New COVID-19 cases in Philippines reach all-time high

New COVID-19 cases in Philippines reach all-time high

The Philippine Health Ministry reported on January 15 that the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is spreading in the community in the capital city of Manila, amid a record spike of new COVID-19 cases on third consecutive day.

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Thailand records first death from Omicron variant

Thailand has recorded the first death from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, authorities announced on January 16.

Lao people advised to avoid mass gathering to prevent COVID-19

Laos’ Ministry of Health has advised local residents to reduce the scale of festivals and only conduct traditional rituals during this year’s peak festival season in order to avoid mass gathering and prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan, Thailand launch new energy initiative to promote decarbonization

Japan and Thailand on January 13 agreed to launch a new energy policy dialogue and implement joint projects to promote decarbonization, as the two countries aim for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Japan unveils ASEAN investment initiative

Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hagiuda Koichi has revealed an initiative regarding investment in ASEAN, which focuses on supply chain, connectivity, digital innovation and human resources.
FM’s Cambodia visit to realize agreements reached by senior leaders: Ambassador

The visit to Cambodia by Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son from January 19-20 aims to realise agreements reached by senior leaders of the two countries, said Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Nguyen Huy Tang.

Book on Vietnam-Thailand trade, investment released in Bangkok

A book featuring the Vietnam-Thailand enhanced strategic partnership was released at a ceremony in Bangkok on January 14.

Vietnam leads ASEAN in installed power capacity in 2021

Vietnam’s total installed power capacity totaled 76,620 MW in 2021, 7,500 MW higher than the previous year, and the highest among ASEAN member states, said CEO of the Vietnam Electricity (EVN) Tran Dinh Nhan at the company’s year-end meeting on January 14.

Vietnamese, Laos PMs co-chair 44th meeting of inter-governmental committee

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Lao counterpart Phankham Viphavanh co-chaired the 44th meeting of the Vietnam – Laos Inter-Governmental Committee on Bilateral Cooperation in Hanoi on January 10.
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