South East Asia

Developments as they unfold in the Asean region.

Singapore activist picks jail time over fine for criticising courts

He had alleged in his post that Singapore's judiciary lacked integrity and independence.

In scrappy Cambodian casino town, Chinese plan future beyond virus

For a casino owner, epedemic is merely a blip.

Indonesia allocates US$4.4 bil for village squads to prevent virus spread

Jokowi ordered officials to step up monitoring of Indonesian workers returning from overseas.

Singapore startup raises US$27 mil for remote medical consultations

The fundraising brings the startup’s capital base to more than US$40 mil.

Hungry and in chains, Thailand’s tourist elephants face crisis

Around 2,000 elephants are currently 'unemployed'.

Indonesia bans foreign arrivals to keep Covid-19 at bay

This follows President Joko Widodo's plan for stricter rules on mobility and social distancing.

Myanmar reports first virus death as number of infections rise

The country has confirmed 14 cases, mostly in people who have travelled overseas.

Thailand earmarks further US$15 bil for coronavirus crisis

Central bank expects the economy to contract 5.3% this year.

Indonesia to limit mobility after study warns 140,000 people could die

Jakarta governor says he was informed 283 patients had died of a 'contagious disease'.

Cambodia PM orders casinos shut down as coronavirus cases climb

Hun Sen was an early sceptic of Covid-19 but cases have begun to increase.

‘Daddies’ determined not to let delay derail Olympics record bid

A new date for the Games has not been fixed but organisers are looking at July-August next year.

Vietnam PM warns major cities of possible lockdown

The Southeast Asian country has confirmed 194 infections but has had no reported deaths.

Thailand’s biggest island on lockdown to contain virus

The order will last for at least a month with essential goods providers exempted.

Singapore’s central bank takes unprecedented easing action

The move is expected to support an economy on track for its worst recession in years.

S’pore’s PM expects it will be ‘several years’ before virus runs...

PM Lee Hsien Loong says republic's virus battle is intensifying as tourism, aviation industries die.

Lionair plane evacuating patient explodes upon take-off, killing 8

The aircraft was bound from Manila to Haneda airport, Japan.

100 Thai inmates riot, set prison ablaze over virus outbreak rumour

Visits have been stopped to stop the virus from spreading in the country's overcrowded prisons.

Calls grow for lockdown in Indonesia after 12 more die from...

Jakarta confirmed 130 new coronavirus infections on Sunday.

Thailand reports 143 new coronavirus cases, 1 death

Latest victim had attended a crowded boxing match in Bangkok where there had been a cluster of infections.

Singapore cancels passport of citizen who ignored isolation rule

Singapore will prosecute those who make false or misleading travel declarations.

‘I want to die in my country’: Desperate Thais fly home...

The last service from Singapore departed with only a few dozen passengers.

Jakarta extends state of emergency after Covid-19 cases surge

Indonesia confirms 109 new infections, taking the total cases in the country to 1,155.

Hanoi’s largest hospital locked down after staff get disease

Thousands of employees and visitors to Bach Mai Hospital be tested for Covid-19.

Indonesia to allow lockdowns after biggest 1-day surge of virus cases

Govt is mulling a plan to ban the practice of returning to villages at the end of Ramadan.