Regional roundup: Cases rise above 20 million

Around the world, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen above 20,000,000. 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:

Deccan Herald: Economy recovery signs wane as COVID-19 cases surge
The Print: 7000 samples in seven days: 170 health workers begin sero survey in Indore's 85 wards



Read Thailand media reports:

Bangkok Post: Two-day streak of no new COVID cases
The Nation: COVID-19 vaccine 'will be out in six months'


Read Indonesia media reports:

The Jakarta Post: COVID-19 must not blind us to exploitation of workers
The Jakarta Globe: Indonesia sees lowest COVID-19 deaths in more than a month


Read Singapore media reports:

Today: COVID-19: Where the clusters are
Channel News Asia: COVID-19: 24,000 offered jobs, work attachments under SGUnited package between March and July
Straits Times: Singapore will not return to pre-COVID-19 world, must chart a new path: Chan Chun Sing

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Singapore needs to chart a new path in a post-COVID world, Singapore's Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said.  Photo by Keith Yap on Unsplash


Read Chinese media reports:

Caixin Global: Chinese researchers find mutation that could make COVID-19 10 times more infectious
Sixth Tone: 14 days not always enough COVID-19, study suggests
Xinhua: Beijing staggers school openings to prevent COVID-19

South Korea

Read South Korean media reports:

Yonhap News Agency: Three new mutated COVID-19 strains detected in South Korea: KCDC
The Korea Herald: Church-linked infections rise
The Korea Times: Unemployment benefit payments hit record


Read Japan media reports:

The Japan Times: COVID-19 news updates (updated continuously)
The Mainichi: Japan's COVID-19 'excess mortality' relatively low', but fails to show whole picture 
The Asahi Shimbun: Tokyo reports 197 new cases as daily number dips below 200


Read Myanmar media reports:

Myanmar Times: No new local COVID-19 transmissions for nearly one month in Myanmar
Frontier Myanmar: Millions of families receive first cash handouts under COVID-19 relief scheme


Read Vietnam media reports:

Viet Nam News: Social distancing orders strengthened in Da Nang
Viet Nam News: Vietnam faces lowest growth in 35 years

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Amid rising community cases, social distancing measures in Vietnam have been put in place. Photo: Wikimedia Commons


Read Philippines media reports:

Philippine Star: Live updates: COVID-19 and extended quarantine in the Philippines
Rappler: Philippines cries foul over Thai headline calling it 'the land of COVID'


Read Malaysia media reports:

Malaysiakini: COVID-19 cases in Malaysia (graph)                        
New Straits Times: Borders must remain shut to foreign tourists until local COVID-19 cases contained


Read Bangladesh media reports:

New Age: Cabinet orders mobile court operation to ensure mask use
The Daily Star: Nearly 20 lakh Dhaka residents could be COVID-19 positive, 78 percent asymptomatic: study

- Asia Media Centre