Asean morning news for April 17

Asean morning news for April 17
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 16 — 13 days for second million, 8,000 deaths per day
As of 01:12 GMT April 16 there was 15,609 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 606, or 4.58 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 158, or 1.00 per cent, are classified as serious or critical.
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Govt to sign Asean pact on Covid-19
The cabinet has agreed to endorse the Asean Special Meeting Declaration that underscores the region’s strength of cooperation and capabilities to deliver health protection in a collective battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

IMF revises growth rate for Asean’s top economies downwards to -1.3 per cent due to coronavirus disruption
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday (April 15) revised down the 2020 growth rate of the Asean-5 countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand – to minus 1.3 per cent.
— The Straits Times

PM: ASEAN members need to consider more economic and trade facilitation
The Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) needs to think more about strategically restoring and promoting combined economic growth now and after the end of the COVID-19 crisis, said Prime Minister Hun Sen during the Special ASEAN Summit on the impact of COVID-19.
— Khmer Times

COVID-19 and ASEAN Declaration
How ASEAN member nations collectively fight the COVID-19.
— Thai PBS (video)

Bangladesh coast guard rescues 396 Rohingya from drifting boat; 32 dead
At least 32 ethnic Rohingya died on a ship that drifted for weeks after it failed to reach Malaysia, officials of the Bangladesh coast guard said on Thursday (Apr 16), following the rescue of 396 starving survivors.

COVID-19 is a human security crisis
COVID-19 cases are growing at an accelerated pace, infecting 2 million people around the world. With this staggering number of victims, the pandemic is now being compared to a war.
— East Asia Forum

COVID-19 and Southeast Asia: Don’t be distracted, stand behind WHO
The past weeks have seen the World Health Organization (WHO) and its director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus under fire as COVID-19 continues to spread across the world.
— The Jakarta Post

Region’s Migrants Struggle with Job Losses, Hunger Caused by COVID-19
During a special online meeting with his Southeast Asian counterparts to discuss regional efforts to combat COVID-19, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo spoke up for migrant workers affected by the pandemic.
— Benar News

Southeast Asia firms rank data protection as top security concern
Organizations in Southeast Asia (SEA) have witnessed – or experienced – major data breaches in the last year, which is leading to an urgent reshuffle of priorities and placing data protection at the top of the IT challenge pile.
— Data Center News

Asean grocery retailers gain as Covid-19 shifts dining to the home: DBS
SOCIAL distancing measures and lockdowns arising from the Covid-19 pandemic bode well for supermarkets across Asean, helping to boost sales albeit at the expense of F&B retailers, DBS Group Research said in a report.
— The Business Times

Asean green bond issuance doubles to US$7.8b in 2019
THE volume of green bonds and loans issued in Asean almost doubled between 2018 and 2019, in tandem with global trends, according to a report by Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Resilient social networks: Southeast Asia’s enduring terrorist threat
The threat of terrorism in Southeast Asia remains high, but, as in Australia, it’s neither an existential threat nor even one of the more significant dangers most people face.
— The Strategist (blog)

How media consumption is fluctuating in Southeast Asia and Australia
Ad tech companies SpotX and Unruly have released insights on how media consumption is shifting in key Asia-Pacific territories during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how this in influencing consumer expectations of brand communications.
— Campaign

SE Asia Stocks-Down on bleak economic outlook; Philippines plunges 4%
Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Thursday, with Philippines shares losing as much as 4%, as investor sentiment was hurt by dire economic data from the United States and prospects of extensive damage to Asia as a fallout of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Reuters

Search for Mekong Heroes begins
The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is introducing ‘Mekong Heroes’, an initiative operated by Destination Mekong a public-private partnership on behalf of the tourism office.
— TTR Weekly

Carousell donates $2m of ad inventory to non-profits helping communities during coronavirus
Classified ads platform Carousell has launched an initiative to help boost non-profits and charities that are helping communities impacted by the coronavirus (Covid-19).
— The Drum

SEA e-commerce players offer free ads and aid for NGOs and SMEs
As online shopping becomes the predominant product consumption channel during on-going movement restrictions, e-commerce players in Southeast Asia have launched initiatives to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and non-profit organisations.

Putting women, girls at heart of COVID-19 response in ASEAN
A crisis is a test of strengths. It reveals the character of leadership and whether individuals and communities can come together in the times of greatest need.

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Cambodia Continues to Ban Entries of Passengers from Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States
Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a press release on Thursday stating that the Kingdom continues to ban entries of passengers from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain and the United States until further notice to curb the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus.
— Freshnews

Wide Outbreak Possible and Cambodia Needs to Continue COVID-19 Preparations, WHO Says
The World Health Organization on Monday urged the Cambodian government to prepare for a potential large-scale outbreak of the respiratory disease in the country, and to bolster stocks of personal protective equipment, face masks and ventilators.
— VOA Khmer

Health Ministry Downplays Risks of Community Transmission in BKK1
Days after the health minister raised concerns over community transmission in the capital’s Boeung Keng Kang 1 district, officials on Thursday said there was a low risk of COVID-19 cluster infections in the upmarket locality, despite a recent slew of cases of the respiratory disease.
— VOA Khmer

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Indonesia’s number of recovered COVID-19 patients exceeds death toll for first time in month
The Health Ministry has announced that another 102 people recovered from COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of recovered patients in the country to 548 and thereby exceeding the death toll for the first time in nearly a month.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Expects Tourism Boom in 2021, Offers Stimulus for Businesses
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday announced several measures to assist businesses and workers in the tourism industry, the sector hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 Update: Positive Cases Rise to 5,516 Nationwide
Indonesia’s COVID-19 spokesman Achmad Yurianto announced 380 new confirmed coronavirus cases that bring the total up to 5,516 cases.

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Second Covid-19 Patient Discharged from Hospital in Laos
A second Covid-19 patient has been discharged from hospital in Vientiane today, marking the second successful recovery from the virus in Laos.
— The Laotian Times

23 more COVID-19 cases test negative in Laos
Laos tested 23 more cases of COVID-19, which all of them tested negative, with the total number in the country remaining at 19.
— China Org

Laos Extends COVID-19 Lockdown Until May 3 – Prime Minister
The Lao government has ordered for a 14-day extension of nationwide lockdown in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith announced in a televised address on Wednesday.
— Urdupoint

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Malaysia reports 110 new coronavirus cases with one new death
Malaysia reported 110 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, raising the cumulative total to 5,182.
— The Sun Daily

Miti revokes approvals given to four companies to operate during MCO: Azmin
The International Trade and Industry Ministry (MIiti) has revoked the approvals given to four companies to operate during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period after they were found to have violated the prescribed conditions.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysian economy resilient in 2019, boosted by domestic, private sectors
The Malaysian economy continued to be resilient in 2019, upheld by sustained strength in domestic private sector activities amidst a challenging external environment, Securities Commission (SC) said in its 2019 Annual Report.
— New Sarawak Tribune

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Covid-19 infections surge to 85 in Myanmar
The number of Covid-19 infections has surged to 85, with 11 more new confirmed cases reported on Thursday (April 16), according to a statement from the Health and Sports Ministry.
— The Star Online

Hotel and tour businesses in Myanmar get one-year exemption on licence fees
Myanmar hotel and tour businesses will be exempted from paying licence fees for a period of one year as the sector continues to struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the hotel ministry said on April 16.
— Myanmar Times

Bangladesh coast guard rescues 396 Rohingya from drifting boat; 32 dead
At least 32 ethnic Rohingya died on a ship that drifted for weeks after it failed to reach Malaysia, officials of the Bangladesh coast guard said on Thursday (Apr 16), following the rescue of 396 starving survivors.
— Channel NewsAsia

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Gov’t threatens total lockdown as cases soar
THE government on Thursday threatened to impose a total lockdown if people continue to violate protocols against the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
— BusinessWorld

Philippines now conducts over 4,000 COVID-19 tests daily, says task force
The Philippines now conducts over 4,000 tests for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) daily as the government moves to meet its target testing capacity of 8,000 to 10,000 by the end of the month.
— GMA Network

PH coronavirus cases now at 5,660; death toll hits 362
The Philippines has 207 new coronavirus cases, pushing the total number of cases in the country to 5,660 as of 4 pm on Thursday, April 16, the Department of Health (DOH) announced.
— Rappler

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Virus cases hit new high of 728, with spread mainly in dorms
Singapore saw its sharpest single-day spike of 728 new coronavirus cases yesterday, bringing the total number of cases here to 4,427.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Three more foreign worker dormitories gazetted as isolation areas
Three more foreign worker dormitories in Singapore have been gazetted as isolation areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Carpooling now illegal after Transport Ministry waives exemption; largest Telegram group halts operations
Carpooling is now illegal after the Transport Ministry revoked a law allowing it to be carried out under some conditions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Confidence dips again as recession looms
Large-cap stocks listed on Thailand’s stock market saw another day of sell-off following the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) grim economic forecast and a fall in crude prices.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Prime Minister reassures public that 5000 baht will be paid for three months as part of financial stimulus plan
The Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-O-Cha, addressed the public this afternoon and reassured the Thai people that a financial stimulus program of 5000 baht a month will be paid for three months, not only for one month.
— The Pattaya News

At Wit’s End, Poorest Thais Turn to Charity for Survival in Pandemic
A grandma selling shirts on Facebook Live for 3 baht. Blind masseuses struggling to navigate the government website for cash handouts. A taxi driver breaking down in tears on the news when he admits he has no food to eat.
— Khaosod English

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Vietnam to Give the U.S. 200,000 Locally Made Medical Masks
Vietnam is donating 200,000 domestically made medical masks to the U.S., which has seen deaths from the novel coronavirus top 30,000.
— Bloomberg

In Vietnam, There Have Been Fewer Than 300 COVID-19 Cases And No Deaths. Here’s Why
Vietnam shares a border with China, yet it has reported no deaths from COVID-19 and just 268 confirmed cases, when other Southeast Asian nations are reporting thousands.

Gov’t not to loosen entry restrictions until month end due to COVID-19
Entry restrictions will not be eased until April 30, according to the latest announcement released by the Government Office.
— Chinhphu

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