Covid roundup: Pandemic death toll rises to 5 million

Around the world, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases exceeds 247 million.  Across Asia, which has had almost 80 million cases, nations are battling with the virus and rolling 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: 



Times of India: Vaccination rate gets a boost as second dose coverage rises
The Hindu: Modi to hold meeting with district magistrates to address low vaccination coverage


Bangkok Post: Reopening begins in a positive atmosphere
The Nation: Now double-jabbed tourists from 63 countries can visit Thailand 


The Jakarta Globe: Indonesia approves Sinovac vaccine for children aged six and above
Antara: Indonesia, India discuss cooperation in vaccination certificates

Indonesia has approved vaccinations for children as young as six. Photo by Mufid Majnun on Unsplash  


Channel News Asia: Singapore's Covid-19 death rate 'very low'; healthcare system stressed but not overwhelmed
Today: Singapore marks 200,000 Covid cases since beginning of the pandemic


Sixth Tone: A border city offers a peek into China's 'Zero-Covid' strategy
Xinhua: More schools in Ningxia suspend in-person classes for Covid-19  control

South Korea 

The Korea Herald: Cases surge as 'living with Covid' starts
The Chosun Ilbo: Booster jabs planned for over-50s

In Korea, Covid-19 vaccine booster shots will be given to people in their 50s who received their second dose six months ago.


The Asahi Shimbun: Vox Populi: It is time for Japan to reopen its doors to foreign students
The Mainichi: Experts warn of 6th wave as Covid cases decrease in Japan but rise overseas


Philippine Star: Over 8.2 million Covid-19 jabs to arrive by December
Rappler: Covid-19 vaccination for minors aged 12-17 in the Philippines: What we know so far


Viet Nam News: Welcome to Vietnam in the "new normal"
SGGP Online: Vietnam accepts vaccine passports from 72 countries, territories


New Straits Times: Covid-19 deaths, infectivity rates climbing
The Sun Daily: Booster Covid-19 jabs for all MPs from tomorrow

- Asia Media Centre