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Commentary: Outbreak exposes weak social protection for poor

By Chen Chen Lee For Bangkok Post The global number of Covid-19 cases is now over 1.3 million with no sign of abating. Within Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines lead the region with 209 and 163 deaths respectively. While the number of Covid-19 cases in the...

Infographic: Comparing Stimulus Packages

Singapore’s Solidarity Budget introduced a third round of measures (worth S$5.1 billion) on Monday, 6 April 2020. However, it is not the only ASEAN country to have announced financial measures to address the fallout of COVID-19. Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia recently announced new or revised...

Infographic: Covid-19 – Global Overview (6 April 2020)

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, countries across ASEAN have seen sharp rises in the number of infected cases. In response, many governments have intensified their national measures to arrest the spread of the virus. From “public health emergencies” to “circuit breakers”, let us examine how...

[Premium] Country Update: 20 March – 1 April 2020

COVID-19   Country No. of Confirmed Cases No. of New Cases Since 19 Mar No. of Deaths Testing Rate Per Million Pop (Est) Malaysia 2,766 +1,866 (900) 43 1,250 Philippines 2,084 +1,867 (217) 88 35 Thailand 1,651 +1,379 (272) 10 288 Indonesia 1,528 +1,220 (308) 136 25 Singapore 926 +619 (345) 3 6,800 Vietnam 212 +127 (85) 0 368 Brunei 129 +56 (73) 1 - Cambodia 109 +62 (47) 0 - Myanmar 15 +15 (0) 1 - Laos 9 +9 (0) 0 -   Singapore: Additional Stimulus and Movement Restrictions (26, 28 Mar) Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced...

Commentary: Risk of cross-infection calls for cooperation

By Simon Tay and Jessica Wau For China Daily Policies of governments around the world have been changing quickly to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. As the epicenter of the outbreak has moved to Europe and the United States, there is a greater need for positive cooperation. Responses...

Infographic: Covid-19 – Malaysia’s Revamped Stimulus

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced a reworked stimulus package on Friday, 27 March 2020. The US$57.7 billion injection (which includes an earlier US$4.8 billion announced under the Pakatan Harapan government) accounts for roughly 17 percent of Malaysia’s GDP, and is the biggest stimulus in...

Infographic: Covid-19 – Global Overview (30 March 2020)

It has been another eventful week in the COVID-19 outbreak. Amid rising infection numbers across the globe, Singapore and Malaysia announced new stimulus packages to counter the economic fallout of the virus. ASEAN countries have also implemented new movement restrictions to combat its spread. Here’s...

Infographic: Singapore’s Supplementary Budget

Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat unveiled a much-awaited supplementary budget on Thursday, 26 March. While the first stimulus amounted to a sizable S$6.4 billion in February, the S$48 billion allocated under this sequel package was unprecedented. Here’s a comparison of...