Asean morning news for April 20

Asean morning news for April 20
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 19 — Asean COVID-19 survivors hit 7,200; 69% of all infections remain active
As of 01:08 GMT April 19 there was 18,725 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,219, or 6.96 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

No room for any more Rohingya refugees, says Tok Mat
Umno has defended Putrajaya’s decision to push back to sea overloaded boats carrying Rohingya refugees heading for Malaysia and called for joint action by Asean and the rest of the world.
— Free Malaysia Today

Singapore overtakes Indonesia and Philippines with most Covid-19 cases in Asean
Singapore overtook Indonesia in coronavirus infections and now has the most cases in South-East Asia after the city-state detected hundreds more victims among low-wage foreign workers.
— The Star Online

RCEP partners press ahead with legal tweaks
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) dialogue partners are advancing the review of legal texts, expecting the process to finish in July so the pact can be signed later in the year during the Asean Summit as scheduled.
— Bangkok Post

Asean-BAC calls for uninterrupted supply chains for essential food in member states
The Asean Business Advisory Council (Asean-BAC), in pledging to work closely with Asean nations in their fight to contain Covid-19, has called on their leaders to take urgent measures to ensure there are uninterrupted production and supply chains of essential food and beverage.
— The Edge Markets

Air Asia to resume domestic flights in several countries
AirAsia will resume domestic flights in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, India and Indonesia, the carrier said in a statement posted on its website.
— Business Traveller

ASEAN: Mobilize AHA Center, all partners for COVID-19
The number of people infected with COVID-19 has nearly exceeded 2 million people worldwide, with a death toll of over 146,000 according to on April 15.
— The Jakarta Post

Steady virus spread in Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia
Confirmed new coronavirus cases on Sunday continued a steady rise in Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN virtual COVID-19 summit: How they covered it
ASEAN broke new ground this week when representatives took part in a virtual COVID-19 summit.
— Asean Today

Japan switching manufacturing to ASEAN
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently declared a state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic and unveiled a massive stimulus package to help the economy overcome the crisis.
— The Asean Post

Xi Dreading US, Japan Exit From China As Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia vie for opportunities
China’s pivoting role in the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic has earned it the fury of countries across the globe.
— EurAsian Times

Asean green bond and loan issuance doubles to US$7.8b in 2019: report
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).
— The Business Times

Southeast Asian startups tighten belt as coronavirus hits revenue
As the world fights the novel coronavirus pandemic, Southeast Asian startups face another battle: Cash burn.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

COVID-19 puts Southeast Asia’s food supply to the test
Whenever a government announces a lockdown or curfew, citizens flock to markets.
— Asean Today

The coming impact of coronavirus contraction in Asean
AS the total number of confirmed cases may exceed 3 million and deaths will surpass 200,000 in a matter of days, the United States and Europe account for more than 80 percent of both.
— The Manila Times

Pangolin Scales Trade In ASEAN
It was reported that nearly 900,000 pangolins are believed to have been trafficked across Southeast Asia in the last 20 years.
— The Asean Post

Asean’s steel wire demands to drive Kiswire’s future growth
With its ductility, strength and durability, steel wire is used in a variety of applications such as automotive, manufacturing and telecommunications, to cite a few examples.
— South China Morning Post

China’s trade volume with BRI countries keeps growing in Q1
China’s trade volume with Belt and Road countries maintained growth in the first quarter this year despite the country’s general shrinkage of imports and exports in the same period.
— News Ghana

Are Customers Happy With E-commerce Services?
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused nations across the world to be under lockdown over virus fears.
— The Asean Post

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Garment Workers Fired for Violating Provincial Travel Ban
Chea Sinon bid farewell to her sister and roommate, Chea Channeath, on Friday as she headed back to her home province of Kampong Cham.
— VOA Khmer

Ministry cancels school year
The Ministry of Education has extended the suspension of public and private schools until further notice.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s Leaders Line Up a Coronavirus Scapegoat
The Khmer Times, an English-language daily, is not known for criticizing the Cambodian government.
— Foreign Policy

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Indonesia Sees Rp 76t Deficit in Q1 Budget as Coronavirus Impact Begins to Hit
The Indonesian state budget saw a deficit of Rp 76.4 trillion, around $4.9 billion or 0.45 percent of the GDP, in the first quarter of the year, a figure the country’s finance minister described on Friday as the first visible major damage from the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s death toll may be double official figure: Doctors’ association
Indonesia’s death toll from the coronavirus has likely reached 1,000, nearly double the official figure of 582, Indonesian Doctors’ Association (IDI) chairman Daeng Faqih was quoted as saying on Saturday.
— Straits Times

Jokowi Calls on Districts to Boost Testing as Coronavirus Cases Surpass 6,000
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo instructed all governors, district heads and mayors to intensify screening for coronavirus in their respective regions as confirmed cases continued to grow and reached 6,248 on Saturday.
— Jakarta Globe

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Schools, centres of higher education to remain closed
The Ministry of Education and Sports announced on Friday that all schools and tertiary centres of education will remain closed from April 22 to May 3 as part of government efforts to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Vientiane Times

Laos detects no new Covid-19 cases in 7 consecutive days
No new Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases have been recorded in Laos for seven consecutive days, and the total number of confirmed cases stands at 19.
— The Star

103 Hospitals among facilities in Laos treating Covid-19 cases
The 103 Hospital has been among health facilities in Laos providing treatment for Covid-19 since last month, before the disease began spreading in the country.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia Reports 84 New Coronavirus Cases; One New Death
Malaysian health officials reported 84 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the country’s total to 5,389.
— New York Times

Malaysia shuts palm operations in part of Sabah after coronavirus outbreak
Malaysia’s largest palm oil producing state, Sabah, has temporarily halted palm operations in one area after 11 cases of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) were found there, the Bernama state news agency reported on Sunday (April
— The Star Online

Water supply restoration in seven regions reaches 97%: Air Selangor
Water supply restoration in seven regions that experienced an unscheduled water supply interruption yesterday, following the pollution of a raw water source in Sungai Selangor, has reached 97%, as at 6pm today.
— The Sun Daily

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Total number of COVID-19 cases reaches 111 on Sunday
The National Health Laboratory (Yangon) announced four more cases yesterday and the addition has brought the total number of COVID-19 positive cases to 111 on Sunday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar-Thailand border drops $2.32 million this financial year
Myanmar-Thailand border trade has dropped by $24.27 million and stands at US$2.13 billion between 1 October and 3 April in this fiscal 2019-2020, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar.
— Mizzima

Christian pastor who defied Myanmar law positive for coronavirus
At least 22 of the 94 recorded cases in Myanmar were traced to the religious gathering hosted by Pastor David Lah.
— Aljazeera

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DOH conducts almost 53K individual Covid-19 tests
The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday said it performed a total of 52,837 individual tests for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).According to the latest data from the DOH Covid-19 Tracker, 7,166 of these tests are positive cases and 45,626 are negative cases.
— Philippine News Agency

Coronavirus cases in PH climb to 6,259, with death toll at 409
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines rose further to 6,259 on Sunday, April 19.
— Rappler

Drones tapped to help enforce lockdown
The government said on Saturday it would use smart technology, including the deployment of drones, in enforcing the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to stop the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Singapore overtakes Indonesia and Philippines with most Covid-19 cases in Asean
Singapore overtook Indonesia in coronavirus infections and now has the most cases in South-East Asia after the city-state detected hundreds more victims among low-wage foreign workers.
— The Star

Mandatory stay-home notices for work permit and S pass holders in construction sector from 20 April to 4 May
Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced that with effect on Monday (20 April), MOM will require all work permit holders and S Pass holders in the construction industry to be placed on mandatory stay-home notices (SHNs) till 4 May, with both dates included in the SHN period.
— The Online Citizen

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

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Tell PM to stop weapons purchases, end corruption: academic’s message to country’s richest
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s open letter seeking support from the country’s richest has drawn harsh criticism from netizens while an academic urged him to scrap weapons purchases and get rid of corruption.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Air pollution in Bangkok falls to lowest level in 2020
Bangkok recorded the lowest air quality index in 2020 today, according to The website data show that Bangkok air quality index (AQI) had a PM2.5 level of only 53 micrograms per cubic metre (μg/m3) on average.
— The Thaiger

Unemployment soars to 700,000 as factories close
The number of people claiming unemployment benefits has almost doubled to 700,000 people from December last year, with 140,000 registering in March alone.
— Bangkok Post

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72 hours without any new Covid-19 cases in Vietnam, active cases down to 67
This means that of the 268 Covid-19 cases confirmed in Vietnam so far, 201 have been discharged, including three foreigners on Saturday.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam maintains fiscal surplus of US$2 billion in Q1 amid Covid-19
During the first quarter, budget revenue collection reached VND391 trillion (US$16.75 billion), equivalent to 25.9% of the year’s plan and up 1.8% year-on-year.
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam’s coastal city reopens basic services
The southern province’s Vice Chairman, Tran Van Tuan, on Friday afternoon sent a document to lower level authorities on the continuation of measures to strictly control the Covid-19 epidemic.
— Vietnam Insider

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