A medical worker pulls a stretcher from an ambulance to the quarantine room for
COVID-19 patients at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia (Photo: Reuters)


This comes a day after the Jakarta authorities declared a state of emergency for the next two weeks over the virus outbreak as the death toll in the country climbed to the highest in Southeast Asia.

On the same day, the Philippines reported 77 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total cases in the country to 307. The disease has killed 19 persons in the Philippines so far.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry of Timor Leste confirmed the first case of COVID-19 on March 21st./.