Asean morning news for April 28

Asean morning news for April 28
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 27 – active cases fall in Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand
As of 00:46 GMT April 27 there was 28,104 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,174 or 4.36 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Authoritarians are using coronavirus for power-grabs in Southeast Asia
With the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging Southeast Asian nations, the region’s leaders have found a unique pretext to consolidate power and muzzle critics.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Saving Southeast Asia from another economic crisis
The apparent success of China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan in de-escalating the COVID-19 crisis contrasts with experiences in Europe and the United States where casualties have grown rapidly.
— East Asia Forum

‘Can’t fight COVID-19 alone’: ASEAN leaders call for urgent collaboration in food security and open trade
Country leaders of all the member states comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reaffirmed commitments to ensure food security and smooth regional food trade in the recent ASEAN Special Summit on COVID-19.
— FoodNavigator-Asia

Southeast Asia nations extend lockdown
Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore have all extended their lockdowns while Vietnam eased restrictions in a move to revive the economy and tourism.
— TTR Weekly

Duterte to ASEAN: Establish early warning system for pandemics
President Duterte has called on his fellow Southeast Asian leaders to establish a regional early warning system for pandemics that immediately forewarns countries of imminent public health emergencies such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which has already killed over 200,000 people worldwide.
— Philstar

Nearly 21 million workers in ASEAN-6 to lose jobs due to pandemic
Analysts from BofA Global Research estimated that about 7 percent of total employees, or 20.7 million, in ASEAN-6 economies could be laid off due to the COVID-19.
— Vietnamplus

4 ASEAN States Abusing COVID-19 Emergency Powers
In early March, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged all nations impacted by the new coronavirus – which now has spread to about 210 countries and territories – to ensure human rights are put at the center of the highly contagious outbreak.
— The Diplomat

Virus deaths show Philippines, Indonesia worst hit in SE Asia
The coronavirus pandemic is putting to the test a wide range of response strategies and health care systems.
— Bangkok Post

INTERPOL Arrests Hundreds In Crackdown On Terrorist Routes In Southeast Asia
An INTERPOL-led operation codenamed ‘Maharlika III’ saw law enforcement from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines (BIMP) deploy to strategic points along known terrorist transit routes in Southeast Asia in a series of simultaneous law enforcement and border control actions.
— Eurasia Review

A long term ESG investing view is needed to put ASEAN back on the growth track
The COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the world fast and furiously like a tsunami. Many countries are drowning in cases and most are in some form of lockdown, many are struggling to catch a breath, while a handful are managing to stay afloat.
— The Business Times

EU Ambassador voices concern over unilateral actions in East Sea
The EU is committed to the legal order for the seas and oceans based upon international law, maritime security and cooperation, as well as the freedom of navigation and overflight, in the interest of all states, EU Ambassador to ASEAN Igor Driesmans told a Vietnam News Agency reporter in Jakarta on Saturday.
— Viet Nam News

IHH Healthcare Helping to Treat Covid-19 Cases in Southeast Asia: CEO
Kelvin Loh, chief executive officer of IHH Healthcare Bhd., which operates hospitals and other facilities in Southeast Asia and beyond, discusses how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting demand for its services and the industry.
— Bloomberg (video)

Coronavirus: animal disease detectives to be trained across SE Asia & Pacific
As the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold, a consortium of veterinary scientists has been established to train a new generation of ‘animal disease detectives’ in 11 countries across Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
— The University of Sydney (media release)

Kingdom lags behind Asean partners in luring tech firms
The US-China trade war last year already pushed some manufacturers to move out of China to avoid tariffs imposed by the US.
— Khmer Times

Searca launches webinar on food security amid pandemic
THE Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) is launching a new webinar series to address food security concerns amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
— The Manila Times

Asean markets – Philippines falls after GDP decline warning
Philippine shares fell on Monday following a warning that the coronavirus pandemic will likely send the economy into its first annual contraction in more than two decades this year, while financials helped Singapore rise after five sessions of losses.
— The Star Online

Busan exhibition to mark 30th anniversary of ASEAN-Korea ties
A commemorative exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-Korea relations last year will run until May 20.
— The Korea Times

Meet the 8 Southeast Asian startups receiving US$1-2M each from Sequoia’s Surge programme
Surge, a rapid scale-up programme for startups run by Sequoia India, has announced the 15 early-stage startups selected for its third cohort, which is underway.
— e27

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Covid-19 at ‘alarming rate’, health ministry says
The Covid-19 risk level for individual transmission is at an “alarming rate” in the Kingdom and its probability is “not low”, warned Health Ministry spokesperson Or Vandine.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Draft Law on the Management of the Nation in State of Emergency Conforms to the Constitution, Says Constitutional Council
The Constitutional Council of Cambodia (CCC) unanimously adopted Law on the Management of the Nation in State of Emergency (LMNSE).
— Fresh News

Cambodian PM Hun Sen Allows 200 Workers in Malaysia Repatriate If Tested Negative of Covid-19
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that the government has decided to allow 200 workers who are staying in Malaysia to repatriate if Malaysian authorities confirm they are tested negative of Covid-19.
— Fresh News

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Indonesia Eyes Return to Normal Life in July After Pandemic
Indonesians can expect to resume their normal life in July, with a ramp-up in testing and isolation of those affected expected to help the nation contain the pandemic, a senior official said.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia Currently Has Highest Covid-19 Mortality Rate in Asia
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Indonesia currently has the highest Covid-19 mortality rate in Asia, between 8–9 percent, owing to its poor public health management and regional disparities within its health system.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia could enter recession as virus response remains fractured, unclear: Economists
Indonesia’s economy may enter a recession and experience a much longer recovery than other countries in Southeast Asia if the government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic remains “slow” and “amateurish”, economists have warned.
— The Jakarta Post

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Schools expected to reopen on May 11 under close supervision
State and private kindergartens, primary and secondary schools and tertiary education institutions along with sporting activities, are expected to reopen on May 11 amid strict measures.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

PM visits Friendship Hospital to monitor patient treatment
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has stressed the importance of protecting medical workers from infection while they care for patients who have contracted Covid-19.
— Vientiane Times

Remains of soldiers found in Laos, Cambodia reburied in Kon Tum
A service was held at a cemetery in Ngoc Hoi district in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum on April 27 to re-bury remains of 21 Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who laid down their lives while conducting international missions in Laos and Cambodia.
— Vietnam Plus

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Covid-19: 40 new cases, one death
The Health Ministry announced 40 new Covid-19 positive cases as of 12pm today, with one new death reported.
— The Sun Daily

AirAsia implements new travel policies
AirAsia Group has implemented new travel policies for its passengers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, including requiring guests to bring and wear their own face masks before, during and after their flight, as well as during check-ins and bag collection.
— The Sun Daily

Petronas denies oil rigs deactivation and project shutdown allegations
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has refuted allegations it had deactivated 14 oil rigs and shut down 14 projects, as reported by a media portal in its print and electronic articles respectively.
— The Sun Daily

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No new COVID-19 cases on Monday, total cases remain at 146
COVID-19 Situation Report of Myanmar at 8:00 pm on 27 April 1. Laboratory test of the Department of Medical Research has shown no positive cases of COVID-19 in 115 samples when the results came out at 6 pm on 27 April.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Extends Visa and Flight Ban until May 15 to Tackle COVID-19
No commercial flights or non-diplomatic visas will not be available until May 15 as Myanmar says numbers under coronavirus quarantine are still growing.
— Irrawaddy

Yangon airport extends international arrivals ban
Yangon International Airport was further extended the ban on international flight arrivals to May 15, said an announcement issued by the Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), according to a report by Xinhua.
— BNI Online

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DOH studying possibility of COVID reinfection after 2 discharged patients test positive again
The Department of Health said it has started research on possible reinfection of COVID-19 cases after noting two previous patients who had been discharged but were found to be positive again with the virus.
— Eagle News

WHO urges Philippines to improve capacity for vaccine regulation, production
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday urged the Philippine government to improve the country s capacity for vaccine regulation and development as experts across the globe race to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019.
— GMA Network

Philippines coronavirus cases climb to 7,777, death toll reaches 511
The Department of Health announced 198 more coronavirus cases in the Philippines, pushing to 7,777 the number of confirmed cases seen in the country as of Monday, April 27.
— Rappler

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Singapore lay-offs may hit 100,000 in 2020, with unemployment at 4-5%
SINGAPORE’S unemployment rate could reach around 4 per cent in 2020 as the country toils to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus with an extended circuit breaker that economists say could lead to a deeper recession.
— The Business Times (very annoying advertising)

2 elderly S’porean men die; most of 799 new coronavirus cases are workers in dorms
Two more patients died from Covid-19 complications yesterday, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths here to 14.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean charged with posting false information on purported “enhanced” COVID-19 circuit breaker measures
A 40-year-old Singaporean on Monday (27 April) was charged with the offence of communicating a false message after posting false information regarding purported “enhanced” COVID-19 circuit breaker measures on Facebook.
— The Online Citizen

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Incoming flights ban extended to May 31
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) on Monday decided to extend the ban on all incoming flights for another month, on continuing worries about the coronavirus pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Jail Turned Into Field Hospital After 42 Foreigners Caught Virus
A detention facility is being turned into a field hospital after 42 of its foreign inmates reportedly contracted the coronavirus from an immigration officer, health officials said Sunday.
— Khaosod English

BMA rolling out mobile kitchens to feed Bangkok
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has launched a mobile kitchen to cook 500 meals per day for people suffering financial distress during the virus pandemic.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

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Vietnam attracts US$12.33 billion in FDI in four months
Vietnam attracted US$12.33 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first four months of 2020, a year-on-year decrease of 15.5% due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Agency (FIA).

Three recovered COVID-19 patients tested positive again
Three more COVID-19 patients, who recovered and exited hospitals, have tested positive again, the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said Monday morning.

Vietnam’s digital economy expected to add 30% to GDP by 2030
Vietnam wants to raise the digital economy’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) to 20 percent by 2025 and 30 percent by 2030.

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