Asean morning news for March 18

Asean morning news for March 18

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Economic carnage across Asean increases as COVID-19 effect intensifies
Asean governments and central banks are this week fighting against economic free fall as the COVID-19 pandemic tears through companies, currencies, stock markets, and supply chains, with active infections surging past 1,125 across the region.
— AEC News Today

‘Aggressive’ action needed in Southeast Asia to stop coronavirus: WHO
The World Health Organization called for aggressive action in Southeast Asia to combat the fast-spreading coronavirus, warning on Tuesday (Mar 17) that some countries were heading towards community transmission of the deadly disease.

COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 17 — breaks through 1,100 regionally
As of 01:40 GMT March 17 there was 1,125 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 209 on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Forum: Restrictions will affect Asean patients undergoing regular treatment here
Many patients from Asean countries, especially Indonesia, come to Singapore regularly to seek medical treatment.
— The Straits Times

Malaysia and the Philippines enact sweeping measures, as coronavirus cases jump in Southeast Asia
Tens of millions of people in Southeast Asia have had their movements, travel and daily life restricted as countries prepare for a surge in novel coronavirus cases.

No entry to Singapore, Thailand for working Malaysians starting midnight
Starting midnight, Malaysians who commute daily to Singapore and Thailand will not be allowed to do so.
— New Straits Times

Vietnam to quarantine all U.S., European, ASEAN arrivals -government
Vietnam will introduce mandatory quarantine for all visitors from the United States, Europe and ASEAN countries to curb the spread of coronavirus, the government said on Tuesday.
— Thomson Reuters Foundation

Anxious Southeast Asia reels from fresh quarantines, lockdowns, infections
Malaysia is on track to being Southeast Asia’s epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, at least based on official reporting, as cases linked to a mass mosque gathering in Kuala Lumpur spill into nearby countries including Cambodia and Brunei.
— Coconuts Singapore

Having Brushed Off Coronavirus Threat, Southeast Asia Begins to Confront It
For months, many Southeast Asian countries played down the threat posed by the new coronavirus. Some officials said that prayer would keep the disease away. Others expressed optimism that the tropical heat would slow the spread of the virus.
— The New York Times

Lack of internet access in Southeast Asia poses challenges for students to study online amid COVID-19 pandemic
Governments and companies across the world have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with cancellations of public events and closures of offices, restaurants, museums, schools and universities to avoid masses from gathering as the highly contagious pneumonia-like disease can spread from one person to another.
— Phys.Org

Southeast Asian countries step up measures against coronavirus
Malaysia has rolled out some of the most drastic restrictions seen across Asia to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
— Aljazeera (video)

Businesses and governments in Southeast Asia need to address AI trust issues
The buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) has built to a crescendo over the last decade.
— Asean Today

In disputed South China Sea, Asean claimant states are neither friends nor foes
Over the past decade, the Philippines has viewed China as its biggest challenger in the contested South China Sea.
— South China Morning Post

Pandemic Control: A New Area for ASEAN Defense Cooperation?
The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
— The Diplomat

Ferry operators heavily affected by ASEAN travel restrictions | VIDEO
With Singapore’s new travel restrictions on ASEAN nationals, ferries to and from Batam are running near empty.
— CNA (video)

Slowdown in China’s BRI investments seen to be short run
China’s investments in countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are expected to recover once the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic eases, an economist from property, technology, and investment advisory firm Juwai IQI said.
— Philippine News Agency

SE Asia Stocks-Philippines suspends markets as virus spreads; others fall sharply
The Philippines closed its financial markets on Tuesday in response to the coronavirus, while other Southeast Asian stock markets fell sharply following one of Wall Street’s biggest one-day routs in history.
— Reuters

COVID-19: Debunking myths
As of 17 March 2020, over 180,000 people around the world have been infected with the deadly COVID-19, a type of coronavirus related to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
— The Asean Post

Covid-19 hits ASEAN basketball
ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) will suspend the 2019-2020 season indefinitely to help contain the novel coronavirus.
— VnExpress International

Why Korean investors are getting attracted to Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia (SEA), with over 650 million population and a thriving startup ecosystem, is one of the global growth engines.
— e27

A glimpse into the flourishing online marketplace ecosystem of Southeast Asia
The dynamic economies of Southeast Asia present attractive opportunities for cross-border ecommerce.
— The Paypers


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Kingdom sees nine new Covid-19 cases
The Ministry of Health said nine new cases of Covid-19 infections were detected in the Kingdom on Tuesday, bringing the total thus far to 33. There were 12 cases detected late on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Times

PM bans all religious gatherings in wake of COVID-19 pandemic
PM Hun Sen has temporarily banned all religious gatherings in Cambodia with immediate effect.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia braces for cluster outbreak as China vows to stem cross-border spread of COVID-19
A Cambodian Muslim leader has expressed fears that a number of Cambodian Muslims who attended a religious congregation in Malaysia may have become infected with COVID-19.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesia to ban entry from 6 European countries, Iran as COVID-19 tally rises to 172
Indonesia will prohibit the entry and transit of visitors who have travelled in the last 14 days to Italy and Vatican City, Spain, France, Germany, the UK, as well as Iran due to COVID-19 concerns, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Tuesday (Mar 17).

Government advises citizens against overseas travel due to corona
Given the increasing number of nations affected by the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, the Indonesian government has asked all citizens to restrict non-essential travel to other countries.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases may spike in upcoming days, govt warns
The government has warned that the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Indonesia may spike in the upcoming days as they are set to receive more results from 12 laboratories across the country that were recently authorized to conduct COVID-19 tests.
— The Jakarta Post

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Covid-19 Task Force Recommends Quarantine for Travelers Arriving in Laos
The National Task Force Committee on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 has released a statement directing ministries and relevant ministerial organizations, Vientiane Capital, and all provincial authorities to enforce stricter regulations in regard to prevention and control of Covid-19 in Laos.
— The Laotian Times

Thai- Lao border closed in Phayao
The border crossing to Laos in Phu Sang district of this northern province has been closed from both sides due to the Covid-19 threat.
— Bangkok Post

Preschools, kindergartens closed in Laos to avoid virus risks
Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on Tuesday (March 17) has ordered the temporary closure of preschools and kindergartens across the country amid the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus in many countries.
— The Star

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Malindo Air temporarily suspends international operations
Malindo Air will temporarily suspend all its international operations from March 18 to March 31, 2020.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia delays pre-APEC meetings, says committed to hold summit
Malaysia has postponed a series of pre-APEC summit meetings that were to be held this month and the next because of the coronavirus outbreak, it said on Tuesday (Mar 17), but added it remained committed to host the summit expected towards end-2020.

Health Ministry confirms two Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia, one linked to tabligh gathering
The Health Ministry today confirmed Malaysia has recorded two deaths over Covid-19, the first two fatalities in the country.
— Malay Mail

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Myanmar Govt Suspends Advance Tax on Exports to Aid Virus-Hit Businesses
In a bid to ease pressure on Myanmar’s coronavirus-hit businesses, the government has unveiled a raft of measures including tax relief, soft loans and training programs.
— Irrawaddy

Is Myanmar ready for 2020 elections?
In late 2020, Myanmar will hold its general election for more than 1,000 seats in its legislative bodies. The lead-up to the elections overlaps with the 21st Century Panglong peace process and the possible repatriating of Rohingya refugees in ways that will only deepen social tensions.
— The Asean Post

Myanmar has zero coronavirus cases, claims Aung San Suu Kyi
The porous Myanmar-China border stretches more than 1,400 miles but coronavirus cases have only been reported on one side.
— The Guardian

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BREAKING: Duterte: Philippines now under state of calamity due to COVID-19
President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the entire Philippines under a state of calamity in an attempt to contain the 2019 coronavirus disease or COVID-19 which has sickened over 180 people.

Duterte doubles-down on fortress Manila with Luzon lockdown
In the wake of an unprecedented lockdown of Metro Manila, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte doubled-down on Monday by ordering the entire island of Luzon sealed off to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
— AEC News Today

Passengers of all nationalities may leave Philippines within 72 hours of Luzon quarantine — BI, DOTr
Passengers of all nationalities may leave the Philippines through any international airports in Luzon within 72 hours of the effectivity of the enhanced community quarantine over the island unless their flights have been canceled, authorities said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

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Singapore reports 23 more COVID-19 cases in new high, 17 imported
The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 23 more cases of COVID-19 infection on Tuesday (Mar 17), bringing Singapore’s total to 266.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore overtakes Hong Kong as world’s freest economy
Hong Kong lost its title as the world’s freest economy to Singapore for the first time since 1995 in a global survey, as social unrest and uncertainties rattled its reputation as a global financial hub.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s exports fall 4.8% month-on-month in February
Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell 4.8 per cent on a seasonally adjusted month-on-month basis in February, reversing the previous month’s 4.5 per cent growth.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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The nation’s schools close today
Thailand’s education minister today ordered all schools nationwide to close from today as a measure to to tackle the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
— The Thaiger

HealthMin Says Quarantine is Now in Effect for Travelers from 4 Nations
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday again revived the possibility of mandatory quarantine for foreign travelers from high-risk countries.
— Khaosod English

At least 400,000 infections expected
Widespread transmission will slow down until the number of infected cases per week peaks between January and February next year.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam to halt issue of all visas over coronavirus
Vietnam will suspend the issue of new visas for all foreign nationals to curb the spread of coronavirus in the Southeast Asian nation, state media said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Vietnam reports five more coronavirus infections, raising its total to 66
Vietnam confirmed five more infections of the new coronavirus on Tuesday, raising its total to 66.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam now at “golden stage” of COVID-19 fight: PM
Vietnam is now at the “golden stage” of COVID-19 prevention and control, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on March 16.

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