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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

The first and among the hardest-hit regions by COVID-19 (coronavirus), the East Asia and Pacific region could see at least 11 million more people falling into poverty this year. People are missing meals, school, and hospital visits – all this will unfortunately affect future generations. Depressed international demand and domestic lockdowns are leading to large numbers of job losses and bankruptcies. Small and medium enterprises and the informal sector are particularly hard hit.

The World Bank is committed to support countries as they respond to the pandemic, delivering operations totaling over $1 billion by the end of June 2020 to address economic and social impacts in the East Asia and Pacific region. The Bank is also advising countries to scale up social protection programs, leverage technology to ensure money gets directly to citizens, and on how best to support firms and businesses.  

Making the right policy choices now will determine the strength and resilience of recovery. Looking forward, the World Bank will be working with policymakers to support a COVID-19 recovery that emphasizes green growth, digital skills, and a shift towards higher productivity activities.

Browse the highlights above and watch a video on the right to learn more. 

In Depth

Results in East Asia and the Pacific

Take a look at the results the World Bank-supported projects have achieved in the region.

Blog: East Asia and Pacific on the Rise

Join the conversation on important development challenges facing the East Asia and Pacific region.

Poverty & Equity Data

Is there more or less inequality in your country now than 10 years ago? Did poverty go up or down? Our data portal has the answers.

Open Data

The World Bank provides free and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in East Asia and Pacific countries and around the globe.

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