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Man who stayed 4 days in Singapore is Myanmar's first coronavirus fatality

Straits Times Asian News - 37 min 11 sec ago
March 31, 2020 6:01 PM

YANGON (REUTERS, XINHUA) -Myanmar reported its first coronavirus death on Tuesday (March 31), a 69-year-old man who also had cancer and died in a hospital in the commercial capital of Yangon, a government spokesman said.
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Coronavirus: India’s outsourcing firms struggle to serve US, British companies amid lockdown

SCMP Asian News - 38 min 21 sec ago
Rahul Patil works at a call centre, in a crowded room surrounded by hundreds of his colleagues – a dangerous risk as India’s confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have increased to more than 1,200.Just days ago, an information technology executive in a building not too far from Patil’s had tested positive. By then, the government was making repeated appeals to businesses to let employees work from home, but Patil – whose name has been changed to protect his identity – and his colleagues were…
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Indonesia rolls out new regulations to step up fight against Covid-19 outbreak

Straits Times Asian News - 40 min 38 sec ago
March 31, 2020 5:57 PM

JAKARTA - Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday (March 31) approved new regulations that came into immediate effect with the goal of curbing the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country, including a 405.1 trillion rupiah (S$35.22 billion) increase in the state budget to cater to exigent expenses such as spending on health equipment.
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Coronavirus: Aussie drinkers told to limit daily booze buying

Straits Times Asian News - 44 min 53 sec ago
March 31, 2020 5:53 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Hard-drinking Australians were told Tuesday (March 31) to limit themselves to buying just 12 bottles of wine and two cases of beer a day as a coronavirus lockdown saw panic buying of alcohol.
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Malaysia coronavirus advice sparks sexism row after urging women to ‘stop nagging’

SCMP Asian News - 50 min 3 sec ago
Coronavirus lockdown advice issued by Malaysia that urges women to dress up at home and avoid nagging their husbands sparked a sexism row on Tuesday, with critics saying it promotes gender stereotypes.In a series of online posters with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19, Malaysia’s women’s affairs ministry issued advice on how to avoid domestic conflicts during the partial lockdown, which began on March 18.One of the campaign posters depicted a man sitting on a sofa, and asked women to refrain…
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Coronavirus: Philippines reports 10 new deaths, 538 more infections

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 31 min ago
March 31, 2020 5:06 PM

MANILA (REUTERS) - The Philippines' Health Ministry on Tuesday (March 31) recorded its single largest daily increase in coronavirus deaths and infections.
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China to start reporting on asymptomatic coronavirus cases from April 1

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 31 min ago
March 31, 2020 5:06 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China will start reporting on asymptomatic coronavirus cases that have been confirmed in the mainland from Wednesday (April 1), an official from the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.
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Australia enlists particle accelerator in coronavirus fight

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 42 min 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 - 2 hours 5 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 - 2 hours 10 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 - 2 hours 38 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 - 2 hours 39 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.
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Smoking diners to take it outside as Tokyo ban kicks in on April 1

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 43 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 - 3 hours 2 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 - 3 hours 5 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 - 3 hours 9 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 - 3 hours 10 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 - 3 hours 13 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 - 3 hours 15 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 - 3 hours 27 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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