In the Budget 2020 statement, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said that it is not clear how badly the outbreak will hit the economy. “We must be prepared that the economic impact may be worse than we projected,” he added. … [Read more...] about Singapore to spend US$4.6 billion to fight virus
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Le Bach Quang, who was a member of the Executive Board of the KC.10/16-20 Program on developing modern technologies to serve health care, said that racing against the clock in producing such test kits, units need to be assigned to implement the task. They will not have to follow all of the procedures as currently applied. … [Read more...] about Covid-2019: what can Vietnam’s scientists do?
The two patients were the 49-year-old mother and 16-year-old sister of Nguyen Thi Du, one of eight Japan-invested Nihon Plast Company employees sent to train in Wuhan City, the epicenter of the virus outbreak. The group returned to Vietnam on January 17, with six testing positive for the virus and two others still under observation. … [Read more...] about Two more coronavirus patients leave Vinh Phuc hospital
Tourists visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, February 17, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre Fears of catching COVID-19 have had both international and domestic tourists put their travel plans on hold, leading the tourist industry to forecast losses of $5.9-7.7 billion over the next three months, VNAT deputy general director Ngo Hoai Chung said at a recent seminar held to discuss the local tourist industry’s response to the virus outbreak. … [Read more...] about ‘I am safe’: Vietnam preps campaign to boost tourism post-COVID-19
Also known as the scaly anteater, the shy, primarily nocturnal animals have been heavily poached for years in biodiverse Southeast Asia and are being increasingly targeted in Africa. In a new report, watchdog TRAFFIC estimated about 895,000 pangolins had been smuggled between 2000 and 2019 in Southeast Asia. It also noted that over 96,000 kilograms (210,000 pounds) of the creatures' scales were seized in Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam between 2017 and 2019 alone. "Not a day goes by without a wildlife seizure taking place in Southeast Asia, and all too often in volumes that are jaw dropping," said Kanitha Krishnasamy, director for TRAFFIC in the region. - Rampant trade - In 2016 the pangolin was given the highest level of protection by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), meaning all trade in the creatures is banned. Prior to that, trade was allowed under strict conditions. But protection groups say the illicit business is still rampant and TRAFFIC … [Read more...] about Nearly 900,000 pangolins trafficked in Southeast Asia: watchdog