- WHO warned that the coronavirus outbreak will be a prolonged global health crisis, as the death toll has passed 180,000 while warning of a deadlier second wave of the outbreak.
- Iran successfully launched its first military satellite into orbit which triggered the US condemnation of the long-range ballistic technology that can be used as weapons.
- Trump signed the executive order that will temporarily suspend the entry of immigrants for at least 60 days stressing on the need to protect the jobs for the American workers.
- WHO urged the U.S. to reconsider the suspension of funding, emphasizing on the will to end the outbreak, to save lives, and to focus on careful risk management.
- Australia joined military drills with the U.S. in the SCS that included a series of operations near water that China is exploring for oil and near water claimed by Vietnam and Malaysia.
- South Africa to deploy more than 70,000 additional troops to enforce lockdown as a measure to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
- The Philippines filed a diplomatic protest over China’s creation of two new districts in Philippine territory in which China claimed as part of Hainan province.
- ROK’s economy is facing the biggest contraction since 2008 resulting from the pandemic as self-isolation halts consumption and the demand in global trade declines.
Source: The Straits Times
- The total infected cases in Singapore have reached over 10,000 cases with 1,016 new infections for Wednesday alone, yet only 15 Singaporeans are among these new cases.
- The Ministry of Justice dismissed criticism made by UN Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith, calling her remarks “double standards” and politically motivated.
Source: Khmer Times
- The EU appreciated the effort against COVID-19 and transferred $66.7 million as a grant to restore Cambodia’s economy that is affected by the global pandemic.
Source: The Phnom Penh Post
- ASEAN Ministers and the U.S. counterpart convened a meeting on COVID-19 pandemic via video conference focusing on international and regional public health systems.
Source: Khmer Times