Tuesday (Apr 7) a request by the Jakarta administration to impose further large-scale social restrictions on the capital, the epicentre for COVID-19 cases in the Southeast Asian country.

Indonesia Has Record Rise in Covid Cases, Taking Total to 2,738
The number of new coronavirus cases surged by more than 200 for second consecutive day, according to the latest government data, signaling a widening outbreak.
— Bloomberg

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Message for U.S. Citizens: Special Flight Leaving Vientiane on April 11 to the United States
The Department of State has arranged a special chartered flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents that is currently expected to depart Vientiane at around 5:00 p.m. on April 11 for San Francisco, CA. Exact departure time and routing are subject to change.
— U.S. Embassy in Laos

Covid-19 infection cases reach 14 including 13 Lao nationals
The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in the Lao PDR has reached 14, a press conference was told this afternoon.

Help curb dengue spread, health sector asks public
Health Authorities are urging people to clear potential mosquito breeding sites around their homes and workplaces to help control the spread of dengue fever.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Covid-19: 170 new coronavirus cases including 1 new death
A total of 170 new cases of Covid-19 and one more death have been reported in the country as at noon today, bringing the total number of positive cases to 3,963, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
— The Sun Daily

Micro, small entrepreneurs urged to go online
The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has urged micro and small entrepreneurs in Malaysia to continue to promote their products and services during the Movement Control (MCO) period.
— New Sarawak Tribune

GSV bids $2.5 billion for Malaysia Airlines, says funded by European bank
Privately held Golden Skies Ventures (GSV) has made a $2.5 billion offer to fully take over the holding company of ailing state carrier Malaysia Airlines, with financing from a European bank, its executives told Reuters on Monday.
— Reuters

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Myanmar Reports 22nd COVID-19 Case
Myanmar confirmed another COVID-19 case on Monday evening, taking the country’s total to 22 confirmed coronavirus patients, including one death.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Firms to Make Face Masks to Meet COVID-19 Demand
Businesses in Yangon are preparing to produce face masks as prices rise due to the coronavirus.
— Irrawaddy

Manufacturing exports exceed $5 bln as of 27 March
Exports of finished industrial goods have touched a high of US$5.09 billion between 1 October and 27 March in the current fiscal year 2019-2020, an increase of $452 million compared with the corresponding period of the previous financial year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


‘Catastrophic’ situation in jails feared if ‘low-risk’ prisoners not released
Human rights groups said they fear it’s just a matter of time before the novel coronavirus affects jails in the Philippines – if it hasn’t yet afflicted prisoners.
— Rappler

Philippines extends COVID-19 lockdown, home quarantine to end-April
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday approved the extension of lockdown and home quarantine measures covering more than half of the population, a crisis panel official said, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

DOH reports 104 new COVID-19 cases bringing total to 3,764; deaths rise to 177
The Department of Health said that 104 new cases of COVID-19 were added in the past 24 hours, bringing the total cases in the country to 3,764.
— Eagle News

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Coronavirus: No hospitalisation coverage for those who disregard Singapore’s travel advisories
Residents and long-term pass holders who leave Singapore and disregard travel advisories will not be able to claim under MediShield Life or Integrated Shield Plans (IPs) if they are admitted for suspected Covid-19.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Social gatherings of any size in both private and public spaces prohibited under new Bill
As Singapore battles the COVID-19 outbreak, all social gatherings of any size in both private and public spaces have been banned under a new Bill passed in Parliament on Tuesday (Apr 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Changi Airport in Singapore to Suspend T2 Operations for 18 Months
Changi Airport Group (CAG) has unveiled plans to consolidate terminal operations because of “the steep decline in passenger traffic and the likelihood that air travel demand will not return to pre-Covid-19 levels in the near term”.
— Travel News Asia

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Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


COVID-19: 38 new cases, one more death
The Spokesman for the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, said today that Thailand now has an accumulated total of 2,258 confirmed cases in 66 provinces.

Foreigner complaints and frustration rise over lines at Immigration, Thai Authorities say help is coming and the details are still being “discussed”
Complaints and frustration over lines at Immigration have reached a deafening level, with multiple pictures and e-mails sent today alone to The Pattaya News of a crowd estimated to be in the hundreds at Jomtien Immigration this morning and afternoon.
— The Pattaya News

Only 200 people to be allowed to enter country each day
The Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a statement saying not more than 200 people will be allowed to enter the country each day.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Vietnam donates 550,000 masks to EU countries in coronavirus fight
Vietnam donated 550,000 face masks to five European countries on Tuesday to support their fight against the coronavirus that has killed more than 75,000 people worldwide.
— Reuters

Vietnam trade ministry plans to export 800,000 tonnes of rice in April, May
Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has asked the government to resume rice exports, but limit the volume to 800,000 tonnes for April and May, the government said in a statement on Tuesday.
— National Post

No new cases of Covid-19 in Vietnam three days in a row
For the third morning in succession, there have been no new cases of Covid-19 reported in Vietnam.
— The Star Online

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