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Omicron Driving COVID-19 Wave to New Heights in the Philippines
January 18, 2022

Omicron Driving COVID-19 Wave to New Heights in the Philippines

By Sebastian Strangio
The government is aiming to fully vaccinate the country's adult population by the presidential election on May 9.

Omicron Overshadows Australia’s Opening Up
January 14, 2022

Omicron Overshadows Australia’s Opening Up

By Joshua Mcdonald
Opening up after nearly two years closed off from the world, Australia knew that would mean a rise in COVID-19 cases. But Omicron has surged cases past expectations.
Omicron Tests China’s ‘Zero-Tolerance’ COVID Approach Weeks Ahead of Beijing Olympics
January 14, 2022

Omicron Tests China’s ‘Zero-Tolerance’ COVID Approach Weeks Ahead of Beijing Olympics

By Huizhong Wu
More than 20 million people are under lockdown in China to prevent the virus’ spread, even as Beijing prepares to welcome thousands of foreigners for the Olympics.

Central Asia Braces for COVID-19 Omicron Wave
January 13, 2022

Central Asia Braces for COVID-19 Omicron Wave

By Catherine Putz
With the arrival of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Central Asia looks to be heading into its fourth wave of pandemic. 

Philippines Posts Three Consecutive Days of Record COVID-19 Cases
January 11, 2022

Philippines Posts Three Consecutive Days of Record COVID-19 Cases

By Sebastian Strangio
A new COVID-19 surge now threatens to overshadow campaigning for the country's presidential election on May 9.

Japan’s COVID-19 Surge Spreads at Alarming Speed
January 11, 2022

Japan’s COVID-19 Surge Spreads at Alarming Speed

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan is showing signs of a “sixth wave” of coronavirus infections as the highly contagious Omicron variant tears through the community. 

Thailand Wrestles With Omicron Variant Amid Holiday Spikes
January 05, 2022

Thailand Wrestles With Omicron Variant Amid Holiday Spikes

By Sebastian Strangio
Health authorities have recommended that the suspension of a quarantine-free travel scheme be extended until January 31.
Japan Braces For Sixth Wave Driven By Omicron 
December 30, 2021

Japan Braces For Sixth Wave Driven By Omicron 

By Thisanka Siripala
The spread of the new Omicron variant is on the rise and authorities are bracing for a worst case scenario.

Thailand Suspends Quarantine-Free Travel Policy Due to Omicron Fears
December 22, 2021

Thailand Suspends Quarantine-Free Travel Policy Due to Omicron Fears

By Sebastian Strangio
The move came a day after the country's health authorities identified the first local transmission of the new variant.

What Does Asia’s Omicron Response Reveal About the Region’s Approach to Africa?
December 15, 2021

What Does Asia’s Omicron Response Reveal About the Region’s Approach to Africa?

By Ferdinando Cinotto
The U.S. and European countries implemented prejudicial travel bans targeting Southern Africa. Has Asia followed suit?

Amid Omicron Worries, North Korea Orders Strengthened Quarantine on China Border
December 10, 2021

Amid Omicron Worries, North Korea Orders Strengthened Quarantine on China Border

By Lee Chae Un and Seulkee Jang
North Korea is stepping up health surveillance as well as tightening already severe restrictions on cross-border trade.
Omicron Variant Threatens to Upend Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery
December 02, 2021

Omicron Variant Threatens to Upend Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery

By Sebastian Strangio
After a challenging year, the region's governments have ample reason to take the emergence of the new strain seriously.

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