India coronavirus strain declared ‘variant of concern’ in Britain

Cases of the B. 1.617.2 variant jumped from 202 to 520 over the last week, with almost half of the infections related to contact with a traveller.

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Indonesia risks India-style Covid-19 surge as millions skirt Eid travel ban

Like Malaysia, Southeast Asia’s most populous country has brought in a travel ban aimed at stemming the traditional ‘mudik’ exodus of city workers in the run up to Hari Raya.

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Hong Kong’s top developers bid for Causeway Bay commercial plot

The 286,140 sq ft site on Caroline Hill Road, the first to be offered in the area for tender since 1997, can yield a gross floor area of around 1.1 million sq ft.

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As Singapore tightens curbs, families hope Hong Kong travel bubble will go ahead

Singapore is seeking to prevent further local transmission amid 10 active clusters ahead of the May 26 travel arrangement.

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‘I don’t want to be in this country any more’: young Thais look for exit

The ‘Migrate’ Facebook page has become a platform for people to discuss pathways for emigration, with Thais already living overseas dispensing tips.

7 May 2021 - 6:00AM
Covid-19 races through rural India as deaths hit another grim record

The country reported a record 412,262 new Covid-19 cases and 3,980 deaths in the past 24 hours.

6 May 2021 - 10:36PM
Coronavirus: Tokyo governor wants longer state of emergency

Meanwhile, the Philippines’ coronavirus inoculation drive could accelerate this month, with supplies expected to increase.

6 May 2021 - 11:25PM
New coronavirus variants emerging in India could prolong crisis

Mutations occur when the virus replicates, and India’s unprecedented surge is driving new cases to global records.

6 May 2021 - 4:00PM
Explainer | With Hong Kong on edge over Covid-19 variants, here’s what you should know

Expert stresses protection against new virus forms remains the same – mask up and get vaccinated.

6 May 2021 - 10:03AM
New Indonesian airline bets on millennials and post-virus bounce

Despite reportedly being backed by Lion Air’s co-founder, Super Air Jet is dissociating itself from the country’s biggest airline.

6 May 2021 - 10:21AM
Explainer | Singapore’s new 21-day quarantine and a look at the rules in other countries

After Singapore joined Hong Kong in having one of the world’s longest quarantine periods, here is what some other countries are doing.

6 May 2021 - 12:28PM
Frustrated over slow roll-out, rich Thais book ‘vaccine tours’ to US

A Bangkok travel agency has packages from US$2,400 to US$6,400 for trips to San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

6 May 2021 - 6:23AM
As India’s Covid-19 surge hits embassies, Modi’s image abroad suffers

Diplomats have not been spared the wave of infections sweeping the country. In an embarrassing development for the government, some have made public appeals for assistance.

5 May 2021 - 11:08PM
Not squidding: Japanese town uses Covid-19 funds on giant statue

The port of Noto spent US$229,000 in government subsidies for communities hit by the pandemic on a 13-metre statue of a squid.

5 May 2021 - 10:20PM
India accounts for half of global Covid-19 cases, quarter of deaths

Oxygen supplies are being rushed across India, while some inoculation centres have shut as vaccine shots run out.

5 May 2021 - 10:03PM
Vietnam monitors border as cases spike; Malaysia tightens curbs in capital

Vietnam will intensify checks on arriving travellers as the government braces for a scenario where 30,000 people could be infected.

5 May 2021 - 10:01PM
Hong Kong offices to lose US$1.3 billion in rental value without upgrades

Some 100 “ageing” office buildings in Hong Kong need to be refurbished to unlock their rental potential, as the Covid-19 pandemic changes market dynamics and tenant expectations, according to JLL.

5 May 2021 - 9:54PM