Asean morning news for April 9

Asean morning news for April 9
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 8 — regional cases breach 11K, as US deaths nudge 2K per day
As of 01:23 GMT April 8 there was 11,105 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 379, or 3.53 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

COVID-19 Report: Singapore pulls the ‘circuit breaker;’ Malaysia fines lockdown offenders
The daily creep of legal measures to fight COVID-19 continues across Southeast Asia, with Singapore enacting so-called circuit-breaker measures and Malaysia imposing fines on travel-lockdown scofflaws.
— Coconuts Singapore

ADB: Asia stands to lose 68 million jobs if coronavirus is not contained in six months
About 68 million jobs could be lost in Asia due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has warned.
— Eco-Business

APEC economies launch $471-B stimulus package for SMEs
Eleven member-economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have launched a USD471-billion stimulus package for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

Vietnam proposes disease response drill between ASEAN military medicine forces
Head of the Military Medical Department Major General Nguyen Xuan Kien suggested holding a joint drill on COVID-19 prevention and control between ASEAN countries’ military medicine forces when chairing a teleconference between members of the ACMM Board of Directors on April 7.
— Vietnamplus

WHO South-East Asia Region needs 1.9 mn more nurses, midwives
Countries in the World Health Organization”s South-East Asia Region which includes India need to redouble efforts to strengthen and expand their nurses and midwives cadre by 1.9 million to achieve health for all by 2030, said the global health agency.
— Outlook

Outbreak exposes weak social protection for poor
The global number of Covid-19 cases is now over 1.3 million with no sign of abating.
— Bangkok Post

Break for Asia’s clogged capitals as coronavirus curbs traffic
Strict lockdowns, school closures and curbs on commerce are giving Asia’s congested capitals rare respite from transport mayhem, as the global fight to contain the coronavirus creates a free-flow of traffic not seen in years.
— Bangkok Post

What COVID-19 Reveals About China-Southeast Asia Relations
The COVID-19 outbreak that began in Wuhan in December 2019 will not leave Southeast Asia unscathed. As of April 7, some 15,000 COVID-19 cases have been identified in the region, according to official measures. Many believe that underestimates the true spread of the virus.
— The Diplomat

Hundreds of new Covid cases in SE Asia
Indonesia confirmed on Wednesday 218 new coronavirus infections, taking the total in the Southeast Asian country to 2,956, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said.
— Bangkok Post

Thai House Speaker: AIPA parliamentarians should help others in COVID-19 fight
Speaker of the House of Representatives of Thailand Chuan Leekpai has recently showed his support for Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan’s call for ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) member states to jointly protect ASEAN against the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Vietnamplus

ASEAN has failed to cooperate on COVID-19, leaving marginalized groups exposed
As we settle into the age of the coronavirus, scathing critiques of government responses to the pandemic are increasingly common in the media—tropes of foreign policy analysis play out on the pages of The New York Times and The Guardian.
— Asean Today

Collective efforts needed for rebound in Asean’s growth, says AMRO
The Asean + 3 Macroeconomic Review Office (AMRO) has slashed its 2020 growth forecast for Asean + 3 nations to 2%, from its previous prediction of 4.9%.
— The Edge Markets

Southeast Asia gives cash to low-wage workers as jobs evaporate
With the coronavirus bringing economic activity to a standstill, Southeast Asian countries are extending cash and other assistance to workers most vulnerable to job losses and financial difficulties.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ASEAN solidarity, regional responses crucial in COVID-19 fight
Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar shared Brunei Darussalam’s experiences of curbing the spread of COVID-19 through a ‘whole-of-nation’ approach, through a special video conferencing last Tuesday, at the ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting (AHMM).
— Borneo Bulletin

Southeast Asia’s renewable energy transition likely to take hit from COVID-19: Experts
Regional aspirations for a swift transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy are likely to be dashed by the economic and market crises triggered by the global COVID-19 outbreak, experts say.

PH ‘deeply concerned’ over sinking of Vietnamese boat in SCS
The Philippine government has expressed its “deep concern” over the recent sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.
— Philippine News Agency

Signify ASEAN’s marketing lead: ‘Up to 50% of our budget is allocated for digital’
Two years after the rebranding of Philips Lighting to Signify, the brand is still well received by the market, Esmond Tsang, head of marketing, ASEAN, Signify ASEAN said.
— Marketing Interactive

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Cambodia’s Ministry of Information Terminates Broadcasting License of TVFB
Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith issued a letter on Wednesday terminating TVFB media and website licenses owned by Sovann Rithy.
— Fresh News

Mandatory quarantine to be enforced for all entering Cambodia
All people entering Cambodia, either by air or by land, including migrant workers are to be quarantined in designated quarantine areas to avoid the possibility of these people from contracting or spreading the deadly COVID-19 to others.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia faces further economic headwinds with AMRO downgrading economic growth to 2.7 Percent
The ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), in its release revealed the shared common situation of the ASEAN + 3 nations economic growth prospects for this and next year amid headinds caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesia to get $7b loan from World Bank, ADB, AIIB
Indonesia will receive around US$7 billion in loans from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to finance the country’s fights against COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Reports 218 New Coronavirus Infections, Taking Total to 2,956
Indonesia confirmed on Wednesday 218 new coronavirus infections, taking the total in the Southeast Asian country to 2,956, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said.
— The New York Times

Social Restriction; Limitation on Jakarta Transportation
The Jakarta Provincial Government is set to impose the Large-scale Social Restriction (PSBB) starting on Friday, April 10, 2020, which will regulate the restriction on the numbers of passengers for private vehicles and public transportation.

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A new Covid-19 case confirmed today, the 15th in the country
Deputy Minister of Health Phouthone Meuangpak confirmed today a new Covid-19 infection case, taking the total number of people testing positive for the virus to 15 including 1 foreigner.

Lao Buddhist Fellowship Organization Cancels New Year Rituals
Laos’s highest Buddhist order has decreed that all religious rituals organized for the purpose of pouring water over Buddha statues in temples are to be canceled for the public.
— The Laotian Times

Vientiane Economic Officials Patrol Wet Markets, Enforces Price Controls
Government officials from Vientiane Capital were on the scene at wet markets to force compliance with the government’s instructions, part of which prohibited the opportunistic raising of prices of essential goods during the COVID-19 crisis.
— The Laotian Times

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Malaysia reports 156 new coronavirus cases with 2 new deaths
Health authorities on Wednesday reported 156 new cases of coronavirus infection, pushing the cumulative total to 4,119 cases as Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy continues to grapple with the highest rate of infection in the region.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia to Give Out Masks to Households as Guidance Shifts
Malaysia will hand out 24.62 million masks, four for each household, while advising people to only use them if they have symptoms, Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a statement Wednesday.
— Bloomberg

Airline operators in Malaysia indicate 13.6 mil seats cancellation
There has been a cancellation of about 13.6 million seats, or 12.3 per cent of annual scheduled operations by airlines operating in Malaysia, according to the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM).
— New Straits Times

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Myanmar confirms 3rd death from coronavirus
Two more people have died in Myanmar after contracting coronavirus, bringing the total to three, health authorities of the southeast Asian nation said on Wednesday.
— AA

Myanmar to allow more online export, import licences
Myanmar’s Trade Department under the Ministry of Commerce will allow 34 more export and import items for the online licensing system with a total of 455 Harmonized System codes starting from April 9, state-run media reported Wednesday (April 8).
— The Star Online

Myanmar generates over 3,500 megawatts of electricity
Myanmar is generating over 3,500 megawatts of electricity at the present and it is increased up to 500 megawatts of electricity within three months, according to figures from Ministry of Electricity and Energy.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Medical expert urges use of rapid antibody testing in PH
A medical expert urged the Department of Health (DOH) to consider the use of rapid antibody testing to expedite the monitoring of novel coronavirus cases in the Philippines.
— Rappler

PAL, Cebu Pacific, 2Go cancel trips until April 30
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), budget airline Cebu Pacific, and shipping and logistics provider 2Go Group Inc. (2Go) have canceled their passenger trips up to April 30.
— BusinessWorld

COVID-19 cases in PHL rise to 3,870, says DOH; deaths climb to 182, recoveries to 96
The Department of Health (DOH) said that 106 new cases were added to the tally of COVID-19 cases in the country, bringing the total to 3,870.
— Eagle News

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All returning Singapore residents to serve 14-day self-isolation at dedicated facilities
All Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long term pass holders entering Singapore from any country will be required to serve a 14-day self-isolation at dedicated stay-home notice facilities.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Record 142 new coronavirus cases in S’pore; Indian national later confirmed to have Covid-19 died while awaiting test result
Singapore reported a record 142 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday (April 8), including a 32-year-old Indian national who was confirmed to have the virus only after he died.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

It’s make-or-break time for Singapore
SINGAPORE has finally shut schools and curbed non-essential physical interaction in an attempt to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission.
— The Business Times

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Immigration Bureau has granted automatic extensions of visas, here are the details
Thai Immigration, in partnership with the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha and the Thai Cabinet, have granted automatic extensions of ALL visa’s that expire from March 26th until April 30th.
— The Pattaya News

Minimum wage waiver floated to sustain SMEs
The government is being advised to waive the daily minimum wage requirement for six months to help entrepreneurs maintain employment during the pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

International visitor numbers down 35% January-March, exceeding worst predictions
International visitor numbers to Thailand from January to March dropped by 8.5 million, or 35.3% year-on- year, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam’s Total Coronavirus Cases Rise to 249, No Deaths
Vietnam’s health ministry reported four more confirmed coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the country’s total to 249, with no deaths.
— New York Times

Vietnam to ship 450,000 protective suits to United States
Vietnam has expedited the shipment of 450,000 DuPont protective suits to the United States to help healthcare professionals there fight the coronavirus, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Vietnam to export 8L tonnes of rice
Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has asked the government to resume rice exports, but limit the volume to 8,00,000 tonnes for April and May, the government said in a statement on Tuesday.
— Tribune India

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