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COVID-19 Situation Report No. 5 for UNFPA Asia and Pacific

Regional Situation

  • With over 600,000 confirmed cases, India continues to see a rapid rise and has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the region. Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia continue to experience increase in new cases.
  • Maldives has the highest number of COVID-19 cases per million population in the Asia Pacific region, although new cases are now decreasing.
  • In countries with fragile health systems, refugees and displaced populations are extremely vulnerable. More than 46 cases have been confirmed in the overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.
  • Countries in the region are responding to natural disasters in addition to the pandemic, including India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia, Vanuatu and Timor-Leste.

UNFPA Response Highlights

  • At least 68,655 youth have received support through youth health lines in Afghanistan (15,300), Bangladesh (4,642), India (19,640), Lao PDR (25,000) and Nepal (4,073). 
  • 46,515 women and adolescent girls have received dignity kits in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Maldives, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan and in the Pacific. The majority of kits have been customised for the COVID-19 context with additional protective items and information on available GBV services. 
  • At least 15 country offices and the Pacific Sub-regional Office (PSRO) are investing in GBV capacity building of health and social workers, case managers, counsellors, social mobilisers and/or Government staff.