• China reports major drop in new virus cases; 143 new deaths

    China reports major drop in new virus cases; 143 new deaths

    China reported Saturday a figure of 2,641 new virus cases, a major drop from the higher numbers in recent days since a broader diagnostic method was implemented. The number of new deaths rose slightly to 143, bringing the total fatalities in mainland China to 1,523. The total number of confirmed cases in the country now […]

    15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | AP | 9:00 AM
  • HK doctor battles fear and separation on virus ‘dirty team’

    HK doctor battles fear and separation on virus ‘dirty team’

    After gruelling shifts treating coronavirus patients, Hong Kong doctor Alfred Wong often finds himself alone in a hotel room eating takeaway, battling the pain of being separated from his pregnant wife. The 38-year-old volunteered to join staff on isolation wards dubbed “the dirty team” to avoid the risk of being called up later and missing […]

    15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • China says 1,716 health workers infected by coronavirus, six dead

    China says 1,716 health workers infected by coronavirus, six dead

    A senior Chinese health official said on Friday 1,716 health workers have been infected by the coronavirus and six of them have died. National Health Commission vice minister Zeng Yixin told a news conference the number of infected medical staff was increasing. “At present, the duties of medical workers at the front are indeed extremely […]

    15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • China’s coronavirus numbers highlight the challenges of an evolving epidemic

    China’s coronavirus numbers highlight the challenges of an evolving epidemic

    When China reported a drop in the number of new cases of the deadly coronavirus earlier this week, hopes were raised that the outbreak might be slowing down. But on Thursday, health authorities in Hubei, the province at the centre of the epidemic, announced there had been nearly 15,000 new cases overnight almost 10 times […]

    15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | CNN | 6:02 AM
  • Japan lets some passengers leave ship for quarantine on land

    Japan lets some passengers leave ship for quarantine on land

    A first group of passengers who are 80 and older and test negative for the new coronavirus have been allowed to move to lodgings on land Japan on Friday began allowing elderly passengers who test negative for the new coronavirus to leave a quarantined cruise ship and finish their isolation in government-designated lodging. Japan’s government […]

    15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • Indonesian student becomes first suspected case of Covid-19

    Indonesian student becomes first suspected case of Covid-19

    A 19-year-old university student from Sifnana village, Tanimbar Islands regency, Maluku, has been quarantined after showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). The student, identified only as BN, arrived in Ambon on February 7, in poor health following a visit to Malaysia, which has had 19 confirmed coronavirus cases. He has been treated at the […]

    15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | The Jakarta Post | 6:02 AM
  • Former chief of staff Kelly rejects Trump N Korea approach as futile  report

    Former chief of staff Kelly rejects Trump N Korea approach as futile report

    President Donald Trump’s former chief of staff John Kelly has dismissed the US president’s unprecedented engagement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as futile, saying he had never believed North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons and Pyongyang had played the United States to its benefit. Kelly, a former Marine Corps general who […]

    15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • US offers to help virus efforts in N Korea

    US offers to help virus efforts in N Korea

    The United States on Thursday promised to support aid work in North Korea to combat the new coronavirus, voicing alarm at the ill-equipped state’s susceptibility. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said the United States was “deeply concerned” about the vulnerability of the North Korean people to COVID-19, which originated in neighbouring China where it has […]

    15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • White House ‘disappointed’ in China’s virus transparency

    White House ‘disappointed’ in China’s virus transparency

    The United States feels let down by a lack of transparency from China over the new-coronavirus crisis, a senior White House official said Thursday, contradicting President Donald Trump’s confidence in Beijing. “We are a little disappointed that we haven’t been invited in and we’re a little disappointed in the lack of transparency coming from the […]

    15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • Japan woman with coronavirus dies as cruise ship cases soar

    Japan woman with coronavirus dies as cruise ship cases soar

    Japan on Thursday reported the first death of a person infected with novel coronavirus, as the number of cases on a quarantined cruise ship offshore soared over 200. The woman in her 80s was tested for the virus after being hospitalised, and was confirmed positive after her death, Health minister Katsunobu Kato told a news […]

    15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • COVID-19: Singapore announced eight new cases linked to previous patients including NUS professor, total at 58

    COVID-19: Singapore announced eight new cases linked to previous patients including NUS professor, total at 58

    The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (13 February) confirmed eight new cases of the novel coronavirus the highest in a single day here to date -, bringing the total number of cases here to 58. With the assistance of the police, further epidemiological investigations and contact tracing found that five of the new cases […]

    15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | Yahoo News Singapore | 6:02 AM
  • China reports 5,000 new coronavirus cases, cruise ship disembarks in Cambodia

    China reports 5,000 new coronavirus cases, cruise ship disembarks in Cambodia

    A new coronavirus has taken a growing toll of Chinese health workers on the front line of the fight to stop it, a top official said on Friday, as authorities reported more than 5,000 new cases, including more than 120 deaths. Policymakers pledged to do more to stimulate economies hit by the virus, helping Asian […]

    15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

Society

WHO says joint China mission to start coronavirus probe this weekend

WHO says joint China mission to start coronavirus probe this weekend

A World Health Organization-led mission to China will start its outbreak investigation this weekend and will focus on how the new coronavirus is spreading and the severity of the disease, the WHO’s director-general said on Friday. The joint team, composed of 12 international members and their 12 Chinese counterparts, will seek more details on how, […]

WHO names deadly virus from China as ‘COVID-19′

WHO names deadly virus from China as ‘COVID-19′

The UN health agency on Tuesday announced that “COVID-19″ will be the official name of the deadly virus from China, saying the disease represented a “very grave threat” for the world but there was a “realistic chance” of stopping it. “We now have a name for the disease and it’s COVID-19,” World Health Organization chief […]

Coronavirus: expert warns infection could reach 60pct of world’s population

The novel coronavirus epidemic could spread to two-thirds of the world’s population if it cannot be controlled, according to Hong Kong’s leading public health epidemiologist. His warning came after the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said recent cases of coronavirus patients who have never visited China could be the “tip of the iceberg”. […]

Health

WHO says joint China mission to start coronavirus probe this weekend

WHO says joint China mission to start coronavirus probe this weekend

A World Health Organization-led mission to China will start its outbreak investigation this weekend and will focus on how the new coronavirus is spreading and the severity of the disease, the WHO’s director-general said on Friday. The joint team, composed of 12 international members and their 12 Chinese counterparts, will seek more details on how, […]

WHO names deadly virus from China as ‘COVID-19′

WHO names deadly virus from China as ‘COVID-19′

The UN health agency on Tuesday announced that “COVID-19″ will be the official name of the deadly virus from China, saying the disease represented a “very grave threat” for the world but there was a “realistic chance” of stopping it. “We now have a name for the disease and it’s COVID-19,” World Health Organization chief […]

Coronavirus: expert warns infection could reach 60pct of world’s population

The novel coronavirus epidemic could spread to two-thirds of the world’s population if it cannot be controlled, according to Hong Kong’s leading public health epidemiologist. His warning came after the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said recent cases of coronavirus patients who have never visited China could be the “tip of the iceberg”. […]

FinanceAsia

Coronavirus fears rattle Asia traders

Fears over the new coronavirus rattled investors in Asia Friday as they struggled to work out if the China epidemic was worse than being reported by authorities. A dramatic rise in the number of deaths and new cases of the virus on Thursday fuelled global suspicions that Beijing was concealing the true scale of the […]

MHI: Charter of Trust Partners Decide on Further Measures for More Cybersecurity

- (This press release is a joint release by Siemens, AES, Airbus, Allianz, Atos, Cisco, Dell Technologies, Deutsche Telekom, IBM, MHI, MSC, NXP, SGS, Total and TUV SUD.) – Cybersecurity by default: Next-generation products are to be equipped with preconfigured security – New partners: NTT, Infineon and Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering join Charter […]

China Medical System (867.HK) Armed against Short Selling! The Biggest CSO Took Control of Full Industrial Chain

HONG KONG, Feb 14, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – The short-selling company Blue Orca Capital would not have expected that its confrontation with China Medical System Holdings Limited (“China Medical System”) actually helped the company. The confrontation allowed investors and the whole pharmaceutical industry in China to see the biggest CSO has quietly reached the […]

Regional

Special task force sent to Vietnam province as 16th Covid-19 case is confirmed

A special task force and two working teams are in the northern province of Vinh Phuc from Thursday (February 13) to help with the fight against the acute respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus (Covid-19), the Ministry of Health has said. Deputy minister Ð? Xuan Tuyen said the national steering committee for prevention and […]

F1 figures pledge safety first over Vietnam GP if coronavirus spreads

McLaren’s Zak Brown believes Formula One would be right to once more put its participants first if it had to postpone or cancel the Vietnam Grand Prix as it did on Wednesday with the Chinese GP. The Shanghai race was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak and although F1 chiefs hope the Hanoi showpiece will […]

Vietnam accused of teaching young people that being gay is a ‘disease’

Government has ignored laws intended to prevent stigma, discrimination and bullying, Human Rights Watch claims Young people in Vietnam continue to be taught at home and at school that same-sex attraction is a “disease” and a “mental illness” that can be cured and treated, despite legislation designed to support and protect LGBTQ+ rights. Stigma and […]

China

China reports major drop in new virus cases; 143 new deaths

China reports major drop in new virus cases; 143 new deaths

China reported Saturday a figure of 2,641 new virus cases, a major drop from the higher numbers in recent days since a broader diagnostic method was implemented. The number of new deaths rose slightly to 143, bringing the total fatalities in mainland China to 1,523. The total number of confirmed cases in the country now […]

Coronavirus lockdown in Wuhan means foreign residents with no flight out must sit tight

Nigerian student Peter has not left his flat in Wuhan for more than a week, because thousands of cases of coronavirus are reported in the central Chinese city every day. The 25-year-old once wished his government would move him and about 50 fellow students and businesspeople away from the epicentre of the outbreak, but, as […]

Justice Department charges Huawei with stealing trade secrets, again

The US Justice Department has charged Huawei and two US subsidiaries with racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to steal trade secrets. A 16-count superseding indictment, filed yesterday in Brooklyn, New York, adds to previous US charges filed against Huawei last January. The indictment names several defendants, including Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Wanzhou Meng, who is already […]

Malaysia

Malaysian states to consider pivot towards domestic tourism amid COVID-19 outbreak

With the Chinese government issuing a lockdown for more than 30 cities, some Malaysian states reliant on Chinese tourist dollars are looking at alternative markets. Abdul Rashid Asari, the Selangor state executive councillor overseeing tourism told CNA that the state would be focusing on domestic tourism for now. Advertisement This is because domestic tourism is […]

Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysia’s Transition of Power to be Determined This Month

Senior Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim said he discussed the handover of power with prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday and claimed that the much-anticipated transfer would be determined during a meeting of the ruling coalition on February 21. At their meeting on Thursday in Putrajaya, Anwar said he raised the matter of leadership transition after […]

Malaysian Travel Fair to proceed despite virus outbreak

Senior Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim said he discussed the handover of power with prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday and claimed that the much-anticipated transfer would be determined during a meeting of the ruling coalition on February 21. At their meeting on Thursday in Putrajaya, Anwar said he raised the matter of leadership transition after […]

Indonesia

Indonesia forbids ex-ISIL members abroad from returning home

Critics say the move means hundreds, including children, will be left stranded and stateless, and could breach Indonesia’s constitution. Hundreds of Indonesians who left the country to join ISIL will be unable to return. The Indonesian government’s decision to ban former ISIL fighters and their families from returning affects nearly 700 men, women and children, […]

Indonesian student becomes first suspected case of Covid-19

Indonesian student becomes first suspected case of Covid-19

A 19-year-old university student from Sifnana village, Tanimbar Islands regency, Maluku, has been quarantined after showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). The student, identified only as BN, arrived in Ambon on February 7, in poor health following a visit to Malaysia, which has had 19 confirmed coronavirus cases. He has been treated at the […]

Indonesia accused of putting profit ahead of the environment with new bill

Indonesia’s plans to relax environmental rules to encourage investment have drawn criticism from activists who say the government is putting profit ahead of protecting the archipelago’s rich natural surroundings. The “Job Creation” bill, submitted to parliament on Wednesday, aims to open up industries and includes proposals to relax the need for companies to conduct environmental […]

Singapore

Shell confirms Singapore virus case, sends staff home after another scare

Shell said on Friday it had identified an employee at its main Singapore office who had been in contact with a coronavirus case and had advised other staff close to him to work from home. The firm did not say how many staff it had impacted at its office in The Metropolis building. “Shell can […]

Hunt on for ‘patient zero’ who spread coronavirus globally from Singapore

As lion dancers snaked between conference room tables laden with plastic bottles, pens, notebooks and laptops, some staff from British gas analytics firm Servomex snapped photos of the performance meant to bring good luck and fortune. But the January sales meeting in a luxury Singapore hotel was far from auspicious. Someone seated in the room, […]

COVID-19: Singapore announced eight new cases linked to previous patients including NUS professor, total at 58

COVID-19: Singapore announced eight new cases linked to previous patients including NUS professor, total at 58

The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (13 February) confirmed eight new cases of the novel coronavirus the highest in a single day here to date -, bringing the total number of cases here to 58. With the assistance of the police, further epidemiological investigations and contact tracing found that five of the new cases […]

Thailand

KS: DTAC teeters on 5G bid sidelines

Total Access Communication (DTAC) is at risk of losing a large chunk of high-end postpaid subscribers after the 5G spectrum licence auction on Sunday as the operator plans to bid for the 26-gigahertz range only, says Pisut Ngamvijitvong, a senior analyst with Kasikorn Securities (KS). If the third largest mobile operator fails to deliver 5G […]

PM Lee sends condolences after mass shooting in Thailand

Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to this Thailand counterpart, prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, following a soldier’s shooting rampage that left 29 people dead. In a press statement on Friday (February 14), Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said PM Lee expressed condolences over the tragic loss of lives in the shooting incident in Nakhon […]

Thailand launches self-screening programme online as Covid-19 numbers remain stable

Another victim of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Thailand has fully recovered and been discharged, the Department of Disease Control reported on Thursday (February 13). “The number of cases remains the same at 33, ” director-general Dr Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai said. “The number of confirmed infected patients currently under hospital care is 21, while 12 have fully […]

Philippines

Duterte administration hints at US: All treaties must go

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will not entertain any initiatives of US President Donald Trump to save a two-decade-old military agreement between the two countries, and favours the termination of all defence deals with the United States, including the Mutual Defense Treaty, his spokesman has declared. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo told reporters in Manila on Thursday […]

Philippines to conduct risk assessment on travel ban to Taiwan

The government of the Philippines will conduct a risk assessment to decide whether a temporary travel ban to Taiwan will be lifted amid possible retaliatory measures by Taiwan, Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque said Thursday in a radio interview in Manila. “The ban can be reversed if the risk assessment shows favourable results,” he said. […]

Philippines truck mows down group of students, killing 1, injuring several others, video shows

A 14-year-old student in the Philippines was killed and seven of his classmates injured when a speeding jeepney plowed through a city crosswalk Wednesday night, authorities said. Makati Police released street video showing the high school students crossing a street in Makati City, located in the Manila region, when they were struck by a wayward […]

Japan

Japan lets some passengers leave ship for quarantine on land

Japan lets some passengers leave ship for quarantine on land

A first group of passengers who are 80 and older and test negative for the new coronavirus have been allowed to move to lodgings on land Japan on Friday began allowing elderly passengers who test negative for the new coronavirus to leave a quarantined cruise ship and finish their isolation in government-designated lodging. Japan’s government […]

Japan woman with coronavirus dies as cruise ship cases soar

Japan woman with coronavirus dies as cruise ship cases soar

Japan on Thursday reported the first death of a person infected with novel coronavirus, as the number of cases on a quarantined cruise ship offshore soared over 200. The woman in her 80s was tested for the virus after being hospitalised, and was confirmed positive after her death, Health minister Katsunobu Kato told a news […]

Coronavirus seen shaving 0.2pctage points off Japan’s 2020 GDP growth: Reuters poll

The coronavirus epidemic is expected to shave up to 0.2 percentage points off Japan’s economic growth this year as it hits exports, factory output and tourism, a Reuters poll of analysts showed on Friday. The virus outbreak, which originated in China, has killed more than 1,300 people, and caused huge disruptions in movements of goods […]

Korea

Former chief of staff Kelly rejects Trump N Korea approach as futile  report

Former chief of staff Kelly rejects Trump N Korea approach as futile report

President Donald Trump’s former chief of staff John Kelly has dismissed the US president’s unprecedented engagement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as futile, saying he had never believed North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons and Pyongyang had played the United States to its benefit. Kelly, a former Marine Corps general who […]

Export price drops amid weakening dollar

The nation’s export price declined slightly in January from the previous month, as the won gained ground against the US dollar, the Bank of Korea (BOK) said Friday. According to the central bank, the index came in at 96.59 last month, down 0.8 percent from a month earlier. Export prices bounced back in December for […]

US offers to help virus efforts in N Korea

US offers to help virus efforts in N Korea

The United States on Thursday promised to support aid work in North Korea to combat the new coronavirus, voicing alarm at the ill-equipped state’s susceptibility. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said the United States was “deeply concerned” about the vulnerability of the North Korean people to COVID-19, which originated in neighbouring China where it has […]

Hong Kong

HK banks face ‘very weak’ outlook as coronavirus bites, with HSBC strategy in spotlight, analysts say

As Hong Kong’s biggest banks prepare to report their 2019 results beginning next week, investors will be closely watching to see how HSBC Holdings and its peers expect the coronavirus outbreak to hit their bottom lines this year. The early signs are worrisome as the health crisis hurts local businesses and consumers in an economy […]

HSBC, other banks cut HK mortgage borrowers some slack as coronavirus outbreak sends small businesses into tailspin

Hong Kong’s banks piled in on Thursday to offer additional relief to homeowners and businesses to support an economy hit hard first by months of anti-government protests and now by the coronavirus outbreak. HSBC and Citigroup were among the latest banks to say they would allow residential mortgage borrowers in Hong Kong to make interest-only […]

HK doctor battles fear and separation on virus ‘dirty team’

HK doctor battles fear and separation on virus ‘dirty team’

After gruelling shifts treating coronavirus patients, Hong Kong doctor Alfred Wong often finds himself alone in a hotel room eating takeaway, battling the pain of being separated from his pregnant wife. The 38-year-old volunteered to join staff on isolation wards dubbed “the dirty team” to avoid the risk of being called up later and missing […]

Taiwan

Taiwan, Czechia taxation agreement to take effect in 2021: MOFA

An agreement between Taiwan and the Czech Republic on the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion is expected to be implemented on January 1, 2021, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday. The Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement (ADTA), which was forged by the two countries in December 2017, has been […]

Taiwan travel ban unrelated to ‘One China’: Duterte spokesperson

Philippine Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo denied Thursday that the ban on Taiwanese visitors to the country was connected to Manila’s “One China” policy, quoting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, at a regular press conference at the Malacanang Palace. “I asked the President last night, he said the ban has nothing to do with it,” Panelo said, […]

Taiwan emerges as 2nd largest face mask producer to fight epidemic

Taiwan is ramping up production of protective gear amid the threat of the Wuhan coronavirus, with factories going into overdrive manufacturing surgical masks and alcohol-based disinfectants. Premier Su Tseng-chang inspected a manufacturer of facial mask machinery on Friday (February 14) to ensure that the 60 machines procured by the government will be put to service […]

Vietnam

State Treasury mobilises over $115 million through bond sales

The State Treasury has raised VND2.7 trillion (US$115.79 million) through a recent G-bond auction on the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX). A total of VND4 trillion worth of G-bonds were offered, including five-year, 10-year, 15-year and 30-year bonds, each valued at VNÐ1 trillion. Ten-year bonds mobilised VND800 billion at an annual interest rate at 2.91 per […]

Real estate firms dominate bond issuance in January

Real estate firms were the major corporate bond issuers in the market in January, according to updates from SSI Securities Corporation. SSI’s statistics showed that real estate firms issued bonds worth VND7.36 trillion (US$317.2 million) in January, accounting for 55 per cent of the total value of corporate bonds issued in the market. In comparison, […]

Danang proposes fee reductions for businesses

The Danang tourism industry has advised the municipal leaders to ask the government as well as banks and credit institutions to support enterprises affected by coronavirus by rescheduling debt terms from six to 12 months. This was one of the issues raised at the meeting yesterday, February 12, between representatives of the Danang Tourism Association […]