Asean morning news for June 12

Asean morning news for June 12

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 11 — fresh infections reach new heights globally and in Indonesia
As of 00:32 GMT June 11 there was 51,829 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 805, or 1.57 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Rohingya Boat Off Thailand Has Been at Sea Four Months: Malaysian Official
A boat carrying hundreds of Rohingya that has been at sea four months is currently off southern Thailand and has been blocked from entering Malaysia’s waters multiple times, a senior Malaysian maritime official said Wednesday.
— Radio Free Asia

PLDT, international partners to build new Asia-Pacific submarine cable
PLDT on Thursday, June 11, announced that the Asia Direct Cable Consortium (ADC), of which it is a member, is building a new submarine cable that would connect the Philippines, China (Guangdong Province), Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
— Rappler

Piracy in South-east Asia from Jan to May 2020 doubled from same period in 2019
THE number of incidents involving piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia doubled in the first five months of 2020, compare to the same period last year, according to the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).
— The Business Times

Asia-Pacific health workers hit hard by Covid-19
With their numbers increasing daily, thousands of health workers across the Asia-Pacific region are risking their lives while curbing the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

ASEAN’s Missing Activists: Where Are They?
On Monday, about 30 activists gathered outside the Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, calling on the Cambodian government to help find pro-democracy Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsksit.
— The Asean Post

‘Fifty drivers fight for one order’: Southeast Asia gig economy slammed by virus
Indonesian motorcycle taxi driver Aji chain-smokes and checks his smartphone constantly while waiting for orders by the roadside in downtown Jakarta on a hot June morning, but is staring at the prospect of another fruitless day.
— BusinessWorld Online

PHL seen among worst-hit ASEAN economies due to extent of lockdown
THE Philippines could be among the worst-hit ASEAN economies with a projected contraction of 5% in 2020, second only to a projected decline of 6% for Singapore, Oxford Economics said.
— BusinessWorld online

SK lenders set to bank on post-Covid ASEAN
Despite the pandemic impact being felt across the world, South Korean banks are retaining their faith in the ASEAN countries – dubbed as a new market with relatively high interest rates and demand for fresh funds.
— The Phnom Penh Post

China to deepen economic, trade cooperation with ASEAN: commerce ministry
China is willing to further strengthen trade, investment and economic cooperation with ASEAN countries, the Ministry of Commerce said Thursday.
— China.org.cn

ASEAN: Toward residential energy efficiency
It has been half a year since COVID‑19 was first reported in December 2019, followed by the World Health Organization declaring the disease a pandemic in March 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

ASEAN Agrees to Use visitseasia.travel Website as Official Platform for All Tourism and COVID-19 Related Updates
ASEAN countries have agreed to maximize shared digital media facilities as a means of disseminating information related to the handling of COVID-19 and the promotion of tourism in ASEAN member states through one one-gateway.
PR Newswire (media release)

ASEAN-India ties source of balance, harmony in region: MoS MEA
ASEAN is central to India’s ‘Act East’ policy and the ties with the grouping are a source of balance and harmony in the region, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan has said.
— The Economic Times

Thailand soars ahead with 5G rollout in Southeast Asia
2020 was looking like the year 5G exploded across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and Southeast Asia in particular.
— Tech Wire Asia

UK eyes CPTPP membership, ASEAN dialogue partner
The UK hopes to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), UK Secretary of State for International Trade Elizabeth Truss has affirmed.
— Vietnamplus

Why e-commerce startups will revolutionise the supply chain in Southeast Asia
Companies are scrambling as their day-to-day activities are disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
— e27

Singapore firm set to raise up to $70 mln for Southeast Asian debt venture fund
Genesis Alternative Ventures, a private lender backed by Singapore-based family office Sassoon Investment Corp, is set to raise $50-$70 million by early 2021 for its first debt fund to finance Southeast Asian start-ups, its top executives said.
— Reuters

COVID-19 shifts food trends in Southeast Asia
Consumers’ initial concerns around COVID-19 in Southeast Asia may have been focused around personal hygiene, but they’re now taking their general health much more seriously – beginning with the food they eat, according to research.
— WARC

Embracing renewables and clean technologies to decarbonize emissions in Asean for post Covid-19
Residents in many of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (Asean) most polluted cities have been delighted to observe significant decreases in pollution levels as a result of Covid-19 lockdown measures that have disrupted the economy and thus many pollution-causing activities.
— The Manila Times

Here’re the most-used digital payments across APAC in Mar-Apr 2020
Rapyd, a global fintech company, has released its 2020 Asia Pacific eCommerce and Payment Study that analysed the financial habits, payment methods, considerations and preferences of consumers in seven countries in the region.
— e27

Filmmaking mentorship program IF/Then Southeast Asia to return this year
IF/Then Southeast Asia, a mentorship program for young filmmakers in Southeast Asia, is scheduled to be held for a second time from June 17 to 23 – in the form of an online event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

Cambodia to Set Up Banking System at Airports to Facilitate Entries of Foreigners
Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng announced on 10 June 2020 to set up private banking system at the airports to facilitate foreigners in depositing a testing and quarantine fees of USD 3,000 as required by the Cambodian government.
— Fresh News

Chinese nationals still not flocking back
Despite lockdown measures being eased in China over the coronavirus pandemic, Chinese nationals who left Preah Sihanouk province earlier this year have not returned.
— Khmer Times

A Woman Who Makes Bags For Michael Kors Was Sent To One Of The Most Crowded Prisons In The World For A Facebook Post
A Cambodian woman who makes bags for brands like Michael Kors and Kate Spade was jailed for two months after expressing her fears about the coronavirus.
— Buzzfeed News

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Indonesia’s COVID-19 death toll hits 2,000 as cases continue to rise
The number of fatalities linked to COVID-19 in Indonesia reached 2,000 on Thursday, as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise amid plans by the central government to gradually ease restrictions ahead of the so-called “new normal”.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia coronavirus cases could double to 60k in two weeks
Indonesia’s coronavirus case count could double to more than 60,000 infections in the next two weeks as testing becomes more widespread, according to Professor Amin Soebandrio, the director of Jakarta’s Eijkman Institute of Microbiology.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Indonesian economy could shrink 3.9 percent if hit by second COVID-19 wave, OECD warns
The Indonesian economy could witness a 3.9 percent contraction this year, a more dramatic decline than initially expected, if it is hit by a second wave of COVID-19 infections, according to a worst-case projection by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
— The Jakarta Post

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Laos reports no new case of COVID-19 for 60 days
Laos reported no new case of COVID-19 for 60 consecutive days, and all 19 patients infected by the virus have been discharged from hospitals.
— Xinhua

19 new cases of dengue reported, no more deaths
An additional 19 cases of dengue fever were confirmed on June 9 but no more deaths were attributed to the disease, health authorities reported on Tuesday.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos’ Ministry of Health and WHO support cleaning and disinfection training as restrictions lift
In order to avoid a potential second wave of COVID-19, the Laos Ministry of Health’s Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion (DHHP), with support from WHO, has provided guidance and training to enhance environmental cleaning and disinfection practices in business settings.
— World Health Organization

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Malaysia allows public transport, flights to operate at full capacity
All public transport services, including flights and express buses, as well as e-hailing services and private vehicles, are now allowed to operate at full capacity as long as they abide by the standard operating procedures under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) at all times.
— CNA

Asia gasoline, gasoil prices eye support as Malaysia eases COVID-19 restrictions on travel
Asian motor fuel markets are expected to see an immediate spurt of support with the return of interstate travel as part of easing lockdown restrictions in Malaysia from June 10, setting the stage for a spike in high-octane gasoline and gasoil demand, industry sources said.
— S&P Global

Malaysia bars its citizens from Hajj over coronavirus fears
Malaysia follows Indonesia in not allowing its citizens to visit Mecca and Medina for the annual pilgrimage.
— Aljazeera

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Myanmar Unveils Details of Three-Stage Tourism Recovery Plan
As countries around the world gradually ease travel and living restrictions, Myanmar has unveiled details of a three-stage ‘Strategic Roadmap for Tourism Recovery’.
— Asia Travel

UN Supplies Over 75,000 Test Kits to Government of Myanmar in Fight Against COVID-19
The United Nations agencies, funds and programmes are continuing to provide strong support to the Government of Myanmar’s efforts to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reliefweb

Satirical Troupe Face Extra Prison Terms for Ridiculing Myanmar’s Military
Many of the Peacock Generation troupe are already in jail for ridiculing the military last year. They now face further charges in each township where they performed.
— Irrawaddy

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

Gov’t suspends Balik Probinsya; prioritizes stranded individuals
The government has suspended Thursday the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) program and would focus on giving assistance to stranded individuals in Metro Manila amid quarantine restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH: Repeat tests no longer required for healed COVID-19 patients
A suspected, probable, or confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will no longer have to undergo a repeat test in order to be considered “recovered” under the new guidelines, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday.
— GMA Network

Philippines eyes human trials for China-developed COVID-19 vaccine — DOST
Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña on Wenesday said that the country may be conducting human trials for a coronavirus vaccine created by a Chinese company.
— Philippine Star

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Over 95,000 employers in Singapore to receive S$450m in wage credits by June 30
MORE than95,000 employers in Singapore will receive over S$450 million in payouts by the end of this month under the Wage Credit Scheme (WCS), the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) announced in a joint statement on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Changi Airport sets up new transit holding areas, as SIA travellers from Australia, NZ allowed to fly through S’pore
Changi Airport has set up new Transit Holding Areas (THA) in Terminals 1 and 3 as it prepares for the gradual resumption of transit passenger services, which were suspended when Singapore imposed border restrictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOH preliminarily confirms 422 new cases of COVID-19 infection; Total tally at 39,387
As of Thursday noon (11 June), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 422 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ

 

Economist predicts economy will shrink 8.9% this year, despite easing of restrictions
A leading economist is predicting the Thai economy will contract by 8.9% this year despite the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, far higher than previous estimates from local and international economic pundits.
— The Thaiger

Baht soars, biggest gain in a year
The baht surged the most in a year on Thursday, defying a selloff among emerging Asian currencies and testing the central bank’s patience after it warned of economic risks from continued appreciation.
— Bangkok Post

Tourism faces Bt1.78-trillion slump in revenue in 2020
Tourism revenue saw a steep plunge during the first five months of this year, down Bt752 billion year on year while the number of tourists dropped by more than 10 million people compared to the same period of 2019, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports said.
— The Nation

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

MoIT denies reports about power price increase
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) late on Tuesday denied reports that the nation’s electricity price had increased. The reports had appeared on some websites and social media posts.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam’s Support Policy to Recover Economy: Resolution 84
As Vietnam comes out of lockdown and attempts to recover its economy, the government on May 29 issued Resolution 84/NQ-CP (Resolution 84) unveiling a number of incentives for businesses affected by the pandemic.
— Vietnam-Briefing

Vietnam Objects to China’s Undersea Cable Construction in Paracels
Vietnam objected Thursday to China’s recent reported laying of undersea cables in the disputed Paracel Islands, saying it was a violation of Vietnamese sovereignty.
— Radio Free Asia

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