Archive for April, 2020

Indonesia disputes WHO’s method of counting the country’s fatality rate

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | StraitsTimes | 12:35 PM

The head of Indonesia’s expert team on its Covid-19 task force has disputed the convention used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to measure the fatality rate of [...] » More

Fight COVID-19, not critics

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | JakartaPost | 12:33 PM

There’s no clear cut-off point when democracy ends and authoritarianism begins. History does not move in a straight line and most of the times, authoritarian leaders [...] » More

Tests on at-risk groups to double in next month

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 12:32 PM

The number of Covid-19 tests on at-risk groups, such as healthcare workers, migrants and new prisoners, is expected to double next month, in line with the government’s [...] » More

Phuket; 3 new infections, total 217

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 12:30 PM

Three new Covid-19 cases were reported in Phuket on Thursday morning, all had close contact with previous patients, raising the provincial tally to 217. The three, all men, [...] » More

DOH reports Philippines’ youngest COVID-19 survivor

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | PhilStar | 12:28 PM

The Department of Health recorded its youngest COVID-19 survivor on Thursday. DOH wrote in a Facebook post that a 16-day-old baby recovered from COVID-19. “Our [...] » More

Exclusive: SoftBank-backed Oyo to offload more loss-making hotels amid pandemicsources

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 11:19 AM

India’s Oyo Hotels and Homes, backed by SoftBank Group <9984.T>, plans to offload more properties around the world, three sources familiar with the matter said, [...] » More

SoftBank sees $8.4 billion net loss on WeWork writedown

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 11:17 AM

SoftBank Group Corp <9984.T> said it sees a loss of around 700 billion yen ($6.6 billion) in the year ending March on the portion of its WeWork investment held outside [...] » More

Japan’s factory output, retail sales slump as virus hits economy

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 11:15 AM

Japan’s March factory output fell at the fastest pace in five months, while retail sales also dropped as businesses struggled with the coronavirus pandemic’s [...] » More

Japan’s parliament to pass $241 billion extra budget to combat pandemic fallout

Japan’s parliament to pass $241 billion extra budget to combat pandemic fallout

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 11:13 AM

Japan’s parliament is set to approve on Thursday a $241 billion supplementary budget to fund a record stimulus package featuring cash payouts and loans to cash-strapped [...] » More

China’s factory activity expands for second month, but slump in export orders deepens

China’s factory activity expands for second month, but slump in export orders deepens

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 11:09 AM

Factory activity in China expanded for a second straight month in April as more businesses resumed work from the coronavirus-led shutdowns, but a worsening slump in export [...] » More

Help wanted: Jobless China workers await relief

Help wanted: Jobless China workers await relief

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 11:04 AM

Life is never easy for China’s nearly 300 million migrant workers, but with the coronavirus zapping jobs at a historic clip, unemployed factory labourer Wei Guikun is [...] » More

Thomas Hui, trusted aide of Li Ruigang ‘China’s Rupert Murdoch’ is named chair of HK’s troubled TVB free-to-air broadcaster

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 11:00 AM

Thomas Hui To, the chief operating officer of mainland Chinese tycoon Li Ruigang’s China Media Capital, has become non-executive chair of Television Broadcasts (TVB), [...] » More

How Beijing is reigniting HK’s protests

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 10:59 AM

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters want to reignite their movement after a coronavirus lockdown lull, angered by a flurry of moves by China to subdue them. Flashmob [...] » More

HK press associations condemn arrest of journalists carrying out investigative reporting in Clear Water Bay

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 10:58 AM

Two associations representing Hong Kong journalists have condemned the arrest of two reporters outside a private property, saying they were conducting investigative work [...] » More

‘Stop Misrepresenting’: Taiwan tells Roque China has no say on Filipina worker’s deportation

‘Stop Misrepresenting’: Taiwan tells Roque China has no say on Filipina worker’s deportation

30-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Coconuts Manila | 10:55 AM

Taiwan governs independently of China, and the mainland has no influence on the sovereign island’s decision to reject the call for deportation of an anti-Duterte [...] » More