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Popular Seoul park to close on virus fears

Popular Seoul park to close on virus fears

SEOUL: A park in southeastern Seoul, famous for its picturesque cherry blossom trees, will close until mid-April as part of precautionary measures to contain the new coronavirus. Seokchon Lake Park in Songpa Ward will close from Saturday to April 12, according to a Facebook post written by ward chief Park Sung-soo. The ward will open […]

Malaysia announces $57.78 billion stimulus package to deal with coronavirus fallout

Malaysia announces $57.78 billion stimulus package to deal with coronavirus fallout

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s government will channel RM25 million to the vulnerable groups through the RM250 billion ($57.78 billion) economic stimulus package announced on Friday by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. The funds are to be channelled towards supporting people and businesses most adversely impacted by the economic disruption from the Covid-19 outbreak and the prime minister said […]

South Korea again urges social distancing, strict self-isolation amid steady rise in virus cases

South Korea again urges social distancing, strict self-isolation amid steady rise in virus cases

SEOUL: South Korea once again urged people to stay home, avoid mass gatherings over the weekend and comply with self-isolation rules if they returned from abroad, as COVID-19 clusters continued to emerge amid a rise in imported coronavirus cases. The 91 new cases, which were detected Thursday and down from 104 new cases Wednesday, marked […]

Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung: We will be providing basic income to all citizens promptly

Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung: We will be providing basic income to all citizens promptly

  By Sang-ki Lee Founder of AJA and CEO of Asia N Suwon: South Korea’s Gyeonggi Provincial Government has announced that they will be providing disaster subsidy of about $81 (about 100,000won) per person and $324(400,000won) per household of four people. The “Gyeonggi Province disaster subsidy”, officially announced by the government on March 24, offers […]

Only a surge in COVID-19 cases may change Singapore move for elections

Only a surge in COVID-19 cases may change Singapore move for elections

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President Contributor to AsiaN Singapore Singapore: Many Singaporeans would agree that the prevalent Corvid-19 pandemic is an inconvenient time, for all intents and purpose, to hold a general election. However, the long-ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) strategists apparently have their own ideas. The government recently unveiled its report on […]

South Korea: New virus cases on downtrend, but imported infections accelerate

South Korea: New virus cases on downtrend, but imported infections accelerate

Seoul: South Korea’s new virus cases appeared to be steadily decreasing Tuesday, but imported infections saw their biggest one-day increase as the nation enforced quarantines on arrivals from Europe and other regions. The 76 new cases, which were detected Monday and were slightly up from the 64 new cases a day earlier, brought the nation’s […]

South Korea to take legal actions against churches violating coronavirus guidelines

South Korea to take legal actions against churches violating coronavirus guidelines

SEOUL: South Korea will take legal action against some Protestant churches for violating the government’s guidelines for preventing the massive spread of the new coronavirus, the prime minister said Monday. As part of the government’s drive for stricter social distancing, health authorities advised churches to follow quarantine measures, including keeping the distance between followers at least […]

Drive-thrus booming in Korean society amid virus scare

Drive-thrus booming in Korean society amid virus scare

Seoul: Drive-thrus are spreading across many sectors of South Korean society lately, following the success of the nation’s drive-thru coronavirus testing centers that have been praised by foreign media for their safety, efficiency and speed. Schools and pubic libraries have adopted the method in the distribution of books, while restaurants and retailers are allowing their […]

Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia enjoys reading, cooking during self-isolation

Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia enjoys reading, cooking during self-isolation

By Habib Toumi Riyadh: China’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chen Wei Qing has given an outstanding example of the meaning of self-isolation at home to help in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Ambassador Chen Wei Qing posted a tweet saying he was staying at home in response to an invitation by Saudi Arabia’s […]

China to continue sharing experience, medical resources in COVID-19 fight: FM

China to continue sharing experience, medical resources in COVID-19 fight: FM

  By Wu Gang People’s Daily Beijing: China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has announced the country’s effort to contribute to the global response of COVID-19 in five areas. During a regular press conference, MFA spokesperson Geng Shuang was asked that what will China do to help enhancing international epidemic response. The spokesperson replied that thanks […]

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