Health & Environment
Elsewhere in Asia, South Korea recorded 62 infections on Monday, including 43 imported cases.
Indian weddings are ordinarily gala celebrations and community affairs, but social distancing and attendance limits have made lavish, over-the-top celebrations a thing of the past.
Public health experts say there is still a risk of transmission, even though the authorities have limited the duration of visits to the Amarnath cave and the number of people allowed.
With tourism accounting for 20 per cent of GDP last year, the ‘land of smiles’ is acutely feeling the lack of international arrivals. But Bangkok hopes subsidies for citizens will help.
An aromatherapy device can ‘kill’ up to 80 per cent of the virus, according to an Indonesian minister. But scientists are sceptical – and some Indonesians fear becoming a ‘laughing stock’.
Migrant workers, often employed in jobs labelled ‘dangerous, dirty and difficult’ are more vulnerable to the spread of Covid-19, watchdogs warn.
While online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines has soared since the outbreak began, lockdown has left shelters operating an unofficial policy of keeping their doors closed.
From world leaders like Jacinda Ardern to humble villagers, women are at the front line of the fight against Covid-19. But they are also among those hit hardest – and the gender gap may be widening.
Kriza Calumba is a food and science technology instructor from Davao, which is known as the ‘durian capital’ of the Philippines.
Manila is running out of money to repatriate overseas Filipino workers who have become displaced refugees due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and their numbers are set to grow.
As India bans WeChat and other Chinese apps, cross-national families fear being further cut off from their loved ones.
There were more than 5,500 Covid-19 cases there as of Monday, along with some 150 deaths.
The Indonesian province of 50 million people has bucked a nationwide trend that has seen a surge in infections and is rolling out tests at traditional markets to keep it that way.
The country’s medical tourism industry is ranked fourth in the world for value, and has attracted an increasing number of Chinese in recent years.
Business boomed for the established firms while also creating irresistible incentives for new players – and the competition shows no sign of cooling.
Some Japanese parents are paying as much as US$65,000 for companies to forcibly reintegrate their reclusive children into society.
At least five antibody treatments are now in the works, with most of them in Asian labs, including Singapore, Japan, South Korea and mainland China.
The decision has attracted criticism given other businesses remain shut, and highlighted the unique status the venues occupy in the country’s patriarchal corporate culture.
Mongolia has some 200 infections – all imported – and no one has died from the disease.