We’re removing our paywall for coronavirus coverage

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread globally, inflicting severe damage on people and economies.

With a fast-moving public health story like this, accurate and free information is essential.

That’s why we have decided to take down our paywall on all coronavirus coverage that we publish on Coconuts, indefinitely.

But, with advertising spending being hammered by the virus, we need the support of our readers more than ever.

Our editorial team is working overtime to deliver important COVID-19 information, from breaking news on what’s closed in Bangkok to warnings about dubious online test kits being sold in the Philippines to reporting on Bali’s beleaguered travel industry.

If you’ve found our coverage of the coronavirus situation useful, please consider becoming a COCO+ Member or making a Patron payment. To those who have done so already, we appreciate your support.

We’re all navigating a changed world here. Catastrophic events like this are an opportunity to re-evaluate one’s life and working from home is an opportunity to spend more time with loved ones.

We will continue to publish informative and entertaining (when appropriate) coverage of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.

Stay safe. Stay home. Wash your hands. Hug your loved ones. Count your blessings.

When this is all over, we’ll throw a massive party.

You can sign up for our free Coronavirus Daily Briefing newsletter here and read some of our top stories below.

Holiday in the Time of COVID-19: How global coronavirus outbreak is affecting Bali’s tourism sector

From food courts to supermarkets, here’s what social distancing looks like in Singapore

Bangkok orders malls, markets closed as 89 new COVID-19 cases reported

Australian official urges citizens to ‘stop going to Bali’ to save local tourism industry

‘Worst time to relax’: Experts warn sustained outbreak likelier than ever, 48 new COVID-19 case confirmed

Jakarta’s Istiqlal Mosque suspends Friday prayers over COVID-19 concerns

Myanmar cancels Burmese New Year Festival, tightens travel from outbreak zones (but not China)