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    • HKers set up face mask factory amid coronavirus panic buying
      Intellasia East Asia News Responding to shortages of face masks amid a frightening coronavirus epidemic spreading from the mainland, a group of citizens in Hong Kong have set up a surgical face mask factory to ease supplies and deter price gouging in…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Coronavirus: Beijing’s top official in HK makes email plea for unity, reassures city over supplies
      Intellasia East Asia News Beijing’s top envoy in Hong Kong has written to pro-Beijing politicians in the city appealing to them for unity with mainland China in battling the coronavirus, and criticising those he said were using the crisis for polit…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Asian markets fall on fears over spreading virus
      Intellasia East Asia News A spike in new virus cases outside China spooked Asian markets Friday after Wall Street pulled back from record highs as more companies warned earnings could be hurt by the epidemic. More than 2,200 people have died from the…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Savannah Project contract executed
      Intellasia East Asia News Perenti (ASX: PRN) is pleased to announce its subsidiary, leading hard-rock underground miner Barminco, has formally been awarded a contract by Panoramic Resources at the Savannah Project in the Kimberley, after receiving pr…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Stocks fall as Bank of Japan warns of ‘grave’ coronavirus concern
      Intellasia East Asia News Asian and European stocks sunk on Friday as Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda warned that he was watching the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak with “gave concern.” “Huge uncertainty remains on how the s…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • First Korea virus patient dies as hospital cluster emerges
      Intellasia East Asia News South Korea reported its first death from the novel coronavirus Thursday as a new cluster of infections emerged at a hospital and the country’s total number of cases nearly doubled to more than 100. The man who died was in…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Korea moves to contain coronavirus outbreak amid spike in new cases
      Intellasia East Asia News South Korean officials on Friday designated two cities as “special care zones” while its military confined troops to their bases in a desperate effort to contain the spread of coronavirus after a recent spike in cases. S…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Coronavirus: HK No 2 official Matthew Cheung sorry for ‘misunderstanding’ caused by remark that epidemic was under control
      Intellasia East Asia News Hong Kong’s No 2 official Matthew Cheung Kin-chung on Friday said he was sorry for the “misunderstanding” caused by his remark that the coronavirus epidemic was “under control”, saying he was only referring to the…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Coronavirus in N Korea could be ‘much more lethal’ than in China
      Intellasia East Asia News North Korea has not reported a single case of the coronavirus since the outbreak was first detected in neighbouring China in late December, but health experts say infections may be going undetected in the impoverished countr…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • First HK policeman infected by virus, concern of contagion amongst force
      Intellasia East Asia News A Hong Kong police officer has been confirmed infected with the coronavirus, authorities said on Friday, the first officer to test positive in the Asian financial hub as dozens of other officers were quarantined over concern…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Coronavirus’ biggest winners: Tech providers in China, HK
      Intellasia East Asia News The coronavirus outbreak is roiling China, but some startup technology companies are actually benefiting as isolated citizens flock to a range of solutions to achieve a sense of normalcy. With the world’s second largest ec…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Coronavirus widens HK anger at government, China
      Intellasia East Asia News Pro-democracy protesters have all but vanished from the streets of Hong Kong over the past month as residents avoid the new coronavirus, but the outbreak has broadened discontent with the city’s leadership and China’s in…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • China says coronavirus vaccine trials to start around late April
      Intellasia East Asia News China could start clinical trials for a potential vaccine for the novel coronavirus around late April, an official said Friday. Public and private researchers around the world have been working to develop treatments and vacc…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Cruise ship passengers from Singapore, HK remain in COVID-19 limbo
      Intellasia East Asia News The misery continues for many passengers looking forward to life after cruise ship quarantine, including a group of Hong Kongers who must wait longer to return home and five Singaporeans told by the government to remain in J…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Global Markets: Asia looks to safer shores in US assets as virus spreads
      Intellasia East Asia News Asian shares were under water on Friday as fears over the creeping spread of the coronavirus sent funds fleeing to the sheltered shores of US assets, lofting the dollar to three-year highs. Even Wall Street turned soggy late…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Coronavirus: HK government departments can directly purchase masks worth up to HK$10 million without tendering
      Intellasia East Asia News All Hong Kong government departments are now allowed to directly purchase HK$10 million (US$1.2 million) worth of masks without any tendering procedures until further notice, the Post has learned. The controversial move came…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Food delivery soars in Korea due to Covid-19 spread
      Intellasia East Asia News Consumers in South Korea are increasingly turning to contactless services as infection cases from no relevance to China surges in the country and causes panic about the danger of the mysterious new epidemic. According to the…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Coronavirus: will HK and Singapore suffer biggest economic hit from outbreak?
      Intellasia East Asia News Economic growth across the Asia-Pacific is set for a pummeling following the coronavirus outbreak which economists have classified as not a typical business cycle shock. Goods and commodity exporters that depended heavily on…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Korea’s February exports to China shrink as virus hits supply chains
      Intellasia East Asia News South Korea’s exports to China slumped in the first 20 days of February and overall sales per working day tumbled, as a coronavirus outbreak disrupted global supply chains and threatened to put a choke hold on Asia’s fou…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Coronavirus: one more Hongkonger infected on Diamond Princess cruise in Japan, at least 120 eager to take chartered flight home
      Intellasia East Asia News One more Hongkonger stranded on the coronavirus-stricken cruise liner in Japan has been infected, bringing the total number of locals with Covid-19 on the ship to 66, while at least 120 others have indicated they would board…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Korean chipmakers start to worry about COVID-19
      Intellasia East Asia News South Korean chipmakers have started to be concerned about a looming slowdown in demand for chips and impact on production in the wake of an unexpected spike in the number of COVID-19 infections across the country, according…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Government to give HK bus operators masks but supply must be paid back later
      Intellasia East Asia News Hong Kong’s franchised bus operators have sought help from the government for masks amid a citywide shortage, but are told they would have to pay back the supply at a later date. The request came as two bus giants, KMB and…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Controversial church at centre of S Korean outbreak
      Intellasia East Asia News A church whose leader claims he is an angel of Jesus has become the biggest cluster of viral infections in South Korea, where a surge in new cases raises fears that the outbreak is getting out of control. A total of 110 case…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Coronavirus: lawmakers expected to rush HK$30 billion relief package through HK legislature, but some call for cash handouts to benefit workers
      Intellasia East Asia News Hong Kong lawmakers are expected to rush a HK$30 billion virus-aid package through the legislature on Friday, while some will also press for universal cash handouts that will benefit workers as well as bosses. Struggling bus…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Coronavirus threatens N Korea chaos: analysts
      Intellasia East Asia News North Korea’s self-imposed isolation in the face of the coronavirus epidemic raging in neighbouring China is its only method of protection from an outbreak that would wreak havoc given its crumbling health system, analysts…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Taiwan issues travel alert for Korea as coronavirus cases soar
      Intellasia East Asia News Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command centre (CECC) on Thursday issued a basic Level 1 travel alert for South Korea, advising travellers from Taiwan to exercise normal precautions while in the country, in light of a spike in n…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Mass infection feared at a Korean hospital in Cheongdo
      Intellasia East Asia News A hospital in Cheongdo, North Gyeongsang Province, could emerge as the new cluster of COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea, after a total of 15 people, including a man who died Wednesday, were confirmed to have contracted the vi…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Taiwan bans Italian pig imports in quarrel over flight ban
      Intellasia East Asia News Taiwan on Wednesday imposed a ban on live pigs and pork product imports from Italy following Rome’s suspension of flights between the two countries in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Italy stopped all flights between…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Samsung Electronics names former finance minister as its new board chair
      Intellasia East Asia News Samsung Electronics said on Friday that former finance minister, Bahk Jae-wan, has become its new board chair after his predecessor was jailed for union-busting activities. Bahk, 65, has served as an outside director since M…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Taiwan tech team wins $175,000 in US-funded competition to combat disinformation
      Intellasia East Asia News A Taiwanese tech team has been awarded $175,000 in a competition funded by the US Department of State to seek solutions to counter disinformation. A team of six members from Trend Micro Taiwan won the biggest prize in the US…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Chair and director of Minsheng’s SRE Group unit are detained by Shanghai police on embezzlement charges
      Intellasia East Asia News The chair and the executive director of a real estate unit owned by China’s largest privately owned financial services group are being detained by Shanghai police on embezzlement charges. Peng Xinkuang, the chair and forme…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Companies in Taiwan begin to furlough employees due to impact of Wuhan coronavirus
      Intellasia East Asia News The COVID-19 outbreak is taking a toll on Taiwan’s economy as furloughs have been reported in three major cities in Taiwan. The Labour Affairs Bureau of the Tainan City government said in a press release on Wednesday (Febr…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • China’s Lenders Cut prime Rate To Boost Sick Economy
      Intellasia East Asia News Chinese lenders have cut their prime lending rate to try and prop up their country’s economy, which has been ravaged by the coronavirus, according to the Financial Times on Thursday (February 20). S&P had previously warned…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Taiwan confirms two new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 26
      Intellasia East Asia News Taiwan on Friday (February 21) confirmed two new cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to 26. The two new patients were a daughter and granddaughter of the 24th case, the Central Epidemic Command centre (…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • China’s ambitious 5G push heading into slow lane due to coronavirus disruptions
      Intellasia East Asia News Government measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus in China look set to delay the rollout of next-generation 5G telecom networks, a key technology initiative for the country’s leadership. Tenders for six big 5G p…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Taiwan’s export orders down 12.8pct year-on-year in January
      Intellasia East Asia News Total export orders received by Taiwan-based companies fell year-on-year in January due to fewer work days in that month because of the Lunar New Year holiday and the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to statistics relea…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Shanghai is China’s economic juggernaut. Coronavirus has left it a city on edge
      Intellasia East Asia News On a normal weekend, Shanghai’s world-famous Nanjing Road is packed with shoppers and tourists, keen to indulge themselves in China’s thriving financial hub. But this week, the streets are mostly empty and stores are eit…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Quarantine violators in Taiwan could be slapped with NT$1 million fine
      Intellasia East Asia News Violators of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) home quarantine measures could face a fine of up to NT$1 million (US$32,900), according to a package of special measures proposed by the Cabinet Thursday (February 20). During a pres…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • How China has turned to tech like never before to combat the coronavirus
      Intellasia East Asia News When Zhang Ge first donned protective clothing as part of his job as an engineer with a robotics company, it was not to prevent contamination of the delicate electronic circuitry inside his company’s hi-tech products. The…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -
    • Taiwan may sentence coronavirus quarantine violators to up to 2 years in prison
      Intellasia East Asia News Violators of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine measures who visit crowded locations or take the MRT will soon face up to two years in prison or a fine of NT$2 million (US$65,950) if they put others at risk of infection…
      - 24 hours ago, 21 Feb 20, 11:02pm -

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