COVID-19 Response and the New Challenges of ASEAN Regional Cooperation in Disaster Management

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Authors: Nurul Isnaeni, Yuni R. Intarti, Andreas Pramudianto, and Devina Ayona
Page Range: 55-81
Published in: Current Politics and Economics of South, Southeastern, and Central Asia
ISSN: 2157-6270

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The area of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises approximately 4.5 million km2 with a population of around 650 million people as one of the areas inhabited by diverse ethnic groups with the highest economic growth in the world and one of the busiest ports in the world. Thus, the movement of people in ASEAN region is considered relatively high. Therefore, ASEAN region would inevitably become the traffic for growth of numerous communicable diseases caused by viruses, bacteria or parasites, including COVID-19. The spread of this communicable disease could take place from an endemic phase to Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Therefore, the spread of this communicable disease could not be easily disregarded as such matter is not solely related to the ongoing serious public health problems due to its mass casualties, but it has brought social and economic multidimensional adverse effects in life as well as causing crises with the enactment of lockdown policies to hinder its spread significantly. The article in this CHAPTER shall discuss how ASEAN deals with the COVID-19 pandemic and how it adapts its disaster management mechanisms with its existing bureaucracy, including the challenges and obstacles in finding a solution for the pandemic and to revive the economic growth.

Keywords: communicable disease infections, pandemic, multidimension, bureaucracy