South Korea needs to cope with global food shortage: Korea Herald

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Massive lockdowns imposed around the world to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus have drastically slowed down international trade and food supply chains. This led three related international agencies to warn of a potential global food shortage if the coronavirus crisis is not managed properly. “Uncertainty about food availability can spark a […]

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State of emergency in 7 Japanese prefectures

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday declared a month-long state of emergency covering seven prefectures including Tokyo and Osaka, urging people to drastically reduce contact as the coronavirus pandemic shows little signs of abating. The latest move in Japan’s war against Covid-19 follows criticism over its haphazard policies like premature calls for schools to close, and as under-testing cast doubt […]

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Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on April 8

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Wednesday, April 8. 106 new Covid-19 cases in S’pore, 39 linked to known clusters at foreign worker dormitories (From left) S11 Dormitory @ Punggol and Sungei Tengah Lodge. ST PHOTOS: CHONG JUN LIANG, DESMOND WEE This brings the total number of cases here to 1,481. READ MORE HERE Three areas […]

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Singapore sets aside $60 billion for fight against virus: DPM Heng

Parliament yesterday urgently approved plans to heavily subsidise the wage bills of more than 1.9 million workers, support their families and keep businesses afloat, marshalling an extra $54 billion in Singapore’s fight against the coronavirus. Of this, $5.1 billion flows from the latest Solidarity Budget as heightened social distancing kicked in yesterday, requiring most workplaces and schools to close until […]

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Coronavirus: Exodus begins as virus-hit Wuhan lifts ban on outbound travel

WUHAN, CHINA (AFP) – Thousands of Chinese travellers rushed to leave coronavirus-ravaged Wuhan early on Wednesday (April 8) as authorities lifted a more than two-month prohibition on outbound travel from the city where the global pandemic first emerged. As the ban expired on schedule at midnight (1600 GMT Tuesday), passengers – many in hazmat suits – expressed joy and relief […]

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