Asean morning news for June 1

Asean morning news for June 1

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 31 — active cases fall in Asean as Brazil continues march up death tally table
As of 00:31 GMT May 31 there was 44,786 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, a decrease of 177, or -0.39 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today 

Southeast Asia leans on new taxes to plug coronavirus shortfalls
Southeast Asian countries have turned to new and higher taxes to offset falling government revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic, walking a fine line between securing funding and further straining economies.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Isaan Mekong basin network concerns the Sanakham hydropower push
Amidst the spreading of the Coronavirus 2019 in every corner of the world, the government in each country, as well as the departments, organizations, and other related parties are vigorously collaborating in solving the problem with a hope of surviving the disaster that is impacting the human race.
— Prachatai English

Mass unemployment the new normal in SE Asia
A new International Labor Organization report suggests that more than one in six young people worldwide has stopped working since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, while the rest have seen their working hours cut by almost a quarter.
— Asia Times

China ‘ready’ to include ASEAN in $2B COVID-19 aid
China on Friday said it is ready to expand its assistance to Southeast Asian countries amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
— Anadolu Agency

Southeast Asian Muslims celebrate Eid under lockdown: How they covered it
For the millions of Muslims in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, Eid al-Fitr fell on May 24 this year.
— Asean Today

Commentary: What’s behind China’s controversial Health Silk Road efforts
China’s Health Silk Road (HSR) first appeared in a speech given by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2016 in Uzbekistan.

Asean must work together to re-open economy post-Covid-19
Malaysia needs to find ways to reopen its tourism industry, albeit discerningly, following its success in controlling the spread of Covid-19.
— New Straits Times

Spotlight on ASEAN – Re-opening the economy
Despite the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) still spreading in hotspots around the world, countries everywhere, including ASEAN, are easing lockdown restrictions to kick-start their economies.
— JD Supra

Is Asean’s Covid response leaving migrant workers behind?
Many Asean nations saw a sharp decline in the number of coronavirus fatalities after more than a month in lockdown.
— Bangkok Post

Coronavirus pandemic fuels Asia e-commerce boom
E-commerce retailers across Asia have seen explosive sales growth during the pandemic crisis as consumers under lockdown splurge online.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Asean artistic swimmers show solidarity with Zoom group workout
South-east Asia’s national artistic swimmers are used to representing their respective countries at various sporting events, and yesterday was no different.
— The Straits Times

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Low Economic Prospects Forcing Cambodians to Enter Thailand Despite Border Closure
Interior Ministry figures show that around 100 Cambodian migrant workers were found attempting to return to Thailand despite the border being closed on account of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
— VOA Khmer

Man Covid-19 positive after Thailand trip
The Ministry of Health on Saturday reported the third Covid-19 case in less than two weeks, bringing the total to 125.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM: Smallest U.S. Banknotes Can Be Circulated as Usual on Cambodian Market
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has reaffirmed that the three smallest U.S. banknotes – US$ 1, US$ 2, and US$ 5 – can be circulated on Cambodian market as usual.

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


World Bank approves $250 million loan to support Indonesia’s COVID-19’s response
The World Bank has agreed to provide a US$250 million loan to support Indonesia’s COVID-19 response, the organization’s board of executive directors announced recently.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Reports 700 New Coronavirus Infections
Indonesia reported on Sunday 700 new coronavirus infections, taking the tally in the Southeast Asian nation to 26,473, said health ministry official Achmad Yurianto.
— The New York Times

Indonesian honour killing: brutal death of schoolgirl Rosmini Darwis, 16, sparks copycat fears
Indonesia’s first reported honour killing of a schoolgirl earlier this month has shocked the nation and prompted rights activists to warn of a “contagion” effect amid a rising wave of religious ultraconservatism.

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Laos virus taskforce issues advice for returning schoolchildren
The National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 (coronavirus) Prevention and Controlhas issued guidelines for parents and teachers when kindergartens and other schools reopen on June 2 (Tuesday).
— The Star

Laos records 91 new cases of dengue fever
Laos recorded 91 new confirmed cases of dengue fever, bringing the total number of infections to 1,428, according to Lao Ministry of Health report.
— Xinhua

Laos – No problems with Covid -19, but grapples with rising dengue fever problems
Laos is one of the more successful country in South-East Asia region that has managed to control the Covid-19 pandemic well. As of Saturday night, Laos has tested 6,432 suspected cases with only 19 cases tested positive, and 16 patients have recovered.
— The Star

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Malaysia reports 57 new COVID-19 infections
Malaysia reported 57 new coronavirus infections on Sunday (May 31), taking its tally to 7,819, the health ministry said.

Malaysia, Singapore agree to defer HSR project until Dec 31: Khaw Boon Wan
Malaysia and Singapore said on Sunday (May 31) they have reached an agreement to defer the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project again until the end of the year.

TNB to meet minister tomorrow on ‘high’ electricity bills
The energy and natural resources ministry has asked Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) to give an explanation on the issue of discounts and electricity bills, which has sparked outrage among the public.

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Myanmar COVID-19 cases stand at 224 as 17 more cases reported on 30 May 2020
Seventeen more cases of COVID-19 were reported in Myanmar on 30 May, making the country’s total tally 224.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar: Power System Efficiency Project Brings Country Closer to Universal Electricity Access
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a $350 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) to increase the output and efficiency of power generation and improve the resilience of Myanmar’s electricity system to climate change and disasters.
–Modern Diplomacy

Energy ministry tells bidders no extension for solar tender
Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy has rejected requests from prospective bidders for a major solar farm tender to extend its one-month deadline, which they say is impossible to meet because of the COVID-19 crisis and tough conditions attached.
— Myanmar Times

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Duterte’s virus defense faces test as Philippines lockdown eases
Wearing face masks, millions in the Philippine capital will emerge from one of the world’s longest virus lockdowns on Monday in a test of how well President Rodrigo Duterte built the country’s pandemic response.
— ABS-CBN News

Nearly 100,000 OFWs stranded worldwide due to virus lockdowns
Nearly 100,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) worldwide are stranded due to lockdown measures in light of the coronavirus pandemic .
— Rappler

Transport sector workers seek subsidies to address reduced capacity under GCQ
A coalition of transport sector workers and advocates on Saturday expressed concern over the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases’ decision to limit the number of buses and jeepneys available when Metro Manila shifts to the more relaxed general community quarantine on Monday.
— Philippine Star

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


No workplace gatherings, socialising among employees when office operations resume after COVID-19 circuit breaker: MOM
Employees should not socialise during or outside working hours, even when office operations resume during Phase 1 of Singapore’s reopening following the end of the COVID-19 circuit breaker period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New measures for foreign workers resuming work
Staggered pick-up and drop-off times along with enhanced contact tracing measures were among a list of requirements that employers and dormitory operators have to fulfill before their foreign workers can return to work after June 1, it was announced yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore reports 518 new COVID-19 cases
Singapore reported 518 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (May 31), taking the country’s total number of infections to 34,884 .
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


Thailand passes record stimulus package to combat COVID-19 impact
Thailand’s parliament approved on Sunday (May 31) a near-US$60 billion stimulus package, the kingdom’s biggest-ever cash injection, to revive an economy that has been hammered by the coronavirus.

DPM Somkid reiterates the need for Thailand to borrow one trillion baht
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, told Parliament today of the need to borrow one trillion baht to cushion the economic impacts of COVID-19, because existing funding will dry up in July or August.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand warned to brace for the second wave of COVID-19 infections
The Dean of the Faculty of Medical Science at Siriraj Hospital has warned Thailand to prepare for the second outbreak of COVID-19, which he said is a certainty and, when it happens, the number of fatalities is expected to increase exponentially.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


3,528 foreign investors contributed nearly US$3 billion into Vietnam first 5 months despite the pandemic
The total foreign direct investment (FDI) into Vietnam between the beginning of this year and May 20 reached US$13.9 billion, down 17% over the same period last year.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam Airlines resumes all domestic flights
The national flag carrier Vietnam Airline has resumed full domestic operations with the number of domestic passenger flights on May 29 up 36 percent year on year to over 300.
— Viet Nam News

Digital services in Vietnam thrive during pandemic, now for the next step (video)
There is no time when speed matters more than during a pandemic and the global SARS-CoV-2 outbreak is showing just how true these words are.
— AEC News Today

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