Covid live: Indian PM Narendra Modi says ‘storm’ of coronavirus infections has shaken country

Coronavirus has killed at least 3,100,659 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 10am GMT today. At least 146,337,640 cases of coronavirus have been registered. The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months … Read more

Here’s what it costs to work remotely in 4 global hotspots

Google may be calling people back into the office, but many other companies — not to mention entrepreneurs — are still committed to remote work. From Croatia to Barbados, destinations provide vastly different experiences for foreigners who wish to work from new shores. The weather is usually better (save hurricanes), and costs can be cheaper … Read more

More countries suspend AstraZeneca vaccinations over blood clot fears: What we know so far

A health worker holds a box of the AstraZeneneca vaccine at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi province on the outskirts of Bangkok. Chaiwat Subprasom | SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty Images LONDON — The coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford has now been suspended in a number of … Read more

Remote workers want to live in Asia, but Asia doesn’t seem to want them quite yet

It’s often said that remote workers can work from any place that has an internet connection. But tell that to someone who wants to live and work in Bangkok or Bali right now. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed millions of workers from their offices into their homes — and many have decided they want to … Read more

Thailand is set to dominate Southeast Asia’s IPO market in 2020, says Deloitte

Attendees wait for Central Retail Corporation to start trading as Thailand’s largest IPO ever at the Stock Exchange of Thailand in Bangkok on Feb. 20, 2020. Lilian Suwanrumpha | AFP | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Thailand has dominated Southeast Asia’s initial public offering market so far this year, contributing more than 60% of total funds … Read more

Thailand’s economic recovery may be the slowest in Southeast Asia, Nomura says

SINGAPORE — The coronavirus pandemic and ongoing political protests have left Thailand’s economy in “pretty bad shape,” an economist told CNBC this week. “We know that it is very reliant on tourism and that sector has been decimated by the Covid-19 shock,” said Euben Paracuelles, chief Asean economist at Nomura. The “last thing” Thailand needs is … Read more

Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble could begin in November, Hong Kong finance secretary says

A passenger wearing a facemask exiting the arrival hall at the Hong Kong International Airport terminal. Miguel Candela | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images SINGAPORE — The travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore could take effect within this month —and discussions are ongoing with other countries including Thailand and Japan, according to … Read more

Ancient Thai city grapples with surging monkey population

Lopburi, Thailand (CNN) — It’s a Friday afternoon on a Thai public holiday in September, and local tourists are out in force in the small city of Lopburi. The attraction? Some 4,500 crab-eating macaques that roam this ancient capital’s streets, many of which occupy the crumbling Khmer-style Phra Prang Sam Yod — aka Monkey Temple … Read more

India opens dumping probe on Malaysia, Vietnam, Thai copper tube, pipe imports

NEW DELHI: India is investigating imports of copper tubes and pipes from Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand, to determine whether producers in these countries were receiving unfair subsidies, the government said. The investigation by India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies, the investigative arm of the commerce ministry, could result in these imports facing countervailing duties, said … Read more