Asean morning news for April 29

Asean morning news for April 29
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 28 — global infections top 3 mln; Cambodia has just 3
As of 00:59 GMT April 28 there was 29,060 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 956 or 3.40 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Thailand and Malaysia keep guard up after Vietnam lifts lockdown
Some Southeast Asian countries have begun cautious preparations for lifting coronavirus-related restrictions on activity as new cases decline, but they are reluctant to go as far as Vietnam in easing their guard.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

All states should help rescue Rohingya refugees amid COVID-19 crisis
Almost all nations are currently reeling from the impact of COVID-19, the disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, which has infected nearly three million globally.
— Antara News

Virus-Fueled Recession Interrupts ASEAN Path to Middle-Income Status
Indicators as diverse as movie ticket sales and airport arrivals reinforce the view that a recession is under way in some Southeast Asian economies and imminent in others, due in large part to COVID-19.
— VOA Khmer

Virus Surge in Southeast Asia Migrant Workers Serves as Warning
Virus flareups among migrant workers are fueling a second wave of infections in Southeast Asia, forcing governments to shift direction to contain resurgent outbreaks, and serving as a warning to other countries looking to ease restrictions as cases ease.
— BloombergQuint

Covid-19 may bring CLMV growth to new lows: report
THE Covid-19 pandemic is putting severe growth pressure on the CLMV economies — Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam — and may cause the region’s growth to slow a historical low, according to a Maybank Kim Eng report on Apr 28.
— The Business Times

EU donates €350 million to fight Covid-19 in ASEAN countries
As part of its plan to support partner countries around the globe, the European Union (EU) is mobilising €350 million to fight against the spread of the coronavirus and mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the ASEAN region.
— Thailand Business News

Ramadan bazaars go digital in Southeast Asia amid pandemic
For 15 years, Siti Zabedah Abdul Wahab’s family food business has opened for one month a year, selling murtabak, a pan-fried bread stuffed with meat, at Malaysia’s popular Ramadan bazaars.
— Reuters

In the Mekong, a Confluence of Calamities
Over the past year, severe drought exacerbated by upstream hydropower dams has throttled agricultural productivity, devastated fisheries, and threatened the livelihoods of millions of people in the Mekong River Basin.
— FP

“DOH must identify COVID-19 strain types affecting Pinoys” – SHARP EDGES by JAKE J. MADERAZO
Malaysia can be considered a medical wonder if one looks at its 98 fatalities out of 5,780 confirmed new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases with 3,682 recoveries.
— Radyo Inquirer

Covid-19 will strain US-China ties further, pressure Asean to pick sides, say experts
As the United States comes to grips with the Covid-19 outbreak, pressure will intensify in Washington to blame China for the devastating pandemic, and in turn further inflame ties between the two powers, Professor Khong Yuen Foong said on Tuesday (April 28).
— The Straits Times (media release)

Fintech during COVID-19: Formidable challenges and a vital role
In the space of barely five months, COVID-19 has struck a body blow to the global economy.
— Asean Today

ASEAN nations ramp up measures to help SMEs
Filipina entrepreneur Pacita Juan is relieved that she and her partners had the foresight to develop an e-commerce site for their organic-products retail chain.

Southeast Asia’s health care startups attract wary investors
Startups in Southeast Asia, especially those in health care and deliveries, have managed to raise millions of dollars to accelerate their expansion, showing investors’ appetite to find promising openings in the region despite the economic turmoil stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ASEAN and India: Reinforcing an important partnership amid rare disruption
We are witnessing an unprecedented global health crisis due to the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19.
— Connected to India

Humanitarian Action: Southeast Asia’s Local Turn
THE HUMANITARIAN world is increasingly coming to grips with what is known as the localisation agenda
— Reliefweb

SE Asia Stocks-Most slip as oil falls, global recovery worries bite
Most Southeast Asian markets gave up early gains to trade lower on Tuesday, as fears of a slow economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and a tumble in oil prices weighed on sentiment.
— Reuters

EU And ASEAN: In Common Disunity – Analysis
Nationalist obsessions and failure to grasp the transboundary ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic characterise the deficient responses of the world’s two leading regional organisations.
— Eurasia Review

Facing A Pandemic With Disabilities
Governments have imposed drastic measures to contain the deadly COVID-19 outbreak.
The Asean Post

For these 5 space tech startups in SEA, the future is as bright as the sky
According to the data gathered by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BoAML) and Morgan Stanley, last year space tech investment reached an all-time high worldwide, with funding expected to rise to US$2.7 trillion over the next thirty years.
— e27

Impact of COVID-19 on ASEAN Economy Size, Share & Industry Report To 2025
ASEAN is a group of ten countries in Southeast Asia with an aim to promote intergovernmental corporation between each other in the region.
— openPR (media release)

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Foreigners will not be issued visa extension for failing to be registered
The Interior Ministry’s General Department of Immigration said today that it will not issue visa extension for foreigners who failed to be register in Foreigners Present in Cambodia System by July.
— Khmer Times

Over 100,000 hit by factory suspension
Over 130 garment and footwear factories have filed for operational suspension since January, affecting some 100,000 workers, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CMA rejects call to suspend microloan debts
The Cambodian Microfinance Association (CMA) rejected a statement by local non-profit NGO Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights (LICADHO) which claims that millions of Cambodians are suffering due to a deep debt crisis of over $10 billion in loans from microfinance institutions (MFIs).
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia’s true coronavirus death toll could be over 2,000 higher, data shows
More than 2,200 Indonesians have died with acute symptoms of Covid-19 but were not recorded as victims of the disease, a Reuters review of data from 16 of the country’s 34 provinces showed.

Indonesia Experiences Highest Daily Spike in Coronavirus Cases
Indonesia reported 415 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours on Tuesday, the highest single-day rise since the first cases in the country were announced in early March.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 will push up Indonesia’s poverty rate: VP
Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has predicted the country’s poverty rate would increase amid the COVID-19 pandemic as policies to stem the spread of the virus result in job losses.
— Antara News

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Covid-19 Taskforce reports no new confirmed cases
No new Covid-19 infections has been reported and the number of people with the virus remains at 19, the Covid-19 Taskforce told a press conference today.

Laos Lockdown to be Lifted if No New Covid Cases Confirmed
Lockdown in Laos could be lifted on 3 May if no new cases of Covid-19 are confirmed, and the situation in neighboring countries remains stable, according to the national taskforce.
— The Laotian Times

Laos keeps coronavirus under control
The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, referred to as the Lao PDR or Laos, has not recorded an increase in COVID-19 cases in 13 consecutive days as of April 25.
— Workers

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Health Ministry reports 31 new Covid-19 cases; death toll now at 100
The Health Ministry announced 31 new Covid-19 positive cases as of 12pm today, with one new death, raising the death toll to 100.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19 outbreak steepens adoption curve of e-wallets in Malaysia
The use of contactless payments and adoption of e-wallets are on the rise during the coronavirus outbreak and movement control order in Malaysia, with some players seeing subscriber numbers double in the last month.
— The Star Online

Malaysia gives green light for construction to resume on East Coast Rail Link
Construction work has resumed on Malaysia’s biggest mega project, the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), after the government gave its approval, the project’s main contractor said on Tuesday (April 28).
— The Straits Times

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Three more new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, total cases reach 149
COVID-19 Situation Report of Myanmar at 8:00 pm on 28 April 1. Laboratory tests of the Department of Medical Research have shown 3 positive cases of COVID-19 in out of 87 samples when the results came out at 6 pm on 28 April.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

MIC okays five projects in oil and gas, real estate, services sectors
Union Minister U Thaung Tun and members of the Myanmar Investment Commission attend the video conference.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Central Bank Cuts Rates by Another 1.5 Percentage Points Amid COVID-19 Slowdown
The Central Bank of Myanmar has cut interest rates again, taking its total reduction to 3 percentage points in less than two months as the economy reels from COVID-19.
— Irrawaddy

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Philippines now conducting 6,320 tests daily, says DOH exec
With only two days left before the end of April, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday that the country’s testing capacity for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has increased to 6,320 tests per day.
— GMA Network

Authorize mapping agency to name features in West PH Sea – Carpio
The Philippine government can counter China’s recent moves naming districts and maritime features in the South China Sea by assigning the Philippines’ central mapping agency to name features in the country’s waters, including the West Philippine Sea.
— Rappler

PH coronavirus cases near 8,000, deaths now at 530
The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines rose to 7,958, with 181 new cases reported by the Department of Health as of 4 pm on Tuesday, April 28.
— Rappler

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COVID-19: 21,000 migrant workers have been tested so far with 12,183 infected; what about the rest of the 300,000 workers?
During the multi-ministry task force press conference on Monday (27 April), Health Minister Gan Kim Yong revealed that 21,000 migrant workers in dormitories have been tested for COVID-19 so far.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore economy may shrink more than 4% this year if coronavirus outbreak drags on: MAS
The many risks to a decisive recovery may see Singapore’s economy contract by more than forecast this year, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) warned in its macroeconomic review released on Tuesday (April 28).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore reports 528 new cases of COVID-19, taking total to 14,951
Singapore reported 528 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (Apr 28), bringing the national total to 14,951.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thai PM says no billionaires offered financial help to Government
None of the Thailand’s 20 billionaires, who responded to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s call for help in wake of COVID-19 pandemic, have offered the Government any financial help.
— Thai PBS News

PM hints at restriction relaxation as some Bangkok businesses reopen
Lockdown restrictions will be eased in four stages, separated by 14 days, and this will be applied nationwide, according to Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha after today’s cabinet meeting.
— Thai PBS News

Public suicide bid as millions of Thais wait for coronavirus aid
A woman who took rat poison this week outside Thailand’s finance ministry over the slow rollout of aid during the coronavirus lockdown was promised on Tuesday (Apr 28) she would get her money soon.

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US cuts anti-dumping taxes on Vietnamese catfish products
The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has lowered anti-dumping duties on tra fish (pangasius) products from Việt Nam following the official conclusion of its 15th period of review (POR15) from August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018, according to the Trade Remedies Authorities of Vietnam under the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoIT).
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam to select top priority industries to support in the ‘new normal’
Key industries like textiles, footwear, electronics, food and seafood processing must be prioritized for support in the “new normal” situation, said Trương Thanh Hoài, director of Vietnam’s Department of Industry.

COVID-19: Vietnam Issues Financial Assistance for Employers, Employees
Vietnam on April 9 issued Resolution No. 42/NQ-CP (Resolution 42) to help individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Resolution consists of a financial package for those affected by the pandemic and targets six categories of individuals and businesses.
— Vietnam-Briefing

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