Looming third waves overhang post-pandemic plans for parts of Asia

Around the world, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has climbed over 55,000,000. 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: 'Unprecedented' Covid situation in Delhi, could worsen: Niti Aayog
NDTV: India in talks with Moderna for its Covid vaccine candidate
The Print: Coronavirus: Latest updates on cases in India



Read Thailand media reports:

Bangkok Post: Ruling looms on decision to decrease quarantine time period
The Nation: Stringent checks at Thai-Malaysia border to curb Covid


Read Indonesia media reports:

The Jakarta Post: Tourism ministry rolls out integrated '3K' system for top 10 destinations to help amid pandemic
The Jakarta Globe: Jakarta sees resurgence in new coronavirus cases


Read Singapore media reports:

Today: SIA Group passenger carriage down 98.1 percent in October amid 'tepid' demand for air travel
Channel News Asia: Forming an air travel bubble with Singapore: After Hong Kong, which destination could be next?

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The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group suffered a 98.1 per cent year-on-year decline in passenger carriage in October, despite moves to open Singapore's borders to more places. 


Read Chinese media reports:

Sixth Tone: Post-pandemic recovery sees smog return to northern China
Xinhua: China increases efforts to block Covid-19 through imported foods

South Korea

Read South Korean media reports:

Yonhap News Agency: Distancing scheme in greater Seoul raised to level 1.5 amid virus resurgence
The Korea Herald: Daily Covid-19 cases could top 400 in a month


Read Japan media reports:

The Japan Times: Tokyo to raise virus alert level to highest as cases rise, report says
The Asahi Shimbun: Bach: Tokyo Olympic 'participants' encouraged to get vaccine 

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Olympic “participants” and fans arriving for next year's postponed Tokyo Games will be encouraged to be vaccinated to protect the Japanese public.


Read Myanmar media reports:

Myanmar Times: Mandalay election commission members test positive for Covid-19
Frontier Myanmar: Health officials brace for post-election Covid-19 spike


Read Philippines media reports:

Philippine Star: Live updates: Covid-19 and extended quarantine in the Philippines
Rappler: DOH: Apply health standards to avoid Covid-19 surges in evacuation centres


Read Malaysia media reports:

Malaysiakini: Modelling suggests Covid-19 cases to rise steadily unless more is done
New Straits Times: Case and cluster update (updated continuously) 


Read Bangladesh media reports:

New Age: Mobile courts ordered in capital to ensure mask use


Read Vietnam media reports:

Viet Nam News: One Covid relapse suspect reported in Hanoi

- Asia Media Centre