Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Monday (Feb 21, 2022)


From Feb 22, Singapore will streamline border measures and put travellers into three main groups. PHOTOS: CLAIRE HUANG (Straits Times), Reuters, AFP, SAHARI SARIMAN (Straits Times)

Malaysia:

Covid-19: Malaysia detects 26,832 new cases on Sunday (Feb 20), says Health Ministry

Covid-19: Total of 513,393 of kids aged five to 11 given first dose of vaccine as of Sunday (Feb 20)

Covid-19: Khairy says hospital admissions for five to 11-year-olds on the rise, urges parents to register them for PICKids

Covid-19: Get kids vaccinated to prevent critical illness, say experts

Covid-19: 4,770 new cases in Sabah on Monday (Feb 21), 62 infants among those infected

Health DG: Rate of ICU bed usage in 11 states under 50%

Cooking with grandma: Student's channel to preserve Nyonya cuisine is a social media smash

At long last: Mums elated to receive overseas-born kids' citizenship certs

MetMalaysia: Storms, heavy rain in nine states until 8pm Monday (Feb 21)

Health DG: 79% of pregnant women who died due to Covid-19 last year were not vaccinated

Heavy school bags: Education Ministry studying holistic approach to lift weight off students’ shoulders

Covid-19: Khairy says hospital admissions for five to 11-year-olds on the rise, urges parents to register them for PICKids

A man packs robusta coffee beans, roasted using traditional Acehnese methods as part of a small enterprise, at Krueng Barona Jaya in Aceh province on Monday, February 21, 2022. - AFPA man packs robusta coffee beans, roasted using traditional Acehnese methods as part of a small enterprise, at Krueng Barona Jaya in Aceh province on Monday, February 21, 2022. - AFP

Singapore:

Singapore quietly confident in dealing with Covid-19 Omicron wave, says finance minister

Singapore: Criminal cases being cleared more quickly, with prosecutors deployed at police divisions

Only one more flight from Singapore to Hong Kong this month

S’pore fraud victim now puts scammers out of business

15,283 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, with 1,523 patients hospitalised on Sunday night (Feb 20)

Police warn of Singapore job scam involving commission for boosting movie ticket sales

Singapore cops arrest 13 people over OCBC phishing scams; seven have been charged

Singapore's new border measures: What you need to know if you're fully vaccinated and travelling

Asian shares mostly lower as investors eye Ukraine crisis

Oil falls on fresh hope of diplomacy over Ukraine crisis

Preschools in SIngapore struggling to cope

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Indonesia:

Infections go lower as Indonesia reports 34,418 newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases and 176 more deaths on Monday (Feb 21)

Indonesia receives over S$18.8 million (RM58.3mil) worth of equipment, medical supplies to battle Omicron wave from Singapore

Indonesia raises US$1.75 billion in retail bond sale and draws record investors

Maybank Indonesia's FY21 net profit surges 30%

Bank Indonesia may start unwinding debt monetisation next year

Indonesia expected to lead G20's push in climate action: COP26 president

Mitsubishi Materials and Freeport Indonesia expand copper smelter capacity with US$223 million joint venture

New war study sparks call for self-reflection in Indonesia

Home-grown vaccine in the making

Women clad in Thai traditional costumes at Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF) 2022, held at Bangkok’s Lumphini Park. TTF 2022, organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), held from Feb 18 to 22 February focuses on inspiring domestic travel in a safe and healthy way to boost creativity and innovation among local tourism entrepreneurs The TTF 2022 showcases outstanding landmarks, cultural heritage, and the best products from the Central Region, East, North, Northeast, and South of Thailand, as well as highlighting Bangkok’s street food and introducing Thailand’s new normal travel style. - BernamaWomen clad in Thai traditional costumes at Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF) 2022, held at Bangkok’s Lumphini Park. TTF 2022, organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), held from Feb 18 to 22 February focuses on inspiring domestic travel in a safe and healthy way to boost creativity and innovation among local tourism entrepreneurs The TTF 2022 showcases outstanding landmarks, cultural heritage, and the best products from the Central Region, East, North, Northeast, and South of Thailand, as well as highlighting Bangkok’s street food and introducing Thailand’s new normal travel style. - Bernama

Thailand:

Thailand raises Covid-19 alert level amid rising new infections

Thailand’s first international air show to be held in Rayong in 2027 cleared for take-off by economic panel

Thailand's daily Covid-19 cases may hit 100,000, warns top virologist

Bangkok opens Covid-19 treatment centre for children aged 3-14

Thai GDP growth beats estimates, inflation view revised up

Thailand records 18,883 Covid-19 cases and 32 deaths

Malaysian PM’s visit to Thailand a positive sign on reopening of land border

Philippines:

Philippines logs 1,427 new Covid-19 cases and another 79 deaths on Monday (Feb 21)

Five suspects of armed robbery killed in southern Philippines

Emerging markets - Philippines peso, Singapore dollar edge higher as Asian currencies rise on Ukraine summit prospects

Adolescent pregnancies drop to 17-year-low in Philippines

Philippines urged to brace for impact of global inflation, Fed hikes

Give all senior citizens pensions, says Duterte-Carpio

Vietnam Airlines flight crew arrive at the international terminal of Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. Australia reopened its international borders to double-vaccinated visitors today, following almost two years of strict travel bans introduced to stem the spread of Covid-19. - BloombergVietnam Airlines flight crew arrive at the international terminal of Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. Australia reopened its international borders to double-vaccinated visitors today, following almost two years of strict travel bans introduced to stem the spread of Covid-19. - Bloomberg

Vietnam:

Vietnam reports 46,880 new Covid-19 infections and over 2.8 million in total on Monday (Feb 21)

Vietnam asks European Union to lift fishing 'yellow card' and assist country in clean energy transition

Vietnam-based Mekong Capital-backed F88 sees US$1 Billion value at 2024 listing

Vietnam ready to welcome back tourists

Vietnamese supermodel to transform cruise ship into ocean catwalk

New Vietnamese cartoons win hearts

Myanmar:

Annual war games begin as Thais deny Myanmar excluded over coup

Myanmar to contest ICJ Rohingya case, without Suu Kyi

Asian golf great and Myanmar sporting legend Kyi Hla Han dies aged 61

Myanmar junta urges Asean envoy not to engage with 'terrorist' groups

Junta rejects push for new Asean Myanmar envoy to meet opponents

People line up outside a post office to buy rapid testing kits for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Phnom Penh on Monday (Feb 21), as the country sees a surge of cases from the Omicron variant. - AFPPeople line up outside a post office to buy rapid testing kits for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Phnom Penh on Monday (Feb 21), as the country sees a surge of cases from the Omicron variant. - AFP

Cambodia:

Cambodia-Malaysia trade tops US$500 million in 2021

Timor-Leste shocks host Cambodia to win Group A in AFF U23 Championship

Two new Covid deaths in Cambodia as daily Omicron cases jump to over 700

Laos:

Flights resume between Laos and Vietnam in a bid to boost tourism

Fifth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge rising fast as Mekong network takes shape

Laos-China Railway to operate additional train

Brunei:

Brunei reports 2,466 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday night (Feb 21)

Weekly new Covid-19 cases in Brunei continue to hit record high

Brunei source of 3.6pc of global DDoS attacks last year

Passengers are greeted at Melbourne's international airport on Monday, February 21, 2022 as Australia opens its international borders to all vaccinated tourists, nearly two years after the island nation first imposed some of the world's strictest Covid-19 travel restrictions. - AFPPassengers are greeted at Melbourne's international airport on Monday, February 21, 2022 as Australia opens its international borders to all vaccinated tourists, nearly two years after the island nation first imposed some of the world's strictest Covid-19 travel restrictions. - AFP

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