Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic: Wuhan Deaths RiseThe Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged has raised its death toll by 50 percent to a total of 3,869.The revision came as a growing chorus of world leaders suggested China had not been entirely open about the full domestic impact of the virus.The additional deaths in Wuhan were cases that were "mistakenly reported" or missed entirely, according to the official an
Soldiers and police hit the streets of Indonesia's capital Jakarta Friday to enforce its toughest virus measures yet as infections surge and critics warn of a looming public-health disaster.Violators face heavy fines and up to a year in jail for breaking the new rules, which include a ban on gatherings of more than five people, limiting restaurants to online delivery orders and reducing public transport.Motorbike taxis seen everywhere in the megacity of 30 million were banned from pickin
The number of confirmed coronavirus deaths accelerated past 50,000 on Friday as the United States (US), Spain and Britain grappled with their highest tolls yet and the world economy took a massive hit.The threat posed by the pandemic has never been starker.
Indonesia's coronavirus crisis is far worse than being officially reported and the government's response is "in tatters", the country's doctors association warned Friday as the death toll climbed to 87.The world's fourth-most populous country only reported its first confirmed infection this month but the number had ballooned to over 1,000 by Friday.Indonesia's 87 confirmed coronavirus deaths are the highest toll in Southeast Asia, with public health and dipl
On Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte widened a month-long quarantine of Luzon to the entire Philippines in what local media are calling a six-month state of calamity. It is inevitable that the move will stall business operations and economic growth.
The death toll from China's novel coronavirus outbreak rose to 717 on Saturday as the country seethes over an epidemic that claimed the life of a popular doctor and created global panic.The toll has now surpassed the number of people who died in mainland China and Hong Kong during the 2002-2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, after another 81 people succumbed to the illness in central Hubei province.More than 34,000 people have been infected in China by the new strain,
China faced deepening isolation over its coronavirus epidemic on Saturday as the death toll soared to 259, with the United States (US) and Australia leading a growing list of nations to impose extraordinary Chinese travel bans.With Britain, Russia and Sweden among the countries confirming their first infections, the virus has now spread to more than two dozen nations, sending governments scurrying to limit their exposure.China toughened its own quarantine measures at the centre of the outbrea
Indonesia's disaster agency warned Thursday of more deaths after torrential rains pounded the Jakarta region, triggering floods and landslides that killed at least 29 and left vast swaths of the megalopolis underwater.Tens of thousands fled to temporary shelters across the capital region - home to some 30 million - with scores of houses damaged in the deadliest flooding in years, after torrential rains on New Year's Eve.Images showed waterlogged homes and cars covered in muddy flood
The number of deaths from a powerful storm that hit the Philippines on Christmas has climbed to 41, authorities said Sunday, with tens of thousands still in evacuation centres.Typhoon Phanfone left the Philippines on Saturday after devastating several islands in the central Visayas, including popular tourist destinations, but the extent of the damage continued to grow as assessments came in.The death toll of 41 - up from 28 on Friday - included three boat crew who died after their vessel caps
A typhoon that swept across remote villages and popular tourist areas of the central Philippines on Christmas day claimed at least 16 lives, authorities said on Thursday.Typhoon Phanfone, with gusts reaching 200 kilometres an hour, tore roofs off houses and toppled electric posts as it ripped through the central Philippines on Wednesday.Videos from the typhoon's path showed fallen trees and strong winds pummelling flimsy houses.
The number of people evacuated after Indonesia's deadly tsunami has nearly doubled to some 40,000 while more than 7,000 were injured in the disaster, officials said Friday, as they trimmed the official death toll.Authorities said 426 people had been killed - down from a previous tally of 430 - with double-counting by different districts blamed for the change.
The death toll from a tsunami triggered by suspected volcanic activity near the Sunda Strait in Indonesia has topped 200 as rescuers continue to search for dozens missing in the tourist region.More than 220 people, mostly tourists, are confirmed dead, at least 843 injured and dozens are missing in the two provinces hit by waves late on Saturday, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.