World’s workers lost $3.5T to Covid

Publication date 24 September 2020 | 21:31 | ICT

The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavier toll on jobs than previously feared, the UN said on Wednesday, with hundreds of millions of jobs lost and workers suffering a “massive” drop in earnings.



  • More children treated for respiratory diseases at hospitals in HCMC

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 | 09:19

    Children's hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City are seeing an increase in the number of children diagnosed with respiratory diseases. Of those hospitalised, many are on a ventilator or using oxygen supplementation therapy.

  • Philippine military to review troop accounts following Facebook purge

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 | 09:18

    The Philippine military said on Wednesday it will review the social media accounts of service members after Facebook took down a network linked to State security forces it accused of “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”.

  • New Indonesia food-bank farms over ‘10 times size of S’pore’

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 | 09:17

    Indonesia is developing vast farm estates across the archipelago – an area more than 10 times the size of neighbouring Singapore – to counter the nation’s reliance on imported food, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Wednesday.

  • N Korea ‘shot dead’ South official in its waters

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 | 09:09

    North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector after interrogating him at sea, then poured oil over his body and burned it over coronavirus fears, Seoul military officials said on Thursday.

  • Navalny out of hospital, eyeing full recovery

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 | 09:08

    Leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who the West believes was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent, has been discharged from hospital after a month and can make a full recovery, his doctors in Berlin said on Wednesday.

  • Trump won’t promise power transfer

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 | 09:07

    US president Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to guarantee that he will transfer power if he loses the November election, earning scorn from his Democratic challenger Joe Biden and even from within his party.

  • Malaysia’s Anwar has ‘backing’ to form gov’t

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 | 10:40

    Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Wednesday he had “formidable” support from members of parliament (MP) to form a new government, but the prime minister insisted he remained the country’s legitimate leader.

  • HCMC police station bomber gets 24 years

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 | 10:17

    The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on Tuesday sentenced a man who masterminded the Tan Binh district police station bombing to 24 years in prison for “carrying out terrorist activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration” and “illegal manufacturing, possession and trading of

  • MP takes on ‘The Lady’ in Myanmar

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 | 10:16

    Booted from Aung San Suu Kyi’s “chaotic and autocratic” party, a female member of Parliament (MP) is now taking on Myanmar’s national heroine in the upcoming election, claiming the country needs to work with, not against, a military accused of genocide.

  • Macron: No compromise with US on Iran sanctions

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 | 10:15

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said Europe would not compromise with the US over Washington’s move to reactivate sanctions on Iran, warning the so-called snapback could undermine the UN Security Council and increase Middle East tensions.