Archive for April 2nd, 2020

104 more Covid patients, three new deaths

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 2:03 PM

The government on Thursday reported 104 new local cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, bringing the total to 1,875, with three new deaths raising the toll [...] » More

Bad air worsens plight

Bad air worsens plight

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 2:01 PM

The bushfires that have been raging near the tourist city of Chiang Mai over the past few days are heightening concerns for both residents and the authorities with the risk [...] » More

Japan expands entry ban to more countries, will ask all visitors to quarantine

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 1:43 PM

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday the government was expanding a ban on the entry of non-Japanese people to cover 73 countries as policymakers try to [...] » More

S. Korea reports 89 new virus cases, total at 9,976. Death toll hits 169

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | KoreaTimes | 1:33 PM

South Korea reported 89 new cases of the novel coronavirus Thursday, down from 101 new cases a day earlier, bringing the nation’s total infections to 9,976. The 89 new [...] » More

No masking the mockery: Japan two-mask pledge ripped online

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 1:18 PM

A pledge by Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe to send two reusable cloth face masks to every household as the country battles the coronavirus outbreak has been met [...] » More

On brink of coronavirus crisis, Japan PM offers masks, gets social media roasting

On brink of coronavirus crisis, Japan PM offers masks, gets social media roasting

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 1:15 PM

Facing calls to declare a coronavirus state of emergency, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was flamed on social media on Thursday for instead offering people free cloth [...] » More

Coronavirus: HK government adds karaoke lounges, mahjong parlours to list of temporarily closed venues

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 1:09 PM

Coronavirus: Hong Kong shuts karaoke lounges, mahjong parlours and nightclubs to control outbreak Hong Kong suddenly shut down karaoke lounges, mahjong parlours and [...] » More

Trump says China’s coronavirus numbers seem ‘on the light side’

Trump says China’s coronavirus numbers seem ‘on the light side’

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 1:04 PM

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the coronavirus statistics China was reporting seemed “a little bit on the light side,” while his national security [...] » More

China’s coronavirus health code apps raise concerns over privacy

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | TheGuardian | 1:02 PM

As millions of people in China emerge from weeks of lockdown, their freedom of movement is largely dependent on phone apps. The “health code” service run on the [...] » More

China’s mobile payments to see rebound as offline vendors reopen after coronavirus lockdowns

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 12:59 PM

Home quarantine policies to curb the spread of Covid-19 in China have been a boon for most digital services, including remote work apps, e-learning and mobile gaming, but one [...] » More

Serbia sets the stage for Beijing’s mask diplomacy

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 12:57 PM

When six Chinese doctors landed in Belgrade two weeks ago, Serbia’s president greeted them with elbow-bumps before laying a kiss on their country’s flag, a [...] » More

Coronavirus: China’s small factories stabilised in March after lockdown, private PMI shows

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 12:55 PM

Activity at China’s smaller, privately-owned factories strengthened in March, after a weeks-long lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, data released on Wednesday [...] » More

Chinese gaming giant Tencent expands anti-addiction system for minors to WeChat mini games

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 12:53 PM

Chinese gaming giant Tencent Holdings has expanded its anti-addiction measures for minors to mini games on its multipurpose app WeChat as it continues to come under pressure [...] » More

Xinhua Headlines: Construction of Xiongan New Area back on fast track as epidemic eases

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Xinhua | 12:51 PM

In the foundation pit roughly the width of a soccer field, excavators were digging and cranes were loading in rebars. The pit, which stretches several kilometers, is an [...] » More

China to step up financial support for SMEs, increase effective investment

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Xinhua | 12:49 PM

China will further support its small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic while increasing local government bond issuance to [...] » More