Regional roundup: Cases near 30 million

Around the world, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has risen above 29,000,000. 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: Plastic shields, MPs seated in galleries Parliament's new normal
Deccan Herald: Odisha asks private hospitals to reserve 50 percent of beds for Covid-19 patients
The Print: Coronavirus: Latest updates on cases in India 



Read Thailand media reports:

Bangkok Post: Tourism Authority of Thailand says country ready to reopen
The Nation: Covid situation in Myanmar may pressure Thai stock market


Read Indonesia media reports:

The Jakarta Post: Jakarta back under social restrictions, but less strict than before
The Jakarta Globe: Jakarta adds 15,000 Covid-19 cases in past two weeks


Read Singapore media reports:

Today: Explainer: How the TraceTogether token works
Channel News Asia: Queues, more visitors return to popular markets after lifting of Covid-19 entry restrictions

TraceTogether Token

The Singapore government has started rolling out TraceTogether Tokens - a hardware version of the current Covid contact tracing app. Image:


Read Chinese media reports:

Caixin Global: Nanjing man tests positive for coronavirus weeks after lockdown ends
Xinhua: Chinese people embrace normal life amid regular Covid-19 control, prevention

South Korea

Read South Korean media reports:

Yonhap News Agency: New daily virus cases under 200 for nearly two weeks: eased virus curbs applied in greater Seoul
The Korea Herald: 
South Korea ponders ways to make physical distancing more bearable
The Korea Times: Korea to develop Covid-19 treatment this year, vaccine next year


Read Japan media reports:

The Japan Times: Covid-19 news updates (updated continuously)
The Mainichi: Foreigners in Japan becoming target of discrimination due to virus
The Asahi Shimbun: 80 new Covid cases in Tokyo, first time in a week to go under 100


Read Myanmar media reports:

Myanmar Times: Mandalay to resume Covid-19 spot checks
Frontier Myanmar: Experimental plasma treatment saves eight severe Covid-19 patients


Read Vietnam media reports:

Viet Nam NewsVietnam to be only country in region to attain positive growth in 2020: report 
SGGP Online: Social distancing rule for public transport vehicles from Da Nang removed

1024px Da Nang view from top of Son Tra

Social distancing measures on Da Nang's public transport system have been eased. Photo: Wikimedia Commons


Read Philippines media reports:

Philippine Star: Live updates: Covid-19 and extended quarantine in the Philippines
Rappler: Duterte officials clash over reduced physical distance in public transport


Read Malaysia media reports:

Malaysiakini: Covid-19 in Malaysia           
New Straits Times: RMCO: Foreign spouses, children can now apply to return


Read Bangladesh media reports:

New Age: Employment situation in dire straits
The Daily Star: Decision to reduce number of Covid-19 hospitals worries experts

- Asia Media Centre