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Ongoing coverage of COVID–19 in Asia is brought to you by Diplomat Risk Intelligence, The Diplomat’s consulting and analysis division.

The Pandemic Revealed India’s Invisible Workforce
June 05, 2020

The Pandemic Revealed India’s Invisible Workforce

By Neeta Lal
COVID-19 shone a harsh light on the plight of India’s migrant workers. Now legislative changes are finally in the offing to better their lot.

Pacific Island Leaders Weigh Trans-Pacific Bubble With Australia and New Zealand
June 05, 2020

Pacific Island Leaders Weigh Trans-Pacific Bubble With Australia and New Zealand

By Joshua Mcdonald
Some Pacific leaders support the proposal, while others have said it's way too soon.
Amid Virus, Those in India’s Largest Slum Help One Another
June 05, 2020

Amid Virus, Those in India’s Largest Slum Help One Another

By Associated Press
Dharavi, India’s largest slum, has been hard-hit by the pandemic.

Taiwan to Loosen COVID Social Distancing Restrictions, Announces Global Assistance Measures
June 05, 2020

Taiwan to Loosen COVID Social Distancing Restrictions, Announces Global Assistance Measures

By Nick Aspinwall
The country, which has confirmed just 443 cases of COVID-19, is set to ease social distancing seating restrictions in public places.

COVID-19 Cases at Kazakhstan’s Tengiz Oil Field Top 1,000
June 04, 2020

COVID-19 Cases at Kazakhstan’s Tengiz Oil Field Top 1,000

By Catherine Putz
Two-thirds of the field’s workforce were sent home late last month, but it continues to grow as a virus hotspot.

South Korea’s Elderly Face Unique Challenges From COVID-19
June 04, 2020

South Korea’s Elderly Face Unique Challenges From COVID-19

By Jenna Gibson
Amid South Korea's struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, the elderly face particular challenges -- and not just from the disease.

Lack of Virus Tests Pushes Afghanistan Toward Crisis
June 03, 2020

Lack of Virus Tests Pushes Afghanistan Toward Crisis

By Associated Press
With a capacity to test only 2,000 people per day, Afghan health authorities are receiving between 10,000 and 20,000 samples each day.
Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 Response
June 03, 2020

Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 Response

By Guteriano Neves
The government’s timely and decisive action in the initial stage prevented a catastrophic situation, but uncertainty remains.

Can Wuhan’s Punk Scene Survive the Coronavirus?
June 03, 2020

Can Wuhan’s Punk Scene Survive the Coronavirus?

By Larry Mullin
Venues and musicians in Wuhan, China’s underground rock capital, are struggling with lockdowns after the outbreak of COVID-19.

China Delayed Releasing Coronavirus Info, Frustrating WHO
June 02, 2020

China Delayed Releasing Coronavirus Info, Frustrating WHO

By Associated Press
An AP investigation finds that the WHO internally worried that China cost the world valuable time by not sharing enough information.

The Politics of Pandemic in Southeast Asia
June 02, 2020

The Politics of Pandemic in Southeast Asia

By Zachary Abuza and Bridget Welsh
No government is likely to fall as a result of its COVID-19 response, the impact on politics is still significant. 
Taiwan’s COVID-19 Diplomacy and WHO Participation: Losing the Battle But Winning the War?
June 02, 2020

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Diplomacy and WHO Participation: Losing the Battle But Winning the War?

By Wen-Ti Sung
Taipei’s “warm power” has benefited its international ambitions amid the pandemic.

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