Disasters

Pandemics

Myanmar’s Second Wave of Coronavirus Takes Toll on Under-60 Population

A resurgence of coronavirus infections in Myanmar has been lethal for younger people in the Southeast Asian country, with 40 percent of those under the age of 60 who have tested positive dying from the highly contagious respiratory illness, a government health official said Thursday. On ...

Nay Myo Htun and Kan Thar for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Ye Kaung Myint Maung. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

Covid and the climate crisis in SE Asia

‘A global reset”, “a sick planet”, “health security” are huge, heavy phrases that have been swirling in the global psyche for most of this Covid-19-marked year. They speak of the “must-do-something” type of issues that weigh on the minds of people everywhere, including in Southeast ...

JOHANNA SON

Auto sales down 25 pct

Auto sales fell 25 percent year-on-year in the first eight months to 151,903 units due to the continuing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Passenger cars accounted for 109,694 units, followed by commercial vehicles and special-purpose vehicles, according to the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association (VAMA). Sales in August, ...

Dat Nguyen

New stimulus package to boost spending power of low-income groups

The government will this week consider measures to increase the purchasing power of low-income groups and support small businesses. Lavaron Sansnit, the director-general of the Fiscal Policy Office, said on Sunday that the Finance Ministry would urge the government’s centre for economic situation administration to approve ...

Cambodia Hikes Minimum Wage by US $2 as Workers Grapple With Inflation in Coronavirus Economy

Cambodia’s Ministry of Labor on Thursday announced a new minimum wage of U.S. $192 per month for 2021, an increase of only U.S. $2 from this year, drawing criticism from workers struggling with inflation amid an economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. “Beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, garment ...

RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

B3,000 cash handout develops

The Finance Ministry is finalising details of the 3,000-baht cash handout scheme, with initial daily spending disbursed through an e-wallet application and a cap of 100 baht. Details are expected to be finalised by the Fiscal Policy Office before submission to the Center for Economic Situation ...

Post Reporter

Health Workers Make Up 10% of Myanmar’s COVID-19 Cases

More than 10 percent of those currently infected with COVID-19 in Myanmar are health workers, according to a top government medic. “More than 10 percent of those infected with COVID-19 after Aug. 16 are health staff,” said the director of contagious disease prevention and eradication at ...

THAZIN HLAING

October registration set for new Thailand 3,000 baht subsidy campaign for 15 million applicants

A new subsidy campaign has been launched by the government, allowing registered persons to receive a subsidy granting half the price of any of their purchases at participating stores with a cap of 3,000 baht per person throughout the campaign. Registration is set to open ...

Pattaya Mail

Govt compensating private sector workers laid off during pandemic

Employees who are members of their business’s social insurance scheme are eligible to receive financial assistance for temporary unemployment or loss of workdays during the COVID-19 lockdown. However, only members of business-related social insurance schemes will be able to receive compensation from the National Social Security ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Thailand reports 1st local coronavirus case in 100 days

A prison inmate in Thailand has tested positive for the coronavirus in the country’s first confirmed locally transmitted case in 100 days, health officials said Thursday. They identified the inmate as a 37-year-old man arrested for drug abuse who was brought to prison in Bangkok on ...

Busaba Sivasomboon | AP

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