Asean morning news for March 20

Asean morning news for March 20

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 19 — deaths soar in Indonesia
As of 01:40 GMT March 19 there was 1,639 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 66 on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

ASEAN summit in Vietnam postponed until end-June over coronavirus
A summit of Southeast Asian and other international leaders scheduled in Vietnam early next month has been postponed until end-June due to worries about the coronavirus pandemic, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Virus Update: Stimulus reaches $1.9tn
Hubei, the Chinese province at the centre of the outbreak, reported no new infections for the first time since the pathogen emerged more than two months ago as fiscal support from governments worldwide to cushion their economies from the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak soared to $1.9 trillion.
— Bangkok Post

COVID-19 outbreak cuts South-East Asia’s GDP growth forecast to 4.2% in 2020
Economic growth across the South-East Asia region is expected to slow to 4.2% in 2020, as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to weigh on tourism, disrupt regional supply chains and dampen household spending.
— Mizzima News

Emerging markets deemed ‘high risk’ during outbreak — Capital Economics
EMERGING MARKETS in Southeast Asia are deemed “high risk” during the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak due to the concentration of populations in urban areas, weak health care systems and flawed quarantine protocols, think tank Capital Economics said.
— BusinessWorld Online

Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation Announce Donations to Four Southeast Asian Countries
The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation today announced donations of medical supplies to four Southeast Asian countries.
— Businesswire

ASEAN in chaotic lockdown
On Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte widened a month-long quarantine of Luzon to the entire Philippines in what local media are calling a six-month state of calamity.
— The Asean Post

Winners of propaganda painting contest for ASEAN Chairmanship 2020 announced
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced the winners of the propaganda painting contest for the VIetnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020.
— Nhan Dan Online

Asean response to COVID-19 pandemic under spotlight as crisis deepens
A regional response on the new coronavirus disease outbreak has come under the spotlight as Southeast Asia scrambles to prevent the wider transmission of COVID-19, which has reached eight out of 10 Asean member states.

Assessment of impact of epidemic on Asean
The effects of COVID-19 are hitting Asean economies at a time when other risk factors such as a global growth slowdown were already rising.
— Khmer Times

COVID-19 Report: New infections reach record highs across Southeast Asia
Nations throughout Southeast Asia are reporting new single-day highs in coronavirus cases.
— Coconuts Singapore

Citi slashes Asean GDP growth forecast to 2.9%
CITI Research economists have slashed their 2020 economic growth forecast for Asean to 2.9 per cent, down from a January prediction of 4.3 per cent, as the Covid-19 outbreak reaches an “inflection point” in South-east Asia.
— The Business Times

SE Asia Stocks-Philippines sees worst day ever, others lose on coronavirus fears
The Philippines stock market clocked its biggest one-day loss in history on Thursday, after trading resumed following a two-day hiatus, while other Southeast Asian markets also racked up losses on deepening worries over the coronavirus pandemic.
— Reuters

Who’s driving e-sports and gaming in Southeast Asia: Gamers or fans?
The boom of Southeast Asia’s (SEA) online gaming market is difficult to ignore.
— e27

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Infections spread in Kingdom
The Ministry of Health on Thursday confirmed 10 more cases of coronavirus infections bringing the latest tally to 47. Almost all are confirmed to be connected to a Muslim religious gathering in Malaysia which has become the epicentre for infections in that country.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnam shutters borders with Cambodia as pandemic spreads
The Vietnamese government on Sunday locked down its borders with the Kingdom and imposed a month-long entry ban for any foreign traveler – except accredited diplomats – as the country adopts measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
— Khmer Times

Sellers of fake anti-virus kits to be prosecuted
The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Commerce’s Cambodia Import-Export Inspection and Fraud Repression Directorate-General (Camcontrol) announced they would take legal action against sellers and pharmacists who sold products such as hand sanitisers containing “fake alcohol”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Indonesia should ‘prepare for the worst’ on coronavirus, Red Cross says
Indonesia is likely to have a far higher number of coronavirus cases than it has reported due to low levels of testing and needs to consider tougher measures like lockdowns, the head of the country’s Red Cross told Reuters.
— Reuters

President Jokowi, First Lady Iriana Test Negative for COVID-19
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo along with First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo announced the result of their COVID-19 test.

15 recover from COVID-19, death toll rises to 25
Fifteen COVID-19 patients in Indonesia have made a full recovery, while the death toll from the virus has increased to 25, said Achmad Yurianto, the spokesman for the Indonesian Government’s coronavirus response team.
— Antara News

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China’s COVID-19 testing kits arrive in Laos
A shipment of COVID-19 testing kits provided by the Chinese government arrived in Vientiane on Wednesday.

Laos suspends tourist visas, closes schools to prevent COVID-19
The Lao government has suspended the issuance of visas for foreign tourists for 30 days and suspended all levels of education to prevent COVID-19, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has announced.
— Xinhua

Authorities confirm Laos-Vietnam border crossing open
Authorities have confirmed that the Lao Bao-Dansavan International Checkpoint between Vietnam and Laos in Savannakhet province is open dismissing false reports of its closure on March 19 as fake news.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


With Malaysian-made Covid-19 vaccine a possibility, firm pleads for Putrajaya’s backing
A local vaccine manufacturer has pleaded for cooperation and support from Putrajaya, claiming it is being hampered by red tape despite allegedly having a potential cure to the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Malay Mail

COVID-19 cases in Malaysia hit 900 with 110 new infections
Malaysia on Thursday (Mar 19) reported 110 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total in the country to 900, said Health Minister Adham Baba.

AirAsia to operate limited number of domestic, international flights until March 31
AirAsia will be operating a limited number of domestic and international flights from today until March 31, the low-cost airline said.
— The Borneo Post

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MTEA proposes loan scheme for survival of declining tourism industry
Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association (MTEA) has proposed a plan to take a loan of around Ks 50 billion from the government in order to avoid the unemployment of thousands of skilled workers in the Covid-19 hit local tourism industry, said U Naung Naung Han, Chair of the MTEA, at a meeting on the economic remedy for Covid-19 at UMFCCI on 17 March.
— Eleven Myanmar

At least 10,000 now unemployed in Yangon garment sector
At least 20 out of the 500 factories in Myanmar have shut down, leaving more than 10,000 potentially unemployed as a result of COVID-19.
— Myanmar Times

Malaysia seeks 2,000 Rohingyas for Covid-19 checks after tabligh gathering
Malaysian authorities are scrambling to track down about 2,000 Rohingya men who attended a Muslim religious gathering that has led to a big spike in coronavirus cases across Southeast Asia, a security source and two other people told Reuters.
— New Straits times

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Philippine banks roll-out relief to ease COVID-19 financial pain
Banks across the Philippines have begun rolling out a range of measures aimed at easing the financial pain the COVID-19 outbreak is causing households under government imposed lockdowns.
— AEC News Today

Philippines bans entry of foreigners due to coronavirus outbreak
The Philippines will stop issuing visas to foreigners worldwide to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Loscin Jr said on Thursday, March 16.
— Rappler

Philippines has 15 new COVID-19 cases, brings total up to 217
The Philippines has recorded 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total up to 217.
— GMA Network

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Coronavirus: Schools, kindergartens to reopen on Monday; students, staff who return from overseas from March 14 have to isolate for 14 days
Schools will suspend all co-curricular activities and students have to sit farther apart.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

32 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, 75% of which are imported
Returning residents and long-term pass holders accounted for all 24 of the new imported COVID-19 cases in Singapore today, MOH said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Special arrangement’ made to fly Singaporeans, PRs back home from UK amid COVID-19 outbreak
A special arrangement has been made between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) to fly Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents (PRs) home amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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COVID-19: Thailand to require all travellers to obtain health certificate for entry from Mar 22
From Sunday (Mar 22), all travellers – both Thai and foreign – will need to acquire a health certificate before entering Thailand as the country stepped up its efforts to control the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Thailand reports 60 new COVID-19 cases: Health official
Thailand recorded 60 new coronavirus cases in the biggest daily jump in the number of cases so far to take its total infections to 272, a health official said on Thursday (Mar 19).

Foreigners can claim medical expenses from state for virus treatment in Thailand
Foreign visitors, who are treated for COVID-19 in Thailand, and those who are placed under investigation pending COVID-19 test results, will have the right to claim back the medical expenses they actually paid from the state, according to Mr. Poomisak Aranyakasemsook, director-general of the Comptroller Department.
— Thai PBS News

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Vietnam Military Increasing Isolation Housing to 60,000 Beds
Vietnam’s military is expanding its quarantine facilities to house about 60,000 people by adding as many as 20,000 beds as thousands of Vietnamese return home from virus-hit countries, the government said on its website.
— Bloomberg

Vietnam shutters borders with Cambodia as pandemic spreads
The Vietnamese government on Sunday locked down its borders with the Kingdom and imposed a month-long entry ban for any foreign traveler – except accredited diplomats – as the country adopts measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
— Khmer Times

MoIT issues requirements for consultants of SMEs
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) issued requirements for individuals and organisations who wish to join the network of consultants for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
— Viet Nam News

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