Media reports: COVID-19 across Asia

Around the world, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen above 3,000,000, with that figure increasing by hundreds every day. Nations across Asia are battling the virus in their own ways and with varying degrees of success. At the Asia Media Centre, we've gathered media coverage from across Asian countries as they grapple with the pandemic. 


Confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world and in Asia 



Read Chinese media reports:

Caixin Global: The medical mystery of positive COVID-19 tests in recovered patients
Sixth Tone: China banks on 'Consumption Coupons'
China Daily: No evidence indicates novel coronavirus leaked from Chinese lab: Report 


South Korea

Read South Korean media reports:

Yonhap News Agency: South Korea sees no new local infection cases for second day
The Korea Herald: 'Even if second wave happens, it won't be like the first'
The Korea Herald: Hopes for normal life rise as South Korea begins COVID-19 exit


Read Japan media reports:

The Asahi Shimbun: Abe's delicate balancing act in extending state of emergency
The Japan Times: COVID-19 news update (rolling coverage)
The Asahi Shimbun: IOC can't 'go on forever postponing' Games - Coe


Read Singapore media reports:

Today: More than 600 new cases, including 3rd infection at Singapore Expo community care facility
Channel News Asia: 'Never approach people from behind': How enforcement officers and ambassadors handle the public
Straits Times: Safe distancing enforcement officer who was stabbed now in stable condition, says NParks

Local COVID-19 clusters in Singapore. Source: Today/Google Maps


Read India media reports:

The Times of India: Coronavirus live rolling updates
Hindustan Times: India a step closer to making key drug to treat COVID-19
The Hindu: COVID-19: 13 wards in Bengaluru in red zone


Read Thailand media reports:

Bangkok Post: 50,000 set to leave Phuket
The Nation: Second stage contagion now a real danger, public health chief warns


Read Indonesia media reports:

The Jakarta Post: Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figures (graph)
The Jakarta Globe: Jokowi's new five-point plan anticipates second wave of pandemic


Read Myanmar media reports:

Myanmar Times: Government announces list of essential businesses in Myanmar
Frontier Myanmar: Patients, medical workers battle discrimination as well as disease

ashkan forouzani ignxm3E1Rg4 unsplash 2Patients and medical workers in Myanmar have faced an increase in hate speech and discrimination according to Frontier Myanmar. Photo by Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash


Read Vietnam media reports:

Viet Nam News: Viet Nam's COVID-19 response by the numbers
Viet Nam News: US grants Viet Nam US$9.5 million to combat COVID-19


Read Philippines media reports:

Philippine Star: Live updates: COVID-19 and extended quarantine in the Philippines
Inquirer: Duterte to ask DOJ if it's legal to stop migration of health workers amid pandemic


Read Malaysia media reports:

Malaysiakini: COVID-19 cases in Malaysia (graph)
New Straits Times: State governments may be sued if they don't comply with Conditional Movement Control Order
The Star: Those entering country via Johor must still be quarantined


Read Bangladesh media reports:

New Age: COVID-19 detection tops 10,000
The Daily Star: Businesses to reopen May 10

- Asia Media Centre