COVID-19 and South East Asia: the week that was

Cambodia receives 16 tonnes of medical supplies from China Indonesia's President bans mudik Philippines extends lockdown in several provinces across Luzon Singapore prepares temporary mega-structures to accommodate migrant workers Vietnam begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions Read More

Sick refugee takes on Peter Dutton over coronavirus detention fears

A refugee in immigration detention has launched a High Court challenge against Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and his department over the threat of COVID-19 infection risk while held in immigration detention. Read More

The economic consequences of COVID-19: For the first time in 60 years, growth is expected to be zero in the Asian region

The Asian region, which includes some of the most dynamic economies in the world and accounts for more than 60% of the global population, is facing zero growth for the first time in 60 years. The region has endured the oil crisis and stock market crash in the early 1970s, the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98 as well as the global financial crisis of 2008-2009 without suffering a region-wide recession, although a number of countries experienced negative growth. Read More

Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Some good news from the Pacific this week as World Health Organization figures show a dramatic slowing in the number of new cases across the… Read More

WHO and China: Compounding politics and policy

The World Health Organization has been heavily criticised for appeasing China instead of leading the Covid-19 fight. Read More

COVID-19 and South East Asia: the week that was

UN criticises Cambodia's new state of emergency legislation | Indonesia sells bonds to finance virus relief measures | Laos reports no cases in 7 consecutive days | Malaysia denies entry of 200 Rohingya refugees due to COVID-19 fears | Myanmar releases 24,000+ prisoners in New Year amnesty | Coronavirus presents challenges for the Philippines' call centre industry | COVID-19 clusters in Singapore's migrant worker dormitories | Social media spat between Thailand and China from coronavirus post | Rice ATMs provide relief for Vietnam's poor Read More

Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Infection figures remain low for the Pacific, but they have more than doubled since last week. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 215 positive cases in the Pacific, excluding Australia and New Zealand. Northern Marianas Islands have reported two more cases “under investigation”. Two people have died there. Read More

China’s COVID-19 charm offensive isn’t fooling India

China is cranking up the charm offensive. But that’s not to say that India is buying into the Chinese narrative or that it’s ignorant of Beijing’s real motives. Read More

COVID-19 and South East Asia: the week that was

COVID-19 is dominating news headlines and social media feeds globally. Each week the Griffith Asia Institute explores aspects of South East Asia’s COVID-19 response… Read More

Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

There are now more than 220 confirmed cases across the Pacific Islands region (excluding Australia and New Zealand) and six deaths. Read More


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