Singapore ramps up rooftop farming plans as virus upends supply chains

Singapore on Wednesday announced new measures to accelerate local food production as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts global supply chains, including a plan to turn car park rooftops in public housing estates into urban farms.  The densely populated city-state produces only about 10% of its food needs but has plans to increase that as climate change…

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Largest supermoon of 2020 rises on a world battling COVID-19

The largest, brightest supermoon of 2020 rose in the night sky on Tuesday over hushed cities, stilled factories and countries in lockdown due to the novel coronavirus that has killed tens of thousands worldwide.  If the moon is within 10 per cent of its closest distance to the earth at the moment of full moon,…

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Malaysia’s coronavirus infection curve flattening, health ministry says

The rate of new coronavirus infections in Malaysia appears to be slowing amid month-long curbs on movement, a senior health official said on Wednesday, citing research by a government-backed think tank. Malaysia, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia, with 2,908 reported infections and 45 deaths, has imposed restrictions on travel…

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Indonesian tailor gets protective in coronavirus fight

Reta Riana was shocked when she discovered how Indonesian medical staff were forced to wear raincoats as makeshift protective wear, so she decided to use her sewing skills to make suits for hospital staff tackling coronavirus cases. Before the coronavirus outbreak struck her country, Riana used to make women’s dresses including traditional Indonesian kebaya, but…

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Indonesia president plans stricter rules on mobility, social distancing

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Monday he plans to impose stricter limits on mobility between regions and also to implement a large-scale policy of social distancing to help curb the spread of coronavirus.  “In implementing the policy of large scale social distancing, I ask that a regulation is prepared for clear guidance for provincial…

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