Asean morning news for May 11

Asean morning news for May 11

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 10 — Singapore breaks 20,000 active cases, Indonesia 10,000
As of 00:36 GMT May 10 there was 40,167 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 916, or 2.33 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

COVID-19: the time to act on food security is now
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food and nutrition throughout the region mean urgent planning and action is needed to avoid higher food prices, decreased nutrition, and reduced food security.
— AEC News Today

The COVID-19 pandemic pulls at the seams of Southeast Asia
The worst of the COVID-19 pandemic may be yet to come for many Southeast Asian countries, though some, such as Vietnam, have seen relative success in containing the virus.
— East Asia Forum

Mekong nations face growing threat to food security amid claims China’s dams exacerbate effects of drought
Fishermen in northeast Thailand say they have seen catches in the Mekong River plunge, while some farmers in Vietnam and Cambodia are leaving for jobs in cities as harvests of rice and other crops shrink.
— South China Morning Post

Singapore, ASEAN and non-alignment in the South China Sea: Time to choose
In the past year, China has been ratcheting up repeated attempts of targeted harassment towards drilling operations being conducted by Malaysian oil exploration ships and escorted by Malaysian Coast Guard and Navy ships within Malaysia’s maritime Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
— Southeast Asia Globe

Asean floundering in sea dispute
IT was high noon over West Capela in April, off the coast of Sarawak near the Malay-sian exclusive economic zone where the Petronas drilling vessel was harassed by a Chinese survey ship, Haiyang Dizhi 8.
— New Straits Times

Air pollution clearing up in Southeast Asia
Lockdowns and movement restrictions have led to blue skies in some parts of Southeast Asia, giving residents a respite from air pollution.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Asean tourism ministers hold special virtual meeting
Department of Tourism (DoT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat reaffirmed the country’s commitment to the regional tourism cooperation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on the road to recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Manila Times

COVID-19 is increasing strategic uncertainty in Southeast Asia
A great deal of ink is being spilled trying to divine whether China or the United States will emerge with more influence and prestige in a post-COVID world, not least in Southeast Asia, a key battleground in the increasingly hard-edged strategic competition between the world’s two largest economies.
— Atlantic Council (blog)

Measles: The Pandemic’s Silent Killer
According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), 117 million children in 37 countries may not get immunised on time this year.
— The Asean Post

Building Back Better Amid A Pandemic
he latest United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) progress report on ASEAN SDG Baseline highlights that ASEAN member states are already lagging behind on the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
— The Asean Post

Little hope ASEAN can rein in China in sea dispute – analyst
Not even a pandemic has stopped China’s assertive actions in the South China Sea, and if hopes are pinned on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to rein in their powerful neighbor, then they are likely to be dashed, a US-based Asia maritime expert said on Friday, May 8.
— Rappler

Shielding Asean migrant workers
The lockdown measures imposed by Asean member states during the Covid-19 pandemic have disrupted migrant workers’ mobility in the region.
— Bangkok Post

Driving adoption of real-time payments in Asean
THE adoption of digital payments has been particularly rapid in Asean due to the region’s young and highly-connected population.
— The Business Times

Post-pandemic Asean must bridge the digital gender divide
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member-states have a unique opportunity to meaningfully address the digital gender divide through emerging coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) recovery plans.
— The Manila Times

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

Six Youth Group Members Arrested and Monks Threatened During Peaceful MFI Protest
Six members of Cambodian youth group Khmer Thavrak including human rights activist Hun Vannak were arrested in Battambang last night while returning from a peaceful protest calling on banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) to suspend loan repayments amid the economic crisis caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
— Licadho

Officers jailed for 16 years for fake military recruitment scheme
A former major general and a former captain in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) were on Thursday sentenced to 16 years in prison for recruiting soldiers without authorization and taking $100,000 in bribes in return.
— Cambodia Daily

Cambodian Police to Ease Crackdown on Traffic Law Violators Amid Coronavirus
The Cambodian National Police Commission said Friday it would ease a crackdown on traffic violations after a public uproar about arbitrary and excessive fines at a time when the population is struggling economically during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— RFA

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Fitch sees deeper recession, cuts Indonesia’s GDP forecast
Fitch Solutions has forecast Indonesia’s GDP to contract by 1.3 percent this year, compared with 2.8 percent economic growth in its previous projection, as the country is likely to see a slow recovery and remain under lockdown for a prolonged period.
— The Jakarta Post

Soekarno-Hatta Imposes New Health Protocol After 50 Arrived With Covid-19 in Past Month
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia’s largest and busiest airport, has imposed a new health protocol for international and domestic flights on Friday after seeing more than 50 people tested positive for Covid-19 arriving in the past month.
— Jakarta Globe

No handwashing for 1 in 5 Indonesians as COVID-19 runs wild
Indonesia is at a critical juncture on how it protects and responds to the needs of its millions of urban poor. It is clear that urban poor populations could disproportionately suffer from—and contribute to—the spread of COVID-19 due to their lack of adequate housing and basic services.
— AEC News Today

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

Lao Migrant Workers Clear Quarantine, Return Home, After Crossing Back From Thailand
More than 6,000 Lao migrant workers held in camps in quarantine after returning from Thailand have now gone home, with smaller numbers still crossing the border each day and unknown numbers still stranded in Thailand, Lao sources said this week.
— RFA

279 more COVID-19 cases test negative in Laos
Laos tested 279 more suspected cases of COVID-19, which all of them were negative, with the total positive number in the country remaining at 19.
— Xinhua

Giving Lao’s Girls A Better Future
Over the years, there have been more girls attending schools and completing their studies with many focusing on their careers and a bright future.
— The ASEAN Post

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Malaysia Extends Relaxed Lockdown Until June 9 to Contain Virus
Malaysia will extend its relaxed lockdown by four weeks, allowing nearly all economic activities to continue while keeping its borders shut and schools closed.
— Bloomberg

Malaysia reports 67 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
Malaysian health authorities on Sunday (May 10) reported 67 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total number of infections to 6,656.
CNA

Malaysia’s unemployment rate to reach 3.8 per cent
Malaysia’s unemployment rate will maintain under state of full employment in 2020 but with an upward tick to 3.8 per cent, analysts project.
— The Borneo Post

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Myanmar Factories Face ‘Irreversible’ Harm If Shutdown Extended
The majority of Myanmar’s 60,000 registered factories face “irreversible damage” if shutdown measures prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic are extended beyond May 15, according to the head of the nation’s largest manufacturing trade group.
— Bloomberg

Businesses call for reopening of border pass with Myanmar
Business operators in this lower Central province have called for the government to reopen the Singkhon border pass with Myanmar, saying its closure has affected the province’s trade and investment.
— Bangkok Post

New study a call to action for Myanmar’s mangroves
A new study by the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found that mangrove deforestation in Myanmar is taking place at a faster rate than previously estimated.
— AEC News Today

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

NAIA to resume international arrivals starting May 11
Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will reopen to inbound international flights starting Monday, May 11, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said in a notice to airmen (NOTAM) on Saturday, May 9.
— Rappler

Early easing of ECQ in Metro could result in 1,700 deaths by June – study
Researchers warned that based on mathematical forecast, a premature easing of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) may result in 1,700 deaths by June.
— Rappler

Coronavirus cases in PH climb to 10,794, with 719 deaths
The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines rose to 10,794 on Sunday, May 10.
— Rappler

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

MOH preliminarily confirms 876 additional cases of COVID-19; Total tally reaches 23,336.
As of Sunday noon (10 May), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 876 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19: Mandatory for SIA, SilkAir and Scoot passengers to wear face masks on board, observe safe distancing
Face masks will soon be mandatory for passengers travelling with Singapore Airlines (SIA), its regional wing SilkAir and budget carrier Scoot, as part of new measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

33 false positives from test kit error; first imported case in two weeks
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said yesterday that 33 Covid-19 cases from a laboratory were false positives due to an apparatus calibration issue for one of its test kits.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ

 

April consumer confidence lowest in over 21 years
COVID-19 has resulted in last months’ consumer confidence index falling to the lowest in 21 years and seven months, but the Thai Chamber of Commerce believes a relaxation of lockdown measures, coupled with government stimuli, can still reinvigorate the domestic economy.
— NNT

Thai Government confirms that a Covid19 contact tracing phone application is coming very soon
The spokesman of the Center for Covid19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, confirmed this afternoon to the associated Thai press that a contact tracing application is indeed coming VERY soon and being developed by the Thai Government in association with the CCSA.
— The Pattaya News

5 teachers, 2 others accused of sexually assaulting 2 schoolgirls
A public school in the upper northeastern Mukdahan province has suspended 5 teachers who stand accused of repeated sexual assaults against a 14 year old girl.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Vietnam begins day 24 without community transmission of Covid-19
The Health Ministry confirmed no new Covid-19 case Sunday morning, marking Vietnam going 24 days free of community transmission.
— VnExpress

Nearly US$1 billion funded to support Coronavirus-affected people
More than VND20,000 billion (or nearly US$1 billion) have been funded to support people affected by COVID-19 at 63 localities nationwide, said Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung at a meeting between the Government and businesses on May 9.
— VGP Ministerial Activities

VN has done “outstanding job” in COVID-19 containment, AmCham Chair says
The Government and people of Viet Nam have done an “outstanding job” in effectively containing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to Virginia Foote, national chair of the AmCham Viet Nam.
— Chinhphu

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