Singapore on February 18 announced a financial package worth 6.4 billion SGD (4.6 billion USD) to address economic impact of the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Singapore's central bank has asked domestic financial institutions to take additional measures and precautions after the Government raised the alert level on the coronavirus outbreak.

Indonesia’s 2020 state budget deficit is likely to further increase to 2.8 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on February 9 sent a letter of condolences to his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha over the mass shooting in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

At least 27 people, including the gunman, were killed and 52 others were injured in a mass shooting in Thailand’s northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province

The exchange between Vietnamese and Chinese border residents, initially scheduled on February 10, is set to take place later this month due to impact of the novel coronavirus (nCoV).

Thai authorities have so far arrested six persons from various locations for spreading fake coronavirus, said Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Buddhipongse Punakanta.

Indonesia and Singapore have reached many important agreements, including a deal on avoiding double taxation, during the on-going visit to Indonesia by Singaporean President Halimah Yacob.

The Cambodian government is hoping to retain its preferential trade status with the United Kingdom (UK) after it left the European Union (EU).

Malaysia on February 3 sent an AirAsia flight to China’s Wuhan city to bring home 141 citizens, and donated 500,000 pairs of gloves to China to assist in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

The Philippines’ health authorities on February 2 reported a death related to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country.

Foreign ambassadors lavished praise on Vietnam as the country has successfully fulfilled its role as the rotary president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in the first month of 2020.

Myanmar President U Win Myin highlighted his country’s fruitful relations with Vietnam, which were set up and nurtured by President Ho Chi Minh and Myanmar leader General Aung San.

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