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Explainer: Indonesia, Asia’s COVID-19 epicentre, considers relaxing curbs

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 12:14 PM

Indonesia is suffering a devastating wave of coronavirus infections, driven by the Delta variant, but the government is already talking about relaxing social curbs enacted [...] » More

Burma junta replaces envoy to Britain who broke ranks

Burma junta replaces envoy to Britain who broke ranks

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 12:12 PM

Myanmar has appointed a new temporary head of its embassy in London, Britain’s foreign ministry said on Friday, replacing the previous ambassador who was ousted after [...] » More

Batch of 736,000 Chinese vaccines arrives in Burma

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | AFP | 5:02 AM

A batch of Chinese Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Myanmar on Thursday, an AFP reporter said, as the coup-wracked country battles a devastating new surge in cases. Myanmar has [...] » More

Asia’s planned travel bubbles burst by Delta variant as some governments cling to ‘zero Covid’ strategy

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM

Fresh lockdowns and restrictions in Asia brought on by the faster-spreading Delta coronavirus variant are making the region’s pursuit of travel bubbles look like an [...] » More

New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel with Australia

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM

New Zealand will pause its quarantine-free travel arrangement with Australia for at least eight weeks from Friday night, prime minister Jacinda Ardern said, as Australia [...] » More

Australia’s New South Wales reports 136 local COVID-19 cases

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM

New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, on Friday reported the year’s biggest daily rise in locally acquired cases. A total of 136 local cases were [...] » More

Work-from-home future fades in Asia as offices seek more space

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 5:02 AM

As the pandemic rages in Asia, offices are making a comeback. More companies based in the region expect they will need to increase office space in the near future, according [...] » More

Burma to use Chinese vaccines to fight COVID-19 in border area

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM

China is delivering two million COVID-19 vaccine shots to Myanmar this week to help fight a growing outbreak in the border area, officials said, as a spike in infections in [...] » More

G20 agrees statement on environment, struggles over climate progress

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM

Environment and energy ministers from the Group of 20 rich nations made little progress on Thursday on how to reach climate goals, officials said, with a cluster of countries [...] » More

Vietnam’s HCM City extends virus lockdown to August 1

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM

Vietnam’s HCM City, the epicentre of the country’s worst COVID-19 outbreak to date, will extend its current lockdown measures until August 1, state media reported [...] » More

Asean nations left ‘exposed’ by global minimum corporate tax seen forging closer ties with China

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM

The global minimum corporate tax agreed upon by Group of 20 finance ministers this month is set to re-chart the course of international investment flows, creating new [...] » More

Australia grants Lynas $11 million for new rare earth refining process

23-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM

Lynas Rare Earths Ltd (LYC.AX) said on Thursday it got a A$14.8 million ($10.9 million) grant from Australia to commercialise a new mineral refining process that produces [...] » More

Death rates soar in Southeast Asia as virus wave spreads

23-Jul-2021 Intellasia | AP | 5:02 AM

Indonesia has converted nearly its entire oxygen production to medical use just to meet the demand from COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe. Overflowing hospitals in [...] » More

Burma’s military again seeks to replace its UN ambassador

Burma’s military again seeks to replace its UN ambassador

23-Jul-2021 Intellasia | AP | 5:02 AM

Myanmar’s military rulers are again seeking to replace the country’s ambassador to the United Nations, who opposed their February 1 ouster of civilian leader Aung [...] » More

Australia cautions COVID-19 cases to rise despite weeks-long lockdown

23-Jul-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM

Coronavirus cases in Australia spiked again on Thursday, despite a weeks-long lockdown, with authorities warning that infections would rise more and take a toll on the [...] » More