The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Developing Asia

What is COVID-19? A new coronavirus disease, now known as COVID-19, was first identified in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China (PRC), in early January 2020. From the information known at this point, several facts are pertinent. First, it belongs to the same family of coronaviruses that caused the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in […]

Myanmar closes all borders

Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has shut all border checkpoints to foreign visitors in a bid to keep the country Covid-19 free. The temporary closure remains in place until further notice. Myanmar has 27 land checkpoints between Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. Some checkpoints are limited to local trade, but the ones valid for […]

Thailand closes border checkpoints

Thailand and its neighbours Laos and Cambodia are closing land border checkpoints in the hope it will help to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Thailand closes borders with Cambodia in Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Pailin, and Koh Kong, from 23 March to 5 April according to a report by the online news service Fresh […]

Cambodia closes karaoke clubs, cinemas to curb outbreak

Cambodia had decided to close all KTV or karaoke clubs and cinemas across the country in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus), Health Minister Mam Bunheng said in a statement on Tuesday (March 17). The closure was made at the request of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen. He said in the […]

Lao Government Shutters Schools, Visa on Arrival

The Lao government has announced it will close all educational institutions and suspend the issuance of visas for foreign visitors for thirty days as part of tough new measures to prevent a Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in Laos. The Prime Minister made the announcement at a press conference as he concluded the first day of the […]

State Counsellor says Myanmar still free of COVID-19

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said on Monday that Myanmar has no cases of COVID-19, after a Myanmar man who attended a conference in France last week and was in contact with a Filipino who later tested positive, tested negative for the disease. “Until now, no one in our country is infected with […]

Việt Nam suspends visas for foreign travellers starting Wednesday

In light of coronavirus spread concerns, Việt Nam will temporarily suspend visa issuance for foreigners entering the country for a period of 30 days starting Wednesday (March 18), Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said. Speaking at the conference on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention and control on Tuesday, the Vietnamese Government leader said cases of visa […]

Cambodia cracks down on overseas travel

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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Monday a ban on citizens travelling to the United States, Iran and some high-risk countries in Europe in a move to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 fears. Khmer Times quoted the PM saying “citizens must not travel to Europe, the US and Iran unless it is mandatory.” He […]

Bangkok’s entertainment shuts down

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Thailand has postponed the nationwide Songkran Festival that marks the Thai Buddhist New Year and will shut schools and entertainment venues, 21 March, in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the government confirmed Tuesday. Earlier on Monday, a government spokesperson identified measures such as closing schools, restaurants,  bars, movie theatres, entertainment centre […]

Tourism Ministry hopes for post-virus bounce

The Tourism and Sports Ministry is expecting 36.9 million foreign tourists to visit Thailand this year if the Covid-19 outbreak grinds to a halt by next month. However, if the spread of the new coronavirus continues, it will be a “big issue” and deepen fears not only in terms of public health but also of […]