Sadly, several Asian nations such as South Korea, China, and Singapore are facing a second coronavirus wave, of imported cases.
On Wednesday for the first time since the outbreak began, China experienced a major milestone with no new domestic cases. However, it reported 34 new cases among people who recently returned set foot in the country.
South Korea enumerated around 152 cases on Thursday, though it is not clear how many were imported.
On the side of Singapore, 47 new cases were registered of which 33 were imported (including 30 Singaporeans who returned to the country from abroad).
On Wednesday, Japan reported three new cases, however, Hokkaido, the most-affected region with 154 cases, is lifting its state of emergency that has been enforced since late February, following a statement from officials reporting that the spread of the virus appeared to be ending.
Officials have urged people to remain cautious and stay at home, but said there had been “no surge of infected patients that led to the collapse of the medical environment”.
“We’ve carried out powerful measures on refraining from going out, but from now on, we will move into a stage of reducing risks of the spread of infection while maintaining social and economic activities,” governor Naomichi Suzuki said on Wednesday.
Malaysia, which is under a partial lockdown, has over 700 patients tested positive. Many of the cases are linked to one religious’ event in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, in February, according to BBC.
“We have a slim chance to break the chain of Covid-19 infections,” Noor Hisham Abdullah, director-general of Health Malaysia, said on Facebook.
“Failure is not an option here. If not, we may face a third wave of this virus, which would be greater than a tsunami, if we maintain a ‘so what’ attitude.”