Asean News Headlines as at 8pm on Wednesday (May 5)


Passengers sit at the train station as they wait to return to their hometowns ahead of the Eid al-Fitr (Hari Raya) celebration, an activity locally known as "mudik", amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 5, 2021.- Reuters

Malaysia:

Covid-19: 3,744 new cases, 17 fatalities bring death toll to 1,591

Schools in KL, Putrajaya to close on May 6-7; KL under MCO from May 7-20

Palm oil swings with soyoil rally and rising stockpiles in focus

Finance Minister: No one to be left behind in national digital agenda

Cops arrest eight, cripple syndicate using fake documents to get bank loans

Muhyiddin launches RM3.5bil Jaringan Prihatin programme to benefit 8.4 million BPR recipients

Dr M: Let Parliament sit for full term before GE15

Unis to students: We’ll get you back home

US Customs seizes RM2.1mil Top Glove shipment

Muhyiddin chairs inaugural meeting of Bumiputera Prosperity Council

Singapore:

Cinemas tighten capacity to comply with Covid-19 rules; 16 Covid-19 cases, only one local case

Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble has families on both sides of the South China Sea on edge

South Korea operates 88 charted flights to Singapore for strawberry shipments

Singapore bans fans at sporting events as govt steps up virus curbs as infection clusters grow

US Defence Secretary to speak at Shangri-La Dialogue in June

Non-urgent surgeries deferred after surge in virus cases

Singapore firm suing Suhartos over disputed leisure park



Indonesia:


Indonesian cops make huge catch after seizing 580kg of crystal meth from international syndicates as Covid-19 cases total hits 1,691,65

Indonesia aims for V-shaped recovery after disappointing GDP

Indonesia's economic growth recorded at negative 0.74% in Q1

Indonesia's Q1 GDP shrank 0.74%, in line with expectations

Thousands of new Covid-19 cases reported in South-East Asian countries

China joins sub recovery op

Thailand:

Thailand's Covid-19 tally continues to rise by over 2,000

Thai travel agencies offer Covid-19 'vaccine tours' to U.S.

Thailand court decides key official can stay despite drug case

Thailand plans US$7.2bil stimulus to rescue virus-hit economy

Covid-19: Thailand reports first case of Brazilian variant in state quarantine facility

Thailand holds rates, warns on growth amid its worst Covid-19 wave

Bank of Thailand is expected to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged as virus wave in focus

‘Leave Thailand’ group gets over 650,000 followers



Philippines:


Philippines imposes travel ban on Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka; as Covid-19 total hits 1,073,555

Philippines rejects China fishing ban, wards off Chinese vessels

Philippines' inflation stays at 4.5% in April

Philippines approves emergency use of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine

Urban planner pushes for ‘pedestrianising’ select streets

Duterte gets Sinopharm jab

Vietnam:

Vietnam attracts over US$12b in FDI in four months of 2021; almost same level with 2020

Vietnam's phone export up 19.4% in 4 months; cloth imports also up in same period

Vietnam: Hanoi locks down major hospital as Covid-19 cases surge; shutters school as a safety step

Vietnam intensifies border checks to stem ‘very worrisome’ outbreak

Vietnam's digital economy to hit US$52 billion by 2025

Longer quarantine in effect



Myanmar:

Ousted Myanmar lawmakers announce 'people's defence force'

Billionaire Adani’s unit considers scrapping Myanmar deal after coup

Myanmar's anti-junta unity government says forms defence force

Myanmar state media says five killed in blast were building a bomb

Myanmar's UN envoy tells US lawmakers more sanctions needed

Five killed in parcel bomb blasts

Cambodia:

Cambodia's Covid-19 cases continue to soar as tally nears 17,000

Cambodian youths jailed over environmental activism

After Covid-19 outbreak, Cambodia now brace for heavy rains and floods

Ban on media coverage in lockdown ‘red zones’



Laos:


Laos: Lockdown extended another 15 days until May 20 (update)

Chinese medical team arrives in Laos to help fight against Covid-19

Laos extends lockdown to fight against Covid-19 outbreak

Vietnam sends health workers to Laos to help contain virus outbreak

Brunei:

Brunei’s largest telco company DST launches mobile app jointly developed by MultiSys

Over 15,000 inoculated under vaccination programme; new Covid-19 cases reported

Brunei's Ministry of Health denies viral fundraising claims

Asean:

Nearly 20 million more people hit by food crises in 2020

Eyes on sky as China’s Long March rocket wreckage falls back to Earth

India posts record daily rise in coronavirus deaths

South Korea says AstraZeneca, Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines 87% effective after first shot

IHS Markit: Asean manufacturing conditions picked up pace in April

Japan faces longer state of emergency, casting doubt on Olympics

South Korea inflation hits four-year high as pandemic’s grip eases

G7 seeks common front on China in first talks since pandemic

Hong Kong strong growth masks uneven recovery

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