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Filipino bishop infected with COVID asks unvaccinated people to get jabs

Bishop Marcelino Antonio Maralit of Boac urged the public to join the ongoing “National Vaccination Days”

Singapore, Malaysia ease COVID travel curbs

Before the pandemic, about 300,000 people used to commute across the border from Malaysia every day to the neighboring city-state

‘COVID priest’ in central Philippines offers hope to dying patients

The still unvaccinated priest admitted that he was afraid during the early days in his new assignment

India allows Sikh pilgrimage to Pakistan after COVID-19

There are an estimated 20,000 Sikhs left in Pakistan after millions fled to India following the religious violence ignited by partition

Indonesia’s Catholic Church ‘paying very high price’ for commitment during pandemic

At least 120 consecrated persons in Indonesia, including priest and nuns, succumbed to COVID-19 this year

More Filipinos now willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19

64 percent of adult Filipinos are now willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19, higher than the previous 55 percent in June

Hopes high as tourists touch down for Thailand re-opening

The pandemic hammered the kingdom's tourism-reliant economy, which last year saw its worst performance since the 1997 Asian financial crisis

Thailand prepares to welcome back tourists after devastating shutdown

The kingdom is expecting the return of at least a million visitors by March and to generate about US$30 billion in revenue through 2022

China locks down city of four million over COVID cases

China has maintained a zero-COVID approach that has seen harsh local lockdowns imposed over handfuls of cases

Catholic bishop blasts corruption in Philippine pandemic response, calls for protests

“Between good and evil, there is no middle ground, and whoever is unwilling to condemn blatant injustice becomes its enabler”

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