Region Copes with COVID-19 Outbreak

Basilio Sepe, S. Mahuz and Afriadi Hikmal
Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta

A Filipino soldier checks the temperature of a car passenger at a Metro Manila checkpoint established as a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19, March 15, 2020. [Basilio Sepe/BenarNews]


Vegetable bins stand empty at a supermarket in Kuala Lumpur as the nation prepares to hunker down during the COVID-19 outbreak, March 16, 2020. [S. Mahfuz/BenarNews]


A sign announces that the National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta has been temporarily closed in response to the pandemic, March 15, 2020. [Afriadi Hikmal/BenarNews]


A guard wears a protective mask at the Emerald Buddha temple in Bangkok amid fear of COVID-19, March 16, 2020. [Reuters]


A man takes a picture of an empty shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, March 15, 2020. [AP]


Members of the Indonesian Red Cross prepare to disinfect a school in Jakarta in the wake of the outbreak, March 16, 2020. [AP]


An official takes a boy’s temperature at a customs checkpoint in Thailand’s Narathiwat province, along the border with Malaysia, March 15, 2020. [AFP]


Students prepare to attend classes in Dhaka, one day before a nationwide school closure through the end of the month goes into effect, March 16, 2020. [BenarNews]

People across Southeast and South Asia are dealing with closed schools, offices and national landmarks as governments ramp up measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

With infection rates doubling and tripling in the region, governments are putting some areas on lockdown.


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