Singapore (VNA) – A Singaporean taxi driver was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment on May 27 for posting a fake message on Facebook about supposed food outlet closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and urging panic buying. According to the Straits Times and Channel News Asia, the 40-year-old cabby named Kenneth Lai Yong Hui posted a false message in a private Facebook group which had about 7,500 members. In the message, Lai claimed he had received information that all food courts and coffee shops would close and supermarkets would open only two days a week. He also said people should stock up stuff. The man deleted his post after 15 minutes, however, Deputy Public Prosecutor Deborah Lee, who proposed the sentence, said that his lies could "conceivably result in public alarm and panic buying" and called for a punishment that would deter others. “The psychological fight to allay fear and hysteria is just as important as the fight to contain the spread of … [Read more...] about Singaporean man jailed for spreading COVID-19 fake news
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Manila capital has practiced social distancing since March 16 to curb the spread of COVID-19. Its administration decided to ease some restrictions on May 16 and is expected to convene a meeting on Mary 27 to decide whether or not those measures should be further relaxed. … [Read more...] about Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia May 28
So far, the virus has spread across all ASEAN member states, with 74,310 confirmed cases and 2,324 fatalities as of May 22. In addition to the health crisis, the pandemic is also taking a toll by severely disrupting socio-economic activities, co-operation and exchanges in many fields, not to mention, between member states and among ASEAN and its external partners. The growth rate of all ASEAN members is predicted to sharply decline, and some ASEAN countries will suffer negative growth. Lockdowns, border closures, quarantines, travel restrictions, social distancing and temporary closure of business activities have been used across ASEAN to contain the virus, but the measures are also affecting all other areas, including ASEAN’s annual schedule. According to the ASEAN Secretariat, up to now, more than 200 ASEAN meetings have been postponed or cancelled. A lot of the expected plans of Việt Nam’s Chairmanship have been put on hold. … [Read more...] about Việt Nam helps ASEAN battle the COVID-19 pandemic
Vietnam did a good job in terms of gathering co-operative measures among ASEAN member states, ASEAN dialogue partners, and international organisations as well as promptly sharing the information on COVID-19. Vietnam has strongly demonstrated its solidarity and assistance with other countries by donating medical supplies to countries in the region or severely affected, including Laos - my country, to prevent and combat COVID-19. For future co-operation as the Chair of ASEAN this year, Vietnam may focus on bringing the co-operation closer with AMS and its partners on how to produce a vaccine for COVID-19 at the earliest and continue calling on countries to ensure the rights to access drugs and vaccines against COVID-19. … [Read more...] about Vietnam helps ASEAN battle the COVID-19 pandemic
According to a government-approved plan for the development of e-commerce by 2025 released on May 18, revenue from online sales of business-to-consumer e-commerce, known as B2C e-commerce, is set to grow by 25% per year to US$35 billion, accounting for 10% of total goods retail sales and service revenues. Hanoitimes … [Read more...] about Will Vietnamese e-commerce platforms Tiki and Sendo soon merge?