The Coronavirus in Asia and ASEAN – Live Updates by Country

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(This article will be updated continuously. It was originally published on January 28, 2020. It was last updated on February 24, 2020)

Due to the developing situation in China and Asia concerning the Coronavirus, we will be operating this article as a running live update service to keep businesses involved in ASEAN and Asia updated with the latest relevant regional news. 

For specific updates concerning China, please click here 

Travel Advisory

We are hearing accounts of travelers in some ASEAN countries being denied entry if they possess any China visa history in their passport. While this may not be official policy, it appears to be implemented at certain border crossings in more remote areas. Intra-Asia travel may best be arranged through main exit-entry points where facilities are more advanced.   

ASEAN coronavirus updates (Live updates by country)

Brunei

  • Visitors from the Chinese provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu are barred from entering Brunei with the exception of Brunei citizens and permanent residents.
  • 158 people in self-quarantine, no cases reported. 
  • No reports of the virus in the Sultanate but the Ministry of Health has identified four sites that could be turned into temporary quarantine shelters.

Cambodia

  • A total of 781 passengers on the Westerdam have tested negative for the virus.
  • Passengers on the Westerdam cruise ship have tested negative for Covid-19 and have begun disembarking.
  • The Westerdam cruise ship has arrived in Cambodia, although passengers will not be allowed to disembark until health officials have conducted the necessary health checks.
  • The Westerdam cruise ship to be allowed to dock in Cambodia.
  • Chinese man infected with the virus while on vacation in Cambodia has been discharged from hospital.
  • At least four textile factories have suspended operations due to the delay in the supply of raw materials from China. The textile and garment industry is the largest employer in the country.
  • Interesting article from The Diplomat, “China & Cambodia: Love In The Time Of Coronavirus”, click here.
  • China declines Cambodia Prime Ministers’ request to visit Wuhan and speak with Cambodian nationals there on a visit to Beijing. 
  • One case confirmed.
  • Concerns as 3,000 Chinese from Wuhan visited Sihanoukville and Siem Reap during the Lunar New Year.
  • Cambodia has suspended all trade in wild animals. 
  • Cambodia has confirmed its first case, an elderly Chinese man on New Year vacation with his family.

Indonesia

  • Indonesia’s central bank has cut its key interest rates by 25 basis points to 4.75 percent in addition to purchasing 27 trillion rupiah (nearly $2 billion) worth of government bonds to combat capital outflows amid the coronavirus epidemic.
  • Indonesia will evacuate 74 of its nationals from the Diamond Princess cruise liner.
  • Bali has seen a huge decline in the number of tourists. The Guardian has reported that there have been around 40,000 cancellations of hotel bookings. The island is seeing a spike in domestic tourists though.
  • Three Indonesian crew members test positive for Covid-19 on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
  • Indonesia will prepare a stimulus package to help its tourism industry mitigate the impact of the virus.
  • The 238 Indonesian quarantined on Natuna islands have been discharged.
  • The Head of the Bali Provincial Health Agency was quoted as saying the province remains safe.
  • An article by the Jakarta Globe has said that Indonesia could lose US$2 billion from the reduction in the number of Chinese tourists – who made up 13 percent of total international arrivals in 2019.
  • 68 out of 70 samples from patients suspected of having Covid-19 have come back negative, says the Ministry of Health’s Research and Development agency. The other two samples are still being tested.
  • According to The Jakarta Post, health officials in Bali are investigating reports that a Chinese tourist has tested positive for the virus in China a week after vacationing in Bali. 
  • Indonesia has criticized a Harvard study that said the country should have recorded cases of the virus given its air links to China and the city of Wuhan. Indonesia’s Minister of Health called the report ‘insulting’.
  • Indonesia is currently preparing to temporarily ban the import of live animals from China.
  • Authorities have set up a hotline for the public to report coronavirus cases.
  • The North Sumatra Health Agency has placed 83 people under observation. 45 are foreign nationals.
  • Indonesia has still to record any cases of the virus.
  • Indonesia raises travel alert for Singapore to level yellow (the second level in its three-tier system) and urging those traveling to the city-state to take extra precautions.
  • Indonesia has placed five Chinese workers under quarantine in North Sumatra as a precaution. Three of arrived at the Kualanamu International Airport in Medan on January 31, while their two colleagues landed on February 3. 
  • Jakarta Post article on potential theories why Indonesia is showing zero cases here.
  • The Ministry of Manpower has asked migrant placement companies to stop sending workers to mainland China.
  • Concerns growing about lack of apparent cases in Indonesia. 243 Indonesian nationals evacuated from Wuhan were not tested on arrival back to Indonesia “as they all look healthy and the tests are expensive”, although they have been quarantined. 
  • The country extends tourist visas of 5,000 Chinese nationals vacationing in Bali by 30 days after they became stranded following flight suspensions. The country still reports zero cases. 
  • Country bars all passenger arrivals who have visited China in the past 14 days. 
  • 245 Indonesians evacuated from China being quarantined at Natuna Island, no cases reported.
  • 43,000 workers quarantined in Chinese owned mining complex on Sulawesi. Concerns over zero cases being reported in the country leading to accusations of lack of screening.
  • Authorities have implemented preventative measures to defend against the epidemic at 135 points of entry to the archipelago, including at airports, seaports and border areas, such as installing thermal scanners and medical check-up posts to examine suspected carriers of the virus. 
  • Immigration dept re-evaluating Visa on Arrival from China. 
  • Indonesia has issued a travel warning to citizens planning to travel to China.
  • Incoming passenger screening likely to be introduced. Lion Air has suspended flights to China.
  • Indonesia has issued a travel warning to citizens planning to travel to China.
  • No cases reported, but several patients under observation. Hospitals being prepared.

Laos

  • The US government has provided personal protective equipment to Laos which includes 440 protective goggles, 1,500 surgical gowns, and 220 face shields, along with biohazard disposal bags, aprons, N95 face masks, safety boxes, gloves, and hand sanitizer supplies. 
  • The Laos Ministry of Commerce has set a ceiling for the prices of facemasks; the retail price of three-layer masks cannot exceed 25,000 kip (US$2.82) for a box of 50, while a single mask must not be sold for more than 1,000 kip. (US$11 cents). 
  • Two suspected cases being investigated.  
  • The country has sealed off Golden Triangle road borders with China and Myanmar and suspended flights to China.
  • Numerous international and private schools have closed for the time being. 
  • No cases reported to date, passenger screening being introduced.
  • Laos is putting in place monitoring facilities on its borders.

Malaysia

  • Two more Malaysians have been discharged from the hospital. This means 15 out of 22 cases have been cured.
  • Malaysia will ban passengers from the Westerdam from entering the country.
  • The government is preparing to repatriate more citizens from Hubei province.
  • Two new confirmed cases involving Chinese nationals, bringing the total number of cases to 21.
  • Some Malaysian states, reliant on Chinese tourists, will focus on attracting domestic tourists in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Authorities confirm 19th case, involving a woman from China.
  • WHO advises Malaysia to prepare for more COVID-19 cases.
  • The Ministry of Health will form a joint committee with its Singaporean counterparts to manage the outbreak in both countries.
  • The government’s economic stimulus package will focus on the retail, aviation, and tourism industries. The sectors most impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Malaysia’s Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has been conducting inspections in the city of Johor Baru to ensure there was no panic buying of essential food and household items by Singaporeans. Singapore and Johor Baru are connected by a 1,000-meter causeway.
  • Sarawak has imposed a 14-day home quarantine rule for travelers coming from Singapore.
  • Three Chinese nationals who tested positive for the virus in Malaysia have been discharged from the hospital. Once they arrive in China, they will be subject to medical screening by health officials.
  • The government is looking to launch an economic stimulus package to mitigate the impact of the virus outbreak.
  • The number of cases rises to 18. Six have been transmitted in Malaysia.
  • Malaysia confirms 17th case.
  • Malaysia has expanded a ban on visitors from China to now include Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces.
  • Malaysia confirms 16th case.
  • Article from the Malay Mail about national capability to handle infectious disease outbreaks here.
  • One more case confirmed Chinese national from Wuhan who arrived in Johor Bahru from Singapore to visit family members. Total cases now 15. 
  • 14 cases now reported, including first recorded in-country transmission.  
  • Reports of two new cases, including Malaysian national who attended a conference in Singapore where Chinese delegates were also present.  
  • Eighth case, Malaysian navy to send ships to bring nationals home from China. 
  • Confirmed cases reach seven, Malindo Airlines flight, 31 passengers and crew held in quarantine in Tianjin.
  • Reported cases now up to seven.
  • Malaysia has followed the Singapore lead and has ceased visa on arrival facilities for travellers arriving from Hubei. The country has four confirmed cases.

Myanmar

  • The Ministry of Health is preparing US$200,000 in funding to buy laboratory equipment, medicines, and protective equipment to fight the virus.
  • Government officials have restricted travel and increased health checks along the border with China.
  • Country suspends Visa on Arrival for all travelers from China.
  • Seven patients isolated after showing symptoms, no confirmation on new cases. 
  • 1 suspected case reported the country turns back China Southern flight carrying 79 passengers from Guangzhou.
  • Still no reported cases as of January 29, concerns remain about security of border towns near China.
  • Myanmar has no reported cases and has closed facilities such as nightclubs. Screening is taking place at border crossings and airports.

Philippines

  • The Philippines will allows citizens working in Hong Kong and Macau to return to their jobs.
  • 35 Filipinos have tested positive for the virus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
  • 382 people probed for Covid-19. of the 382, 266 remain in hospital while 111 have been discharged but are under close monitoring through daily health checks.
  • Philippine Airlines cancels flights between Manila and Taipei as the government expands travels bans to include Taiwan.
  • Thirty Filipinos successfully evacuated from Wuhan.
  • A Chinese woman from Wuhan who was one of the first cases of the coronavirus in the Philippines is no longer showing symptoms.
  • The third case confirmed, returning domestic workers from Hong Kong and China quarantined for 14 days. Domestic workers due to fly to jobs throughout Asia have been prevented from doing so. 
  • Second coronavirus case confirmed, concerns at Government cover-up and relaxed attitude to the problem. 
  • First death from the coronavirus outside China has been reported in the Philippines;  a 44-year old Chinese man from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. He died in hospital in Manila and was reportedly infected before he entered the country.
  • 56 now under observation, no increases in confirmed cases
  • The first case confirmed, 23 being monitored.
  • The Philippines has suspended its Visa on Arrival service on flights from China. Other visas issued in China remain valid.
  • No confirmed cases, 24 patients being monitored.

Singapore

  • Two more patients have been discharged meaning a total of 51 have fully recovered from the infection.
  • Singapore has confirmed another positive case, bringing the total to 86.
  • One new patient tests positive, bringing the number of cases to 85. Three patients have recovered and been discharged from the hospital.
  • Three new cases in Singapore which bring the total number of infected to 84. Five more patients, however, have been discharged from hospital meaning 34 have now recovered from the virus.
  • The government is seeking to look for new sources and develop local manufacturing capabilities to secure essential supplies such as face masks. 
  • As part of its 2020 budget, the government will provide S$4 billion (USD$2.8 billion) to support the economy amid the near-term economic uncertainties brought by the virus outbreak.
  • Singapore Airlines is cutting flights across its global network until May due to weak demand. The main affected destinations include Frankfurt, Jakarta, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo.
  • Singapore will increase the isolation conditions for travelers who have visited or transited in China. Travelers must now abide by a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) which means they will have to remain in their place of residence for 14-days.
  • five Covid-19 patients discharged from hospital, bringing the total number of discharged patients to 24. However, two new cases were reported as of Monday evening, which brings the total infections to 77.
  • Singapore cuts GDP forecast to an estimated range of -0.5 percent to 1.5 percent, versus the previous forecast range of 0.5 percent to 2.5 percent. Exports had fallen 3.3 percent in January
  • Three more cases of the virus including a Singapore Armed Forces serviceman linked to the Grace Assembly of God Church. This brings the total number of infected to 75.
  • Singapore confirms five new cases bringing the total number of infected to 72. Of the five new cases, three are linked to the Grace Assembly of God Church.
  • Nine new cases have been recorded. Six came from the Grace Assembly of God Church cluster. This brings the total number of infected to 67.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long has said the impact of Covid-19 on Singapore’s economy has exceeded that of SARS.
  • 87 of the 92 Singaporeans who were evacuated from Wuhan on January 30 have completed their 14-day quarantine. The remaining five were found to have contracted the virus although two have fully recovered and discharged from hospital.
  • The National University of Singapore has taken measures after it was announced that a professor was one of the eight new cases infected with Covid-19.
  • Singapore’s Changi Airport has increased the number of hand sanitizers to 1,200 bottles from 160. They will be placed in check-in areas, immigration halls, and departure and arrival areas.
  • Eight new cases of the virus detected which brings the total number of infected to 58.
  • 35 patients remain in hospital, eight in intensive care.
  • Taxi drivers and private-hire drivers will be eligible for a USD$14 relief each day for three months from February 14. This is part of a USD$55 million fund set up by the government and private-hire companies to mitigate the economic impact of the virus.
  • The Singapore Sevens rugby tournament has been postponed until October due to Covid-19. The event was supposed to take place on April 11 and 12.
  • Six confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been discharged from hospital, having fully recovered from the infection. In all, 15 have recovered from the infection.
  • Singapore lender UOB bank has allocated USD$2.1 billion to help its corporate clients with their near term liquidity needs.
  • Three more people tested positive for the virus including the DBS employee. The total number of infected rises to 50.
  • Singapore’s 2020 national Budget is set to feature an economic package that will help mitigate the impact of the virus.
  • Some 300 DBS employees have been evacuated from their Marina Bay Financial Center after an employee tested positive for the virus.
  • The Ministry of Health has asked doctors in public hospitals to restrict their work to just one hospital. Patients and healthcare staff should also limit their movements across healthcare facilities. This is aimed at reducing the risk of cross-institutional transmission of the virus. 
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises have cancelled two trips that were set to depart on February 15 and February 24 due to the virus.
  • Two patients have been discharged from hospital, meaning nine have now recovered from the virus.
  • Two more cases bring the total number of infected to 47. One of the infected is a second Bangladeshi worker. 
  • Israel has told its citizens to defer travel to Singapore.
  • The Stereofest music festival has been postponed. The event was to feature artists from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei from February 22-23. The new dates have not been confirmed but organizers are hopeful to start between July and September of this year.  
  • Singapore’s Tourism Board expects a 30 percent drop in the number of visitors to the city-state this year.
  • Singapore Airlines has suspended flights between Singapore and Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou until March 29. it subsidiary SilkAir has suspended flights between Singapore and Shenzhen, Xiamen, Chengdu and Chongqing for the same period.
  • As of February 10, seven patients have been discharged from the hospital.
  • Two new cases confirmed bringing the total of those infected to 45, one was a Bangladeshi migrant worker.
  • The number of exhibitors not participating in the Singapore Airshow has increased to 19. The event is due to start from February 11-16.
  • Women’s professional golf body the LPGA cancels its upcoming 2020 HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore.
  • Singapore has confirmed three more cases, bringing the total to 43.
  • A second flight is bringing 174 Singaporeans from Wuhan on February 9.
  • The Singapore Airshow to go ahead despite the virus.
  • The government has advised the country’s financial institutions to take additional measures and precautions. Among these is to manage possible increasing demand for financial services such as cash withdrawals and online transactions.
  • Singapore confirms seven more cases, bringing the total to 40.
  • Over 70 exhibitors have withdrawn from the Singapore Airshow.
  • US weapons maker Lockheed Martin pulls out of Singapore Airshow.
  • Country producing locally manufactured n-CoV diagnosis kits, no additional cases.
  • Government raises outbreak alert to Orange, the second-highest. Under Code Orange, new precautionary measures will be in place to minimize the risk of further virus transmission to the community. These now include schools cancelling all inter-school events and external activities till the end of the March holidays; companies implementing business contingency plans; limiting visits to pre-schools and eldercare services; and temperature screening in hospitals.
  • Other measures include quarantine for close contacts of those found with the disease, as well as more stringent screening measures at hospitals. All patients displaying influenza symptoms are now being tested for N-CoV. 
  • Three more cases reported, totaling to 33.
  • The number of cases rises to 30.
  • The third person in the UK to be diagnosed with coronavirus caught it in Singapore.
  • Cases rise to 28 including a 6-month-old baby born to infected parents. 
  • The number of confirmed cases rises to 24, with four from one local health food store patronized by Chinese tourists. 
  • Singapore searching for attendees after Malaysian man falls ill with Coronavirus after visiting an international conference held in the city last week.   
  • Licence fees for hotels, travel agents and tour guides will be waived as part of measures to help the tourism sector in Singapore that has been “directly affected” by the Wuhan coronavirus, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said on Sunday.  The STB will also defray the cleaning costs of hotels that provided accommodation to the confirmed and suspected cases of the coronavirus infections.
  • No increase in infections.
  • Confirmed cases rise to 18 as of February 2.
  • Confirmed cases up to 16 as of February 1.
  • Singapore stops issuing visas to applicants from China.
  • Singapore bars entry to all travelers who have visited China in the past 14 days.
  • Confirmed cases rise to thirteen.
  • Operating Your China Business Remotely From Singapore. Advisory from Dezan Shira & Associates here.
  • Jetstar has suspended flights between Singapore and China.
  • Singapore confirms another three cases, bringing total to ten. 
  • Chinese students returning to Singapore after the Lunar New Year holidays are being quarantined.
  • Singapore’s Ministry of Health has said the trend of infection among the population of Chinese nationals from Hubei in Singapore is accelerating. Singapore has seven cases, rooms where the patients had been staying have been disinfected.
  • Singapore has barred all travelers arriving without previously issued visas entering from, or who have visited Hubei Province in the past 14 days, including all foreign nationals. Arrivals from Hubei with visas will be quarantined in Singapore for two weeks. Singapore currently has seven confirmed cases.

Thailand

  • Thailand has confirmed its 35th case, a 68-year-old Chinese tourist and the fourth person from the same family to test positive.
  • A UK prisoner is being tested for the virus after being extradited from Thailand.
  • More than 2,000 people onboard the MS Westerdam cruise ship are stuck after being denied entry to Taiwan, the Phillippines and most recently Thailand. The ships’s intended final destination was Japan but was subsequently denied entry.
  • Thailand has recorded its 33rd case of the virus.
  • Thailand has barred passengers from the MS Westerdam cruise ship from disembarking, amid fears of the virus.
  • Health officials will establish special clinics to examine people with symptoms of influenza. The government hopes this would help in the early detection of the coronavirus as the two viruses produce similar symptoms.
  • Women’s professional golf body the LPGA cancels its upcoming 2020 Honda LPGA in Thailand.
  • The Thai Health Ministry has confirmed seven new cases, bringing the total reported in the country to 32.
  • Thailand to implement measures to mitigate effects of coronavirus. These include extending the deadline for tax payments from March to June, reducing the rate of excise tax on jet fuel, and tax reductions for organizing seminars in the country this year.
  • 25 people now infected, country “now in the stage of disease transmission,” says Deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department.
  • Authorities racing to find contacts after South Korean tourist tests positive in Seoul after a holiday in the country. 
  • Infection cases now 19, local taxi driver infected by tourist in confirmed human-to-human transmission.
  • 25,000 Chinese visited Thailand during the Lunar New Year. Concerns grow over potential outbreaks in tourism spots. 
  • Local tour guides to be screened after meeting 25,000 arrivals from China, confirmed cases rise to 14.
  • Thailand is now screening all incoming passengers from China.
  • Thailand has confirmed another 6 cases, making a total of 14. Airport screening on arrival is taking place, yet to date, widespread prevention and monitoring measures have not been organised.

Vietnam

  • Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways announced it would be suspending all flights to an from South Korea.
  • Vietnam’s inaugural Formula One race will take place as planned in Hanoi despite concerns over the coronavirus.
  • Samsung is flying phone parts from China to its factories in Vietnam as it grapples with supply chain disruptions.
  • The Norwegian Jade, a cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd was denied permission to dock in Vietnam.
  • Vietnam has confirmed its 16th case.
  • Vietnam has locked down the commune of Son Loi, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Hanoi, after six cases of the virus were discovered there.
  • According to data from the Hanoi-based General Department of Vietnam Customs, exports slumped 17.4 percent in January from the same period last year, as the Covid-19 outbreak hindered economic activities.
  • Vietnam Airlines has said that it is losing US$10 million a week due to travel curbs resulting from the virus.
  • The country’s inaugural F1 Grand Prix race is at risk of cancellation. Set to begin on April 5, F1 insists the race remains on schedule.
  • Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment has said the government should prepare an economic stimulus package to help businesses cope with the impact of the virus.
  • Good article from The Diplomat, “Vietnam Battles Its Coronavirus Challenge” here.
  • Three-month-old baby becomes 15th case.
  • Country confirms 14th case.
  • An analysis of what businesses in Vietnam should do to prepare themselves during the outbreak, following yesterdays Amcham event in HCMC, “Impact of Coronavirus on Health and Business in Vietnam” here.
  • Vietnam has confirmed two new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total to 12.
  • Dezan Shira & Associates to co-host an event in HCMC, “Impact of Coronavirus On Your Vietnam Business” February 6th evening, details here.
  • 10 cases reported.
  • Three new cases, bringing total to eight.
  • Suspension of all flights to mainland China; a ban on all foreign visitors who have been in China within the past 14 days and returning Vietnamese quarantined. Flights to Hong Kong and Taiwan still operational.
  • First cases recorded in the country. Four Vietnamese nationals hospitalized and quarantined.  
  • Incoming Chinese tour groups suspended, returning workers from China being quarantined. 
  • Vietnam has two confirmed cases but has not put into place any screening thus far. Vietnam has a Visa on Arrival policy with China.
  • 24 additional people have been quarantined.

Other Asian countries and Regions

Afghanistan

  • The country recorded its first case of the virus.

Bahrain

  • The country has confirmed its first case of the virus.

Hong Kong

  • The number of cases in Hong Kong has risen to 74. 12 patients have so far been discharged.
  • Three more cases reported – with a police officer among them – bringing the total number to 68.
  • The number of cases has risen to 65 in the city-state.
  • A Filipino worker in Hong Kong becomes the city’s 61st case.
  • Hong Kong has increased its emergency fund from HK$25 to HK$28 billion (US$3.6 billion).
  • Hong Kong will prosecute two people for violating the quarantine requirements.
  • Tally of infections lies at 57.
  • The supply of medical protective gear in Hong Kong’s public hospitals is ‘tight’ according to officials.
  • Hundreds of protestors have demonstrated against the government’s plans to potentially turn some buildings into coronavirus quarantine centers, and demanding full closure of the border with mainland China.
  • The Hong Kong Tourism Board announced that the city received 3.2 million visitors were recorded in January 2020 which is a 50 percent drop in the daily average number of visitors from the first half of 2019. 
  • HSBC has said that one of its employees has been placed in government quarantine after “close contact” with relatives diagnosed with the coronavirus.
  • Hong Kong confirms the 51st case.
  • China has replaced the Director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Zhang Xiaoming, with Xia Baolong, a 67-year-old vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). 
  • Hong Kong confirms 50th case.
  • Hong Kong schools to remain closed until March 16.
  • 10 Hong Kong residents in China’s Hubei province have tested positive for the virus.
  • Health officials are examining whether the virus can spread through plumbing and piping systems. 
  • Confirmed cases have risen to 49.
  • American Airlines has extended flight suspensions to and from Hong Kong until April 23.
  • The US State Department has authorized the evacuation of non-emergency personnel and their families from Hong Kong.
  • More than 100 residents of a public housing estate were evacuated after two people in the block were confirmed to have the virus. This brings the number of those infected to 42.
  • Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has called for people to stay at home as much as possible.
  • 38 cases reported in total. A realtime map of the situation in Hong Kong can be viewed here.
  • Ten members of a Hong Kong family are feared to have contracted the virus while sharing Hot Pot with mainland Chinese relative who had the virus. 
  • Hong Kong has lifted a quarantine on the World Dream cruise ship after all crew members tested negative.
  • February 9 – Another case confirmed, total now 28.
  • Travelers from China who break Hong Kong quarantine laws face 6 months jail.
  • Anyone traveling to Hong Kong from mainland China will be quarantined for 14 days. Those who break the quarantine measure will be fined HK$25,000 (US$3,200) and face up to six months in jail.
  • Hong Kong airlines to cut some 400 jobs due to weak travel demands caused by the coronavirus.
  • Hong Kong has cancelled the annual Art Basel Hong Kong, which drew more than 80,000 people last year. It was scheduled to take place from March 19-21.
  • Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific is asking 27,000 employees to take up to three weeks of unpaid leave between March and June.
  • All arrivals from mainland China to Hong Kong to be quarantined for 14 days.
  • American and United Airlines suspend flights to Hong Kong until February 20. 
  • The first fatality confirmed 80-year-old man had an underlying medical condition. 
  • Government closes 10 of 13 border crossings with mainland China, further reduces mainland flights
  • Hundreds of Medical workers go on strike, demanding city closes its border with China. 
  • 9,000 medical workers threaten to strike on Monday if the border with the mainland “not closed”.
  • School break extended until March 2, civil servants to work from home.
  • Increase in confirmed cases to twelve. 680 citizens currently under observation displaying “similar symptoms”.  
  • Coronavirus Cases reach ten, local anger as territory runs out of masks.
  • Hong Kong has eight confirmed cases and has announced the suspension of all ferries and rail services from mainland China from Thursday and has cut by 50 percent all inbound China flights.

India

  • Two Indian nationals abord the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for the virus.
  • The government is sending a plane full of medical supplies and will return with Indian nationals.
  • Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today assured Parliament that India was equipped to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak, says more than 1,100 incoming flights have been screened.
  • All 645 Indian national repatriated from Wuhan and placed in quarantine in Gurgaon and Delhi have tested negative.
  • 5,123 suspected cases nationally under home surveillance. In Kerala, 1,999 patients are under observation, 75 in isolation wards. 
  • The third case confirmed in Kerala state.
  • All inbound arrivals who have visited China since January 15 to be quarantined.  
  • Report of the second case in Kerala; government suspends issuing of e-visas for travelers from China.
  • 800 potential cases “under observation”.
  • First confirmed case in Kerala, blood samples required from arrivals at Chennai from Wuhan and quarantine for 28 days. Indian returnees from China are advised to practice home quarantine.
  • India has over 100 non-confirmed cases in quarantine. Screening is taking place in Mumbai and Delhi airports. 
  • Indigo Airlines suspends flight connections between Delhi and Chengdu and Bangalore and Hong Kong until February 20.
  • 633 Indian nationals have been quarantined in Kerala after visiting China. Screening is now taking place at 20 airports.

Iran

  • Turkey and Afghanistan will close their borders with Iran due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The number of cases has risen to 43.
  • Iran has shut schools and cultural sights in a bid to contain the virus.
  • The country has confirmed a further 10 cases.
  • Iran has confirmed 18 cases of the virus and four deaths.
  • Iraq has closed its border to iran for three days.
  • Two more Iranians have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number to five.
  • Kuwait Airways has suspended flights to Iran over coronavirus fears.
  • Three Iranian patients have tested positive for the new coronavirus disease, according to the ISNA news agency.
  • Two people have died of the virus in Iran, marking the first deaths in the Middle East.

Japan

  • Two more Japanese government health workers who went on the Princess Diamond during its 14-day quarantine have tested positive for novel coronavirus.
  • A total of 12 new cases reported as of Saturday.
  • Japan records nine more positive cases. The total number of confirmed cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship stands at 639 and the number of land-based cases stands at 87. 
  • 450 more passengers disembarked from the Diamond Princess.
  • Eleven evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship flown out by the US government have tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Two Australian passengers who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess have tested positive for the virus after arriving at the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility in Australia.
  • Another 12 people found to be Covid-19 positive, including two government officials who worked onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The total tally of confirmed cases in Japan now stands at 78 on land and 626 on the Diamond Princess.
  • 244 passengers have disembarked from the Diamond Princess as of Thursday.
  • Two elderly Japnese passengers from the Diamond Princess have died according to Japanese broadcasters Kyodo and NHK.
  • The overall number of infections aboard the Diamond Princess stands at 621.
  • 47 out of the 256 Canadians on board the Diamond Princess have tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • A Japanese couple who tested positive for the virus had visited Hawaii earlier this month.
  • Another 88 people on the Diamond Princess have tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • Three Indonesian crew members test positive for Covid-19 aboard the Diamond Princess.
  • The country’s health minister has confirmed that the disembarkation of the Diamond Princess will begin on Wednesday, February 19.
  • The British government is organizing a flight to evacuate its citizens from the Diamond Princess.
  • Japan will start trialing the use of HIV antiretroviral drugs on patients that test positive for the virus.
  • Australia and Canada will evacuate their citizens from the Diamond Princess.
  • Hong Kong will charter flights to brings its citizens home from the Diamond Princess.
  • Japan’s health ministry has issued guidelines for people experiencing symptoms similar to the coronavirus. People who have had a temperature of 37.5 Celcius for four days should call the nationwide healthcare centers that are responsible for responding to the virus outbreak. The government hopes this will prevent citizens from inundating local hospitals.
  • A second charter plane carrying US citizens from the Diamond Princess has arrived in Texas.
  • The government has closed next month’s Tokyo Marathon to all but elite runners. Japan would limit public crowds in Tokyo to prevent a further spread of the virus.
  • Japanese officials have confirmed a further 99 people aboard the Diamond Princess have tested positive for the virus.
  • Japan will not hold a public celebration of the Emperor’s birthday, fearing that the large crowds could spread the virus. 
  • 14 Americans that left the Diamond Princess on a US government charter flight have tested positive for the virus.  
  • Australia will evacuate its citizens from the Diamond Princess. They will have to undergo further quarantine.
  • Japan has confirmed two more cases of the virus, bringing the total number of infected to 414 cases, 357 related to the Diamond Princess and 57 with no connection to the ship.
  • The country’s fifth evacuation flight from Wuhan has landed in Tokyo.
  • The US has evacuated more than 300 citizens from the Diamond Princess. Those evacuated will have to undergo further quarantine.
  • Another six confirmed cases but not from the Diamond Princess.
  • US officials are looking to evacuate 380 nationals from the Diamond Princess.
  • Japan could lose USD$1.3 billion in tourism revenue for the January-March period.
  • Another 70 people on board the Diamond Princess have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total to 356. 
  • The US government will evacuate its citizens from the Diamond Princess provided they test negative for the virus.
  • A man has tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections to 254 with 219 cases from the Diamond Princess, and 35 on land.
  • Two new cases of people from Tokyo who had close contact with the taxi driver who has been confirmed to have the virus.
  • The country’s NHK public television network has said that a taxi driver has contracted the virus, and she may have had contact with passengers from the Diamond Princess during a February 1 call at a port.
  • Japan has started to disembark passengers over the age of 80 from the Diamond Princess. Those allowed to leave have tested negative for Covid-19.
  • Japan has confirmed its first Covid-19 related death, an 80-year-old woman from Kanagawa prefecture.
  • Japan has allowed passengers over the age of 80 to disembark from the Diamond Princess provided they test negative for the virus.
  • The President of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Game Committee has said that Covid-19 will not affect this summer’s Games.
  • Another 44 people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for Covid-19.
  • The total number of cases in the country stands at 203 (including those from the cruise ship).
  • Japan has barred travelers from China’s Zhejiang province. 
  • 39 more people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of cases to 175.
  • Two citizens repatriated from Wuhan have tested positive for the virus.
  • 161 people infected in Japan. 136 are from the Diamond Princess cruise liner docked in Yokohama.
  • Japan to allow older passengers and those with chronic health conditions to leave the Diamond Princess cruise liner. Infection tally hits 136.
  • New cases on the Diamond Princess brings the total number of infected to 135.
  • Rapid rates of infection on Yokohama cruise ship must question the wisdom of keeping all passengers confined in close proximity without being in hospital standard accommodation. 
  • 60 more cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama. This brings the total of those infected to 130.
  • 70 cases from quarantined Yokohama Cruise ship.
  • 64 cases from quarantined Yokohama Cruise ship.
  • Japanese man suspected of contracting the virus has died in Wuhan.
  • The total number of cases reaches 86. 61 on the Yokohama quarantined cruise ship.  
  • Another 41 people quarantined aboard a cruise liner off the coast of Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • Ten more cases confirmed on a quarantined cruise ship off Yokohama. 
  • Ten passengers test positive on a cruise ship anchored off Yokohama, entire ship quarantined, infected patients in the hospital. 
  • 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew locked down on Cruise ship in Yokohama after disembarked man tested positive.
  • All visitors who have been in Hubei the past 14 days are barred.
  • 3 new cases were reported on Saturday, February 1, including those involving human-to-human transmission. This brings the total cases confirmed at 20.
  • A further three cases reported, total now to 14. 
  • Three returning Japanese from Wuhan infected. Country reports the first case of transmission without apparent symptoms. 
  • Japan has six confirmed cases, including the latest patient who had not traveled to China but had driven buses for Chinese tourists over Lunar New Year.

Kuwait

  • Kuwait has confirmed its first case of the virus.
  • Kuwait will repatriate 700 citizens from Iran.

Lebanon

  • Lebanon has recorded its first case of the virus, a 45-year old female who had just returned from the city of Qom in Iran.

Macau

  • Macau has allowed 29 casinos to open but would be operating at 30 percent capacity. Furthermore, the casinos would have to follow new health and safety guidelines. These are mandating all casino employees wear a mask or keep a distance of one meter apart from others, and barring anyone with fevers or acute coughs.
  • Macau will give residents USD$274 million worth of vouchers to boost the corona-virus hit economy.
  • The government says the nine people still infected with the virus will be discharged soon. One patient has already been discharged.
  • Closes all 41 casino operations for two weeks, ten people infected. 

Maldives

  • The Maldives announced a ban on travelers arriving from China, February 3. Chinese tourists made up the bulk of visitors in 2019.   

Mongolia

  • The government has extended the suspension of all schools until the end of March.
  • Turkey has issued a travel warning to Mongolia.
  • The country has suspended all schools until March 2.
  • Mongolia suspends coal exports to China until March 2.
  • The country gives until February 6 for Mongolian nationals to return from China; they will be quarantined. No arrivals permitted to any visitors from China until March 2. 

Nepal

  • Nepal has one confirmed case, arriving from Shanghai. Screening on arrival has begun.

North Korea

  • State media has said the government has quarantined 380 foreign nationals.
  • North Korea has cancelled its April marathon over the virus outbreak.
  • North Korea will impose a 30-day quarantine for all foreign visitors.
  • 72nd Anniversary of Military celebrations cancelled in Pyongyang, Seoul warns of “potential crisis” in-country, suggesting that Sinuiju, a North Korean border city with China has had multiple deaths and infections are spreading. 

Pakistan

  • Pakistan has closed its border with Iran.
  • 800 students have pleaded with the government to repatriate them.
  • Five suspected cases.
  • The country refuses to airlift 500 nationals from Wuhan on basis does not have sufficient domestic facilities to cater for any infections.  
  • Resumes flights between Karachi and Beijing after one week’s suspension
  • One student returning from China quarantined in Karachi, country suspends all China flights.
  • Pakistan suspends flights to China.

Russia

  • Russia will suspend entry for Chinese citizens from February 20.
  • A Russian woman aboard the Diamond Princess has tested positive for the virus.
  • The second patient recovers in Chita and has been discharged. No additional cases. 
  • Our new Russia-specific updates here.
  • Sochi Investment Forum, due to be held in March, has been cancelled. 
  • Country to deport all foreign nationals found with Coronavirus.
  • Two patients are coronavirus positive in the Baikal and Tyumen regions.
  • Russia has barred Chinese tour groups from entering the country.
  • Far East Russia, Mongolia, and North Korea have closed their borders with China. 

South Korea

  • More than 233 cases confirmed today in South Korea, raising the national total to 833.
  • South Korean airlines – Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, and Air Busan – have postponed flights to and from the city of Daegu.
  • The Yonhap news agency is reporting that 30 South Koreans who recently visited Israel for pilgrimage have tested positive for Covid-19.
  • South Korea’s National Assembly has cancelled its plenary session scheduled for Monday, February 24.
  • The country will postpone the new school year until March 9.
  • The number of infected has risen to 763 with the country also recording its seventh coronavirus-related death.
  • Air New Zealand has cancelled its flights from Auckland to Seoul.
  • South Korea has recorded its sixth death from the coronavirus.
  • South Korea extends the school holidays by one week until March 6.
  • The total number of infections rises to 600.
  • 87 further cases in South Korea.
  • South Korea has reported a second death from the virus, a 50 year old woman from the city of Busan.
  • Infections have jumped sharply again to more than 200 in total. Among the 48 new cases, 42 are from the city of Daegu, two in Seoul, two in South Gyeongsang Province, one in Gyeonggi Province and one in the city of Gwangju.
  • South Korea reports three members of the military infected with the virus.
  • 52 new cases of the virus overnight, among the new cases, 39 are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southern city of Daegu. The total number of infections in the country has risen to 156.
  • The city of Daegu and the surrounding areas was declared a special management zone.
  • South Korea has reported its first Covid-19 death as the total number of infected cases rise to 104.
  • The mayor of the South Korean city of Daegu has told residents to stay inside as positive Covid-19 cases linked to a local church has raised the prospect of wider transmission.
  • South Korea reports another 31 new cases, 23 were linked to a 61-year-old patient who attended a church service in the city of Daegu.
  • The country has confirmed a further 20 cases of the virus. 14 people were involved in an outbreak traced to several church services in the city of Daegu. This brings the total number of infected to 51. 
  • South Korea has confirmed another case of the virus, bringing the total to 31.
  • The government is sending a Presidential plane to Japan to retrieve citizens from the Diamond Princess.
  • Fewer Chinese tourists are coming into South Korea and there are concerns that a drop in Chinese visitors could exacerbate any negative effects of the virus on South Korea’s economy.
  • South Korea has announced its 30th case, a wife of the 29th patient.
  • South Korea reports one more case, an 82 year old man.
  • South Korea is welcoming 147 people home in its third evacuation flight from Wuhan.
  • The number of cases rises to 28.
  • The Incubation period of COVID-19 could be longer than 14 days. South Korea reports their 24th case yesterday had been in quarantine and had not had contact with any infected patients since January 25, an 18-day timeframe. 
  • Three coronavirus patients have recovered and will be discharged from the hospital according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). They will still be monitored daily after the discharge.
  • Asiana Airlines has asked cabin crew members to take unpaid leave between February 15-29. This comes as the airline suspends 17 out of its 28 routes to China.
  • The total number of those infected rises to 28.
  • General Motor’s (GM) South Korean unit will suspend production in one of its factories from February 17-18 due to a shortage of supplies from China. The affected line is located in the city of Bupyeong near Seoul.
  • From Wednesday (February 12) visitors from Hong Kong and Macau will have to undergo quarantine screening. Arrivals will also need to provide their contact details whilst in the country as well as fill in a health form.
  • South Korea has strongly advised its citizens against travel to Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.
  • Hyundai has suspended operations at its Ulsan complex in South Korea due to the lack of parts caused by the lockdown in China. The Ulsan plant is the world’s largest automobile assembly plant.
  • The total number of those infected rises to 24.
  • Rise in reported cases to 18, Hyundai suspends production after inability to source parts.
  • Woman tests positive after returning from a holiday in Thailand had not visited China. 
  • Confirmed cases rise to 11.
  • A seventh case has been confirmed on a flight returning to Seoul from Wuhan 
  • South Korea has four confirmed cases and is putting into place “anti-epidemic” measures. 

Sri Lanka

  • Major construction projects have stalled in Sri Lanka as many Chinese workers have not returned since the Lunar Year holiday.  
  • No new cases, Government issues preventative measures online here.
  • Solely infected patient recovers, 55 Lankans repatriated from Wuhan “show no symptoms”.
  • 16 patients under observation.
  • All Chinese workers based on projects in the country are being tested.
  • Sri Lanka has suspended all Visa on Arrivals from China.

Taiwan

  • Taiwan has raised its travel advisory for Japan and South Korea to Level Two.
  • Taiwan confirmed two new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the island’s total number of confirmed cases to 28.
  • Taiwan has confirmed its 23rd case, a 60-year-old woman who is the sister of a patient who died on Sunday.
  • Taiwan has confirmed two more cases of the virus, lifting the number of those infected to 22.
  • Taiwan confirms first Covid-19 death. There are currently 20 cases in the country.
  • Three people who were under home quarantine have gone missing. They had traveled from Hong Kong to Taipei on February 8 and were placed under home quarantine. The authorities have publicised the information and have asked the public to be aware.
  • Hundreds of Taiwanese citizens detained and quarantined overseas as WHO classifies them as mainland Chinese and airlines won’t let them fly. Other nations preventing Taiwanese citizens from entering for the same reason.   
  • 18 cases in total confirmed.
  • Some 500 Taiwanese tourists are stranded in the Philippines after the latter imposed a ban on travelers from Taiwan.
  • Taiwan has advised against travel to Hong Kong and Macau.
  • Taiwan confirms 17th case.
  • The country bans international cruise ships from docking.
  • Confirmed further cases of the novel coronavirus infection, raising its total to 16
  • Island refuses entry to all visitors from mainland China. 
  • Tenth reported case. Taiwan, not a member of WHO due to Chinese objections.
  • Nine reported cases. 

Uzbekistan

  • Uzbekistan sends 40 tons of protective equipment to China. This includes protective suits, masks, and gloves.

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