Covid vaccinations continue amid spiking cases

Around the world, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has risen to more than 131 million and across Asia, nations are battling with the virus and looking to roll out vaccines. At the Asia Media Centre, we're helping you keep track of what's happening with a roundup of media coverage from across the region.

Vaccination rollout around the world and in Asia: 



Hindustan Times: Curfews and closures in force as six states record growing Covid infections
Times of India: Modi to meet chief ministers over steps to contain Covid spread
The Hindu: The pillars of an equitable post-Covid India


Bangkok Post: Sharp increase in Thai Covid cases
The Nation: Thailand to explore travel bubble with Singapore
The Thaiger: Songkran: Economy booster or Covid-19 spreader?


Antara: More than 8 million people vaccinated against Covid-19 so far
The Jakarta Post: Supporting a strong, inclusive and sustainable recovery in ASEAN
The Jakarta Globe: Indonesia's manufacturing books decade-high jump

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More than 8 million people have been vaccinated in Indonesia. Photo by Mufid Majnun on Unsplash


Channel News Asia: More data needed to assess if changes to border measures can be made for vaccinated travellers
Today: Government plans to allow residents aged under 45 to book vaccination slots from June
Straits Times: Vaccinating Asia: How does the world's largest continent immunise 4.5 billion people in shortest time possible?


Sixth Tone: Pregnant women can get vaccinated for Covid-19, China clarifies
Caixin: Covid vaccines by the numbers
Xinhua: Beijing sees tourism recovery during Qingming holiday

South Korea

Yonhap News Agency: Tougher virus curbs under review amid potential upticks
The Korea Herald: Over 70 percent of South Koreans willing to receive vaccine shots: poll
The Chosun Ilbo: Opinion: Pace of vaccination is a disgrace


The Japan Times: Covid-19 news updates (updated continuously)
The Asahi Shimbun: Ministry: 80 percent of Covid-19 deaths in Japan came after November
The Mainichi: Coronavirus spreads in northeast Japan with record number of patients hospitalised

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Covid cases in Osaka have surged and officials in the prefecture are looking to put stricter measures in place. Image: Wikimedia Commons


Philippine Star: WHO expert in Philippines to study Covid-19 variants
Rappler: Duterte government did not foresee gravity of virus spike in March 2021
Inquirer: Use hotels as treatment centres, doctors urge government


SGGP Online: Vietnam needs 150 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for her immunity
Viet Nam News: Vietjet resumes several international flights
Nhan Dan: Long-term vision on economic recovery


New Straits Times: Possibility of fourth wave depends on reopening of borders, Covid procedure adherence
The Star: Experts: Jab not an automatic licence to travel
Malaysiakini: Government to reconsider registration policy if vaccination sign up still slow by July

- Asia Media Centre