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Ban on large public gatherings extended for another fortnight Listen
The government has announced that a ban on gatherings of more than eight people would be extended for another two weeks, until June 4. Religious gatherings will be exempt from the ban, but the annual June Fourth candlelight vigil at Victoria Park will not get the go-ahead. Malik Peiris, a virologiy professor from the University of Hong Kong, told Annemarie Evans that is was prudent for local authorities to be prudent given a recent family cluster of confirmed coronavirus cases in the city.
Local unemployment hits 10-year high Listen
The city's jobless rate has climbed to 5.2 percent – its highest level in a decade – as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the city's economy and deepen hardship across major sectors. The figure was up from 4.2 percent for the previous three-month period. The government says the food and beverage sector was hardest hit, with the unemployment rate there hitting 12 percent. The construction sector, consumption and tourism-related sectors were also badly affected. Dr Andy Kwan, director of ACE Centre for Business and Economic Research, told Jim Gould that the latest figures were within expectations.
Myanmar police net huge synthetic drugs haul Listen
Police in Myanmar have seized South East Asia's biggest ever haul of synthetic drugs, the scale of which they described as "off the charts". More than 200m methamphetamine tablets, 500kg of crystal methamphetamine and 300kg of heroin were found in raids in north-east Shan state. Thirty-three people were arrested in the operations, which were carried out between February and April. Myanmar is thought to be the largest global source of methamphetamines. RTHK’s Southeast Asia correspondent Larry Jagan spoke to Annemarie Evans.