Asean morning news for May 4

Asean morning news for May 4
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 3 — slow path home with 71% of all Asean cases still active
As of 01:09 GMT May 3 there was 33,841 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 619, or 1.86 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Common health declarations, checks needed before travel in ASEAN can resume: Chan Chun Sing
Countries in the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) will need a common set of health declarations and checks before travel in the region can resume, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Sunday (May 3).

Singapore minister says RCEP trade deal on track for year-end signing
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal is still on track to be signed by the end of 2020, Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Sunday.

Asia-Pacific countries must take urgent action to tackle COVID-19’s recession-induced hunger
MANY UNCERTAINTIES haunt the world’s campaign to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing is now sure: Global economic activity will suffer greatly, with large-scale consequences for the incomes and welfare of all, but especially for the most vulnerable food import-dependent countries.
— BusinessWorld

China harassment of oil-exploring boats signal to claimants–AMTI
CHINA’S harassment of Malaysia’s ongoing oil exploration in its coastal waters—but which Beijing deems as within the vast maritime area that it disputes in the South China Sea—has reinvented the norm and set new rules against any future development in the area by other claimant states, a think tank has said.
— Business Mirror

Countries start to ease social distancing restrictions: How they covered it
Vietnam’s control of the coronavirus pandemic has been well documented. After reporting no new infections for seven straight days, its government announced the easing of social distancing in almost all areas.
— Asean Today

COVID-19: Who supplies protective equipment in ASEAN?
One initiative resulting from the April 14 Special ASEAN Summit video conference was the proposed establishment of the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund, which was widely supported by ASEAN leaders.
— The Jakarta Post

Japan to help shift output to Asean from China
Japan will launch a subsidy programme to encourage domestic manufacturers to transfer their overseas production bases to Southeast Asia, as the coronavirus pandemic has greatly disrupted their supply chains heavily dependent on China.
— Bangkok Post

COVID-19: ASEAN rights body urges members to respond to pandemic humanely
The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has called on member states to integrate human rights values into their responses to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
— The Jakarta Post

Are Asean economies ready to handle the current global shock?
With the level of uncertainty surrounding the global spread of COVID-19 receding somewhat in recent weeks, emerging markets (EMs) have benefited from a stabilization of investor risk sentiment.
— The Peninsula Qatar

Experts call for more emphasis on food security
in the food security industry call for more emphasis to be given to agriculture and farming sectors to ensure continuous availability and food in the region.
— New Straits Times

Covid-19 pandemic leads some companies to rethink China exposure, turn sights on South-east Asia
How countries respond to and manage the Covid-19 pandemic is a new factor in risk assessments, analysts say, as companies increasingly look to South-east Asia as an alternative to China as a manufacturing and supply engine.
— The Straits Times

Covid-19 sharpens US-China rivalry, complicating Southeast Asia’s dilemma
More than most places, Southeast Asia has been affected acutely by the growing US-China rivalry that has kicked into high gear over the past decade.
— South China Morning Post

Diversification Of Power Equipment Suppliers From China Intensifies As Supply Chains Plan To Tap New Markets In Southeast Asia
China is the largest manufacturing hub for power equipment in the world. With COVID-19 has posing a threat to China’s ambitions to remain as global hotspot for manufacturing, companies are evaluating the efficiency and responsiveness of their supply chains to deal with the challenges arisen from COVID-19 outbreak.
— Utilities

Philippines commits support to ASEAN tourism recovery
The Philippines reaffirms its commitment to the tourism cooperation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in line with the region’s efforts toward the recovery of the tourism sector from the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Star

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Government support for workers during Covid-19 insufficient
With the halt of global tourism, and the mass cancellation of orders from the West, the global pandemic has hit the Cambodian economy especially hard. While the government has instituted support measures for workers, Cambodian labour rights organisation CENTRAL marks Labour Day 2020 with the message that it’s not nearly enough.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Cambodian rum distillery puts hand sanitiser on the menu
With the price of hand sanitiser skyrocketing since the pandemic, Phnom Penh’s Samai Distillery has thought outside the box to help the local community by producing affordable bottles of cleansing alcohol using leftovers from rum production.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Reporter’s Notebook: ‘No Hun Sen. I Do Not Work for Washington. I Am an Independent Journalist’
During a live broadcast and under the watchful eyes of dozens of other journalists, I tried to stay strong as Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, reacted to my question—one no other reporter had dared ask.
— VOA News

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Indonesia’s Tokopedia probes alleged data leak of 91 mln users
Tokopedia, Indonesia’s largest e-commerce platform, said it was investigating an attempted hack and claims that the details of millions of its users had been leaked online.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Covid-19: Indonesia toll rises to 11,192 cases, 845 deaths
Indonesia recorded 349 new Covid-19 cases and 14 more deaths overnight, bringing its cumulative cases of infection to 11,192 and fatalities to 845.
— New Straits Times

Indonesian journalists face job losses, pay cuts and obstruction during outbreak: LBH Pers
The COVID-19 outbreak may also threaten Indonesian journalists with unfair employment treatment and limitations placed on press freedom, the Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) said on Sunday, setting a tone for the annual World Press Freedom Day that is much bleaker than previous years.
— The Jakarta Post

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One re-infected with Covid-19
A female student returning from UK who was discharged from hospital on April 14 has been re-infected with Covid-19, a taskforce told a press conference today.

Ministry Issues Guidelines for Reopening Businesses as Lockdown Eases
The Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism has released guidelines for operators of restaurants, resorts, and other tourism-related businesses in line with new regulations prescribed by the Prime Minister’s Office that are to enter into effect from 4-17 May.
— The Laotian Times

Laos tests 53 negative COVID-19 cases
Laos tested more 53 COVID-19 suspected cases, and all of them are negative, according to Lao health official.
— Xinhua

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Malaysia reports 122 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths
Malaysia reported 122 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday (May 3), taking the total to 6,298 infections.
— Channel NewsAsia

On World Press Freedom Day, Malaysia investigates journalist over ‘provocation’
Police in Malaysia have confirmed they are investigating a journalist over her reporting on mass raids targeting migrants and refugees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malaysian economy could shrink more than earlier forecasts, says finance minister
Malaysia’s economy in 2020 could shrink more than initially forecast due to extended curbs on movement imposed to stem an outbreak of the new coronavirus, the finance minister said on Saturday (May 2).

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COVID-19 cases rise to 155 in Myanmar
The total number of COVID-19 infections in Myanmar has risen to 155, with four more confirmed cases reported on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Xinhua

Myanmar Stops Building of Emergency Camps For War Displaced in Rakhine State
Officials in Myanmar’s strife-ridden Rakhine state have ordered local humanitarian relief groups to stop building makeshift camps for people displaced by armed conflict in Rathedaung town as the annual monsoon season approaches, a local lawmaker said Friday.
— Radio Free Asia

845 out of 3,326 factories permitted to reopen as they meet health norms
Authorities inspected 3,326 factories across Myanmar including 2,602 in Yangon Region whether they met the criteria set by the Ministry of Health and Sports, and 845 of them could reopen immediately as they received level A, said Zaw Htay, spokesperson of the President Office.
— Eleven Myanmar

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PH temporarily suspends all flights starting May 3
The Philippine government temporarily suspended all flights to and from the country starting Sunday morning, May 3, to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
— Rappler

Nearly 10,000 inmates freed as virus hits Philippine jails
Nearly 10,000 prison inmates have been released in the Philippines as the country races to halt coronavirus infections in its overcrowded jails, a Supreme Court official said Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Philippine COVID-19 cases breach 9,000; deaths at 607
The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines breached the 9,000 mark on Sunday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 295 new infections, raising the total to 9,223.
— GMA Network

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Singapore to start gradual easing of circuit breaker measures as COVID-19 community cases decline
Home-based food businesses, selected food retail outlets, hairdressers and pet supplies stores can open from May 12, while TCM halls can open from May 5.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Stay-home notice for construction sector extended till May 18
THE stay-home notice (SHN) period for work permit holders and S Pass holders in the construction industry has been extended from May 4 to May 18.
— The Business Times

657 new cases in Singapore; 18 fatalities now as 86-year-old woman dies
The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 657 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore as of noon yesterday, 95 per cent of whom were migrant workers in dormitories.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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40 new Covid cases confirmed in Yala
The provincial public health office has confirmed 40 new coronavirus cases after thorough testing among at-risk groups, including those recently returned from neighbouring countries.
— Bangkok Post

Media, don’t be fooled by protesters – Finance secretary
Media outlets are being duped by highly visible protesters trying to attract media attention in their efforts to receive the 5,000 baht “No One Left Behind” handouts, according to Finance permanent secretary Prasong Poonthanate.
— The Thaiger

Economy Contracts in Q1, to Worsen in Q2, Bank of Thailand Says
Thailand’s central bank on Thursday said in a press briefing that the Thai economy has shrunk in the first quarter and will further contract in the second quarter, factoring the downfall to weakening exports and tourism, both sectors hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khaosod English

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Vietnam reports first new coronavirus infection in 9 days, taking its tally to 271
Vietnam reported its first new coronavirus infection in nine days on Sunday, a British oil expert who was quarantined on arrival, the health ministry said.

Standard Chartered lowers Việt Nam 2020 growth forecast to 3.3%
Standard Chartered Bank has forecast Việt Nam’s economic growth to slow down to 3.3 per cent in 2020.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnamese airlines to increase frequency of domestic flights
Airlines under the Vietnam Airlines Group including Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific and VASCO will continue to increase the frequency of domestic routes as of April 29 under the management of the Ministry of Transport amid the effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam.

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