Covid-19 fears spark prison riot in Thailand

Publication date 31 March 2020 | 00:43 | ICT

Dozens of prisoners broke furniture and torched buildings during a riot in a Thai jail on Sunday sparked by fears of a coronavirus outbreak in the facility.



  • Trump extends US social distancing

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 21:49 | ICT

    President Donald Trump has extended emergency coronavirus restrictions for the US, where his top scientist warned up to 200,000 people could die, as the Russian capital and Africa’s biggest city readied to go into lockdown on Monday

  • North Korea says tested ‘super-large’ rocket launchers

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 21:47 | ICT

    Nuclear-armed North Korea successfully tested “super-large multiple rocket launchers”, state media said on Monday, but leader Kim Jong-un was not described as commanding the drill as analysts say Pyongyang seeks to normalise its lau

  • Libya frees over 450 prison inmates

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 21:46 | ICT

    Libya's justice ministry announced on Sunday that over 450 prisoners were being freed in a bid to protect against the spread of coronavirus in the wake of the war-torn country’s first declared infections.

  • HCMC to provide $42 monthly allowance

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 21:45 | ICT

    The Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee on Thursday approved paying an allowance of one million dong ($42.60) per month to people losing their livelihoods due to the Covid-19 pandemic from the outlay meant for paying wage hikes this ye

  • Food shortage looming in the Philippines

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 21:44 | ICT

    Faced with a looming food crisis as the financial assistance promised by the national government has yet to reach them, people in various parts of Luzon, Philippines are left to their own devices to stave off hunger.

  • Eight dead as plane catches fire in Manila

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 21:42 | ICT

    A Japan-bound plane caught fire on takeoff at Manila airport in the Philippines late on Sunday, killing all eight people on board, airport authorities said.

  • US regulator approves limited use of malaria drugs for coronavirus

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 21:39 | ICT

    A limited emergency-use authorisation for two anti-malarial drugs touted as game-changers by President Donald Trump has been issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat coronavirus patients.

  • Cruise company in search of port for virus-stricken liner

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 21:36 | ICT

    Passengers on a virus-stricken cruise liner entered the Panama Canal in Central America on Sunday after they were told the company was still searching for a port which will allow them to disembark, even as they pleaded for help.

  • Hong Kong backup plans urged in event of medical shortages

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 21:35 | ICT

    The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government should make backup plans to make more isolation facilities available and deploy medical employees more effectively to prevent a collapse of the city’s medical system in the event of a community outbreak of Covid-19, a medical expert said on

  • Indonesia Covid-19 treatment disrupted

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 01:19 | ICT

    Medical worker associations in Indonesia have threatened to stop treating Covid-19 patients if the government does not ensure the availability of protective health gear amid a shortage of such equipment.