KUALA LUMPUR— Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah via a Facebook posting revealed that 12 of state healthcare workers and 3 from the private healthcare sector have been infected by the COVID-19 virus. One of the ministry workers is currently in the intensive care unit requiring respiratory support. “This virus knows...
  KUALA LUMPUR --  AirAsia Group Bhd and AirAsia X Bhd (AAX) appointed BDO Governance Advisory Sdn Bhd to assist in undertaking an independent review on  corruption allegations related to the Airbus scandal against their co-founders Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun. From the findings, the duo have been cleared and have...
  Cryptocurrencies saw a sharp bounce higher after violent selling in the past two weeks despite equity markets not showing big moves to the upside. As of 8:42 a.m. Singapore time, the market capitalization or value of the entire cryptocurrency market rose around $23.8 billion over the past 24 hours to...
  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday laid out details of the Trump administration’s plan to send Americans relief money as part of a massive stimulus package to blunt the impact of the novel coronavirus crisis. Mnuchin said in a Fox Business Network interview that the plan, which is being discussed...
  Singapore -- Oil prices remained volatile Friday after a dramatic rebound from multi-year lows but stayed below $30 a barrel on fears the deadly coronavirus will push the world into recession with an oversupply. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was up 2.22 percent to 25.78 in morning Asian trade. Brent...
  India is working on a set of policy measures to combat the economic impact of the fast-spreading coronavirus and that may include some cash transfers to workers in the informal sector, the country’s top economic advisor said. The virus, which causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19, has infected more than...
  Lawmakers voted on Wednesday to liberalize New Zealand’s abortion law and allow unrestricted access during the first half of pregnancy, ending the country’s status as one of the few wealthy nations to limit the grounds for abortion during that period. Members of Parliament also greatly loosened restrictions on abortions in...
  Sydney -- Australia and New Zealand moved to seal off their borders Thursday, announcing unprecedented bans on entry for non-residents in the hope of stemming the rise of COVID-19 infections. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the ban on anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident coming to Australia "will be...
  HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, has advised its residents to self-isolate at home until at least the end of March, after Vietnam recorded the biggest daily increase of the coronavirus, the city’s ruling body said on Thursday. Weeks after declaring the recovery of all 16 of its coronavirus sufferers,...
  The British pound has suffered a historic plunge to its lowest level since 1985 as concerns mount about the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak and as investors flock towards the dollar. Sterling was last down four per cent against the dollar at $1.158, its lowest point since the economic turbulence...