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Webinar: Asia Pacific COVID-19 Outlook. Is the Worst Over?

April 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm6:00 pm SMT


This webinar takes place at 5:00pm SMT (Singapore 17:00)/4:00am CT (Chicago 04:00).

As the infection and fatality rate of COVID19 continues to take its toll, countries in the Asia Pacific region have started to softly gain control over the outbreak. In this webinar, hear from Dr Leong Hoe Nam as he provides a situational update and a near-term outlook for the region. Following which, we consider how various cities have reacted to the pandemic and the measures put in place, as well as gathering insights into future opportunities and developments as we begin a drawn-out process towards full economic recovery.


Learner Outcomes:

  • Receive an update on the COVID19 situation within the Asia Pacific region
  • Understand the strategies and measures put in place by cities/destinations to overcome pandemic impacts
  • Explore how the industry is being reshaped as the region transition towards recovery






Speaker: Dr Leong Hoe Nam
Dr Leong Hoe Nam is an Infectious Diseases Physician. He graduated from NUS in 1996, and obtained his MRCP and M Med in 2001. Thereafter, he began his advanced specialist training in infectious diseases. Dr Leong further pursued his interest in virology at the Royal Free and University College Medical School, London under a fellowship awarded by the National Medical Research Council. In 2008 he was awarded a second research fellowship to train at the University of Columbia, New York, on emerging pathogens.

Dr Leong was previously a consultant in the Department of Infectious Disease in SGH. Having left Singapore General Hospital, he continued his practice in Infectious Diseases at the private Raffles Hospital before setting up his own clinic at Mount Elizabeth Hospital at Novena. He has been directly involved in the care of transplant patients, individuals with multi-drug resistant organisms, tuberculosis, HIV, AIDS, surgical complications, viral infections, fungal infections including aspergillosis, cryptococcosis and mucormycosis, and complex medical problems. He had first-hand experience in managing outbreak situations including SARS and H1N1 pandemic infection. He has also published several research papers on virology.

Dr Leong has been frequently interviewed by live tv, radio presenters and various print journalists. He is frequently sought for an opinion on various infectious diseases (see newsroom).

Dr Leong was a clinical tutor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He was a faculty member at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and still maintains his adjunct position as assistant professor while working at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. He remains a visiting consultant at the Singapore General Hospital, the National Cancer Centre Singapore, and the Dover Park Hospice Hospital.

Lisa Hopkins
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ)

Edward Koh
Executive Director
Singapore Tourism Board