Singapore cenbank eases policy as virus heralds deep recession

Singapore’s central bank eased its monetary policy on Monday, as widely expected, with the city-state’s bellwether economy bracing for a deep recession due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said it would adopt a zero percent per annum rate of appreciation of the policy band starting at the prevailing level of…

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Malaysia expresses gratitude to Brunei government

A joint effort recently took place between Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam to bring home Malaysian and Bruneian citizens back to their respective countries. In a statement, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs COVID-19 task force chairman Dato’ Kamarudin Jaffar said efforts were made possible following the strong bilateral ties between both countries….

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Singapore scientists study genes to fast-track coronavirus vaccine

Scientists in Singapore say they have developed a way to track genetic changes that speeds testing of vaccines against a coronavirus that has killed more than 16,000 people worldwide. The scientists, at the city-state’s Duke-NUS Medical School, say their technique needs just days to evaluate potential vaccines provided by Arcturus Therapeutics, an American biotech firm…

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Malaysia steps up coronavirus tests as it braces for ‘worst scenario’

Malaysia is ramping up coronavirus tests in preparation for the “worst scenario”, as it grapples with Southeast Asia’s highest number of infections, a health ministry official told Reuters. The World Health Organisation has urged countries to widen testing to contain the virus. Malaysia’s tally of infections has jumped six-fold in just ten days to more…

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Vietnam’s capital advises people to stay home in coronavirus fight

Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, has advised its residents to self-isolate at home until at least the end of March, after Vietnam recorded the biggest daily increase of the coronavirus, the city’s ruling body said on Thursday. Weeks after declaring the recovery of all 16 of its coronavirus sufferers, Vietnam has confirmed 76 cases of the virus,…

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Indonesia introduces five priority destinations

Experience a stunning year at five of Indonesia’s spectacular priority destinations namely Lake Toba, Borobudur, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo and Likupang. These destinations were announced by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia in November last year to promote other areas of tourism in the country. Speaking with The Bruneian during the ASEAN Tourism…

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Sustainability, inclusivity vital to ecotourism sites

Ecotourism became a major talking point during the 23rd Meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers held in conjunction with ASEAN Tourism Forum 2020 (ATF) recently, with ASEAN tourism ministers championing for more sustainable, responsible and inclusive tourism. During the ASEAN Tourism Ministers press conference held at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Brunei, Brunei’s Minister…

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Stronger tourism cooperation in the APT region

The ASEAN Plus Three (APT) region recorded more than 244 million international visitor arrivals last year, an increase by 5.8 percent from 2018, with APT Tourism Ministers remaining optimistic on the continuous growth of APT’s tourism industry. In a joint statement on the 19th Meeting of ASEAN Plus Three (China, Japan and Korea) Tourism Ministers…

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