Asia

Two-day shutdown as mall outbreak grows; Hong Kong logs 33 new Covid-19 cases

Shopping centre K11 Musea to close for two days and all staff to undergo mandatory testing after 15 new infections linked to restaurant, and Cartier worker tests preliminary-positive.

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Philippines extends coronavirus curbs; Auckland back in lockdown

The Philippines is expecting its first shipment of Sinovac vaccines on Sunday, while over 18,000 received shots as South Korea’s vaccination programme started.

27 Feb 2021 - 4:51PM
Philippines to roll out Sinovac jabs, but some businesses can’t wait

Although 600,000 Sinovac doses will be given starting next week, private firms throughout the country have secured their own vaccines.

26 Feb 2021 - 6:00PM
Briton jailed for breaking Singapore quarantine by meeting fiancée in hotel

Nigel Skea was sentenced to two weeks in jail and fined US$753 for leaving his room three times to meet his partner.

26 Feb 2021 - 4:48PM
After initial caution, Asia starts rolling out coronavirus vaccinations

With Covid-19 mostly contained in Asia, governments have been able to wait and see how safe and effective vaccines are before starting inoculations.

25 Feb 2021 - 7:18PM
BioNTech vaccine arrival ‘on Saturday’; 13 new Covid-19 cases logged

Mr Ming’s Chinese Dining, a restaurant in high-end shopping mall K11 Musea in Tsim Sha Tsui, latest suspected cluster.

25 Feb 2021 - 8:40PM
Mother’s suicide highlights plight of Myanmar refugees in Malaysia

The woman’s death came a day before Malaysia, in defiance of a court order, deported more than 1,000 people to Myanmar.

25 Feb 2021 - 4:53PM
Philippines boosts vaccine roll-out with law giving drug firms legal immunity

New law will give public officials and drug makers immunity from civil and criminal suits except in cases of gross negligence and wilful misconduct.

25 Feb 2021 - 9:04AM
Singapore discussing Covid-19 vaccine certification with other countries

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong said vaccine certificates will help resume international travel, while Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin was the first to be vaccinated in the country.

24 Feb 2021 - 9:05PM
Philippines offers nurses in exchange for vaccines from UK, Germany

Manila is open to lifting the cap on health care workers going overseas if it can get Covid-19 vaccines, but Britain said it is not interested in such a deal.

24 Feb 2021 - 2:26PM
Amid political dysfunction, how did Malaysia pull together its vaccine plan?

Science minister Khairy Jamaluddin has become the face of Kuala Lumpur’s public health drive, and he – and PM Muhyiddin Yassin’s government – stand to benefit from its success.

24 Feb 2021 - 12:18AM
Thailand may waive Covid-19 quarantine for vaccinated tourists

Foreigners visiting Thailand may be allowed to skip the two-week isolation if they furnish vaccination certificates, Prime Minister Prayuth says.

23 Feb 2021 - 6:50PM
Philippines gets Sinovac jab, but vaccine roll-out stalls on liability fears

One step forward as Chinese jab is authorised, two steps back as Pfizer and AstraZeneca demand indemnification clauses.

23 Feb 2021 - 2:31AM
Thailand approves Sinovac jabs; Air NZ to trial ‘vaccination passports’

Sinovac vaccine is not recommended for health workers frequently exposed to the coronavirus because of its 50.4 per cent efficacy for this group, said head of Manila’s food and drug administration.

22 Feb 2021 - 11:15PM
Outbreak in Cambodia’s Chinese community prompts official warning

More than 30 Chinese citizens test positive for pathogen during medical assessments for overseas travel.

21 Feb 2021 - 9:58PM
Australian PM receives first dose; Malaysia to start vaccinations early

Elsewhere, inoculations of Japan’s elderly are to start at a slower pace, as the country received its second shipment of the Pfizer vaccine on Sunday.

21 Feb 2021 - 9:58PM
Hong Kong logs 15 new Covid-19 cases, Sinovac vaccine ‘safe for stable elderly’

Dr Thomas Tsang, a member of the government’s task force on the pandemic, says key is whether the aged with chronic illnesses have their conditions under control.

21 Feb 2021 - 10:06AM