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DEPUTY Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has accepted on Thailand’s behalf a donation of face masks, protective suits, face shields and other medical supplies from the China-based Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations.Lazada Thailand chief executive James Dong made the presentation for the two foundations established by wealthy online retailer Jack Ma.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Two cargo flights transporting medical supplies donated by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation for the fight against COVID-19 arrived in Malaysia Wednesday (March 25).
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Russian hostel manager Valerie Azure has spent the past three nights sleeping on the floor of a Malaysian airport along with her young son, after Southeast Asian nations sealed borders and cancelled flights in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
MANILA (AFP): Nine doctors have died in the Philippines from the coronavirus, the country's top medical association said Thursday (March 26), as hospitals were overwhelmed and medics complained about a lack of protection on the front lines.
COMMUNIST guerrillas in the Philippines said they would observe a ceasefire in compliance with the UN chief’s call for a global halt in armed clashes during the coronavirus pandemic.
HANOI (Reuters): Vietnam will suspend signing new rice export contracts until March 28 at the earliest under a review to ensure domestic supplies are sufficient during the coronavirus outbreak, the government said in a statement on Wednesday (March 25).
MANILA (Xinhua): Philippine security forces have rescued a Filipino doctor who was abducted by several gunmen of the extremist group Abu Sayyaf in remote Sulu province in the southern Philippines last month, a military general said on Wednesday (March 25).
KOTA KINABALU: Movement in Covid-19 “hot spots” in Sabah’s major towns is being curtailed, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Odette has held on to the title of Asia’s best restaurant for the second year running, as top chefs grapple with city lockdowns, temporary closures of their restaurants or food-supply interruptions during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.