Regional Alerts

HCMC mandates 14-day quarantine for returnees from Covid-19 hotspots after Tet

17 February 2021. HCMC and some northern localities will isolate people returning from Covid-19 hotspots after Tet for 14 days to prevent possible coronavirus spread, especially in the current Covid-19 epicenter.https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/hcmc-mandates-14-day-quarantine-for-returnees-from-covid-19-hotspots-after-tet-4236113.html

COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Outs in ASEAN & Asia – Live Updates by Country

17 February 2021. Details of COVID-19 availability in all ten ASEAN countries and another 30 Asian nations. Due to the developing situation in China and Asia concerning the Coronavirus, this article as a running live update service to keep updated information with the latest news.https://www.aseanbriefing.com/news/covid-19-vaccine-roll-outs-in-asean-asia-live-updates-by-country/

A lab in Cambodia is on the lookout for the next pandemic

16 February 2021. Watching for novel pathogens in Southeast Asia has recently become an important part of the global effort to understand the pandemic. The Cambodian report helped confirm the accuracy of the P.C.R. test, and it revealed that only minor changes in the sequences were appearing.https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/16/world/a-lab-in-cambodia-is-on-the-lookout-for-the-next-pandemic.html

WHO Wuhan mission finds possible signs of wider original outbreak

15 February 2021. Investigators from the World Health Organization (WHO) looking into the origins of coronavirus in China have discovered signs the outbreak was much wider in Wuhan in December 2019 than previously thought, and are urgently seeking access to hundreds of thousands of blood samples from the city that China has not so far…

Thailand not onboard with Nordic and EU vaccine passports yet

14 February 2021. Thailand, as one of the leading tourist destinations in the world, is not convinced about the vaccine passport yet. The health authorities of Thailand states that the best international agreement on traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic is still a 14-day quarantine.https://scandasia.com/thailand-not-onboard-with-nordic-and-eu-vaccine-passports-yet/

WHO Researcher Seeking Origins of the Virus

14 February 2021. A team of experts selected by the World Health Organization to investigate the origins of the virus that caused the Covid-19 pandemic returned last week from Wuhan, site of the world’s first outbreak. With Chinese scientists, they plans to produce a joint report on the possible origins of the virus.https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/14/health/WHO-covid-daszak-china-virus.html?referringSource=articleShare

A Plague Year: What We Learnt

11 February 2021. It is probably premature to offer an assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic’s possible consequences. Many of the (mostly Asia-Pacific) countries that took the most aggressive steps to tackle the coronavirus seem to be in a much stronger position than the West.https://theaseanpost.com/article/plague-year-what-we-learnt

Thailand to administer 10 million COVID-19 vaccine monthly from June

11 February 2021. Thailand announced plans to inoculate 1 million of its most vulnerable people against COVID-19 by May and start mass vaccinations in June, with the aim of administering 10 million doses a month.https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thailand-covid-19-coronavirus-vaccine-10-million-monthly-14173216

Seasonal prevalence, risk factors, and One Health intervention for prevention

10 February 2021. Prevalence of asymptomatic intestinal parasitic infections (IPI) is much higher than symptomatic cases. One Health (OH) approach and multi-sectorial collaboration are key to form specific intervention in reducing the IPI prevalence and mitigating disease-related risks. The intervention might be applied to address other infectious diseases in the future.https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(21)00101-6/fulltext

Cambodia COVID vaccinations begin with Hun Sen’s sons, ministers

10 February 2021. Cambodia launched its coronavirus inoculation drive on Wednesday, using 600,000 vaccine doses, with the sons of long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen and government ministers among the first recipients.https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Cambodia-COVID-vaccinations-begin-with-Hun-Sen-s-sons-ministers

Possible Early Covid-19 Cases in China Emerge During WHO Mission

10 February 2021. About 90 people were hospitalized with Covid-19-like symptoms in central China in the two months before the disease was first identified in Wuhan in late 2019. The World Health Organization’s mission to Wuhan said the coronavirus most likely spread naturally to humans through an animalhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/possible-early-covid-19-cases-in-china-emerge-during-who-mission-11612996225

Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of 214 families with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China

9 February 2021. There is increased risk of COVID-19 transmission among familial members in Wuhan, China. The transmissibility and pathogenicity of the SARS-CoV-2 virus may increase after person-to-person transmission. There is an related higher attack rate and the worse clinical outcomes in COVID-19 family clusters.https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(21)00106-5/fulltext

Vietnam culls 100,000 poultry as bird flu outbreaks spread

8 February 2021. Vietnam has culled more 100,000 poultry so far this year in a bid to contain the spread of bird flu in the Southeast Asian country. The country has reported outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N1 and H5N6 bird flu strains in 14 provinceshttps://news.yahoo.com/vietnam-culls-100-000-poultry-062724947.html?guccounter=2

COVID-19 Cases Surge in Vietnam as Laos Receives More Vaccine From China

8 February 2021. The total number of confirmed infections in Vietnam has now risen to 2,050 in 11 separate provinces or cities. Medical services take stronger measures to control the further spread of the disease. The government of Laos has meanwhile received an additional 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine —most of it for use by…

Postnatal care center shut down after pneumonia outbreak in newborns

6 February 2021. A postnatal care center in northeast China’s Shenyang City has been temporarily closed after 14 newborn babies developed pneumonia. All babies have been hospitalized caused by the respiratory syncytial virus https://mbdsnet.org/mbds2020/wp-admin/post-new.php

Disaster Management Reference Handbook – Lao PDR

3 February 2021. Strategic priorities for Laos strengthening the health system in spite of COVID-19 pandemic are: resilient health system towards UHC, effective delivery of essential public health programs (including VPDs and NCDs), enhance health security (e.g. emerging infectious disease and public health emergencies), effective policy dialogue and advocacy (e.g. health leadership and multisectoral collaboration),…

Black Swans at Old Summer Palace Test Positive for Bird Flu

03 February 2021. Tests conducted by Beijing municipal authorities confirmed the swans had been infected with the H5N8 strain of avian influenza. District health authorities are taking no chances and have collected 257 samples from the Old Summer Palace and surrounding area.https://mbdsnet.org/mbds2020/wp-admin/post-new.php

Thai Red Cross is calling on recovered Covid-19 patients to donate plasma

03 February 2021. The Thai Red Cross Society is urging fully recovered Covid-19 patients to donate their plasma. The Thai Red Cross has been asking for plasma donations since April of last year. Over 400 people registered to donate the plasmahttps://thethaiger.com/news/national/thai-red-cross-is-calling-on-recovered-covid-19-patients-to-donate-plasma

China to send 10 million coronavirus vaccine doses abroad

03 February 2021. China has announced a plan to provide 10 million coronavirus vaccine doses to developing nations through the global COVAX initiative. COVAX seeks to ensure that low- and middle-income countries have enough vaccines.https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/china-send-10-million-coronavirus-vaccine-doses-abroad-75652772

Medical expert calls on Thais to trust vaccines and help control Covid-19

03 February 2021. Medical expert is calling on Thai people to have faith in Covid-19 vaccines and cooperate with efforts to halt the spread of the virus. Thailand was expected to begin the rollout of AstraZeneca/ Oxford University vaccine this month.https://thethaiger.com/coronavirus/medical-expert-calls-on-thais-to-trust-vaccines-and-help-control-covid-19