Archive for March 28th, 2020

No let-up on screenings at Malaysia-Singapore checkpoints

28-Mar-2020 Intellasia | TheStar | 7:10 AM

Malaysia and Singapore will be implementing “reciprocal arrangements” to transfer symptomatic travellers detected at the entry points of each other’s [...] » More

Asian markets mostly up, dollar sinks on stimulus pledges

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

Asian equities mostly rose and the dollar extended losses Friday, with traders buoyed by government and central bank pledges to prop up the global economy as the coronavirus [...] » More

Asian shares advance after stimulus surge on Wall Street

28-Mar-2020 Intellasia | AP | 6:02 AM

Asian shares mostly tracked Wall Street’s advance on Friday in Asia in anticipation congressional approval of massive coronavirus relief for the US economy. Tokyo [...] » More

Coronavirus: officials defend HK’s home-quarantine measures as experts warn more must be done to contain spread of epidemic

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

Officials in Hong Kong insisted on Thursday that home-quarantine measures without coronavirus tests or tracking wristbands for arrivals from mainland China were sufficient [...] » More

HK’s MTR Corporation holds line on ticket prices, deferring increase. But critics say it should be doing more amid coronavirus pandemic

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

Calls are mounting for Hong Kong’s embattled rail operator to offer more substantive measures for passengers struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite it [...] » More

Coronavirus: HK cabinet to rethink strategy for combating outbreak as cases jump by 43

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

A public backlash is forcing Hong Kong’s government to reconsider a controversial plan to ban the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants and seek other ways of [...] » More

‘Confusion reigns’: life inside HK’s coronavirus quarantine centres

28-Mar-2020 Intellasia | TheGuardian | 6:02 AM

As the region battles a second wave of infections, people who have had contact with confirmed cases are being herded into confinement Around eight o’ clock in the [...] » More

Exclusive: Support for HK protesters’ demands rises even as coronavirus halts rallies

28-Mar-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

Support for the demands of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong has grown even as rallies have paused due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a survey conducted for [...] » More

Quarantine a boon for some HK hotels as thousands return

28-Mar-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

As thousands of Hong Kong citizens and expatriates return to the city, many are seeking refuge in hotels, fearful that cramped apartments in one of the world’s most [...] » More

Coronavirus: HK exports slump 12 per cent in first two months of year

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

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on Hong Kong trade, with exports plunging 12 per cent year-on-year in the first two months of 2020. The Census and Statistics [...] » More

Covid-19′s resurgence in HK holds a lesson: Defeating it demands persistence

28-Mar-2020 Intellasia | StatNews | 6:02 AM

As a mysterious virus raced through Wuhan, China, 570 miles to the north, residents in Hong Kong acted on instinct. They swaddled their faces in paper-thin masks and [...] » More

CK Life is poised to distribute test kits to help HK speed up coronavirus diagnosis as Covid-19 pandemic continues spreading

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

CK Life Sciences International Holdings, the pharmaceutical unit of one of Hong Kong’s largest conglomerates, said it is introducing test kits to help the city’s [...] » More

Coronavirus: final testing of HK dog’s blood concludes it was infected

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

Final testing has confirmed that the 17-year-old Pomeranian revealed as the first dog to catch the coronavirus was infected, Hong Kong’s animal welfare authority said, [...] » More

Hongkongers staying home to avoid Covid-19 are behind forecast doubling of HKTV Mall orders, HK Television Network boss Ricky Wong says

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

Hongkongers spending their cash online while staying home to avoid the coronavirus have fuelled a record HK$1.2 billion in forecast orders for outspoken businessperson Ricky [...] » More

HK’s unemployed need HK$35,000 handouts as coronavirus accelerates job cuts among city’s poorest, charities say

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

The government should give each jobless Hongkonger HK$34,800 (US$4,500) over six months and offer compensation to those who catch the coronavirus at work, according to a [...] » More