The Latest: Swiss officials confirm first coronavirus death

5:30 p.m. Authorities in Switzerland say a 74-year-old woman infected with COVID-19 has died, the first death due to the new virus reported in the country. The Federal Office of Public Health

Workers Stadium medical station to be moved to Macau Forum

The provisional medical station at the Macao Federation of Trade Unions Workers Stadium, located right beside the Border Gate, will be relocated to the Macau Forum due

Monetary Authority cuts base rate to 1.50%

The Monetary Authority of Macau (AMCM) lowered the benchmark interest rate yesterday by 50 basis points to 1.50%, in line with similar decisions in Hong Kong

New Thai travel restrictions target those who set foot in Macau

An announcement Tuesday from Thailand’s Public Health Ministry designated eleven countries and territories as high-risk areas for Covid-19. The territories and countries referenced are the

Philippine gov’t to bring home citizens stranded in Macau

Some 148 Filipinos stranded in Macau will be repatriated by the Philippine government, the country’s presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo has announced. An official date for the chartered

AirAsia, EVA Air express confidence in local market despite virus blow

AirAsia has expressed full confidence that Southeast Asian routes can resume in a short time, after several of its flight routes were canceled due to the Covid-19

Gov’t subsidized housing application period postponed

The application period for an upcoming government subsidized housing project has been extended by a month, with the new closing date to be April 27,

Briefs | Police academy to have a new rector

Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak has appointed a new rector to the Academy of Public Security Forces. The new director is Wong Chi Fai, who is the

Tour guides, drivers, and construction workers among most affected by Covid-19

Tour guides, occupational drivers and construction workers are among those local employees most affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) said in

Vulnerable families to receive early subsidy today

Households benefiting from subsidies from the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS) will receive an early payment of the subsidy today as announced by the Secretary for Economy

MGM Rides Out the Storm of Epidemic with Macau

The outbreak of coronavirus has led to weeks of bitterness for both Mainland China and Macau. At this difficult time, MGM has launched a series of relief initiatives,

China’s schools, forced online by virus, run into censors

Less than 30 minutes into a lecture on bioinformatics, Chu Xinjian’s class was abruptly cut short. It was the first day of an unusual semester. Across China, schools

Covid-19 | South Korea hunts sick beds as West readies for long virus fight

China prepared to close temporary hospitals while South Korea struggled to find enough beds for its sick yesterday as the virus epidemic that began in Asia increasingly

USA | Biden’s stunning turnabout remakes democratic race

Less than a month ago, Joe Biden’s campaign was in free fall. Even after he mounted a comeback in South Carolina, he confronted the reality of

This Day in History | 1953 – Soviet leader ‘on brink of death’

Rumours are circulating in Moscow that Joseph Stalin, the long-time leader of the Soviet Union, is near death. The first official news of Mr Stalin’s illness came

Vietnam buying $3 billion in US farm goods to ease Trump tariff threats

Vietnam, looking to allay the Trump administration’s wrath over its soaring trade surplus with the U.S., is committing to buy $3 billion in farm products from Nebraska.

The Art of Giving | Modern philanthropy: the love of humankind and social distance

Social distance” is one of the most debated concepts in international sociology. The term is extensively used today in studies of ethnicity, class, gender, socio-economic status and

Tokyo 2020 | ‘Host City Contract’ gives IOC much leeway to cancel Olympics

Japan’s Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto suggested in Parliament this week that the Tokyo Games could be postponed by a few months from the planned July 24

World briefs

TRAVEL Amazon and other big companies are trying to keep their employees healthy by banning business trips, but they’ve dealt a gut punch to a travel industry

The Buzz | Coronavirus: Chinese app WeChat censored virus content since Jan 1

China’s most popular messaging app has been censoring key words about the coronavirus outbreak from as early as January 1, a report has found. Toronto-based research group

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