Regional Alerts

Govt eyes vaccine hubs for tourists

25 January 2023. The Ministry of Public Health is planning to establish at least one Covid-19 vaccination center per province where foreign tourists can pay for a shot, while foreign residents will continue to get free jabs.

Call to combat TB as infections increase

25 January 2023. The Cambodia National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control said Tuberculosis cases have increased across the country, while the government is committed to eradicate this disease by 2030. There were between 31,000 to 32,000 people infected across the country, an increase of 15% compared to 20,000 in 2021.

Thailand reports increase in Melioidosis in 2022

23 January 2023. The Thailand Bureau of Epidemiology reported a 61 % increase in melioidosis cases last year compared to what was reported in 2021. According to disease surveillance data in 2022, 3559 melioidosis patients were reported from 70 of Thailand’s 77 provinces, representing a illness rate of 5.38 per 100,000 population.

China logs nearly 13,000 Covid deaths in a week

23 January 2023. China reported nearly 13,000 Covid-related deaths in hospitals between January 13 and 19. The death toll came a week after China said nearly 60,000 people had died with Covid in hospitals in just over a month — but there has been widespread scepticism over official data.

PM pushes Covid vigilance amid new variants

23 January 2023. Like all viruses, Covid-19 can mutate into new forms or variants. To date these variants have tended towards increased transmissibility with lesser severity of disease, but it is possible that one could emerge that is deadlier. According to the ministry, as of January 22 Cambodia had vaccinated 95.34 % of estimated population…

Thailand reports 100% increase in Chikungunya in 2022

22 January 2023. Thailand health officials reported a doubling in chikungunya infections in 2022 compared the year prior. Officials reported 1,370 total cases in 48 provinces in 2022. This compared to the 671 cases in 39 provinces seen in 2021, or a 104 % increase.

Laos sees sharp increase in dengue fever cases in 2022

21 January 2023. A video was released by the Centre of Information and Education for Health under the Lao Ministry of Health earlier this month, reporting on dengue fever cases in 2022 that infected 32,364 people and caused 24 deaths.

Two new Covid cases in Cambodia

16 January 2023. Cambodia Ministry of Health reported two new Covid-19 community cases, with three new recoveries. As of January 16, Cambodia had recorded a total of 138,664 Covid-19 cases with 135,592 recoveries and 3,056 fatalities.

China links Covid to 60,000 recent deaths

16 January 2023. China recorded 59,938 Covid-related deaths between Dec 8, 2022 and Jan 12 this year. It includes 5,503 deaths caused by respiratory failure directly due to the virus, and 54,435 deaths caused by underlying diseases combined with Covid.

Vietnam’s Health Ministry warns of risks of Covid-19 outbreaks due to new variants

16 January 2023. Vietnam’s MoH has warned of the potential risk of Covid-19 outbreaks due to the emergence of new variants. However, the Covid-19 was still under control, and Vietnam has not recorded any Covid-19-related fatalities for two consecutive weeks.

Entry requirements clarified for overseas visitors

10 January 2023. The government clarified the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand’s rules for incoming international passengers on Monday, scrapping a rule which required inbound travellers to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. While incoming passengers won’t be asked to produce a Covid-19 vaccination certificate upon arriving in Thailand, travellers are urged to take note of…

Cambodians roll out the welcome mat

10 January 2023. Cambodia is rolling out the welcome mat for Chinese tourists after Beijing eased travel restrictions under its optimized COVID-19 strategy. Both public and private sectors have been in discussions on how to prepare for potential influx of visitors.

Vietnam – China border gates resume operation

9 January 2023. Visitors entering China are required to provide a negative PCR test result within the previous 48 hours, and fill in the health declaration form required by China Customs. For visitors entering Vietnam, neither medical declaration nor COVID-19 testing results are required.

Higher elderly vaccination rate aided change in COVID management

9 January 2023. In China, downgrading the COVID-19 management from Class A to Class B is a proactive measure taken in view of the higher vaccination rate among the elderly. The vaccination rate in Hong Kong was around 86 percent while the rate was only 15 percent for the elderly. That’s the crux, because the…

Cambodia rolls out 6th COVID-19 vaccination

9 January 2023. Cambodia began to provide a sixth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people across the country free-of-charge. To date, Cambodia has inoculated 15.24 million, or 95.2 percent of its 16-million population, adding that 10.4 million people have received a third dose, while 4.78 million have taken a fourth and 1.25 million have got…

90% of people in China province infected with Covid: official

9 January 2023. Almost 90% of people in China’s third most populous province have now been infected with Covid-19. China is battling a surge in cases following its decision last month to lift years of lockdowns, quarantines and mass testing that had hammered its economy and sparked rare nationwide protests.

Vietnam reports additional 71 COVID-19 cases on January 9

9 January 2023. According to the Ministry of Health, Vietnam recorded 71 new COVID-19 cases on January 9. The new infections brought the country’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 11,525,834. Meanwhile, the death toll from the disease was still kept at 43,186, accounting for 0.4% of the total infections. More than 265.54 million doses…

What new Covid restrictions are Chinese travelers facing?

30 December 2022. Countries are imposing or considering imposing curbs on travellers from China amid a Covid-19 surge there after authorities relaxed “zero-Covid” rules. They cite a lack of information on variants and are concerned about a wave of infections.

Chinese travelers are ready to go overseas again. Some countries are hesitant

30 December 2022. A surging Covid outbreak in China. Countries imposing travel restrictions on Chinese travelers, wary of the virus being imported. Scientists warning against fearmongering and xenophobia. The country announced this week it will drop quarantine requirements for international arrivals and resume outbound travel for Chinese citizens, which had previously been banned.

Covid: Why are some places testing Chinese arrivals?

30 December 2022. When a country of 1.4 billion people suddenly ended its zero-Covid policy after nearly 3 years, there was little doubt what would happen. Poor immunisation levels and little natural immunity meant an explosion of cases – just as China is about to lift restrictions on its citizens travelling abroad. So now, some…