June regional roundup: Asia tackles COVID-19

Around the world, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen above 6, 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 Chinese media reports:

Caixin Global: China's 'Bat Woman' warns coronavirus is 'just the tip of the iceberg'
Sixth Tone: China's public health experts need more authority, says CDC head
China Daily: Publishers eye joining COVID-19 database


South Korea

Read South Korean media reports:

Yonhap News Agency: Church-tied virus cases on steady rise ahead of further school reopenings
The Korea Herald: 'Single-largest extra budget' sought to deal with COVID-19 fallout
The Korea Times: North Korea encourages non-face-to-face services amid coronavirus fears


Read Japan media reports:

The Asahi Shimbun: Schools reopen after three-month shutdown but virus fears linger
The Japan Times: Tokyo enters phase two of virus plans but is governor moving too fast?
The Japan News: University of Tokyo finds simple coronavirus antibody test gives many false positives


Read Singapore media reports:

Today: COVID-19: Where the clusters are
Channel News Asia: Singapore's circuit breaker and beyond: Timeline of the COVID-19 reality
Straits Times: Phased reopening will protect lives and livelihoods: Lawrence Wong 

1920px Controlled entry into Compass One 2020 05 16All incoming visitors have to queue up and provide their identification card (NRIC) for scanning before being allowed inside the mall, as part of Singapore's safety measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Wikimedia Commons


Read India media reports:

The Times of India: Coronavirus live rolling updates
Hindustan Times: Karnataka suspends all transport from five states to stem COVID-19 spread
The Hindu: Stricter policing on the cards for cluster containment


Read Thailand media reports:

Bangkok Post: Phuket opens ports and road crossing
The Nation: Schools handed six guidelines ahead of possible July reopening


Read Indonesia media reports:

The Jakarta Post: Jakarta readies sports hall to quarantine travelers returning to city without permit
The Jakarta Globe: World Bank approves $250m loan of Indonesia's COVID-19 relief


Read Vietnam media reports:

Viet Nam News: More than a dozen patients with COVID-19 recover across the country
Nhan Dan: Vietnam seeks to attract relocated investment in the wake of coronavirus

Medical Checkpoint at Saigon Railway StationA medical checkpoint at Saigon Railway Station. Many of Vietnam's COVID-19 patients have recovered from the virus. Photo: Wikimedia Commons


Read Myanmar media reports:

Myanmar Times: No more additional budget for COVID-19 in 2019-20: minister
Frontier Myanmar: 'The disease still scares me': A day with the COVID-19 testing team


Read Philippines media reports:

Philippine Star: Live updates: COVID-19 and extended quarantine in the Philippines
Inquirer: Chaos as thousands return to work in Metro Manila
Rappler: House one step away from passing P1.3 trillion stimulus package vs pandemic


Read Malaysia media reports:

Malaysiakini: COVID-19 cases in Malaysia (graph)
New Straits Times: NST Leader: The coronavirus course
The Star: Customers returning slowly again


Read Bangladesh media reports:

New Age: Country to be zoned to check virus spread
The Daily Star: Experts warn of darker days ahead

- Asia Media Centre