The Corona Virus epidemic in Asia began in Wuhan, China, & spread widely effecting the main tourist destination such as Phuket, Bali & Hong Kong. As of 8 June 2020, one or more case of Corona Virus had been reported in every country in Asia.
This report is from August, 2020
Countries with the highest amounts of confirmed Corona Virus cases are India, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. Among the earliest countries to announce Covid-19 cases following the outbreak in China were South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam, but these countries had successfully controlled the epidemic. The most numbers of deaths are recorded in Iran, India, Turkey, China, and Pakistan, with more than 27,000 deaths combined. The death tolls in a number of countries, however, are claimed to be significantly greater than those given in official Corona Virus figures.
Several Southeast Asian countries experienced a substantial rise in cases carrying out a Tabligh Jamaat event from 27 February to 1 March at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, where many folks are believed to have been infected. Similarly, events in India and Pakistan also have caused a surge in the amount of cases in those countries. Major outbreaks emerged in dormitories for migrant workers in the Maldives and Singapore where social distancing was struggling to be practiced and generated a substantial rise in cases in both countries.
Below is a before and now Coronavirus report for all main tourist and travel destinations in Asia.
On 27 January, Cambodia confirmed the first COVID-19 case in Sihanoukville, a 60-year-old Chinese man, travelling to the coastal city from Wuhan with his family on 23 January. Three other members of his family were placed under quarantine as they did not appear to have symptoms, while he was placed in a separate room at the Preah Sihanouk Referral Hospital.By 10 February, after two weeks of being treated and kept under observation, he had fully recovered, Health Ministry stated on account of testing negative for the third time by Pasteur Institute of Cambodia. The family were finally discharged and flew back to their home country on the next day as of the 80 Chinese nationals who arrived in Sihanoukville on the same flight as the patient, most had since returned to China, although the city of Wuhan remained under quarantine at that time.
* One new case reported on August 14, bringing the total to 273.
* Four new cases recorded on August 13, taking the total to 272.
* Cambodia saw two new cases on August 12, taking the total to 268.
* The country recorded 15 new cases on August 11, bringing the total to 266.
* Cambodia saw three new cases on August 10, taking the total to 251.
* Two new cases reported on August 9, bringing the total to 248.
* Three new cases recorded on August 8, taking the total to 246.
* Cambodia saw three new cases on August 5, taking the total to 243.
* One new case on August 2, taking the total to 240.
* Five new infections on August 1, taking the total to 239.
The COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was confirmed to have spread to Indonesia on 2 March 2020, after a dance instructor and her mother tested positive for the virus. Both were infected from a Japanese national.
By 9 April, the pandemic had spread to all 34 provinces in the country and by 23 July, half of them had more than 1,000 cases. Jakarta, East Java, and Central Java are the worst-hit provinces. The largest increase of new cases in a single day occurred on 9 July, when 2,657 cases were announced. At most 3,560 recoveries and 139 fatalities were ever recorded within a span of 24 hours. On 13 July, the recoveries exceeded active cases for the first time.
As of 24 August, Indonesia has reported 155,412 cases, the second highest in Southeast Asia, behind the Philippines. In terms of death numbers, Indonesia ranks third in Asia and 19th in the world. Review of data, however, indicated that the number of deaths may be much higher than what has been reported as those who died with acute COVID-19 symptoms but had not been confirmed or tested were not counted in the official death figure.
Indonesia has tested 1,173,369 people against its 269 million population so far, or around 4,352 people per million. The World Health Organization has urged the nation to perform more tests, especially on suspected patients.
Instead of implementing a nationwide lockdown, the government had approved large-scale social restrictions (Indonesian: Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar, abbreviated as PSBB) for some regencies and cities. Starting from late May, they began to apply New Normal, along with another green and yellow zone regions. This policy received much criticism and is considered as a ‘disaster’ due to the still increasing number of cases
* Indonesia saw 1,877 new infections and 79 deaths on August 24, taking the national tallies to 155,412 infections and 6,759 deaths.
* The country recorded 2,037 new infections and 86 deaths on August 23, taking the totals to 153,535 infections and 6,680 deaths.
* Indonesia saw 2,090 new cases and 94 deaths on August 22, taking the country’s totals to 151,498 cases and 6,594 deaths.
* Indonesia recorded 2,197 new cases and 82 deaths on August 21, taking the totals to 149,408 cases and 6,500 deaths.
* 2,226 new infections and 72 deaths reported on August 20, bringing the totals to 147,211 infections and 6,418 deaths.
* The country reported 1,902 new infections and 69 deaths on August 19, taking the totals to 144,945 infections and 6,346 deaths.
* Indonesia recorded 1,673 new cases and 70 deaths on August 18, bringing the totals to 143,043 cases and 6,277 deaths.
* 1,821 new infections and 57 deaths reported on August 17, taking the totals to 141,370 infections and 6,207 deaths.
As of 23 April, there were 19 confirmed cases in Laos.
* Two new cases recorded on August 14, taking the total to 22.
* The country saw one new case on July 24, taking the total to 20.
* No new cases reported in Laos.
* The country now has 19 cases.
* 18 people are now positive for COVID-19.
* The country has 16 cases.
Eight Chinese nationals were quarantined at a hotel in Johor Bahru on 24 January after coming into contact with an infected person in neighbouring Singapore. Despite early reports of them testing negative for the virus, three of them were confirmed to be infected on 25 January.
On 16 February, the 15th infected patient involving a Chinese female national had fully recovered, becoming the 8th patient cured from the virus in Malaysia. The following day, the first infected Malaysian also reportedly recovered, becoming the 9th cured.
In March 2020, several Southeast Asian countries experienced a significant rise in cases following an event held by Tablighi Jamaat at Jamek Mosque in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, where many people are believed to have been infected. By 17 March, almost two thirds of the 673 cases confirmed in Malaysia were related to the event. More than 620 people, including those from other countries, who attended the event have tested positive, making it the largest-known centre of transmission in South East Asia.
As of 21 August, there are a total of 9,249 confirmed cases, with 8,945 discharged and 125 deaths.
* Malaysia saw seven new cases on August 24, taking its total to 9,274.
* The country recorded 10 new cases on August 23, bringing the total to 9,267.
* Malaysia recorded eight new cases on August 22, taking the total to 9,257.
* Nine new cases reported on August 21, taking the total to 9,249.
* Five new cases recorded on August 20, taking the total to 9,240.
* The country reported 16 new cases on August 19, taking the total to 9,235.
* Seven new cases recorded on August 18, taking the total to 9,219.
* 12 new cases reported on August 17, bringing the total to 9,212.
* Malaysia saw 25 new cases on August 16, taking the total to 9,200.
* 26 new infections recorded on August 15, taking the total to 9,175 amid 125 deaths.
* The country recorded 20 new cases on August 14, taking the total to 9,149 amid 125 deaths.
* Malaysia saw 15 new cases on August 13, taking the total to 9,129.
On 23 March, Myanmar confirmed its first and second COVID-19 cases. Myanmar reported its first coronavirus death on 31 March, a 69-year-old man who also had cancer and died in a hospital in the commercial capital of Yangon, a government spokeswoman said.
He had sought medical treatment in Australia and stopped in Singapore on his way home, according to the health ministry.
* Myanmar reported 13 new cases on August 24, taking the total to 463 amid six deaths.
* The country saw nine new cases on August 23, taking its total to 450 amid six deaths.
* Myanmar recorded 22 new cases on August 22, taking its total to 441.
* Myanmar saw 20 new cases on August 21, bringing the total to 419.
* The country saw five new cases on August 20, taking the total to 399.
* Myanmar saw 18 new cases on August 19, taking the total to 394.
* The country recorded one new case on August 17, taking the total to 376.
* One new case reported on August 16, bringing the total to 375.
* Five new cases recorded on August 14, taking the total to 374.
The COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case in Singapore was confirmed on 23 January. Early cases were primarily imported until local transmission began to develop in February and March. By late-March and April, COVID-19 clusters were detected at multiple dormitories for foreign workers, which soon contributed to an overwhelming proportion of new cases in the country. Singapore currently has the third highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, behind Indonesia and the Philippines.
To fight against COVID-19, a multi-ministerial committee was formed on 22 January with Minister for Education Lawrence Wong and Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong as the co-chairs and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat as advisors. Singapore also contributed US$500,000 to support World Health Organization (WHO) efforts against COVID-19. In response to the growing number of new cases, Singapore announced on 3 April a stringent set of preventative measures, collectively called the “circuit breaker”, to be applied from 7 April to 4 May. The circuit breaker was extended to 1 June on 21 April following continued untraced transmission within the community. The Multi-Ministry Taskforce on 28 May announced the three-phased approach to resume activities safely with the gradual re-opening of economic activities in each phase. Phase 1 lasted for 17 days from 2 June and ended on 18 June; Singapore is currently in Phase 2.
As of 24 August 2020, there are a total of 56,404 confirmed cases, with 54,587 recoveries and 27 deaths
* The country recorded 51 new cases on August 24, taking the total to 56,404.
* Singapore saw 87 new cases on August 23, taking the total to 56,353.
* The country reported 50 new cases on August 22, taking the total to 56,266 amid 27 deaths.
* Singapore recorded 117 new infections on August 21, bringing the total to 56,216.
* Singapore saw 68 new cases on August 20, taking the total to 56,099.
* 93 new cases reported on August 19, taking the total to 56,031.
* The country recorded 100 new cases on August 18, bringing the total to 55,938 amid 27 deaths.
* Singapore saw 91 new cases on August 17, taking the total to 55,838.
* The country recorded 86 new cases on August 16, bringing the total to 55,747.
* Singapore saw 81 new cases on August 15, taking the total to 55,661 amid 27 deaths.
On 13 January, Thailand had its first case, also the first outside China.
On 1 March, the first confirmed death in Thailand was reported.
As of 19 July, there were a total of 3,246 confirmed cases with 58 deaths and 3,096 recoveries
* The country recorded two new cases on August 24, taking the total to 3,397 amid 58 deaths.
* Thailand saw five new cases on August 23, taking the total to 3,395.
* Thailand saw no new cases on August 22.
* The country saw only one new case on August 21, taking the total to 3,390.
* Thailand recorded seven new cases on August 20, bringing the total to 3,389.
* Only one new case recorded on August 19, taking the total to 3,382.
* Three new cases reported on August 18, bringing the total to 3,381.
* The country saw one new case on August 17, taking the total to 3,378.
* Thailand saw one new case on August 16, taking the total to 3,377.
The first two confirmed cases in Vietnam were admitted to Cho Ray Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City on 23 January 2020, is a 66-year-old Chinese man traveling from epicenter Wuhan to Hanoi to visit his son and his son who believed to have contracted the virus from his father when they met in Nha Trang.
On 21 March, Vietnam suspended entry for all foreigners from midnight of 22 March, and concentrated isolation for 14 days in all cases of entry for Vietnamese citizens. From 1 April, Vietnam implemented nationwide isolation for 15 days. The drastic epidemic control measures have had positive results since the last case of local transmissions was from 16 April 2020 and the country is already starting to open up.
* As of August 24, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 1,016 cases of COVID-19. However, 568 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 27 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest local cases have been reported from Da Nang and Hai Duong.
* Vietnam recorded two new infections and one death on August 23, bringing the total to 1,016 cases and 27 deaths.
* Vietnam saw five new cases and one death on August 22, taking the totals to 1,014 cases and 26 deaths.
* The country saw two new cases on August 21, taking the total to 1,009.
* As of August 20, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 1,007 cases of COVID-19. However, 533 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 25 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest local cases have been reported from Da Nang, Hanoi, Hai Duong, and Quang Nam.
* Authorities in Hanoi will impose social distancing measures at cafes, restaurants, and pubs from August 19. Customers will be required to sit one meter apart, while staff will be required to wear masks.
Sophisticated modelling of the outbreak suggests that the number of cases in mainland China would have been many times higher without interventions such as early detection, and isolation of the infected
For the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak, China on Wednesday revealed the presence of 1,541 asymptomatic cases carrying the deadly novel coronavirus, raising concerns of a second wave of infections amid the relaxation of stringent measures in the country initiated to contain the deadly disease.
Asymptomatic coronavirus cases are those who carry the virus but do not show any symptoms and can cause sporadic clusters of infections. In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said it would begin to release the data of asymptomatic patients.
A total of 1,541 asymptomatic patients infected with COVID-19 have been put under medical observation in China by the end of Monday, including 205 imported cases, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the NHC in a statement.
* China recorded 16 new cases on August 24, taking the total to 84,967 amid 4,634 deaths.
* The country saw 12 new cases on August 23, bringing the total to 84,951.
* China saw 22 new cases on August 22, taking the total to 84,939.
As of 1 March, Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection had identified 100 cases (Including 2 Suspected Recovered Cases) in Hong Kong, with 36 patients since recovered and 2 died. By 2 April, the number of confirmed or probable cases in Hong Kong has risen to 767 after an influx of returning overseas students. 467, or 60.89% of cases were imported cases.
* Hong Kong has 4,692 cases and 77 deaths as of August 24.
* The region has 4,683 cases and 77 deaths as of August 23.
* As of August 22, Hong Kong has 4,658 infections and 76 deaths.
The COVID-19 pandemic in India is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case of COVID-19 in India, which originated from China, was reported on 30 January 2020. India currently has the largest number of confirmed cases in Asia, and has the third highest number of confirmed cases in the world after the United States and Brazil with the number of total confirmed cases breaching the 100,000 mark on 19 May, 200,000 on 3 June, and 1,000,000 confirmed cases on 17 July 2020.
India’s case fatality rate is among the lowest in the world at 2.41% as of 23 July and is steadily declining. By mid-May 2020, six cities accounted for around half of all reported cases in the country – Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Pune and Kolkata. As of 24 May 2020, Lakshadweep is the only region which has not reported a case. India’s recovery rate stands at 63.18% as on 23 July 2020. On 10 June, India’s recoveries exceeded active cases for the first time.
On 22 March, India observed a 14-hour voluntary public curfew at the instance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was followed by mandatory lockdowns in COVID-19 hotspots and all major cities. Further, on 24 March, the prime minister ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, affecting the entire 1.3 billion-person population of India. On 14 April, India extended the nationwide lockdown till 3 May which was followed by two-week extensions starting 3 and 17 May with substantial relaxations. From 1 June, the government started “unlocking” the country (barring “containment zones”) in three unlock phases.
In March, after the lockdown was imposed, the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) praised India’s response to the pandemic as ‘comprehensive and robust,’ terming the lockdown restrictions as ‘aggressive but vital’ for containing the spread and building necessary healthcare infrastructure. At the same time, the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) noted the government’s swift and stringent actions, emergency policy-making, emergency investment in health care, fiscal stimulus, investment in vaccine and drug R&D and gave India a score of 100 for the strict response. Also in March, Michael Ryan, chief executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies programme noted that India had tremendous capacity to deal with the outbreak owing to its vast experience in eradicating smallpox and polio. Other commentators have raised concerns about the economic fallout arising as a result of the pandemic and preventive restrictions. The lockdown was justified by the government and other agencies for being preemptive to prevent India from entering a higher stage which could make handling very difficult and cause even more losses thereafter.
* Total cases have climbed to 3,105,185 and deaths to 57,692 as of August 23.
* India has 3,043,436 cases and 56,846 deaths as of August 22.
* Our new India specific updates can be found here.
The first case was confirmed in a 30-year-old Chinese national who had previously travelled to Wuhan, developed a fever on 3 January, and returned to Japan on 6 January. Coronavirus infections in Japan topped 2,000 cases on 1 April, according to a Reuters calculation based on ministry data and media reports. A facility for disabled people in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, found multiple people infected in March, bringing the total there to 121 in April. New York Times reported that Japan, which has the capacity to test 7,500 people per day, has tested a fraction of COVID-19 patients (including asymptomatic carrier), comparing Japan’s situation to South Korea’s one where about 360,000 South Koreans have been tested as of 26 March 2020. Columbia University professor Jeffrey Shaman suggested that Japan would not realise how things are going badly until it is too late. In late May, however, the death toll did not rise, and Foreign Policy magazine called the situation “Mysterious Success”.
* Japan has 61,747 infections and 1,176 deaths as of August 23.
* Japan has 60,733 cases and 1,169 deaths as of August 22.
* As of August 21, Japan has 59,721 cases and 1,155 deaths.
The first case in Macau was confirmed on 22 January. As of 09 August, Macau has confirmed 46 cases, with all cases discharged.
* Macao has 46 cases as of July 27.
* The number of cases has reached 45 as of July 24.
* Macao records a single infection, bringing the total to 43.
The first confirmed case of the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in South Korea was announced 20 January 2020. The number of confirmed cases increased on 19 February by 20, and on 20 February by 58, giving a total of 346 confirmed cases on 21 February 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Korea (KCDC), with the sudden jump mostly attributed to “Patient No. 31” who attended a gathering at a Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony church in Daegu. As of 20 February 2020, the number of confirmed cases in South Korea was the third largest after China and the infections on the Diamond Princess. By 24 February the number of confirmed cases in South Korea was the second largest, as of 14 March 2020, the number was the fourth largest. A reason for the high number of confirmed cases is the high number of tests conducted.
In South Korea more than 66,650 people were tested within a week of its first case of community transmission, and South Korea quickly became able to test 10,000 people a day.
* As of August 24, South Korea has 17,665 infections and 309 deaths.
* South Korea has 17,399 cases and 309 deaths as of August 23.
* The country has 17,002 cases and 309 deaths as of August 22.
The first case in the country was confirmed on 27 January. The country has 2,078 cases as of 7 July. As of 7 July, Sri Lankan authorities have tracked down over 114,765 people who had contacted the identified patients and had ordered self quarantine for such people.
* The country has 2,953 cases and 12 deaths as of August 23.
* Sri Lanka has 2,947 cases and 12 deaths as of August 22.
* As of August 21, the country has 2,941 cases and 11 deaths.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a much smaller impact in Taiwan than in most industrialised countries, with seven deaths total as of 11 May 2020. The number of active cases peaked on 6 April at 307 cases, the majority of which are imported
* Taiwan has 487 cases and seven deaths as of August 23.
* Taiwan has 485 cases as of August 17.
* As of August 16, Taiwan has 484 cases.