For his part, Ambassador Nam congratulated Japan on its success in containing the spread of COVID-19, affirming that this is an important premise for the Japanese Government to decide to life the state of emergency nationwide earlier than the schedule to serve its socio-economic recovery. … [Read more...] about Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia May 30
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Hanoi (VNA) – The Government of Thailand is planning to lift all business and activity lockdowns on July 1 after making preparations for the reopening in June. Secretary-General of the National Security Council Gen. Somsak Rungsita said these include the removal of interprovincial travel restrictions as well as the end of emergency decree and curfew. When the executive decree on public administration in emergency situations, issued on March 26, ends in late June, the ban on international travel will also be lifted. The full reopening will come after the third phase of relaxation takes place in June. The Thai Government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration on May 29 is set to finalise details on what businesses could resume and on what conditions under the third phase of relaxation in June. The COVID-19 situation in Thailand has improved recently. This country has had four days without any new cases this month, while the infections confirmed over the last few days … [Read more...] about Thailand, Philippines plan restriction easing, Myanmar extends preventive measures
With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping centre, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen from a pond. While many think of tiny Singapore as a densely populated concrete jungle, it is also relatively green for a busy Asian city, and has patches of rainforest, fairly clean waterways and abundant wildlife. There are estimated to be about 90 otters in Singapore, making up 10 families, and appearances at popular tourist sites around the city-state's downtown waterfront have transformed them into local celebrities. They featured in a documentary narrated by David Attenborough, are tracked avidly by the local media -- and have been spotted more frequently since people were asked to stay home and workplaces closed in April to fight the virus. "When there's restriction of movement, there's less vehicles and there's less people, so the urban space opens up," said N. Sivasothi, a biologist at the National … [Read more...] about Singapore otters’ lockdown antics spark backlash
Buying grammar books and using a dictionary donated by her younger sister, Lan Anh studied on her own, returning home to work in her parent's grocery store. When there were no shoppers, she learned English. Some neighbors asked her to teach their children. … [Read more...] about Born with agent orange, Hanoi teacher escapes fate
The wild discounting of accommodations is a trend we’re seeing particularly with Hoi An homestays and budget accommodations. This is helping local businesses bring in basic income. When it comes to 4- and 5-star resorts and hotels, the trend of discounting is also a good way to attract domestic travelers, though this could lead to a reduction in service quality as businesses work to keep costs under control. … [Read more...] about How should Vietnam prepare for post-pandemic tourism recovery?