Coronavirus: Asian nations face virus battle amid WHO warning

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Many Asian nations face an increasing battle to stem the spread of coronavirus, amid a World Health Organization warning that some needed to require “aggressive measures”.Malaysia, Sri Lanka and therefore the Philippines are among nations imposing strict border controls.

Cases within the South Asian subcontinent are still below 500 but there are fears a spike could overwhelm health systems.There are 185,000 cases globally, with 7,500 confirmed deaths.

Some nations and territories that had seen success in controlling the virus or slowing its arrival, including South Korea , Hong Kong and Taiwan, have seen new spikes, amid fears people coming back from abroad are importing the virus.

Asian stocks have continued to fall as worries about the coronavirus pandemic eclipsed hopes that major stimulus plans would ease the impact of the outbreak.

What was the WHO warning?
It was issued for the organisation’s South East Asia region, although this contains 11 nations spread widely, including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh and North Korea .

Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director of the WHO South East Asia region, said on Tuesday that “more clusters of virus transmission are being confirmed”.

Where are the infections increasing?
Almost all nations are seeing increases, although the rates vary widely.China still has the very best number of confirmed cases, with quite 80,000, but its new infections are almost exclusively from people coming back from abroad and are very low.

South Korea has also been praised for its attempts to regulate the virus and its 8,413 cases have seen it fall below Germany to sixth within the running list of cases compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

It has been before other nations by testing thousands of individuals and had seen a downward trend in new infections.But there are now small clusters breaking out across the country, with 93 more cases within the past 24 hours. Dozens of sick and elderly patients during a hospital in Daegu were infected.

Taiwan announced its largest single-day increase in new cases – 23 – bringing the entire to 100.The trend was mirrored in Hong Kong – 14 cases during a single day is that the highest within the territory, about one brought in from abroad.

Indonesia on Wednesday also announced its biggest daily rise, 55 more cases taking the entire to 227, with 19 deaths.Pakistan’s cases have now risen to 245, with the entire of reported cases for the South Asian subcontinent reaching 482.

Thailand reported 35 new cases on Wednesday, taking its total infections to 212, officials said. Four of the cases were linked to an entertainment venue and 13 to a boxing bout, both in Bangkok.

Malaysia has warned of a fresh spike in cases, saying there’s only a “slim chance” of breaking the chain of infections.A mass Muslim gathering last month is linked to just about two-thirds of its infections and thousands of attendees are yet to be tested.Myanmar and Laos have both not reported any cases – though experts have seriously doubted the credibility of this.

A spokesperson for Myanmar’s government claimed that people’s “lifestyle and diet” had protected them from the virus. But it’s imposed restrictions on arrivals and therefore the UK government is now advising against about essential travel there.

There also are no reported cases of the virus in Timor-Leste.

What are the nations doing?
From Wednesday, Malaysia is preventing citizens from travelling overseas and visitors from entering until 31 March a minimum of .Many Malaysians who commute to figure in Singapore had to queue to cross the border before the midnight deadline, and can need to stay there.

Streets within the Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur were largely empty and supermarket chains are enforcing limits on purchases of staples.Thailand has closed schools, bars, cinemas and other entertainment cent res.

The Philippines, which has 202 cases and 17 deaths, has imposed a number of the toughest movement controls, effectively quarantining about half its 107 million population.

But it reversed a choice to ban all international flights, and foreign nationals may now fly out, although arrivals will face strict quarantine protocols.

Taiwan will on Thursday ban foreigners from entering, aside from in some exceptional cases. Everyone arriving, including Taiwanese, will need to enter quarantine for 14 days.Japanese media report that visas issued to European travellers are going to be invalidated and other people coming back from 38 nations will need to self-quarantine.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan urged calm during a TV address, saying: “There is not any got to worry. we’ll fight this as a nation. And God-willing, we’ll win this war.”

From the weekend, all air passengers arriving in Pakistan from abroad will got to show a certificate declaring them freed from

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