Archive for March 18th, 2020

Covid-19: Malaysia to go into nationwide pause from March 18 and what we know so far

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | Malay Mail | 2:40 PM

Malaysia will effectively be pausing all non-essential activities for two weeks from Wednesday (March 18) until March 31 to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus, but what do [...] » More

Malaysia reports 2 COVID-19 deaths, including one from mosque gathering: Health minister

Malaysia reports 2 COVID-19 deaths, including one from mosque gathering: Health minister

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | CNA | 2:33 PM

Two COVID-19 patients in Malaysia have died on Tuesday (Mar 17), including a man who attended the Sri Petaling religious gathering linked to more than 400 cases in the [...] » More

Anger and shock: Malaysian workers scramble to enter Singapore hours before start of lockdown

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | Yahoo News Singapore | 1:50 PM

Many Malaysians working in Singapore have been scrambling since Monday night (16 March) to pack their belongings in Johor Bahru and return to the Republic hours before the [...] » More

Coronavirus: World holds it breath and looks to China for clues on what pandemic does next

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | The Independent | 1:41 PM

Scientists around the world are watching how the coronavirus outbreak in China develops in the coming days and weeks because it will reveal whether their modelling on how [...] » More

Imported coronavirus cases in China outpace local infections for 5th day

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 1:36 PM

Imported coronavirus cases in China outnumbered cases of location transmission for the fifth straight day as infected travellers passed through major Chinese transportation [...] » More

China expels US journalists in biggest crackdown in years

China expels US journalists in biggest crackdown in years

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 1:34 PM

China on Wednesday expelled American journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal in the Communist government’s most severe move [...] » More

US and China trade barbs over coronavirus

US and China trade barbs over coronavirus

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 1:27 PM

US President Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on calling the coronavirus spreading rapidly across the world the “Chinese Virus,” despite protests from Beijing. [...] » More

COVID-19: Singapore confirms new single-day high of 23 cases, including 17 imported, total at 266

COVID-19: Singapore confirms new single-day high of 23 cases, including 17 imported, total at 266

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | Yahoo News Singapore | 1:25 PM

The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (17 March) confirmed a new single-day high of 23 COVID-19 cases in Singapore, bringing the total to 266. A previous single-day high of [...] » More

Singapore faces bigger contraction as Malaysia shuts borders

Singapore faces bigger contraction as Malaysia shuts borders

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 1:23 PM

Malaysia’s lockdown is the latest threat to a Singapore economy already reeling from the coronavirus outbreak. The city state relies heavily on its neighbour’s [...] » More

Bags packed, Malaysians stream into Singapore ahead of coronavirus travel ban

Bags packed, Malaysians stream into Singapore ahead of coronavirus travel ban

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 1:20 PM

Thousands of Malaysian commuters, many with suitcases stuffed with clothes, crossed into neighbouring Singapore on Tuesday evening, prepared for at least two weeks away from [...] » More

Duterte puts Philippines under quarantine, says ‘we are in the fight of our lives’

Duterte puts Philippines under quarantine, says ‘we are in the fight of our lives’

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:57 AM

The Philippines announced strict home quarantine measures on Monday for half of its population, shut down transport networks and ordered businesses to close or operate [...] » More

Asian markets tumble again after virus sparks Wall St collapse

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM

Asian markets fluctuated Tuesday after Wall Street suffered its worst day in more than three decades with coronavirus panic sweeping the planet, though European equities [...] » More

Asia markets still have the jitters over possible global recession due to chaos by coronavirus

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Asia-Pacific markets had the jitters Tuesday, after the biggest sell-off ever of US equities overnight and the assessment by President Donald Trump that the world’s [...] » More

Sales of parking spaces in HK dry up as investors hold back amid stalling economy, coronavirus

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Hong Kong’s lucrative parking space market has almost ground to a halt as the combined impact of last year’s social unrest and the coronavirus pandemic have [...] » More

More HK homebuyers expected to switch to cheaper Hibor-linked mortgages after banks refuse to cut prime lending rates

18-Mar-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

More Hong Kong homebuyers are expected to shift to cheaper mortgages linked with the Hong Kong one-month interbank offered interest rate (Hibor) after all of the city’s [...] » More