Asean morning news for May 27

Asean morning news for May 27

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 26 — global new infections & deaths slow to early outbreak levels
As of 00:29 GMT May 26 there was 43,557 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 38, or 0.09 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Thai researcher eyes accessible COVID-19 vaccine for SE Asia
Thailand’s government announced last week its plans to have a vaccine ready for deployment next year after researchers at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University successfully conducted trials on mice.

COVID-19 speeds up China’s ‘Health Silk Road’
China’s Health Silk Road (HSR) first appeared in a speech given by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2016 in Uzbekistan.
— East Asia Forum

Chinese Military Seeks Image Makeover by Giving Medical Aid to Maritime Sovereignty Rivals
China’s armed forces are giving anti-COVID medical aid this month to soften their image in four countries that dispute Beijing’s military-enforced control over a resource-rich sea.
— New Delhi Times

China’s economic recovery set to benefit ASEAN countries
China’s economic recovery is set to benefit member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, even amid continuing uncertainty over COVID-19, a leading Asian economist said.

Facebook partners with e27 to help empower community leaders in APAC
With community building at the core of Facebook’s mission, the social media company is launching the Facebook Community Accelerator — a programme that aims to equip communities with the training, mentorship, and funding they need to grow.
— e27

Downward trend: Southeast Asian countries cut defense spending
A study says Southeast Asian countries are cutting defense spending as a result of the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, potentially opening up room for China to further assert its claims in the region.

Do Asean-wide super apps need to be regulated?
The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has hastened the migration of consumer spending from brick-and-mortar shopping malls to electronic-commerce (e-commerce) platforms, heralding a new era of growth for the digital economy.
— The Straits Times

Despite COVID-19, ASEAN’s 5G aspirations remain undeterred
Globally, COVID-19 containment efforts focus on reducing human interactions, primarily by encouraging people to stay isolated at home.
— Asean Today

Bond funds poised to maintain strong growth in South-East Asia: report
Most managers believe bond funds, as well as deposit-like investment products such as money-market funds (MMFs) and capital-protected funds, will be back in favour this year, according to a report published today by Cerulli Associates.
— International Investment

The ‘Russia Factor’ in India’s Act East Policy in Southeast Asia
With the collapse of the Soviet Union and a weakening national economy, the Look East Policy was established in 1992 under the administration of Indian Prime Minister Narasimha Rao.
— International Policy Digest

A report card on how tech startups are faring in SEA owing to COVID-19
Southeast Asia was among the first regions to experience the full-scale impact of COVID-19.
— e27

“Chinese garlic from refrigerated storage continues to dominate Southeast Asian market”
The garlic harvest season began around the first of May in Jinxiang, Shandong.
— Fresh Plaza

SE Asia Stocks-Most markets rise as economies set to reopen; Philippines sole loser
Most Southeast Asian stock markets closed higher on Tuesday as further moves to ease the coronavirus lockdowns and hopes of more stimulus from China boosted sentiment, while the Philippines ended lower even though it pared steep early losses.
— Reuters

RoK’s Jin Air to resume flights to destinations in Southeast Asia
Low-cost carrier of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Jin Air Co. said it will resume flights on five international routes next month to cater to incoming passengers and meet cargo-carrying demand.
— Vietnamplus


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Government to Hand Out Cash Subsidies to Low Income Families
Cambodia’s government has today (May 26) announced it will provide support for poor and needy families across the country, particularly those who have been affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Cambodianess

Inbound air passengers must undergo quarantine
Health Minister Mam Bun Heng said yesterday that from now on Cambodia will be enforcing a strict mandatory 14-day quarantine for all passengers flying into the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Additional Measures to Assist Virus-Hit Private Sector and Restore Economy
The Royal Government of Cambodia has announced additional measures to assist COVID-19-affected private sector and factory workers and to restore the economy after the crisis.

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Indonesia Deploys Army to Enforce Lockdown Before Reopening
Indonesia deployed hundreds of thousands of army and police personnel across the vast archipelago to enforce social distancing rules after a record surge in infections in the past week cast doubt about plans to reopen Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia Fears New Spike in Coronavirus Cases Next Week
The number of coronavirus infections in Indonesia is expected to increase significantly next week as many people have ignored physical distancing guidelines during the Idul Fitri holidays.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia, major advocate of hydroxychloroquine, told by WHO to stop using it
The World Health Organization has urged Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest advocates of two malaria drugs to treat the coronavirus, to suspend such treatment over safety concerns, a source familiar with the advice told Reuters on Tuesday.
— National Post

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COVID-19 lockdown takes toll on Laos economy
The outbreak of COVID-19 has left Laos essentially unaffected with only 19 confirmed cases, yet the pandemic has battered the small and impoverished communist country’s economy.
— LA Croix International (paywall)

Laos allows people to enter, exit country as restriction measures eased
Students, Lao citizens, experts and diplomats are now permitted to enter and exit Laos with travel documents authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to officials.
— Xinhua

Laos confirms no new case of Covid-19 for record 43 consecutive days
Laos reported on Tuesday (May 26) no new case of Covid-19 (coronavirus) for a record 43 consecutive days, with the total number of confirmed cases unchanged at 19.
— The Star

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Covid-19: 187 new cases in Malaysia today, foreigners make up 173 cases
Malaysia recorded 187 new positive Covid-19 as at 12pm today, bringing the number of cumulative cases to 7,604, said Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
— The Borneo Post

Proposed drink-driving amendments to Road Transport Act to be finalised by mid-June
The Transport Ministry will finalise the proposed amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 on drink-driving by mid-June, says its Minister.
— The Star Online

Malaysia to deport illegal immigrants tested negative for Covid-19
The Malaysian government will deport all illegal immigrants tested negative for Covid-19 to their countries of origin, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today.
— New Sarawak Tribune

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Number of COVID-19 cases rise to 206 in Myanmar
Number of COVID-19 positive cases reached 206 in Myanmar as of Tuesday, according to the Health and Sports Ministry.
— Xinhua

Myanmar to seek 700 million dollar IMF loan for COVID-19 spending
The parliament of Myanmar on Tuesday approved the proposal to seek 700 million dollar loan from IMF to finance its spending on fighting COVID-19 in the country.
— News On Air

Myanmar: Imagery Shows 200 Buildings Burned
Satellite imagery shows that about 200 homes and other buildings were destroyed by fire on May 16, 2020, in Myanmar’s embattled Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today.
— Human Rights Watch

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Philippines halts trial of hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment
Hospitals in the Philippines participating in the World Health Organization’s solidarity trial will stop the use of anti-viral drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for patients who have contracted the coronavirus disease.
— Philippine Star

Duque: Testing capacity is PH’s ‘No. 1’ weakness in coronavirus fight
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Tuesday, May 26, that the lack of testing facilities is the country’s number 1 weakness in the fight against COVID-19.
— Rappler

6 million families won’t get 2nd tranche aid – DSWD
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Tuesday said only 12 million households from the original 18 million beneficiaries of the government’s social amelioration program (SAP) will receive cash aid for the month of May.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Singapore warns of worst economic contraction since independence
Singapore’s embattled economy could shrink by as much as seven percent this year, which would be the worst reading since independence, with the government saying Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic had throttled the key export sector.
— Bangkok Post

Singapore COVID-19 cases top 32,000 with 383 new cases
Singapore reported 383 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (May 26), taking the country’s total number of infections to 32,343.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore cuts 2020 forecasts for NODX, total trade again on back of COVID-19 hit, lower oil prices
Singapore has cut its forecasts for non-oil domestic exports (NODX) and total merchandise trade for 2020 again, on the back of a more severe hit from the COVID-19 pandemic and lower oil prices.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thai government extends state of emergency until end of June
Citing health security, the Thai Cabinet today approved the CCSA’s proposal for an extension to the nation-wide state of emergency for another month, to the end of June.
— Thai PBS News

China-Thailand Railway Agreement to be Signed in Oct.
The Contract 2.3 for the Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima high-speed railway between Thailand and China is likely to be signed in October, said Thai Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob on Monday.
— Khaosod English

Thai state to provide 3,000 baht cash subsidy to 13 million in a “fragile group”
Citing health security, the Thai Cabinet today approved the CCSA’s proposal for an extension to the nation-wide state of emergency for another month, to the end of June.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam to handle five corruption cases involving top leaders
Many senior officials, including a Politburo member, have been involved in the high-profile cases.
— The Hanoitimes

Guidelines on Vietnam’s Competition Law: Decree 35
Vietnam recently released Decree 35/2020/ND-CP, providing guidance on the Law on Competition, which went into effect in July 2019. The Decree gives guidance on specific thresholds for merger notifications, anti-competition agreements, and market dominance among others.
— Vietnam-Briefing

Vietnam reports the first case of Zika virus in Da Nang
A man in Da Nang has been found infected with the Zika virus, which causes microcephaly in babies, the first case in Vietnam in three years.
— Vietnam Insider

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