Asia News Today | China underneath lockdown & South Korea upholds ban on tattooing

Tens of tens of millions of individuals in China are underneath lockdown, together with within the largest metropolis Shanghai. Thailand’s infection numbers continue to creep up, already much greater than at their peak final 12 months. Hong Kong morgues are overwhelmed and sufferers are being turned away from hospitals. In South Korea, health authorities are reporting the most instances per capita on the planet. Vietnam can additionally be reporting record case numbers, being within the prime 5 for complete infections, globally, over the past few days. In other components of Asia, the story is slightly completely different, with the worst of their Omicron surge, seemingly in the rearview mirror. Over the past two years, locations like Singapore, South Korea, and even China, have been reported as Covid-19 success stories… their stringent, even draconian border guidelines helping them to maintain case numbers low. And total deaths too, when compared to a lot of the relaxation of the world. And a bit additional south there have been very low an infection charges in Australia and New Zealand before the Omicron variant overwhelmed their earlier defences. How this has occurred is the topic of a particular Asia News Today report over the weekend on The Thaiger YouTube channel, known as ‘Asia within the Covid Twilight Zone’. —–
Yesterday, in a extremely staged and provocative struggle games scenario, US and Filipino marines leaped out of amphibious autos and helicopters to defend an island, in this case, a northern Filipino island, from potential aggressors in a pointed struggle exercise and present of American firepower. The exercise was staged in Claveria town, on a beach facing both China and Taiwan — a clear message being despatched from both the Philippine and US governments on addressing China’s rising affect and ambitions, and its claims over Taiwan. The mock combat had a happy ending for the allied forces efficiently who had been able to the island earlier than it could presumably be seized by un-named invaders. Called Index … the Filipino phrase for ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ … the annual workouts will proceed up to April eight with almost 9,000 navy, marines, air force and army troops collaborating in what US and Filipino navy officials are calling “real-world challenges”. There was 5,a hundred American navy personnel concerned within the latest extremely publicised example of sabre-rattling over the thorny South China Sea and Taiwan issues. Last week, the US Indo-Pacific commander stated that China had absolutely militarised a minimum of three of the islands it constructed in the South China Sea and claimed they’d armed them with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile systems, laser and jamming equipment. ——
During a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister in China, the Indonesian FM Retno Marsudi has pressed Moscow to end its 5 week struggle with Ukraine. She spoke in regards to the pressing humanitarian scenario in Ukraine and the ripple effects on neighbouring countries and the global economic system. The comments are a stroll again from Indonesia’s earlier neutral stance on the conflict. She said….Indonesia conveyed the significance of ending the struggle instantly because of its tremendous humanitarian influence, to not mention its impression on international financial recovery. Whilst in Beijing she also spoke to the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi asking Beijing to assist efforts to end the Russian invasion. She later informed reporters that she conveyed the importance to all parties, together with China, to push for an instantaneous finish to the warfare. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, greater than 4 million Ukrainians have fled the nation, according to UN figures. ——
Now for a particular Asia News Today report about Sri Lanka….As of yesterday, diesel is nearly impossible to search out at stations throughout Sri Lanka. Petrol is on sale but in short supply, with many drivers, ready in lengthy queues, abandoning their automobiles. Private businesses say they’ve already run out of fuel, and even skeleton companies will not be potential in retail stores and workplaces after today. Now, Sri Lanka is grappling with a thirteen hour power blackout, the longest outtage ever recorded. The state owned electrical energy provider reports that it will be pressured to enforce a thirteen hour energy cut that started yesterday because they didn’t have diesel for turbines. Many of the country’s public hospitals have now been pressured to stop surgical procedures as a result of they’ve run out of crucial life-saving medicines. This is on prime of a scarcity of important goods, and excessive value spikes, caused by a broad import ban imposed in 2020 because of Sri Lanka’s debt. One electrical energy board chairman says that hydro reservoirs, which give greater than a third of electrical energy, at the moment are dangerously low, with the country’s annual wet season not anticipated till July. The power outages have prompted enraged protests throughout Sri Lanka, as tons of of drivers continue to dam main roads in several cities. The chairman of the private bus operators says that busses won’t be able to run if they don’t get provides urgently. ——
South Korea’s Constitutional Court has upheld a ban on tattooing, confirming South Korea as the one developed nation that solely permits absolutely qualified medical professionals to carry out tattoo procedures. Tattoo artists, who largely work in South Korea’s underground financial system, have criticised the choice, describing it as backward and lacking cultural understanding. Despite the long-standing ban, South Korea has almost 50,000 tattoo artists, who face police raids and daily prosecution for conducting their businesses. Violating the ban is punishable with fines of around US$41,300, as nicely as draconian jail phrases, as much as a full life sentence. In a 5-4 vote, the Constitutional Court dominated on Thursday that the legislation was constitutional. It dismissed the fits, saying tattooing brings potential unwanted effects and issues of safety. While tattoos should be covered up on Korean tv, many celebrities, together with members of K-pop bands, are now flaunting them. Most notably, Jungkook from South Korean superstars, BTS, has

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