From the famous Australian beach of Bondi Beach to the streets of New Delhi, across Asia, the authorities have intensified this weekend their efforts to slow down the coronavirus while a second wave of contaminations is recorded in regions that thought the epidemic was under control. Measures to restrict movement have been taken by various countries, such as Malaysia, where the military has been deployed to enforce containment.
The number of cases registered in Asia has exceeded 95,000, or a third of the cases of Covid-19 recorded worldwide, according to a count made by AFP.
Outside of China, where more than 80,000 people were infected after the first case of new coronavirus appeared in Wuhan in December, South Korea is the most affected country in Asia with more than 8,500 cases.
While the number of people carrying Covid-19 in China has been dropping in recent weeks, other countries are seeing the balance sheets rise.
Thailand registered a sudden increase on Sunday, with 188 new cases, leaving doubts on the figures identified by its two neighbors, Burma and Laos, which do not report any case.
After closing its borders to non-residents and foreigners, Australia, which has 1,300 cases, asked residents to cancel their trips within the country.
Pakistan, where 300 people are believed to be carriers of the coronavirus, has suspended all international flights.
Millions of Indians were subjected to a national curfew on Sunday as an experiment in the fight against this pandemic which has already killed more than 13,000 people worldwide.
The number of screening tests has been increased in this country of 1.3 billion inhabitants, where 320 cases have been identified, a figure which would be largely underestimated.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on Southeast Asia to fight “violent“against this epidemic, fearing that it would lead to the collapse of already fragile health systems.
In countries where the epidemic seemed to be under control, the authorities are now facing a second phase of contamination, notably linked to people returning from abroad.
Singapore has banned short-term visitors from the densely populated city state after a spate of imported cases brought the total number of cases to 432.
In Hong Kong, where the worst seemed to be behind, the number of infected people almost doubled last week, with many returning to the financial center.