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ASEAN leaders support COVID-19 response fund

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 15 2020   /  12:44 am
Interconnected: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (center), accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi (left) and Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto, attends the special ASEAN Plus Three Summit through videoconference from Bogor Palace, in West Java, on Tuesday. The summit discussed the COVID-19 outbreak. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/Lukas)(center), accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi (left) and Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto, attends the special ASEAN Plus Three Summit through videoconference from Bogor Palace, in West Java, on Tuesday. The summit discussed the COVID-19 outbreak. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/Lukas)

Interconnected: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (center), accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi (left) and Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto, attends the special ASEAN Plus Three Summit through videoconference from Bogor Palace, in West Java, on Tuesday. The summit discussed the COVID-19 outbreak. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/Lukas)The leaders of Southeast Asian countries agreed on Tuesday to establish an ASEAN COVID-19 Response Fund to help procure crucial medical supplies and equipment for frontline response and preventive efforts in all member states, as the deadly virus that causes the disease continues to tear through the region.

As of Tuesday, the virus has infected more than 20,000 people in the region, killing nearly a thousand. It has also ravaged the region’s economy, forcing member countries to shave almost 4 percent off previous growth forec...