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Australia enlists particle accelerator in coronavirus fight

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 27 sec ago
March 31, 2020 4:56 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian scientists are using the largest particle accelerator in the southern hemisphere to help fast-track the hunt for a vaccine against Covid-19, researchers said Tuesday (March 31).
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Taiwan to push social distancing in coronavirus fight, but no fines yet

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 24 min ago
March 31, 2020 4:32 PM

TAIPEI(REUTERS) - Taiwan will introduce social distancing measures to help control the coronavirus, but will not yet punish people who fail to comply, the Health Minister said on Tuesday (March 31).
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India cracks down on Muslim missionary group linked to coronavirus cases

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 29 min ago
March 31, 2020 4:27 PM

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Indian authorities sealed off the headquarters of a Muslim missionary group on Tuesday (March 31) and ordered an investigation into accusations that it held religious meetings that officials fear may have infected dozens of people with the coronavirus.
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Coronavirus: delivery workers keep Malaysia connected amid lockdown

SCMP Asian News - 1 hour 56 min ago
As Malaysia headed into its third week of a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, the country’s roads remained largely empty, traversed mainly by essential services staff such as police officers, paramedics – and delivery people.Those working for the likes of Lalamove, GoGet, Foodpanda and Grab remain busy, ferrying meals from restaurants to consumers or even between households as Malaysians struggle to remain socially connected but physically distanced in a country where eating, cooking,…
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Coronavirus lockdown forces Indian policymakers to embrace technology

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 58 min ago
March 31, 2020 3:58 PM

NEW DELHI (BLOOMBERG) - India's coronavirus response has unwittingly done away with the endless paperwork that has come to define bureaucracy, as electronic files replace physical records and technology makes in-person meetings redundant.
Categories: Asian News

Smoking diners to take it outside as Tokyo ban kicks in on April 1

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 1 min ago
March 31, 2020 3:55 PM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Patrons of Tokyo restaurants and bars will be able to light up indoors for the last time on Tuesday (March 31) as one of the world's most cigarette-friendly cities starts enforcing anti-smoking laws from April 1.
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Pacific islands, Antarctic bases: coronavirus-free living in some of Earth’s most isolated places

SCMP Asian News - 2 hours 21 min ago
A coronavirus-free tropical island nestled in the northern Pacific may seem the perfect place to ride out a pandemic – but residents on Palau say life right now is far from idyllic.The microstate of 18,000 people is among a dwindling number of places on Earth that still report zero cases of Covid-19 as figures mount daily elsewhere.The disparate group also includes Samoa, Turkmenistan, North Korea and bases on the frozen continent of Antarctica.A dot in the ocean hundreds of kilometres from its…
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Chinese forest fire: Firefighters and guide killed in Sichuan blaze

BBC Asia News - 2 hours 23 min ago
The group tackling a massive blaze in Sichuan were trapped by a sudden change in wind direction.
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China chases Indonesia's fishing fleets, staking claim to sea's riches

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 28 min ago
March 31, 2020 3:29 PM

NATUNA ISLANDS, INDONESIA (NYTIMES) - Mr Dedi knows where the fish run strongest in Indonesian waters off the Natuna islands. The Chinese know, too.
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Magnet mishap puts would-be inventor of coronavirus device in hospital

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 28 min ago
March 31, 2020 3:28 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian astrophysicist bored by coronavirus isolation saw his attempted invention to stop people catching the disease go hilariously wrong when he landed in hospital with magnets stuck up his nose.
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Malaysian minister draws flak for donning hazmat suit during coronavirus disinfection exercise

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 32 min ago
March 31, 2020 3:24 PM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin has drawn criticism from her former party colleague for turning up in a full personal protective equipment (PPE) suit during a sanitation exercise aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
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North Korea 'photoshopped' latest rocket test pictures: Report

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 33 min ago
March 31, 2020 3:23 PM

PYONGYANG (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - North Korea could have manipulated images of its latest rocket launches, a German rocket expert recently said on a US radio show.
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Japan plans record 60 trillion yen stimulus as coronavirus spreads

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 45 min ago
March 31, 2020 3:11 PM

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) - Japan's ruling party proposed the country's biggest-ever stimulus package worth 60 trillion yen (S$789 billion) as the spreading coronavirus locks the economy in a recession.
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As rest of world locks down, China tries to get shoppers out

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 49 min ago
March 31, 2020 3:07 PM

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - Relax, eat out and shop. That's the latest message from the Chinese government to its people, after months of warning them to stay indoors because of the coronavirus.
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Facing shortages, India bets on China for swift ramp-up of protective health gear

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 58 min ago
March 31, 2020 2:58 PM

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India will buy ventilators and masks from China to help it deal with the coronavirus, a government official said on Tuesday (March 31), even though some countries in Europe had complained about the quality of the equipment.
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Malaysia's Women and Family Development Ministry criticised over Doraemon 'household happiness' posters

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 1 min ago
March 31, 2020 2:55 PM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A series of posters on household happiness posted on Malaysia's Women and Family Development Ministry's Facebook page has raised the ire of women over their sexist messaging.
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Six under probe after former Malaysian minister says S$82,600 missing from his house

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 6 min ago
March 31, 2020 2:51 PM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian pPolice have called in six individuals to have their statements taken over the case of missing money involving former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
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Coronavirus: as Australia’s infection growth rate slows experts warn against complacency

SCMP Asian News - 3 hours 8 min ago
Australia on Tuesday reported a sustained fall in the country’s rate of new coronavirus infections but officials and experts warned against complacency, stressing the need for further strict social distancing policies.To ensure compliance, state authorities enacted sweeping powers to impose hefty fines and potential jail terms on anybody breaching rules that include a ban on public meetings of more than two people.Health Minister Greg Hunt reported there were about 4,400 coronavirus cases…
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ECQ: An Opportune Time for Quality Family Bonding

Philippines Times - 3 hours 18 min ago

"We urge parents to take the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) as an opportunity to bond with their children and create teachable moments together."

This is the message of Father Rusty Agga

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Indonesia plans village squads to prevent spread of coronavirus

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 22 min ago
March 31, 2020 2:34 PM

JAKARTA (BLOOMBERG) - Indonesia plans to mobilise volunteers to fight the spread of coronavirus in coastal villages and the vast hinterlands of the archipelago with part of a US$4.4 billion (S$6.27 billion) rural budget to be used to fund the initiative.
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