Thailand loses 550,000 tourism jobs in Q2 after new virus wave

Thailand lost 550,000 tourism jobs in the second quarter, a private industry group said on Tuesday, as the tourism-reliant economy struggles with a third wave of coronavirus infections, Thailand’s most severe outbreak so far started in April and has badly hit domestic spending and travel in the absence of foreign visitors. The outbreak has shut…

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Malaysia PM announces $36 bln aid package amid extended lockdown

Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday announced a 150 billion ringgit ($36.22 billion) aid package, including cash aid and wage subsidies, a day after extending a nationwide lockdown indefinitely to tackle a stubborn COVID-19 outbreak. Lockdown measures originally set to end on Monday would not be eased until daily reported cases fell below 4,000,…

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Thailand announces new restrictions in Bangkok, other provinces

Thailand on Sunday announced new restrictions centred around its capital in a bid to tackle the country’s worst coronavirus outbreak. The new measures, which will be implemented for 30 days from Monday, include a ban on restaurant dine-ins in Bangkok, the capital, and five surrounding provinces, according to a document published in the country’s royal…

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Ferrari unveils $320,000 hybrid sports car in its race to electric

Ferrari unveiled a new first plug-in hybrid car on Thursday as the luxury sports car maker famed for its roaring combustion engines retools its range for an electric era. The 296 GTB is Ferrari’s third hybrid to go into series production, which excludes limited-edition vehicles. It follows the SF 90 Stradale in 2019 and a…

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Honda hopes new Civic hatchback to be basis for more efficient cars

Honda Motor Co unveiled its latest Civic hatchback designs on Thursday, with hopes that the all-new model will become a foundation for developing cars more efficiently. The eleventh generation model of the Civic reflects Honda’s company-wide initiative dubbed Honda Architecture, which is aimed to increase the efficiency of development and to expand parts-sharing for mass-produced…

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Thailand to shorten interval between AstraZeneca vaccine doses

A Thai medical committee has agreed to shorten the interval between two doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to eight weeks from previously 10-12 weeks, an official said on Tuesday. The National Communicable Disease Committee has decided to shorten the interval due to possible spread of the Delta variant, Kiattiphum Wongrachit, permanent secretary of the…

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Thai divers remove fishing nets bleaching protected coral reefs

Forty divers have removed abandoned fishing nets covering coral reefs in a protected area in the Gulf of Thailand in a two-day operation ending on Sunday. Removal of the nets by a group of volunteer divers and the Coastal Resources Research Center, helped by the Royal Thai Navy, revealed long lines of coral bleaching inside…

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2 killed, 6 injured in Egypt’s train-bus collision: ministry

Two people were killed and six others injured on Monday in a train-bus collision in Helwan City of Egypt near the capital Cairo, Egyptian Health Ministry said in a statement. The injuries were minor and varied between fractures and bruises, spokesperson for the ministry Khaled Mujahid said in a statement, adding that 16 ambulances rushed…

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UK scientists warn of “miserable winter” due to new respiratory viruses

British scientists on Sunday warned of “pretty miserable winter” ahead for the country due to likely emergence of new respiratory viruses, with further lockdowns a possibility. Professor Calum Semple, member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), a British government advisory body, said that children and elderly people will be especially vulnerable to endemic…

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Dubai airport targets 28 million passengers this year, CEO says

Dubai’s state airport operator is hoping for a “flood” of travelers as the coronavirus pandemic eases, targeting passenger traffic through Dubai International Airport to grow 8% to 28 million this year as demand rebuilds. Terminal 1 is reopening this Thursday after a 15-month closure. Operations were consolidated through Terminals 2 and 3 last year as…

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