Thailand sees first trickle of tourists in October as curbs ease

Thailand recorded its first 1,201 foreign tourists in October since a ban in April aimed at averting coronavirus outbreaks, as the country gradually opens up to a select number of visitors to help its struggling, tourism-reliant economy. Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy contracted 6.4% in the third quarter from a year earlier after the second quarter’s…

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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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Top Glove warns on deliveries after virus outbreak shuts plants

Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp expects deliveries to be delayed and sales to fall below its forecasts after thousands of positive COVID-19 tests among its workers forced the world’s biggest rubber glove maker to shutter some factory operations. The firm said some deliveries could be delayed by four weeks and new orders could take longer to…

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Local tourism keeps ‘Symbol of Hong Kong’ junk boat afloat

The Dukling, a traditional Chinese junk boat frequently spotted around Hong Kong’s picturesque Victoria Harbour, has readjusted its tour routes to survive the coronavirus pandemic, now mainly catering to locals. Built in 1955, the boat was once owned by a fisherman who lived on the vessel with his family. It has been used for harbour…

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Rivian CEO eyes smaller electric vehicles for China, Europe

Electric vehicle startup Rivian, which is backed by Amazon and Ford Motor Co, on Wednesday said it plans to follow up its first two products, a full-size pickup and SUV, with smaller models targeted at China and Europe where it may eventually build some vehicles. While Rivian plans to begin selling the SUV in Europe…

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