Tue, 07 Jul 2020

SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 261 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 37,183.

Of the new cases, 97 percent are linked to known clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing. (Singapore-COVID-19-Cases)

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MANILA -- Budget airline AirAsia Philippines on Friday announced its plan to layoff 12 percent of its workforce due to the travel restrictions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With about 2,200 employees, more than 260 employees "across the board" will be affected by the layoffs, the airline said. (Philippines-AirAsia-Layoff)

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TOKYO -- The Japanese government on Friday maintained its assessment that the economy in April had "worsened," with its index of business conditions dropping to the lowest level since record keeping began.

According to the Cabinet Office, the coincident index of business conditions for the recording month dropped 7.3 points from March to 81.5 against the 2015 base of 100. (Japan-Economy)

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VIENTIANE -- A senior Lao official has spoken highly of the progress achieved in the ongoing construction of the China-Laos railway.

The project started in December 2016 and is scheduled to be completed and open to traffic in December 2021. (Laos-China-Railway)

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