The Coronavirus in Asia and ASEAN – Live Updates by Country

(This article will be updated continuously. It was originally published on January 28, 2020. It was last updated on February 12, 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Hong Kong

  • 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

  • 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.

Japan

  • The total number of cases in the country stands at 203.
  • 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.

Macau

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

Source: ASEAN Briefing is produced by Dezan Shira & Associates. The firm assists foreign investors throughout Asia and maintains offices throughout ASEAN, including in SingaporeHanoiHo Chi Minh City and Jakarta. Please contact us at [email protected] or visit our website at www.dezshira.com.

The Coronavirus in Asia and ASEAN – Live Updates by Country