Travel corridors, vaccine passports examined in Asia

Around the world, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has risen to more than 124 million. 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 Print: Ahead of festivals, Delhi L-G calls for random Covid testing at airport, railway stations
Times of India: India's daily cases now third highest in the world

Deccan Herald: Covid-19 pushes back India's $5 trillion GDP goal by three years



Read Thailand media reports:

Bangkok Post: Human trials of local jab starts
The Thaiger: Phuket and Koh Samui request bulk deliveries of AstraZeneca Covid vaccines
The Nation: Nearly 7000 people receive Covid vaccine in Bangkok hotspot


Read Indonesia media reports:

Antara: Bali to reopen three Covid-19 green zones: Jokowi
The Jakarta Globe: Indonesia to distribute AstraZeneca vaccine this week


Read Singapore media reports:

Today: Health Sciences Authority begins review of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine for use in Singapore, asks Chinese firm for more data
Channel News Asia: Singapore-Batam-Bintan 'travel corridor' meant for Singapore tourists only: Indonesian minister

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Indonesia’s tourism minister said that the proposed “safe travel corridor” between Singapore, Batam and Bintan (pictured) is meant to attract those from the city state to holiday in Indonesia. Anil Nallamotu on Unsplash


Read Chinese media reports:

Sixth Tone: Vaccinations only way out of pandemic, China tells reluctant public
Caixin: China remains top source of foreign students in the US despite pandemic plunge

South Korea

Read South Korean media reports:

Yonhap News Agency: South Korea to begin inoculating people aged 65 or over at nursing homes, hospitals this week
The Korea Herald: Spring travel surge adds to concerns as South Korea reports over 400 cases


Read Japan media reports:

The Japan Times: Covid-19 news updates (updated continuously)
The Asahi Shimbun: Foreigner entry ban to remain after state of emergency ends
Kyodo News: People cautious after Tokyo region emergency lifted 


Read Philippines media reports:

Philippine Star: Non-essential travel suspended in and out of Metro Manila, nearby provinces
Rappler: House suspends work amid virus surge in Metro Manila


Read Vietnam media reports:

SGGP Online: Hanoi to allow reopening of bars, karaoke parlours, discos from March 23
Viet Nam News: Officials discuss implementations of 'vaccine passport'


Read Malaysia media reports:

Malaysiakini: Covid-19 in Malaysia
New Straits Times: Malaysian banks to ride out pandemic crisis

- Asia Media Centre