Malaysia declares state of emergency to contain COVID-19 surge

The emergency would last till Aug. 1 or earlier depending on the COVID-19 situation. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Tuesday that King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has consented to declaring a state of emergency in the country to stop the COVID-19 outbreak. In a televised speech, Muhyiddin said the emergency would last…

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Thailand orders a further 35 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

Thailand’s prime minister said on Tuesday his country had ordered an additional 35 million doses of the AstraZeneca Plc COVID-19 vaccine, bringing its total vaccine pipeline to 63 million doses. After managing to largely contain community spread of the virus for months, a cluster of cases in December linked to migrant workers and a gambling…

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Singapore gets Asia’s first batch of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

Singapore received its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, according to its flag carrier, ahead of a rollout in the city-state that health officials have said could be as soon as two-three weeks away. Singapore Airlines, which carried the vaccines on board one of its freighters from Belgium, did not specify the size…

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Singapore nearly virus free after local cases and clusters cease

Having once had the highest COVID-19 rate in Southeast Asia, Singapore has all but eradicated the virus after reporting 14 days without any new local cases on Tuesday, and saying it had snuffed out the last cluster of infection at a worker dormitory. The cramped dormitories for young, low-wage labourers, mainly from Bangladesh, India and…

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Universal Serviced Offices’ first business centre underway

Kota Kinabalu-based Universal Serviced Offices (USO) has commenced the construction of its first business centre in Malaysia located at Level 16 of Financial Park Labuan with a groundbreaking ceremony held on Monday. USO will be the largest serviced office facility in the Federal Territory of Labuan, the offshore financial centre offering international financial and business…

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Singapore to host cruises to nowhere from November

Singapore is launching cruises to nowhere from November, as the travel hub tries to kick-start a tourism industry battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International will run the pilot cruises, which have no ports of call and will operate at half capacity with stringent health protocols, the Singapore Tourism Board…

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