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Here's a look at the news highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section forSunday (Aug 1)
Thailand: Tighter curbs extended; staggering 18,027 Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Aug 1); total now above 600,000
Thailand announced on Sunday to extend tighter pandemic control measures in the capital Bangkok and other worst-hit regions possibly till the end of August to contain the worst-ever wave of the outbreak, which has brought its total case tally to top 600,000.
Vietnam reports 8,620 new Covid-19 cases, 154,306 in total; southern region lockdown extended by two weeks
Ho Chi Minh City along with 18 southern provinces and cities will continue to enforce lockdown measures in line with the Government’s Directive 16 for two more weeks, per a dispatch issued by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
Vietnam will from Monday extend strict curbs on movement in its business hub Ho Chi Minh City and another 18 cities and provinces throughout its south for another two weeks to help combat its worst Covid-19 outbreak, the government said.
Philippines DOH: Country may see a possible surge in Covid-19 cases in September; up to 18,000 cases
The Department of Health (DOH) does not expect the strict lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Metro Manila where the number of active cases daily could rise to 18,000 and up to 30,000 by September.
The Philippine National Police’s Medical Reserve Force (MRF) will be on standby to assist in the vaccination programs during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila, PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said on Sunday.
JENDOUBA, Tunisia (Reuters) - Waiting in line to receive a COVID-19 jab from the Tunisian army, Zubeir Bin Ammar was in little doubt that the military and President Kais Saied were succeeding where the government he removed from power had failed.
Vietnam will accelerate its vaccine rollout in Covid-19 hotspot Ho Chi Minh City and build more field hospitals, authorities said on Thursday, as it battles a worsening wave of infections driven by the virulent Delta variant.
Chinese cities rolled out mass testing of millions of people and imposed fresh travel restrictions as health authorities battled Sunday to contain the country's most widespread coronavirus outbreak in months.
Cambodia will begin offering a booster shot against Covid-19, switching between the AstraZeneca and Chinese Covid-19 vaccines in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus in the South-East Asian country.