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News highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Thursday (June 24)
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN): The latest coronavirus variant to raise concern, Delta Plus, has not been detected in Singapore, said the director of medical services Kenneth Mak on Thursday (June 24).
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has detected six cases linked to variants of concern (VOC) between June 20 and June 22.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): Indonesia has posted another record-breaking day after the number of new Covid-19 cases surpassed 15, 000, just hours after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo spoke up for the first time since the second wave of infections began to sweep through the country.
HONG KONG (Reuters): Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said on Thursday (June 24) that all Hong Kong-based pilots and flight attendants would need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by Aug 31 or risk losing their jobs, in one of the airline industry's toughest policies.
LONDON (Reuters) -Britain wants to allow people to have holidays abroad again but the government is wary of the risks, a minister said on Thursday ahead of an announcement on whether a narrow list of quarantine-free travel destinations would be expanded.
VIENTIANE (Xinhua): The Lao Ministry of Health has urged authorities and people countrywide to remain cautious, as the new Delta coronavirus variant is spreading in other countries.
TAIPEI (Reuters): Taiwan is in talks with international bodies about Covid-19 vaccine passports, the head of its Centres for Disease Control said on Thursday (June 24), which could help ease long-standing travel restrictions.