Regional roundup: Asia's battle with COVID-19

Around the world, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen above 2,500,000, 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. Source:


Read Chinese media reports:

Caixin Global: China Business Digest: The latest on COVID-19
Caixin Global: Beijing steps up disease control measures after COVID-19 cluster emerges
Sixth Tone: Wuhan’s revised COVID-19 data shows 50 percent increase in deaths
China Daily: Risk rising of imports of virus via land border 


South Korea

Read South Korean media reports:

Yonhap News Agency: South Korea reports single-digit new virus cases again
The Korea Herald: Seoul says no signs of Kim Jong-un gravely ill
The Korea Herald: Second wave seems inevitable, KCDC says


Read Japan media reports:

The Asahi Shimbun: Japan’s virus death toll climbs to record 25 for a single day
The Asahi Shimbun: Cash payments for coronavirus program set to start in May
The Japan Times: New wave of coronavirus infections threatens Japan’s hospitals as emergency care collapses


Read Singapore media reports:

Today: COVID-19 outbreak: Where the clusters are
Channel News Asia: COVID-19 circuit breaker extended until June 1 as Singapore aims to bring down community cases ‘decisively’
Straits Times: Singapore facing two separate outbreaks: in the community and in foreign worker dormitories


Read Thailand media reports:

Bangkok Post: Visas extended, relief measures approved
The Nation: More provinces shutter public outlets to create social distance amid COVID-19


Read Indonesia media reports:

The Jakarta Post: Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figures
The Jakarta Globe: Jokowi bans Mudik as police prepare to close off roads in and out of Jakarta


Read India media reports:

The Times of India: Coronavirus live rolling updates
Hindustan Times: Test all patients getting hospital admissions for COVID-19: Centre to states
The Hindu: Huge spike of cases likely in Mumbai, says Central panel


Read Myanmar media reports:

Myanmar Times: COVID-19 cases in Myanmar inch up
Frontier Myanmar: Community quarantine: On the rural frontline in the fight against COVID-19


Read Vietnam media reports:

Viet Nam News: COVID-19 control measures to be gradually eased
Viet Nam News: Viet Nam, Cuba to cooperate in researching anti-coronavirus drugs and vaccine


Read Philippines media reports:

Philippine Star: No total lockdown: Duterte decides on enhanced community quarantine tomorrow
Inquirer: COVID-19 cases in Philippines now more than 6500


Read Malaysia media reports:

Malaysiakini: COVID-19 cases in Malaysia (graph)
New Straits Times: Coronavirus surveillance: How much is too much?
The Star: Government yet to decide on movement control order extension


Read Bangladesh media reports:

The Daily Star: Outbreak may be approaching peak
New Age: COVID-19 situation in Bangladesh

- Asia Media Centre