Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Saturday (Jan 8, 2022)


Demonstrators protest against the visit of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Yangon, Myanmar, in this screen grab obtained by REUTERS from a video.

Malaysia:

More trouble ahead for the PM

Covid-19: 3,251 new cases bring total to 2,783,331

Covid-19: Almost 98% of Malaysia’s adult population fully vaccinated

Covid-19: Sabah’s first Omicron patient has recovered, says Masidi

Floods: Over 40 private clinics destroyed, mostly in Klang and Sri Muda, says MMA

Floods: 43 new cases of infectious diseases detected among victims, says Health DG

US judge sets ex-Goldman banker’s 1MDB corruption trial for February, despite Omicron

PM: Thorough probe into MACC chief's case needed before taking any action

Wan Junaidi: Probe on Azam Baki will be done in accordance with the law

Azam Baki maintains innocence, says ready to face authorities

Health Ministry bans three cosmetics products that contain mercury

Six MACC advisory board members distance themselves from Abu Zahar's 'no conflict of interest' statement

Pilgrims wearing protective face masks walk at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, as Indonesian Muslims depart for Umrah pilgrimage trip for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Tangerang, near Jakarta, Indonesia, January 8, 2022, in this photo taken by Antara Foto via Reuters.Pilgrims wearing protective face masks walk at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, as Indonesian Muslims depart for Umrah pilgrimage trip for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Tangerang, near Jakarta, Indonesia, January 8, 2022, in this photo taken by Antara Foto via Reuters.

Singapore:


World tops 2 million new daily Covid-19 cases: AFP tally

Singapore and Malaysia govts to reevaluate risks before proceeding with air and land VTL

Number of Singapore passports issued in 2021 lowest in 15 years

Singapore: Driver dies in blaze after rental car catches fire following car park crash

What's next in 2022 - Will Singapore know who its fourth PM will be? - a Straits Times special

At least 11 people in SG lose S$53K to job scam involving fake mobile app

Young couple in SG lost S$120,000 in fake text message scam targeting bank customers

SPAC race heats up in Asia with first Singapore listings due

Carsome raises US$300mil from Temasek-backed funds, QIA

SingPost launches tiger-themed stamps

Indonesia:

Indonesia reports 479 new Covid-19 cases, six more deaths as govt confirms Omicron cases goes above 300

Indonesia's coal supply crunch over, minister tells local media; officials from Japan to visit and discuss issues

Indonesia hopes to win over medical tourists with overhaul of healthcare sector - a special report from The Straits Times

Indonesia releases 33 sea turtles after rescue from poachers

Indonesia wants border issue with Malaysia to be resolved this year

Indonesian men celebrate skincare

Shifting from coal to solar power

Visitors playing a shooting game at a fun fair on Thailand's annual Children's Day in Bangkok on Saturday, January 08, 2022. - AFPVisitors playing a shooting game at a fun fair on Thailand's annual Children's Day in Bangkok on Saturday, January 08, 2022. - AFP

Thailand:

Cases rising again as Thailand records 8,263 Covid-19 cases and 14 deaths on Saturday (Jan 8)

Pet pig's death prompts African swine fever probe in Thailand

Omicron may spell pandemic’s end, predicts medical expert from Thailand

A special feature: The dream Thai beach featured in a major Hollywood film reopens after three years

Thai baht at two-week low as Asian forex end 2022 first week in red on hawkish Fed

Thailand’s daily cases highest since October as govt junks quarantine-free visas to fight Omicron spread

More restrictions after jump in Covid-19 cases

Philippines:

Active Covid-19 cases in Philippines on Saturday (Jan 8) goes above 100,000 as new cases hit record high

Philippines now has banned child marriage

Covid-19 new cases in Philippines hit record high at 26,458 infections and its death toll crosses 52,000 on Saturday (Jan 8)

Philippines inflation slows down in December to 3.6 per cent

Nine dead and hundreds ill with diarrhoea in typhoon-hit Philippines

‘Get vaxxed or get arrested’

Health workers (in blue) check identification documents of people queueing up for Coronavirus swab tests outside a gymnasium in Manila as infections driven by the Omicron variant have tripled in the last two days in the nation's capital. - AFPHealth workers (in blue) check identification documents of people queueing up for Coronavirus swab tests outside a gymnasium in Manila as infections driven by the Omicron variant have tripled in the last two days in the nation's capital. - AFP

Vietnam:

Vietnam: 16,553 new coronavirus transmissions confirmed as Hanoi registers record 2,791 cases on Saturday (Jan 8)

Hospitals need to adapt to meet changing demands, top Vietnam medical official

Vietnam premier says country's economy faces more virus-related risks

Vietnam truck jam as China tightens import rules for Covid-19

Vietnam’s 2022 inflation seen jumping by most in Asia, says survey

Where’s the global economy heading to?

Myanmar:

Cambodia to take 'different approaches' to Myanmar crisis as Asean chair

Myanmar reports 12 more Covid-19 cases of Omicron variant

Myanmar's State Administration Council Chairman holds talks with visiting Cambodian PM

Fleeing violence in Myanmar, thousands camp along Thai border river

Cambodia PM visits Myanmar

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) talks with his Deputy Prime Ministers, Sar Kheng, also the Minister of Interior Ministry, and Tea Banh (left) also Defence Minister, during the arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport from Myanmar, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's visit to Myanmar seeking to revive peace efforts after last year's military takeover has provoked an angry backlash among critics, who say he is legitimizing the army's seizure of power. - APCambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) talks with his Deputy Prime Ministers, Sar Kheng, also the Minister of Interior Ministry, and Tea Banh (left) also Defence Minister, during the arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport from Myanmar, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's visit to Myanmar seeking to revive peace efforts after last year's military takeover has provoked an angry backlash among critics, who say he is legitimizing the army's seizure of power. - AP

Cambodia:

Cambodia's Omicron cases surge to 150 with 27 new infections

Cambodian PM Hun Sen returns home after visiting Myanmar

Cambodia sees 57% drop in malaria cases in 2021 and also sharp plunge in dengue cases, says health officials

PM gives marriage advice on 46th wedding anniversary

Laos:

RCEP brings new economic opportunities to region, says Laos business leader

Laos records first case of Omicron variant; people told to strictly follow Covid-19 rules

Laos government inks deal on electronic civil management system

Brunei:

Brunei's US embassy join hands with local and Malaysian company to make call for their youth to become regional climate leaders

Stranded Indians in Brunei finally head home

Brunei reports 27 new Covid-19 cases, total at 15,577; infection rate of positive cases is at 1.1 per cent

Residents line up for mandatory COVID-19 tests amid a lockdown in Huaxian county in central China's Henan Province, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Authorities are implementing increasingly stringent measures following a coronavirus outbreak in Henan province, just west of Shaanxi province, where the capital Xi'an, a city of 13 million, has been under strict lockdown for more than two weeks. - APResidents line up for mandatory COVID-19 tests amid a lockdown in Huaxian county in central China's Henan Province, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Authorities are implementing increasingly stringent measures following a coronavirus outbreak in Henan province, just west of Shaanxi province, where the capital Xi'an, a city of 13 million, has been under strict lockdown for more than two weeks. - AP

AseanPlus:

IOC chief Bach gives athletes 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games guarantee

Japan-Australia defence deal could add fuel to China-US rivalry, analysts say

Strong quake hits China's Qinghai province, says USGS

Chinese rescuers scramble to free people trapped by Chongqing gas blast

Into the grey zone: how the US could change the game with China and Russia

Omicron: Hong Kong’s latest 2-week flight ban on 8 countries dashes hopes of family reunions

Australia treasurer tests positive for Covid-19 as cases hit a record

Hong Kong authorities seize dozens of pedigree pets, HK$4.1 million worth of frozen animal genitals in anti-smuggling operation

Xiaomi’s MIUI 13 blocks some app installations in China, say users worried about surveillance

Chinese vice-premier ‘deeply ashamed’ over woman losing baby after Xian hospital turned her away citing Covid-19 rules

US, Japan boost scientific cooperation on defence against hypersonic weapons amid China concerns

Mystery Good Samaritan pays student’s education fees for seven years up till university then cuts all contact

Hong Kong social distancing: malls, delivery platforms seek to turn restaurants’ loss into their gain

US forces in S. Korea raise Covid-19 alert amid record infections

Hong Kong may extend virus measures as two dozen officials have been sent to quarantine after attending party

India's antitrust body orders Google inquiry after news publishers complain

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