Pandemic weighs on Southeast Asian economies

The coronavirus pandemic has weighed on Southeast Asian economies. Some countries have been experiencing economic decline for more than a year.

Major economies in the region released gross domestic product data for the January-to-March period.

Indonesia's economy -- the largest in the region -- contracted by 0.7 percent year-on-year, marking the fourth straight quarter of decline.

Continued measures to reduce infection risks in the capital, Jakarta, and other parts of the country led to a slowdown in consumption.

The economies of the Philippines and Thailand both shrank for five quarters in a row, by 4.2 and 2.6 percent respectively.

Malaysia's economy contracted by 0.5 percent -- the fourth consecutive quarter of contraction.

Relatively strong growth in the region had helped to power the global economy before the pandemic.

But travel restrictions and other measures have been reinforced in some countries with rising infection rates, putting the brakes on recovery in the region.

If the situation continues, it could possibly pose a risk to the global economy.