Fri, 07 Aug 2020

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to mutually ease travel restrictions introduced due to the COVID-19 outbreak and resume some necessary travels between the two countries, the two foreign ministries said Tuesday.

The Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) are two schemes that meant to address the needs of different groups of cross-border travelers, Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan said in a joint statement. (Malaysia-Singapore-Travel)

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NEW DELHI -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in India surpassed the 900,000-mark on Tuesday, reaching 906,752, and the total deaths stood at 23,727, according to the latest data issued by the federal health ministry.

The ministry said 553 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides 28,498 fresh positive cases, were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 23,727 and total cases to 906,752. (India-COVID-19)

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 33 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Tuesday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 13,512.

The daily caseload fell below 40 in three days, but it kept rising in double digits due to the continued small cluster infections and imported cases.

Of the new cases, 19 were imported, lifting the combined figure to 1,891. It continued to increase in double digits for 19 straight days. (South Korea-COVID-19)

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry announced on Tuesday morning that based on advance estimates, the country's GDP for the second quarter fell 12.6 percent year on year, compared to a 0.3-percent decline in the first quarter.

The ministry attributes the GDP contraction to the Circuit Breaker (CB) measures that were implemented from April 7 to June 1 to slow the spread of COVID-19, which included the suspension of nonessential services and closure of most workplace premises, as well as weak external demand amidst a global economic downturn precipitated by the pandemic. (Singapore-Economy)

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