Covid tests, extended quarantines, and vaccine supply chains: A Covid roundup

Around the world, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has climbed above 63,000,000. Nations across Asia are battling the virus in their own ways with varying degrees of success. At the Asia Media Centre, we've gathered media coverage from across the region as countries grapple with the pandemic.

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 around the world and in Asia: 



Read India media reports:

Times of India: India's Covid count in November lowest in four months 
Hindustan Times: PM discusses Covid-19 vaccine development, delivery with three teams
The Print: Coronavirus: Latest updates on cases in India



Read Thailand media reports:

Bangkok Post: Health chiefs play down Chiang Mai lockdown talk after Covid scare
The Nation: Eight more Thais caught sneaking back from Myanmar


Read Indonesia media reports:

The Jakarta Globe: Indonesia claims Covid cold chain for vaccine distribution nears completion
The Jakarta Globe: Nine months since Covid outbreak, case numbers continue to set records
The Jakarta Post: Jokowi calls for patience as schools remain closed amid virus concerns


Read Singapore media reports:

Channel News Asia: Singapore and Hong Kong defer air travel bubble launch
Channel News Asia:
Singapore firm creates portable Covid-19 test that can produce results in five minutes
Today: Singapore studies effect of Covid-19 on mother and foetus after baby born with antibodies

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Singapore company Cell ID has developed a Covid test that can return a positive result within five minutes. Image: Channel News Asia



Read Chinese media reports:

Caixin: Southwest China city goes on high alert after Korean tests positive for Covid-19
Sixth Tone: China's Sinopham seeking approval for Covid-19 vaccine

South Korea

Read South Korean media reports:

Yonhap News Agency: South Korea braces for 'toughest' virus battle in winter, people urged to follow antivirus curbs 
The Korea Herald: Exports rebound in November amid virus resurgence


Read Japan media reports:

The Japan Times: Covid-19 news updates (updated continuously)
The Asahi Shimbun: Anti-Covid-19 measures to add 100 billion yen to cost of games
The Japan News: Suga stops short of suspending trips from Osaka, Sapporo in Go To campaign


Read Philippines media reports:

Philippine Star: Live updates: Covid-19 and extended quarantine in the Philippines
Rappler: Easing of age restrictions for GCQ

Philippine Star: Metro Manila, seven others under GCQ until December 31

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Metro Manila will be under GCQ until December 31. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Read Vietnam media reports:

Viet Nam News: Hotel owners sell out to stave off bankruptcy


Read Malaysia media reports:

Malaysiakini: Covid-19 in Malaysia
New Straits Times: Top Glove to work with government to flatten Covid-19 curve
New Straits Times: 18 points to prevent foreign workers' virus infection


Read Bangladesh media reports:

New Age: Positivity rates, new cases jump to three-month highs in Bangladesh
The Independent: Three crore vaccine doses to be given free: Cabinet Secretary

- Asia Media Centre