Regional roundup: Cases rise above 16 million

Around the world, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 16,500,000. 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:

The Times of India: Coronavirus live rolling updates
Deccan Herald: BIEC opens India's largest COVID care centre  
The Print: India's COVID future ultimately depends on the people, state response, says top health officer



Read Thailand media reports:

Bangkok Post: Officials mull full reopening of classrooms
The Nation: September 26 deadline for tourist and transit visa, VoA holders to leave country


Read Indonesia media reports:

The Jakarta Post: Indonesia in the dark about peak as coronavirus cases top 100,000 
The Jakarta Globe: Jakarta reports most COVID-19 cases, surges continue in central Java


Read Singapore media reports:

Today: COVID-19: Where the clusters are
Channel News Asia: How COVID-19 shaped this Singapore Cabinet line-up
Straits Times: Fight against coronavirus turning into mental battle as fatigue sets in

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Experts in Singapore are warning psychological fatigue and a false sense of security could mean people drop safe social distancing measures. File photo: Photo by Keith Yap on Unsplash


Read Chinese media reports:

Caixin Global: Chinese students at US colleges face uncertain future
Sixth Tone: Shanghai cancels major international sporting events scheduled for 2020
Xinhua: Northeast China city tests 1.25 million in a day after new COVID-19 cases reported

South Korea

Read South Korean media reports:

Yonhap News Agency: South Korea will push to charge foreigners for COVID-19 treatment 
The Korea Herald: COVID-19 fallout in culture, sports, tourism sectors tops W7tr: govt
The Korea Times: Korean banks losing clout abroad amid pandemic


Read Japan media reports:

The Japan Times: Fears grow over complacency as Japan sees nationwide coronavirus spike
The Mainichi: Japan to conduct first nationwide virus-linked mental health survey
The Asahi Shimbun: Koike to Tokyo residents: Act as if second wave of COVID-19 is here


Read Myanmar media reports:

Myanmar Times: Are Yangonites relaxing on masks prematurely?
Frontier Myanmar: Stockpiling and loans: Myanmar's rice sector resilient to COVID-19

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COVID-19 does not appear to have had a significant impact on monsoon planting in Myanmar, according to Frontier Myanmar. Photo by Theme Inn on Unsplash.


Read Vietnam media reports:

Viet Nam News: Health ministry issues urgent notice to trace people who may have come into contact with COVID-19 cases
Viet Nam News: New coronavirus strain recorded in Vietnam


Read Philippines media reports:

Philippine Star: Live updates: COVID-19 and extended quarantine in the Philippines
Rappler: No mention of COVID-19 response roadmap in Duterte's SONA 


Read Malaysia media reports:

Malaysiakini: COVID-19 cases in Malaysia (graph)                        
New Straits Times: Dr Noor Hisham: COVID-19 third wave possible


Read Bangladesh media reports:

New Age: Bangladesh has passed COVID-19 peak time: DGHS
The Daily Star: Number of tests keeps dropping

- Asia Media Centre