Situation Report of COVID-19 in Various Countries by Sakura Alumni

Situation Report of COVID-19 in Various Countries by Sakura Alumni

Ooi Hong Kean

SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) has spread throughout the world and is still a pandemic today. Through the Sakura Science Program conducted by Azabu University, many veterinarians from various Asian countries and regions have been invited to visit Japan. We have formed an international network to share information on infectious diseases that are prevalent in our respective countries. Through this information sharing, we hope to contribute to the international control of infectious disease, in one way or another, as stated in our project slogan: Harmony, Fraternity and Networking through learning together and from each other. Through our international network and the principle of information sharing, we present the current COVID-19 situation in the various countries and regions as follows.


Advisor for International Relation and Cooperation, Sakura Science Program Headquarters,
Former Professor of Azabu University, Japan Ooi Hong Kean, DVM, PhD,
●Profile of Ooi Hong Kean

Born in 1956 in Malaysia. Came to Japan in 1975 under MEXT scholarship. Graduated from Hokkaido University (Japan) with a veterinary degree and later a Ph.D. from the same University. Moved to National Chung Hsing University (Taiwan), and served as Assoc.Professor, Professor and Dean of Office of International Affairs. Seconded to Yamaguchi University (Japan) to serve as Professor and Deputy Vice-President. From 2013 to 2021, served as a professor at Azabu University (Japan). At present, serve as an Advisor for International Relation and Cooperation at Sakura Science Program Headquarters, JST.
Specialty: Veterinary Parasitology, Zoonosis, Public Health, Laboratory Animal Science
Has authored or co-authored more than 135 scientific peer-review papers.

Since 2014 to 2020, Prof. Ooi has been conducting the Sakura Science Exchange Program (SSP) project at Azabu University annually, with the theme related to the diagnosis and control of infectious diseases, especially zoonotic and epizootic diseases. The SSP participants came from different countries throughout Asia. After returning to their home countries, the SSP alumni of Azabu University formed an international scientific network to share information on the control of infectious diseases in their respective countries.

◆Situation Reports from Each Country

  1. Argentina
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Bhutan
  4. Brunei
  5. Cambodia
  6. Chile
  7. China
  8. India
  9. Indonesia
  10. Iran
  11. Kazakhstan
  12. Republic of Korea
  13. Laos
  14. Malaysia
  15. Mongolia
  16. Myanmar
  17. Nepal
  18. Pakistan
  19. Papua New Guinea
  20. Phillipines
  21. Singapore
  22. Srilanka
  23. Taiwan
  24. Thailand
  25. Vietnam
  26. Japan

◆ Report on the Online International Conference on the New Coronavirus in Here.

Basic data on each country / region (alphabetical order)
Country / Region Capital Area Population
Argentina Buenos Aires 2,780,000 km2 44.49 million
Bangladesh Dhaka 147,000 km2 163.6 million
Bhutan Thimphu About 38,394 km2 About 754,000
Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan 5,765km2 421,000
Cambodia Phnom Penh 1810,000 km2 16.3 million
China Beijing About 9.6 million km2 About 1.4 billion
India New Delhi 3,287,469 km2 1,210.57million
Indonesia Jakarta About 1.92 million km2 About 255 million
Kazakhstan Nur-Sultan 2,724,900 km2 18.6 million
Republic of Korea Seoul About 100,000 km2 About 51.27 million
Laos Vientiane 240,000 km2 About 6.49 million
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur About 330,000 km2 About 32 million
Mongolia Ulaanbaatar 1,564,100 km2 3,238,479
Myanmar Naypyidaw 680,000 km2 51.41 million
Nepal Kathmandu 147,000 km2 28.7 million
Pakistan Islamabad 796,000 km2 207.77 million
Papua New Guinea Port Moresby About 460,000 km2 About 8.61 million
Philippines Manila 299,404 km2 About 100.98 million
Singapore Singapore About 720 km2 About 5.64 million
Sri Lanka Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte 65,610km2 About 21.03 million
Taiwan Major cities:Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung 36,000 km2 23.6 million
Thailand Bangkok 514,000 km2 68.91 million
Vietnam Hanoi 329,241 km2 About 94.67 million
Japan Tokyo 377,975 km2 125.9 million

Source: Translated and modified based on the data of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website
(https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/area/index.html)


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