ASEAN Telecommunication 2020/10/01 (Vol.643)
ASEAN Telecommunication Japan-Southeast Asia Economic Exchange Magazine
➤Vietnam：Danang returns to normal after COVID-19 outbreak
➤Myanmar：Myanmar locks down Yangon region after record jump in COVID cases
➤Cambodia：Cambodia’s inflation stands at 3 percent during COVID-19
■Vietnam：Danang returns to normal after COVID-19 outbreak
All activities have returned to normal since 0:00 Friday after Danang City successfully controlled the risk of COVID-19 infection in the city.
Danang returned to normal today after successfully controlling an outbreak of COVID-19 infections in the city.
The move came after the city's People’s Committee issued a legal document on Thursday announcing the city had controlled the risk of COVID-19.
Activities that were delayed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the city will be allowed to resume, but there must be a serious commitment and implementation of anti-pandemic measures as regulated.
At the same time, the city will continue to follow the Ministry of Health’s message: “Masks-Disinfectant-Keeping Distance-Avoiding Crowded Places-Health Declarations.”
On September 18, the city allowed some activities and services to return to normal, except for bars, pubs, karaoke joints and massage parlours.
The latest data from the health ministry shows that Đà Nẵng has reported 394 cases of COVID-19, including 360 recoveries and 31 deaths so far.
The city had been placed on lockdown since July 28 after the 416th patient was confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2 on July 25.
In a related movement, the Steering Committee on COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control in Thừa Thiên-Huế Province said as of today, the province had removed all measures to limit people and vehicles travelling from pandemic-hit areas to the province.
Specifically, the province has closed quarantine stations at Huế Train Station, Phú Lộc District and Nam Đông.
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc issued a message on Thursday to ask relevant ministries, sectors and localities not to neglect measures to prevent and control the pandemic.
It aimed to firmly maintain the achievements of pandemic prevention, creating a basis for promoting an economic recovery and development, he said.
■Myanmar：Myanmar locks down Yangon region after record jump in COVID cases
Area’s more than four million people given less than 24 hours to prepare for ‘stay at home’ order.
A stay-at-home order has taken effect across Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, after the country reported a record-high number of new COVID-19 cases, just weeks before its November elections.
The region’s more than four million people had less than 24 hours to prepare for the order, which came into effect at 8am (01:30 GMT) on Monday morning.
It requires most private-sector employees to work from home and government staff to work on a rotation of two weeks at home and two weeks at the office. Schools had already been closed under previous lockdown measures.
Health Minister Myint Htwe said the measures were necessary because of the rise in locally-transmitted cases that were not the result of travel or contact with anyone already known to have the disease.
Under the new rules, people must stay at home unless they need to buy food or visit a doctor. Anyone who does go out must wear a face mask, and only one member of each family is allowed to go shopping for essentials. No one is allowed to travel outside the Yangon region.
It was not clear what support there would be for people unable to work from home or in informal jobs.
Essential services such as banks, petrol stations and food outlets would continue to operate, the authorities said.
The health ministry said on Sunday it had recorded 671 new coronavirus cases, without saying where. Myanmar recorded no locally transmitted cases of coronavirus for weeks until the disease suddenly re-appeared in the conflict-hit western state of Rakhine. Most of the recent cases have been in Yangon.
Myanmar has so far reported a total of 5,541 COVID-19 cases and 92 deaths.
■Cambodia：Cambodia’s inflation stands at 3 percent during COVID-19
Cambodia’s inflation remains low at around 3 percent in the first eight month of this year with a stable exchange rate while the country’s international reserves continue to grow and can ensure up to 10 months of imports of goods and services, according to Chea Chanto, the governor the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC).
The data was revealed during a meeting with Yasuhisa Ojima, representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Cambodia this week.
Chanto also discussed the macroeconomic situation and the banking sector of Cambodia, which remains strong.
“The banking system is strong and has actively contributed to supporting economic activity and alleviating the hardships of various sectors and people affected by COVID-19,” he said.
Mr Ojima expressed his support for the government’s policies and NBC to support economic activity as countries around the world are facing economic downturns amid the spread of the virus.
“The IMF is ready to cooperate and make recommendations for the process of restoring Cambodia’s economic growth, which is gradually recovering,” he said.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has revised its 2020 Cambodian growth forecast to minus 4 percent from its previous prediction of minus 5.4 percent in June because of improved agricultural performance and increased volume of non-garment manufacturing.
It was projected that inflation would remain relatively stable at 2.1 percent in 2020 before falling to 1.8 percent in 2021 as low oil prices are keeping transport and production costs down.
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