COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 7 — active cases down in Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam
As of 01:34 GMT April 7 there was 10,726 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 546, or 5.36 per cent, on the day prior.
ASEAN leaders set to hold teleconference next week to combat virus
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are arranging to hold a teleconference next week to discuss how to tackle the outbreak of the new pneumonia-causing coronavirus, diplomatic sources said Monday.
Domestic travel in the US, Australia and Southeast Asia could resume by June, says Flight Centre CEO
Domestic travel within North America, Australia and Southeast Asia could be on course to return to normal by June if current efforts aimed at curbing the coronavirus outbreak are successful, according to the CEO of Australia’s largest travel agency.
South-East Asia countries need to strengthen nurses” cadre:WHO
Lauding tireless efforts being made by frontline health workers in tackling COVID-19, the World Health Organization on Tuesday said countries in South-East Asia need to redouble efforts to strengthen and expand their nurses and midwives” cadre by 1.9 million to achieve health for all by 2030.
COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 6 — active cases broach 10K across Asean, fall in Thailand, Brunei
As of 01:40 GMT April 6 there was 10,180 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 454, or 4.56 per cent, on the day prior.
ASEAN strengthens measures to control COVID-19
Public transport in Indonesia serves about 2,5 million commuters a day.
Prisons, detention facilities in Southeast Asia should release vulnerable, non-violent inmates — group
Detention facilities in Southeast Asia should suspend arrests for non-violent offenses and release vulnerable people and those who pose little threat to public safety early to avoid the spread of the contagion in the region’s overcrowded jails.
How can tariff reduction under RCEP reduce Asean’s exports?
Free trade agreement (FTA) generates both winners and losers, and the formation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is no exception.
COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 5 — new infections down across region
As of 01:36 GMT April 5 there was 9,726 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 268, or 3.83 per cent, on the day prior.
Preceding US-China trade war may help cushion COVID-19s effect on Asean
The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a human tragedy. Measures introduced to deal with it could save lives, but are having wide-ranging economic effects and inducing economic contagion.
World Bank’s ‘third shock’ threatens to reverse Asia’s economic progress
Good luck sleeping after reading the World Bank’s take on how coronavirus is upending East Asia.
ASEAN-China medical experts tackle COVID-19 in video conference
Medical experts from countries in Southeast Asia and China have exchanged views on sustaining and further enhancing regional collective responses to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Governments across Asean have raised alarm over the sudden emergence of unregistered COVID-19 instant test kits being sold online and in markets, warning the public not to fall victim to the unproven devices.
Asia-Pacific airports grind to a halt on coronavirus impact
Airports across Asia-Pacific are temporarily shutting terminals, shops and have put spending on hold as they grapple with traffic restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak.
COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 2 — America leads the world in daily deaths: 1,049
As of 01:40 GMT April 2 there was 8,148 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 376, or 4.84 per cent, on the day prior.
COVID-19 Report: Face masks becoming mandatory in parts of Southeast Asia
Wearing face masks has become mandatory in some parts of Southeast Asia, including part of Thailand, where people risk paying hefty fines if they are caught without them.
PH, Singapore post largest manufacturing drop in Asean in March
Performance of the manufacturing sector in the Philippines and Singapore posted the biggest deterioration among surveyed Southeast Asian countries, the latest Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) of IHS Markit reported Wednesday.
‘Serious consequences’: ASEAN COVID-19 lockdowns heighten food supply fears
A lack of collaboration between ASEAN governments and the food industry could risk causing supply shortages across the region as several nations enforce COVID-19 lockdowns.
US has released $18.3-M health & humanitarian assistance to ASEAN
Despite the challenges it is facing back home due to the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the United States government has extended approximately US$18.3 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states, including the Philippines.
Laos goes into total lockdown
Laos a tiny landlocked country sharing borders with Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and Myanmar went into lockdown 30 March.
Laos put brakes on all bus services, stations
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has announced the suspension of all bus services and temporary closure of bus stations as a preventative measure against Covid-19 following the first confirmed cases in the country.
Laos allows shuttle flights to evacuate foreigners
Shuttle flights will be allowed for countries to pick up their citizens from Laos, the Lao foreign minister said when briefing foreign embassies and diplomatic representatives and international organisations here about the Covid-19 situation.
A press conference in Vientiane, Mar 31, 2020(KPL) 183 people who have had close contact with the 9 covid-19 infected people are being quarantined at their homes and their symptoms are monitored daily by health workers, according to Deputy Minister of Health Phouthone Meuangpak.
COVID-19 Cases Rise Across Southeast Asia as Governments Step Up Damage Control
Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar took more preventative measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis Monday as each of the four Southeast Asian countries reported small increases in confirmed cases that threatened to tax overstretched health care systems
COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 30 — 25 dead, 840 new cases in Asean
March 30 there was 6,730 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 702, or 11.65 per cent, on the day prior.
ASEAN food security: Corruption, micronutrients and food import dependency region’s biggest challenges
The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) 2019 listing crowned Singapore as the country with the highest food security score worldwide, but closer examination of the index data reveals several pressing concerns, not only for Singapore, but for other ASEAN countries as well.
Top legislator calls on AIPA member states to jointly protect ASEAN against COVID-19
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, who is also the Chair of the 41st General Assembly of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA 41), on March 30 sent a letter to heads of the organisation’s members, calling for their engagement in the fight against COVID-19.
Asean Football Federation tourneys postponed
International football meets throughout the Southeast Asian region have been postponed.
COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 29 — 32 deaths, 591 new cases regionally in past 24hrs
As of 01:40 GMT March 29 there was 6,028 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 591, or 10.31 per cent, on the day prior.
Declining fertility rates in ASEAN
ASEAN countries have collectively achieved remarkable economic growth, however, when it comes to fertility rates, the region has been drifting.
ASEAN nations see large numbers of new COVID-19 cases
The Philippines Ministry of Health on March 29 recorded 343 more people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the highest number in a day in the country, raising the total cases to 1,418 people, including 71 deaths
Philippines seeks ASEAN help in sourcing 300k MT of rice
The Philippines is seeking the assistance of other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) peers for the importation of an additional 300,000 metric tons of rice through government-to-government agreements, inter-agency task force on coronavirus 2019 spokesman and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said late Friday.
COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 26 — 122 dead regionally as global deaths top 20,000
As of 01:19 GMT March 26 there was 4,502 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 497 on the day prior.
Concerted effort needed to achieve all SDGs in Asia Pacific by 2030 (video)
Rising economic prosperity and poverty reduction may not tell the whole story of progress in Asia and the Pacific. Telling signs in the natural world recount a narrative that is far from complete.
ASEAN falling behind on SDG targets
Yesterday, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) released the ‘Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020’.
Asean must unite to resolve Covid-19
As the Covid-19 pandemic runs its course and wreaks havoc worldwide, the numbers look bleak. Nearly 500,000 people have been infected, and more than 21,000 had died as of Thursday.
March 24 there was 3,692 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 500 on the day prior.
The Philippines recorded the most number of COVID-19 deaths over the previous 24-hours, eight, bringing the total there to 33, with 82 fresh cases pushing the active caseload to 411.
The most number of new infections in the past 24-hours was in Malaysia, the regions COVID-19 hotspot, where 212 new infections increased the number of active cases to 1,345, while four deaths saw the total rise to 14. Fifty-seven people afflicted by COVID-19 are classified as serious or critical.
In Thailand 122 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24-hours saw the number of active cases there rise to 668, seven of which are considered serious or critical.
Pandemic hits all 10 ASEAN members as Laos confirms first 2 cases
Laos on Tuesday confirmed its first two cases of the new coronavirus, meaning the pandemic has now spread to all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Cambodian economy will be ‘worst hit in Asean’ ADB
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said the Kingdom will see losses amount to more than $390 million due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak this year.
COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 24 — 553 new cases, 13 deaths in past 24 hrs
As of 01:51 GMT March 24 there was 3,692 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 500 on the day prior.
COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: outbreak delayed but developing
Considering the geographic and economic closeness between Southeast Asia and China, the coronavirus challenges Southeast Asia both economically and directly as an outbreak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Costs and concerns as Asean races to deliver COVID-19 testing
As the world reels from the outbreak of COVID-19 Asean nations are scrambling to provide testing for millions of concerned citizens and their families.
COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 22 — regional cases breach 2,500
As of 01:35 GMT March 22 there was 2,594 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 378 on the day prior.
Pandemic Control: A New Area for ASEAN Defense Cooperation?
The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In Southeast Asia, most countries have reported cases within their borders, but the infectiousness of the coronavirus and the interconnectedness of the Southeast Asia region means that unaffected ASEAN countries could soon see COVID-19 cases.
there was 1,639 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 66 on the day prior.
The most number of active cases remain in Malaysia where 117 new cases yesterday saw the number of people with active COVID-19 infections rise to 728, with 15 people reported to be in a serious or critical condition.
In Indonesia 55 new cases saw its active COVID-19 cases jump to 197, with 12 deaths pushing the number of fatalities there to 19, the most of any Asean member country.
In the Philippines yesterday 15 new cases there saw the number of active COVID-19 infections rise to 181, with three deaths bringing the total number of fatalities to 17. One active COVID-19 infection in the Philippines is regarded as serious or critical.
As of 01:40 GMT March 18 there was 1,573 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 248 on the day prior.
The most number of active cases remain in Malaysia where 107 new cases yesterday saw the number of people with active COVID-19 infections rise to 622, with 10 people reported to be in a serious or critical condition. Two people reportedly died from COVID-19 in Malaysia yesterday.
Forty-five new cases in the Philippines yesterday saw the number of active cases there rise to 170, with 38 fresh cases in Indonesia yesterday pushing its COVID-19 active case load to 156. Indonesia also reported two deaths from COVID-19 yesterday bringing the number of deaths there to seven, second only to the Philippines with 12 deaths.
In Thailand 30 new cases saw the number of active COVID-19 cases there hit 135, one of which is considered serious or critical, while Singapore saw it’s COVID-19 case load hit 152, with the addition of 23 new cases. Fourteen people in Singapore are listed as serious or critical.
In Cambodia 21 fresh cases yesterday saw the number of COVID-19 infections there almost triple to 32, while five new cases in Vietnam and two in Brunei saw the number of confirmed cases there rise to 50 and two respectively.
Laos PDR and Myanmar are yet to report a single COVID-19 case.
There has now been 1,630 confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Asean member countries, with 235 people having been treated and discharged.
Twenty-two people have died from COVID-19 in Asean member countries.
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