PRECAUTION Barriers have been set up in several villages in Pasay City to prohibit nonresidents from going in and out of these communities as Metro Manila undergoes another round of lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. INQUIRER file photo / MARIANNE BERMUDEZ MANILA, Philippines — The government’s pandemic policy-making body will no longer take into account the … [Read more...] about IATF will no longer consider COVID growth rate in determining alert levels
Post-pandemic or endemic? As Covid-19 is now projected to affect only small to medium sized slices of the population going forward, the Public Health Ministry will declare Thailand to be in post-pandemic mode from this Friday, according to health permanent secretary Kiattiphum Wongrajit. July 1 coincides with the abolition of the Thailand Pass pre-travel digital gateway … [Read more...] about Thailand to be “post pandemic” this week, not endemic
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 12.6 million individuals or 60% of the country’s adult population will benefit from the RM1.74bil allocated under Phase 2 of the Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia (BKM) scheme, says the Finance Minister. Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the beneficiaries comprised four million households, 1.2 million single senior citizens and 3.4 million … [Read more...] about 12.6 million to benefit from BKM
PETALING JAYA: Better national policies are needed to meet the needs of a growing number of women in Malaysia who are opting to marry later or remain single. Data from the Statistics Department (DOSM) shows that the average age of a woman's first marriage here has gone up from 23.5 years in 1980 to 28.1 years in 2020. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Critical Media Studies … [Read more...] about INTERACTIVE: More women are delaying marriage. Here’s why and why it matters.
PETALING JAYA: Barely three days after Malaysia reported its highest food inflation in 11 years, economists are warning consumers to brace themselves for higher inflationary pressure in the coming months. There is also further bad news. Alongside the higher prices, Malaysians also need to endure increased borrowing costs ahead, as the central bank is likely to raise interest … [Read more...] about Buckle up for higher inflation