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Thailand inmates are taking green chiretta to fight mild COVID – here’s what we know about this herbal drug

The news that inmates in Thailand are being handed capsules of a herbal medicine called green chiretta (Andrographis paniculata) to treat asymptomatic and mild COVID is unlikely to come as a surprise to the average Thai citizen. In Thailand, healthcare professionals and the public alike are familiar with ...

Jose Prieto Garcia

Myanmar’s hidden hunger

Khin, a 59-year-old rice farmer, faced a distressing choice at the height of Myanmar’s monsoon season three months ago: sell a cow, a prized asset for agricultural households, or go hungry. She sold the animal for half its value. The proceeds went to buy food for ...

Thin Lei Win

Fact check: Post wrong to link vaccinations to a COVID-19 spike in Cambodia

The claim: Cambodia did not have a COVID-19 outbreak until vaccines arrived Vaccine opponents are looking to Cambodia to falsely assert that vaccines may actually make COVID-19 more dangerous. “Cambodia is one of the most vaccinated countries in the world: 81.3% of its population has received at least ...

Devon Link

Mekong Delta localities join forces to fight pandemic, restore economy

Seven delta localities will cooperate to prevent Covid-19, protect people’s health and develop production and business. Authorities in Can Tho City and six provinces of An Giang, Kien Giang, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau are expected to join an online meeting on ...

Cuu Long

Outbreak fears as Mekong Delta struggles with returning migrant workers

With the Mekong Delta laboring under large quarantining burdens as migrants return from the southeast region in the thousands, officials fear outbreaks if the localities’ capabilities are stretched. An Giang Province, for instance, had more than 15,000 migrant workers return on motorbikes over the past three ...

Cuu Long, Ngoc Tai

Bringing Clean Air to 4 Billion People in Asia

As the lives lost to COVID-19 edge closer to 5 million globally, policymakers have demonstrated sharply growing interest in how protecting biodiversity, mitigating climate change, and addressing other planetary crises can improve public health. One planetary crisis that benefited temporarily from COVID-19 lockdowns but requires ...

Kaoru Akahoshi and Eric Zusman

Thai students suffer inequality and poor mental health as pandemic lingers

At a protest earlier this month, a large banner was unfurled on the side of an overpass that read, “1.8 million children are about to fall out of the school system due to online instruction that doesn’t give a shit about them.” A young girl ...

MARK S. COGAN

Vietnamese Facebook User Fined for ‘Fake News’ as Criticism Grows of Government’s Handling of Pandemic

Police in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City have fined a local Facebook user for saying that local government has neglected city residents and let them go hungry amid lockdowns aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19, sources said. Nguyen Thuy Duong was fined VND 5 million ...

RFA’s Vietnamese Service. Translated by Anna Vu. Written in English by Richard Finney

Thailand to allow local flights to resume in COVID-19 risk areas

Thailand will allow some domestic flights to and from Bangkok and other high risk areas for COVID-19 to resume from Sep 1, the country’s aviation authority said on Sunday (Aug 29), to help boost economic activity. The announcement follows the easing of tough restrictions in 29 ...

CNA

Many fishing boats in Mekong Delta stay ashore

Many localities in the Mekong Delta are currently undergoing social distancing according to Directive No.16 of the Prime Minister, so trade activities of seafood products encounter difficulties, dragging prices down, causing many fishing boats to operate ineffectively. Besides, the fishing grounds are increasingly depleted, and ...

By Tan Thai – Translated by Thanh Nha

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