This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific.
The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Shuji Kajiyama in Tokyo.
A security guard wearing a face mask walks through a quiet main Qianmen Street, a popular tourist spot, in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. China reported Sunday a drop in new virus cases for the third straight day, as it became apparent that the country's leadership was aware of the potential gravity of the situation well before the alarm was sounded. (AP PhotoAndy Wong)
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In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, patients infected with the coronavirus take rest at a temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Xiao YijiuXinhua via AP)
Bong Joon-ho, director of Oscar-winning "Parasite," laughs during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Bong said Wednesday "the biggest pleasure and the most significant meaning" that the film has brought to him was its success in many countries though the audiences might feel uncomfortable with his explicit description of a bitter wealth disparity in modern society. (AP PhotoAhn Young-joon)
In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, photo, a tourist with a mask walks through a shaft of light in Yokohama's Chinatown, near Tokyo. A top Olympic official made clear Friday the 2020 Games in Tokyo will not be cancelled despite the virus that has spread from China. (AP PhotoJae C. Hong)
A model displays creations by Rajdeep Ranawat during Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP PhotoRafiq Maqbool)
In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, photo, a volunteer irons a handmade cotton mask in Hong Kong. Volunteers from a Hong Kong theater group are turning their backstage skills to helping out against the new coronavirus, sewing reusable protective masks for those who can't access or afford them. Jo Ngai, a drama lover and founder of the Nonsensemakers, along with her friend Jessie Han, have turned a theater rehearsal room into a temporary handmade mask factory. (AP PhotoKin Cheung)
A Hindu holy man smokes marijuana at the courtyard of Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India have started arriving at the temple ahead of the Shivaratri festival dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. (AP PhotoNiranjan Shrestha)
A bus carrying passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leaves a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Passengers tested negative for COVID-19 started disembarking since Wednesday. (AP PhotoEugene Hoshiko)