The measures include cash handouts to welfare card holders and special groups, co-payments and cash rebates, and will be implemented from July.
While these job losses are linked to the end of its wage subsidy, more people are beginning to find jobs, says the treasury secretary.
The government has been asked to extend the wage subsidy programme throughout all phases of MCO and [Conditional] MCO, or at least till December.
This will apply to all government employees, which includes civil servants, non-civil service contract staff and post-retirement service contract staff.
RM$2.1 billion (US$0.51 billion) will be distributed to lower-income workers who earn less than RM5,000 (US$1,212) each month.
Enhanced wage support for select businesses affected by the city-state’s tighter measures has also been announced.
On Monday, it approved an additional NT$420 billion in stimulus spending to support the economy as business activities are curbed.
Selected workers and the self-employed in Taiwan can expect to receive subsidies ranging from US$361 to US$1,083.
The measures include assistance to the tourism industry, which has been hit badly by the outbreak, and support to retain jobs at smaller companies.
To encourage the flow of people from urban to regional areas, the government will raise the national average of minimum wages to ¥1,000 per hour.
The country is reporting almost 200,000 COVID-19 cases daily, causing many local governments to impose curbs to control the spread of the virus.
These include making sure that premises are equipped with a safe entry QR code, thermometers and hand sanitisers
The proposal would allow workers who have to take unpaid leave to take care of their children to apply for the subsidies.
Some companies, both in the public and private sector, have already begun lining up its vaccination programme for their staff and family members.
This brings the total amount of a COVID-19 response fund to RM$65 billion, most of which has been allocated to save jobs and subsidise daily expenses.
The government has further tightened MCO measures, which include a mandate of more WFH arrangements and a cap on operating hours.
Official figures also show an improvement in youth unemployment, which is now better than at the start of the pandemic.
Japan’s economy shrank an annualised 5.1% in Q1 as a slow vaccination rollout and a spike in COVID-19 cases hit spending on dining out and retail.
This comes amid fears that the salaries of civil servants could suffer a cut this year as Hong Kong continues to be impacted by the pandemic.
The study, produced jointly by WHO and the International Labour Organisation, showed that most victims (72%) were men, middle-aged or older.
The move to remote work comes as an increasingly number of COVID-19 infections are reported in Taiwan.
The government will continue subsidies for the unemployed, and vocational training, upskilling, internships for college graduates.
The proposals for higher wages could be reflected in the government’s mid-year policy guidelines, and will provide the basis for its fiscal year budget in 2022.
The government will co-pay wages of local employees up to the first S$4,600 of gross monthly wages during the period in which dining-in is prohibited.
CJ Group was the latest to announce a paid vaccination leave for its employees, who can take two days off to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.
Companies in Miyagi, Osaka, and Hyōgo Prefectures were asked to adopt remote work arrangements to control the spread of COVID-19.
From May 16 to June 13, the size of group gatherings allowed will be cut from five people to two as employees are told to WFH whenever possible,
The number of employed workers in South Korea totalled 27.21 million in April, up 652,000 from a year ago.
An inquiry made into how the scheme was managed revealed that applications were approved based on verbal confirmation, without documents.
In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Malaysia, the government has imposed a nationwide movement control order.