Asean morning news for March 24

Asean morning news for March 24
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Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 23 — Asean COVID-19 cases top 3,000
As of 01:35 GMT March 23 there was 3,061 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 467 on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

3 firms linked to 2015 haze under fire again
Three companies being investigated by the National Environment Agency (NEA) over the 2015 haze crisis had large numbers of fire alerts on their pulpwood concessions this year, an analysis published yesterday shows.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Citi slashes Asean GDP growth forecast to 2.9%, down from 4.3%
CITI Research economists have slashed their 2020 economic growth forecast for Asean to 2.9 per cent, down from a January prediction of 4.3 per cent, as the Covid-19 outbreak reaches an “inflection point” in South-east Asia.
— The Business Times (very annoying popups, paywall)

Vietnam’s chairmanship of ASEAN
With Vietnam starting its chairmanship of the Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) this year, it is worth exploring ideas to reinvigorate and reenergize the bloc from a perspective of its citizens, specifically through the lens of its youth.
— The Asean Post

Virtual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Highlights Indonesia-Malaysia Cooperation Amid Growing Coronavirus Challenge
Last week, the foreign ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia held a virtual meeting amid the rise of a new government in Malaysia and the rising global coronavirus pandemic. The meeting put the spotlight on how the bilateral relationship is evolving amid wider domestic and regional developments.
— The Diplomat

Ministry announces posters for ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020
Sixteen posters for Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020 were selected as the best at a contest held by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recently.
— Vietnam+

How the coronavirus may change the geopolitics of Southeast Asia
Everything eventually ends. What will Southeast Asia and Asean look like when the novel coronavirus pandemic runs its course?
— This Week in Asia

AirAsia adds momentum to the effort to combat wildlife trafficking
RAFFIC recently joined forces with low-cost carrier AirAsia to equip its staff with the knowledge and tools to help fight wildlife trafficking through the aviation sector.
— Traffic

COVID-19: global impact on vulnerable APAC automotive industry
COVID-19 didn’t just start anywhere in China. Wuhan, the city that hosted the first major outbreak of the coronavirus, is one of China’s major automotive production (parts & cars) sites. GM, Honda, Nissan, Peugeot and Renault all have manufacturing plants in Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital.

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Cambodia Reports Three New Cases of COVID-19 Today
Cambodia reported only three new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) today, compared to 31 cases yesterday, pointed out the Ministry of Health in a new press release.

Sudden explosion of Cambodians returning from Thailand before border closure, will affect fight against Coronavirus
Ly Sovann, director of the MoH’s Communicable Disease Control Department, has on Sunday called on citizens, who have just returned from abroad, to self-quarantine at home for 14 days and to contact a hotline if they have any suspicious symptoms.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia almost sealed off after borders close
The Kingdom yesterday found itself almost sealed off after Thailand and Laos closed their borders amid coronavirus fears.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Indonesia Coronavirus Update: 579 Cases, 30 Recovered, 49 Deaths
The Indonesian government spokesman for the coronavirus outbreak mitigation Achmad Yurianto, announced 65 new confirmed cases of the virus disease or COVID-19 on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Indonesia produces chloroquine, anti-malaria drug tested as possible treatment for COVID-19
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Monday that Indonesia secured a supply of chloroquine, an anti-malaria drug being tested as a possible form of treatment for COVID-19, as countries scramble to stock drugs and medical supplies to fight the disease.
— The Jakarta Post

Commentary: COVID-19 self-isolation is punishing the poor in Indonesia
People working in informal sectors as online drivers, grocery store assistants and kitchen hands do not have the luxury of working from home, says an observer.

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Free testing for medically screened COVID-19 cases
The public, including foreign nationals in the country, suspected by medical personnel of carrying COVID-19 will be tested free of charge, according to a leading health official.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

PM inspects facilities prepared for virus patients
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and authorities yesterday visited facilities prepared for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients, despite there being no confirmed case in Laos.
— Vientiane Times

Thousands of Lao Laborers Working in Thailand Return Home
Thousands of Lao laborers working in Thailand have swamped border checkpoints, hoping to return home before borders officially close.
— The Laotian Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Malaysia reports 212 new COVID-19 cases in biggest daily jump, death toll spikes to 14
Malaysia on Monday (Mar 23) reported 212 new coronavirus cases, bringing the national total to 1,518.

Sarawak allocates RM1.15b to mitigate impact of Covid-19
Sarawak has allocated RM1.15 billion through a special aid package named ‘Pakej Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang’ to mitigate the economic slowdown and reduce the people’s hardship resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Govt bans face mask exports to ensure supply for Malaysians
The government, through the Royal Malaysian Customs Department, has banned exports of face masks to ensure sufficient supply for Malaysians during the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Borneo Post

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar confirms first coronavirus cases
Myanmar confirmed its first cases of of the deadly novel coronavirus late on Monday (Mar 23) after weeks of increasing scepticism over the under-developed Southeast Asian nation’s claims to be free of the disease.

Myanmar eases visa rules for in-country foreign employees
Myanmar has eased visa extension rules for foreigners based in the country in response to growing travel restrictions and flight cancellations.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar to Deport 86 Chinese Migrants for Illegal Residency After Yangon Bust
A total of 86 of 118 Chinese people will be deported for violating Myanmar’s immigration rules, according to Yangon Region’s Ministry of Immigration and Human Resources.
— Irrawaddy

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Congress gives Duterte authority over budget, operation of medical facilities in fight vs. COVID-19
Congress has given President Rodrigo Duterte the arsenal to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), passing on late Monday a bill that allows him to realign the 2020 budget and direct operations of hospitals and medical facilities to address the health crisis.
— GMA Network

Over 100k workers displaced amid enhanced community quarantine -DOLE
Over 100,000 workers have been displaced amid the enhanced community quarantine implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— GMA Network

Eight more people die from Covid-19, toll up to 396
EIGHT new deaths were recorded for the Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Monday, bringing the death toll to 33 and making the country’s average of 8.3 percent higher than the Worl Health Organization’s 3.4 percent estimate.
— Manila Times

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Singapore core inflation falls into negative territory for the first time in a decade
Singapore’s main price gauge slipped into deflation for the first time in more than a decade in February, data showed on Monday (Mar 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

All travellers entering S’pore must submit health declaration from Mar. 27
Those who make false declarations or fail to complete or submit the card will be liable for prosecution under the Infectious Diseases Act.
— Mothership

Singapore reports 54 new COVID-19 cases in highest daily spike, including 48 imported infections
Singapore on Monday (Mar 23) confirmed 54 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily increase to date, taking the total to 509 cases.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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February exports fall 4.47%, better than forecast
Thailand’s customs-cleared exports in February declined 4.47% from a year earlier, dragged down by lower shipments of cars and computers, the commerce ministry said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

February tourist arrivals slump 42.8% y-o-y
Tourist arrivals in Thailand sank 42.78% in February from a year earlier after a 2.46% rise in the previous month, due to the coronavirus outbreak, tourism ministry data showed on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand reports 122 new coronavirus cases, raising total to 721
Thailand has 122 new coronavirus cases, raising the total to 721, a health ministry spokesman said on Monday (Mar 23) at a news conference.

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Vietnam’s total COVID-19 cases now 123
The Ministry of Health on March 23 evening announced the 123rd case who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19.
— VietnamPlus

645 people suspected to have Covid-19 in Vietnam, monitored
In Vietnam, 645 people were suspected to have Covid-19 as of Sunday night, the highest number since the outbreak began.
— VnExpress

Vietnam to Issue Incentives to Counter COVID-19 Impact
The Vietnamese government is planning to issue incentives in the form of tax breaks, delayed tax payments, and land-use fees for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Vietnam Briefing

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