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BANGKOK: South-East Asian countries are cancelling or scaling back traditionally boisterous Buddhist New Year celebrations next month, citing the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak as they call off water-soaked street parties and festivals.
BANGKOK: A Thai foreign exchange firm is disinfecting banknotes it collects from its branches as a safety precaution for its workers and customers because of the coronavirus outbreak. The money changer has around 15 branches at popular tourist areas in Bangkok.
BANGKOK: Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters marched on parliament in Bangkok on Friday (March 13), wearing black T-shirts to mourn the state of Thailand under an army-aligned government, in the first street protest for several years. Discontent with the administration of ex-army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha is seething, with a progressive opposition party disbanded and the country's economy faltering as the Covid-19 crisis batters the key tourism industry.
MADRID (Reuters) - Major Spanish regions shut shops, bars and restaurants, car plants ground to a halt and Easter parades were cancelled as Spain prepared to enter a 15-day state of emergency on Friday, in a sharp escalation of its fight against the coronavirus.
TOKYO: The collapse of sports events worldwide over the rapidly spreading new coronavirus heaped pressure on the Tokyo Olympics on Friday (March 13) as US President Donald Trump suggested delaying the Games by a year. Formula One's Australian Grand Prix and The Players Championship, one of golf's most prestigious events, were the latest to fall in a period when the virus has laid waste to the sporting calendar.
SINGAPORE: Changes to Singapore's electoral boundaries were announced on Friday (March 13), setting the stage for polls soon, with an opposition party saying any move to conduct elections during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak would be "irresponsible".
Formula One in turmoil as season-opening Australian Grand Prix cancelled, Vietnam GP postponed (latest)
MELBOURNE/HANOI: Formula One's season was thrown into turmoil Friday (March 13) with the Australian Grand Prix cancelled just hours before cars were due to hit the track amid fears that more races will be called off as the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak takes its toll. And then hours later, Vietnam Formula One organisers they have decided to postpone their April 5 race.
BEIJING: China's central bank said on Friday (March 13) it would cut the reserve requirements for banks, releasing some 550 billion yuan (US$79bil) in liquidity as the country fights to control the economic fallout of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
PHNOM PENH: Cambodia has won the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association's (PATWA) International Travel Award for Best Destination, local media reported on Friday (March 13). Cambodia won because of its rich heritage, public safety and friendliness of its people.
MANILA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in the Philippines Rabindra Abeyasinghe said on Friday (March 13) that the health agency "fully supports" the decision of the Philippine government to impose "community quarantine" in Metro Manila in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease in the region of nearly 13 million people.