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Indonesia’s updated travel restrictions in full: who’s banned, who’s exempt starting April 2

Indonesia has updated its travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the most notable change being the suspension of all foreign arrivals barring a few exceptions starting April 2, 2020.

Singapore kids shed shirts, learn in PJs as weekly homeschooling begins

Parents ‘nervous’ as new arrangement doesn’t begin smoothly.

Singapore kids shed shirts, learn in PJs as weekly homeschooling begins

No Kidding: Thai police threaten to jail April Fool pranksters

COVID-19 is no laughing matter, and anyone was thinking of joking about it for April Fool’s Day faces jail time, Thai...

No Kidding: Thai police threaten to jail April Fool pranksters

Hundreds of Indonesian crew members flying in from Italy skip quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19

Over 300 Indonesian crew members from the MSC Splendida cruise ship reportedly did not undergo quarantine upon arrival...

Hundreds of Indonesian crew members flying in from Italy skip quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19

Health department questioned by Senator Poe over expensive protective gear

Senator Grace Poe is asking the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) to explain why they bought medical equipment that...

Health department questioned by Senator Poe over expensive protective gear

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First confirmed COVID-19 patient in Banyuwangi traveled from Bali: official

First confirmed COVID-19 patient in Banyuwangi traveled from Bali: official

Timeline of this case indicate that the patient may have been infected with the novel coronavirus while on the island. 

Hundreds of Indonesian crew members flying in from Italy skip quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19

Hundreds of Indonesian crew members flying in from Italy skip quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19

Over 300 Indonesian crew members from the MSC Splendida cruise ship reportedly did not undergo quarantine upon arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport despite having flown in...

Bali Police, Udayana University look to turn Balinese arak into disinfectants, hand sanitizers amid dwindling supply

Bali Police, Udayana University look to turn Balinese arak into disinfectants, hand sanitizers amid dwindling supply

The Bali Police handed over 3,000 liters of Balinese arak to be examined by Udayana University yesterday.

Netizens outraged as members of Bali’s regional council get tested for COVID-19

Netizens outraged as members of Bali’s regional council get tested for COVID-19

It's always about representing the people, right?

Bali gov’t declares state of emergency, restricts access as positive COVID-19 cases almost double

Bali gov’t declares state of emergency, restricts access as positive COVID-19 cases almost double

As of yesterday afternoon, Bali confirmed 19 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including two deaths of foreign nationals and two recoveries.

Body of man found dead on Thai train tests positive for COVID-19

Body of man found dead on Thai train tests positive for COVID-19

A 57-year-old Thai man found dead on a train that left Bangkok bound for the Deep South posthumously tested positive today for COVID-19. Forensic results out Wednesday found that...

Bangkok imposes curfew for stores, says it’s not a curfew

Bangkok imposes curfew for stores, says it’s not a curfew

All stores in Bangkok must shut at midnight starting tonight, City Hall ordered Wednesday afternoon, while insisting that it was “not a curfew.” Bangkok Gov. Aswin Kwanmuang...

10GB of free mobile data available starting next week

10GB of free mobile data available starting next week

The national broadcasting regulator announced today that it will give away mobile broadband access to encourage people to stay home. Starting April 10, those with Thai ID cards...

No Kidding: Thai police threaten to jail April Fool pranksters

No Kidding: Thai police threaten to jail April Fool pranksters

COVID-19 is no laughing matter, and anyone was thinking of joking about it for April Fool’s Day faces jail time, Thai police threatened today.  As health officials reported...

‘We screwed up and must do better,’ Thai health officials promise

‘We screwed up and must do better,’ Thai health officials promise

Heeding public scrutiny, Thai officials this morning apologized for mishandling the pandemic crisis plaguing the kingdom and vowed to put public interests above their own. Dogged...

Lam promises measures to address hospital bed shortage as Hong Kong reports 60 new COVID-19 cases

Lam promises measures to address hospital bed shortage as Hong Kong reports 60 new COVID-19 cases

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today described recent delays in finding hospital beds for fresh COVID-19 cases as “unsatisfactory,” and said that patients already well on the way...

Evacuations in works for Hongkongers stranded overseas following local man’s death in Peru

Evacuations in works for Hongkongers stranded overseas following local man’s death in Peru

Hong Kong authorities are reportedly in the process of arranging evacuations for citizens stranded in Morocco and Peru after one Hongkonger perished in the Andean city of Cusco...

Well, the booze ban is allegedly off the table (yayyy!), but new infections are through the roof (nooo!)

Well, the booze ban is allegedly off the table (yayyy!), but new infections are through the roof (nooo!)

Well, the good news is that insiders say the city is backing off of a proposed ban on bars selling booze. But the bad news is you may not want to be going out anyway after Hong...

Pro-dem councillor arrested for ‘seditious intention’ after calling for justice for journo blinded by cop

Pro-dem councillor arrested for ‘seditious intention’ after calling for justice for journo blinded by cop

Hong Kong authorities have arrested a pro-democracy district councillor under colonial-era laws forbidding “exciting disaffection” towards the SAR government after she...

Stricter lockdown not out of the question for Hong Kong as confirmed cases hit 410

Stricter lockdown not out of the question for Hong Kong as confirmed cases hit 410

A top government advisor has said that Hong Kong authorities are mulling even tighter lockdown measures at home to stem the spread of COVID-19, even as a sweeping ban on almost...

Slice of Nostalgia: Wall’s Indonesia set to re-release Viennetta ice cream as Ramadan special

Slice of Nostalgia: Wall’s Indonesia set to re-release Viennetta ice cream as Ramadan special

Indonesian millennials, it’s time to rejoice, as your favorite ice cream from the past is making its long-awaited return.

‘Where’s that corona? I’ll swallow it,’ says Indonesian city councillor as he challenges COVID-19 precautions (Video)

‘Where’s that corona? I’ll swallow it,’ says Indonesian city councillor as he challenges COVID-19 precautions (Video)

A video of an Indonesian politician talking tough against the coronavirus has gone viral in the latest of outrageous incidents the pandemic has brought about in the country.

Indonesian child protection group reports preacher to police for marrying 7-year-old girl

Indonesian child protection group reports preacher to police for marrying 7-year-old girl

The National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA) is demanding the prosecution of a preacher named Syekh Puji over violation of Indonesia’s child protection laws by...

Indonesia’s updated travel restrictions in full: who’s banned, who’s exempt starting April 2

Indonesia’s updated travel restrictions in full: who’s banned, who’s exempt starting April 2

Indonesia has updated its travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the most notable change being the suspension of all foreign arrivals barring a few exceptions...

Alleged drunk driver kills man and pet dog, assaults victim’s wife in viral video

Alleged drunk driver kills man and pet dog, assaults victim’s wife in viral video

A 26-year-old female driver has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after she allegedly drove her car and struck a man and his pet dog in the Karawaci district of Tangerang...

‘Speak like Doraemon,’ Malaysian women were told. Now they are, and it is hilarious.

‘Speak like Doraemon,’ Malaysian women were told. Now they are, and it is hilarious.

Fun fact: Though the beloved robot cat is male, he is usually voiced by a woman.

Wear makeup and giggle during home lockdown, Malaysia tells women

Wear makeup and giggle during home lockdown, Malaysia tells women

‘Take. This. Sh*t. Down’ was the consensus to a very unwelcome PSA.

French tourist dies after falling during hike in Ampang

French tourist dies after falling during hike in Ampang

A French tourist was pronounced dead yesterday evening following an ill-fated hike at Bukit Tabur in Taman Melawati, in the Ampang neighborhood of Kuala Lumpur yesterday...

Five-star Genting hotel fires chef who tweeted he spat in Chinese customers’ food

Five-star Genting hotel fires chef who tweeted he spat in Chinese customers’ food

A chef at a Genting, Pahang hotel was fired this week after a tweet was leaked from his private account in which he admitted to spitting into Chinese customers’ food, the...

Ex-PKR rebels meet with Agong, planning to join Bersatu: source

Ex-PKR rebels meet with Agong, planning to join Bersatu: source

Well, it’s another exciting day in the ever-changing landscape of Malaysian politics! Word from unnamed sources leaked today that the 10 PKR MPs whose abrupt split with...

#ProtectVico trends anew after Pasig Mayor Sotto summoned for alleged violation of COVID-19 law

#ProtectVico trends anew after Pasig Mayor Sotto summoned for alleged violation of COVID-19 law

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has summoned Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto for allegedly violating the Bayanihan [Camaraderie] as One Act of 2020, a law which gives...

Dude’s viral canned sardine review is what everyone needs to read while on lockdown

Dude’s viral canned sardine review is what everyone needs to read while on lockdown

Stocking up and subsisting on canned goods is something people have been doing a lot during the Luzon-wide lockdown, so it’s not surprising that one man’s review of...

(Don’t) Panic: This online art exhibit records COVID-19 feelings through toilet paper

(Don’t) Panic: This online art exhibit records COVID-19 feelings through toilet paper

OK, so Filipinos aren’t big on toilet paper use in the crapper—we’re a bidet and tabo (water dipper) using nation. But this isn’t why online art exhibit Paper Panic...

20 Quezon City residents demand food, arrested for allegedly protesting without permit

20 Quezon City residents demand food, arrested for allegedly protesting without permit

The Quezon City police arrested 20 residents of the village of San Roque today for allegedly protesting without a government permit. The protestors, composed of 14 men and six...

Former ‘Pinoy Big Brother’ star Niña Jose and husband ‘doing fine’ despite COVID-19

Former ‘Pinoy Big Brother’ star Niña Jose and husband ‘doing fine’ despite COVID-19

Former actress Niña Jose and her husband Cezar Quiambao, the mayor of Bayambang town in Pangasinan, have tested positive for COVID-19  but have already recovered, the couple...

COVID-19 Report: Hong Kong cat tests positive; Thailand criminalizes April Fool’s Day

COVID-19 Report: Hong Kong cat tests positive; Thailand criminalizes April Fool’s Day

Singapore’s coronavirus cases inches closer to the 1,000-mark.

Froth or Fail: Southeast Asia whipping lockdown with Dalgona coffee challenge

Froth or Fail: Southeast Asia whipping lockdown with Dalgona coffee challenge

See some of the best/worst successes/fails

Fairprice Finest in Bedok Mall closed after employee contracts COVID-19

Fairprice Finest in Bedok Mall closed after employee contracts COVID-19

Shoppers might try the nearby Sheng Siong supermarket until it reopens.

Singapore kids shed shirts, learn in PJs as weekly homeschooling begins

Singapore kids shed shirts, learn in PJs as weekly homeschooling begins

Parents ‘nervous’ as new arrangement doesn’t begin smoothly.

COVID-19 Report: Indonesia to bar entry as infections course through Southeast Asia nightlife

COVID-19 Report: Indonesia to bar entry as infections course through Southeast Asia nightlife

People getting sick in cities that haven’t closed bars/clubs. Equipment shortages continue.

Myanmar charges journalist with terrorism for interviewing rebel group

Myanmar charges journalist with terrorism for interviewing rebel group

The chief editor of a Mandalay-based news organization is now behind bars and faces life in prison for interviewing a rebel leader. Nay Myo Lin was detained Monday by undercover...

Elderly Yangon man is Myanmar’s first reported COVID-19 death

Elderly Yangon man is Myanmar’s first reported COVID-19 death

Disease control officials this morning confirmed the first known death due to COVID-19 in Myanmar. The 69-year-old man, who had nose cancer, died at 7:25am at Waibargi Hospital,...

Myanmar reports COVID-19 infections for first time

Myanmar reports COVID-19 infections for first time

Myanmar reported for the first time last night coronavirus infections in two Burmese nationals, three months after the virus became a household name throughout the region. ...

Myanmar cancels Burmese New Year Festival, tightens travel from outbreak zones (but not China)

Myanmar cancels Burmese New Year Festival, tightens travel from outbreak zones (but not China)

Update: The government on Sunday ordered that anyone who has been to France, Germany, Iran, Italy, or Spain within the past two weeks must submit to 14 days of quarantine at...

Sweet Gluttony: A dessert addict’s guide to Yangon

Sweet Gluttony: A dessert addict’s guide to Yangon

I have a serious sweet tooth and firm belief there’s a separate dessert stomach. Believe it or don’t, Yangon is not lacking in some fine sweets if you know where to look....

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Froth or Fail: Southeast Asia whipping lockdown with Dalgona coffee challenge

Froth or Fail: Southeast Asia whipping lockdown with Dalgona coffee challenge

See some of the best/worst successes/fails

(Don’t) Panic: This online art exhibit records COVID-19 feelings through toilet paper

(Don’t) Panic: This online art exhibit records COVID-19 feelings through toilet paper

OK, so Filipinos aren’t big on toilet paper use in the crapper—we’re a bidet and tabo (water dipper) using nation. But this isn’t why online art exhibit Paper Panic...

Former ‘Pinoy Big Brother’ star Niña Jose and husband ‘doing fine’ despite COVID-19

Former ‘Pinoy Big Brother’ star Niña Jose and husband ‘doing fine’ despite COVID-19

Former actress Niña Jose and her husband Cezar Quiambao, the mayor of Bayambang town in Pangasinan, have tested positive for COVID-19  but have already recovered, the couple...

Actress Sylvia Sanchez and her husband test positive for COVID-19

Actress Sylvia Sanchez and her husband test positive for COVID-19

Actress Sylvia Sanchez and her husband, Art Atayde, have tested positive for COVID-19. Sanchez, who appeared in the show The Greatest Love, announced the development in an...

Actress Iza Calzado tests positive for COVID-19

Actress Iza Calzado tests positive for COVID-19

Actress Iza Calzado, the star of the film The Echo, has tested positive for COVID-19, her manager Noel Ferrer announced in a Facebook post on Saturday. Ferrer said Calzado...

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