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COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: The Numbers

Numbers are important, as well as context. Click here to view data visualisation charts around the COVID-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia. A Reporting ASEAN collaboration with Yvonne Chua. 

Could COVID-19 Give New Wind to Renewable Energy?

The idea of dropping fossil-fuel investments was unimaginable not too long ago, but there are signs this has become an obvious – and hard-nosed – business choice at the time of COVID-19.

Q&A: Seafarers Cross Off Days Till They Go Home

Working at sea is challenging enough. But the pandemic has been a particularly lonely test of mental and emotional resilience for seafarers, due to the nature of their jobs, Helen Sampson, director of Cardiff University’s Seafarers International Research Centre, tells Reporting ASEAN.

Filipino Seafarers Find Their Future, and Lives, Adrift 

Seafarers make up bulk of Filipino workers returning home without jobs amid COVID-19. But home isn’t the best the place to be – many face stigma, and the Philippine economy is in dire straits. Filipinos make up a third of cruise ship staff worldwide. By the Reporting ASEAN team.

 

COVID-19: For Vietnam, Information Is A Public-Health Weapon

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.

SOUTHEAST ASIA: News Interest High, Trust In Media Low

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.

Welcome to the Pandemic-friendly Home

‘Space’ has acquired a new meaning, and value in the COVID-19 era, given the restrictions on mobility in a public health emergency. Two Indonesian architects rethink the home as a community of sorts, not as a hideout shaped by fear. Kanis Dursin reports.

COVID-19: Tracking Testing in Southeast Asia

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.

COVID-19: Still Staying Home, But More Are Moving About

Check out these eight charts that track the changes in people’s movements in nine Southeast Asian countries amid COVID-19. They track travel to work, retail and recreation, staying at home, driving, among others. Visualisation from Google and Apple data by Yvonne T Chua.

COVID-19: Let’s Hear It From The Kids

If you think kids don’t get what COVID-19 is, think again.  In this six-minute video story by Yasmin Mapua Tang of Probe Media Foundation Inc, they tell us what know about COVID-19 and how they process life during  the pandemic.

COVID-19: No Words Needed

This set of posters, contributed by Vientiane-based artist Khamhou Phanludeth, brings home the message that in times of chaos, it is human connection that makes all the difference.

Already Low in Numbers, Nurses Take Tough Hit from COVID-19

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.

Strict, Stricter, Strictest? ASEAN Countries’ Restrictions Amid COVID-19

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.

MAP: Filipino Voices in the time of COVID-19

Click on the location points in this map to read thoughts from Filipinos, probably the world’s most globalized nations with over 10 million people overseas. Their thoughts provide a good lens through which to see how different, yet the same, our situations are during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Disrupts the Philippines’ Migration Story

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.

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