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Coronavirus: Singapore millennials bond on Instagram during stay-home notices

As lockdowns worldwide drive Singaporeans home, the city state is housing returnees at hotels to serve a mandatory 14-day stay-home notice.

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Australia tells all visitors and temporary visa holders to ‘go home’

There are 2.17 million foreigners currently in Australia on different temporary visas – and they are not wanted if they cannot support themselves for the next six months.

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Malaysia Covid-19 lockdown: migrants isolated, indigenous return to forest

Malaysia’s most vulnerable groups have borne the brunt of anti-Covid measures. While NGOs struggle to reach asylum seekers, some Orang Asli tribesmen will self isolate and live off the land.

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Hong Kong probes first case of possible Covid-19 spread in hospital

Patient, 93, who spent nearly a month from March 10 in Pok Oi Hospital, confirmed as infected.

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Coronavirus: what’s behind Singapore’s U-turn on wearing masks?

The island state is no longer discouraging residents from wearing them in public, and will distribute reusable face masks from Sunday.

4 Apr 2020 - 5:40AM
Indonesia’s Widodo allows travel after Ramadan, raising fears of contagion

Indonesia has reported 196 new cases, its biggest daily increase, as its death toll rose to 181 – the highest in Asia outside China.

3 Apr 2020 - 11:15PM
Hong Kong trio stranded in Poland urge city’s government for help

One of them claims he was kicked out of hotel following a ban on guests, as staff packed his belongings without permission and brought them to reception.

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Social distancing remains the best coronavirus strategy: Covid Frontline

With vaccines, treatments at least a year away, pathology expert John Nicholls and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison say avoiding contact is our best hope.

4 Apr 2020 - 12:08PM
Shenzhen postpones date of health certificate submission for cross-border truckers

Shenzhen authorities have extended the deadline to next Friday to ensure Hong Kong truckers get enough time to obtain the mandatory health certificate.

3 Apr 2020 - 11:50PM
Coronavirus: Malaysia marks Ching Ming, minus the tomb sweeping

Ethnic Chinese families across the nation are seeking alternative ways to show their reverence for ancestors amid a nationwide movement restriction order.

3 Apr 2020 - 11:15PM
Explainer | Will coronavirus trigger global food crisis?

With many planes grounded, shipments of vegetables from Africa to Europe or fruit from South America to the US are being disrupted.

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Hong Kong bars and pubs shut as coronavirus tally rises by 43

With latest round of closures, government hopes to stop cluster of infections tied to nightlife districts. But owners complain the new rule, which allows some venues to stay open if they serve food, is unclear.

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Singapore to close schools, most workplaces from next week

The island nation has put in place its strictest measures yet to battle the pandemic, as its confirmed cases increase to more than 1,100.

3 Apr 2020 - 5:56PM
Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund lost US$13.6 billion in first quarter

Hong Kong’s Mandatory Provident Fund lost a total of HK$105.7 billion (US$13.6 billion), about HK$35,223 for each of the about 3 million people covered, in the first quarter amid a coronavirus pandemic-led global market meltdown.

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Coronavirus: Australia closes internal borders as cruise ships depart

Australia has over 5,200 Covid-19 cases, but infection rates have dropped and PM Scott Morrison says the country is shifting to a ‘suppression’ phase.

3 Apr 2020 - 11:15PM
North Korea insists it has no coronavirus cases, despite scepticism

Isolated North Korea said it is Covid-19 free after it quarantined all arrivals, closed borders, blocked sea and air lanes, and disinfected all goods.

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Singapore thought they almost had Covid-19 under control, then cases spiralled

Despite the city state’s disciplined approach, a second wave of infections from returning residents and local transmissions saw cases spike from 100 to 1,000 in 1 month. Experts say people must take social distancing more seriously.

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