Vietnam pulled out all the stops in its campaign on COVID-19, wading into the digital venues where citizens, especially millennials, could be reached. Just about everywhere Vietnamese looked, they read, heard, saw material about the pandemic – in TikTok, Zalo, Facebook, mobile phone/voice messages, and catchy hashtags like #stayinghomeisfun. Uyen Diep and Ha Dang report.
Can Southeast Asians trust less and less the news, as they consume more of such news, mainly in online venues? Can they turn to social media to access news, but distrust social media at the same time? These appear to be case, writes Reporting ASEAN’s Johanna Son in this story on the ‘2020 Digital News Report’ that was released in June 2020.
The issue of COVID-19 testing seems to be on everyone’s radar. This set of charts tracks two types of statistics that tell a much more contextualised story – the total number of tests done as reported by the governments of 11 Southeast Asian countries, as well the number of tests in proportion to their population sizes. Updated every week. Data visualisation by Yvonne T Chua.
Check out these eight charts that track the changes in people’s movements in nine Southeast Asian countries amid tCOVID-19. These changes are seen in travel to work, retail and recreation through March and April. while travel to/around residences shot up. As lockdowns ease, more movements in recent weeks are showing up in the data from Google and Apple. Data visualisation by Yvonne T Chua.
COVID-19 has stirred an outpouring of support for nurses, who are often the first responders in public health emergencies. But it has also shown up the looming shortage of nurses worldwide, and the costs of outmigration of health professionals from developing countries that need them. Yvonne T Chua tells us more in this Reporting ASEAN article.
As of 30 March, the three ASEAN countries that have the highest level of stringency are: Vietnam (100), Laos (95.24), the Philippines (90.48). When, and which restrictions the region’s governments took, are captured in this infographic that draws out data from the Stringency Index of the Government Response Tracker of Oxford University, UK.
The Philippines, the world’s top exporter of labour, is seeing group after group of overseas workers return after losing their jobs in the wake of the economic shock dealt by the COVID-19 crisis. The country has never seen anything like this in its 50 years of experience in labour exports. How will the pandemic change migration? Johanna Son of Reporting ASEAN reports in this Q&A chat.
Click to check out our poster listing how COVID-19 testing is done in Southeast Asia. Almost all, from published information, provide free testing, with different conditions and policies across the region.
Infodemic. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, online spaces in Southeast Asia have become a petri dish of deafening ‘noise’ and filth on steroids, into which fear-based behaviour sinks comfortably. But in the end, using online spaces involves personal responsibility, and cannot be passed on to Big Tech. Reporting ASEAN’s Johanna Son shares tips for picking one’s way online in the time of COVID-19.
BANGKOK, Jan 18 (Reporting ASEAN) – ASEAN. Whether you love reporting on it, or would rather flee from it, the ASEAN Community will continue to stay within the news radar of Southeast Asia’s media and journalists. This handy booklet takes not only journalists but students and followers of foreign policy, media and development, or anyone […]
Young people can do a lot to clean up their communities, reports Hoa Hoc Tro’s Trang Thuc Van. She lists some initiatives that Vietnamese can sign up for – and take action themselves. After all, youngsters around the world are much more environmentally aware and even ASEAN, which Vietnam chairs in 2020, is discussing this shared problem, she explains in this Reporting ASEAN feature.
Vietnam wants to be a bridge builder for ASEAN as Chair for 2020, using its skills in staying multilateral politically and economically -– and looks far beyond the headline-grabbing South China issue and its giant neighbor to the north. Du Nhat Dang explains in this Reporting ASEAN feature.