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01 May [Premium] Country Update: 16 – 29 April 2020

COVID-19 Updates   Country No. of Confirmed Cases (End 29 Apr) No. of New Cases Since 1 Apr No. of Deaths Testing Rate Per Million Pop (Est) Singapore 15,641 +12,389 | (3,252) 14 24,600 Indonesia 9,771 +4,932 | (4,839) 784 318 Philippines 8,212 +2,989 | (5,223) 558 903 Malaysia 5,945 +958 | (4,987) 100 4,953 Thailand 2,947 +334 | (2,613) 54 2,551 Vietnam 270 +4 | (266) 0 2,188 Myanmar 150 +87 | (63) 6 142 Brunei 138 +2 | (136) 1 30,694 Cambodia 122 +13 | (109) 0 712 Laos 19 +0 | (19) 0 263  Singapore: Circuit Breaker Extension and...

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24 Apr [Premium] Country Update: 2 – 15 April 2020

COVID-19 Updates   Country No. of Confirmed Cases (End 14 Apr) No. of New Cases Since 1 Apr No. of Deaths Testing Rate Per Million Pop (Est) Philippines 5,223 +2,912 | (2,311) 335 397 Malaysia 4,987  +2,079 | (2,908) 82 2,620 Indonesia 4,839 +3,162 | (1,677) 426 116 Singapore 3,252 +2,252 | (1,000) 10 12,423 Thailand 2,613 +902 | (1,711) 41 1,440 Vietnam 266 +44 | (222) 0 1,252 Brunei 136 +5 | (131) 1 23,658 Cambodia 122 +14 | (109) 0 345 Myanmar 63 +47 | (16) 4 45 Laos 19 +9 | (10) 0 170  Singapore: The Circuit Breaker and...

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15 Apr [Premium] ESG Update: 15 – 31 March 2020

Resources Sustainability   Malaysia lockdown could spell disaster for key palm oil industry (17 Mar) Malaysia's decision to restrict movement nationwide in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus is raising fears it could imperil the country's vital palm oil industry. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said...

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15 Apr [Premium] ESG Update: 1 – 14 March 2020

Resources Sustainability   The palm oil conundrum in EU-ASEAN relations (2 March) Palm oil tensions between the EU and Indonesia and Malaysia continue to be a point of contention in the group’s ties with Southeast Asian countries. With new regulatory changes now taking place on the basis of...

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15 Apr [Premium] ESG Update: 16 – 29 February 2020

Resources Sustainability   Palm oil-based green fuel program unlikely to empower palm oil farmers (17 Feb) Oil palm farmers have raised doubts that the palm oil-based “green fuel” scheme laid out in the government's recent five-year plan will benefit them, taking past biodiesel developments as cautionary tales. Palm...

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02 Apr [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...

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20 Mar [Premium] Country Update: 5 – 19 March 2020

COVID-19 Policy Responses   Malaysia Imposes Domestic Movement and Foreign Travel Restrictions as Multinational Cluster Causes Surge in Cases (11 Mar – Ongoing) Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced country-wide movement restrictions on Monday, 16 March, as the country grappled with a surge in new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases....

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05 Mar [Premium] Country Update: 20 February – 4 March 2020

COVID-19 Outbreak   More Stimulus Packages Announced (25, 28 Feb) The government of Indonesian President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” released the details of a US$742.6 million COVID-19 stimulus package on 25 February. To boost tourism, the budget included measures such as providing airlines and travel agencies with financial...

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20 Feb [Premium] Country Update: 6 – 19 February 2020

COVID-19 Outbreak   Governments Calibrating Stimulus Packages to Boost Economies (12 Feb – Ongoing) Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat outlined measures to address the economic impact of COVID-19 in the 2020 Budget. Singapore is expected to be significantly affected by the outbreak,...

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10 Feb [Premium] ESG Update: 1 -15 February 2020

Resources Sustainability   Mobile App simplifies peatland restoration monitoring efforts in Indonesia An inexpensive, community-based monitoring system is enhancing land management strategies in the Indonesian province of Riau as the government rolls out techniques aimed at strengthening the ability of local people to reduce their vulnerability to fire....

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