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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.

Taiwan Tightens COVID-19 Regulations Amid String of Hospital Infections
January 23, 2021

Taiwan Tightens COVID-19 Regulations Amid String of Hospital Infections

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan is working to contain a domestic outbreak and maintain its remarkable success in containing the coronavirus.

2 Films Offer 2 Tales of Wuhan Lockdown Ahead of 1-Year Anniversary
January 23, 2021

2 Films Offer 2 Tales of Wuhan Lockdown Ahead of 1-Year Anniversary

By Associated Press
A government-sanctioned look back at the early fight against COVID-19 differs sharply from a documentary directed by artist and dissident Ai Weiwei.
Mind the Remote Learning Gap in ASEAN
January 22, 2021

Mind the Remote Learning Gap in ASEAN

By Lim Cher Ping, Geoffrey M. Ducanes, Nicola Nixon, and Pitchanuch Supavanich
As a result of COVID-19, the educational gap is expected to widen across ASEAN.

Post-Pandemic Southeast Asia Faces a Crisis of Authoritarianism
January 22, 2021

Post-Pandemic Southeast Asia Faces a Crisis of Authoritarianism

By David Hutt
History tells us that people rebel not when things are worst, but when hopes of improvements are disappointed.

In Hong Kong, COVID-19 and Racism Make an Ugly Mix
January 22, 2021

In Hong Kong, COVID-19 and Racism Make an Ugly Mix

By Jessie Lau
In Hong Kong, the pandemic has fanned the flames of a more silent epidemic: systematic racism. 

UN: Pandemic, Surging Food Prices Leave Many in Asia Hungry
January 21, 2021

UN: Pandemic, Surging Food Prices Leave Many in Asia Hungry

By Associated Press
Across Asia, high prices for fruits, vegetables, and dairy products have made it "nearly impossible" for low income families to have healthy diets.

A Crisis Waiting to Happen: Unemployment and Informality in Southeast Asia During COVID
January 19, 2021

A Crisis Waiting to Happen: Unemployment and Informality in Southeast Asia During COVID

By Deepali Khanna, Pitchanuch Supavanich, Nicola Nixon, Geoffrey Ducanes 
The pandemic has laid bare the weak foundations of Southeast Asian labor systems, particularly when it comes to informal workers.
China COVID-19 Cases Spike as WHO Researchers Visit
January 15, 2021

China COVID-19 Cases Spike as WHO Researchers Visit

By Associated Press
As a global team arrives to investigate the pandemic’s origins, China is seeing a rare surge in its infections.

Japan’s Olympic Dreams Remain Hostage to COVID-19 Uncertainty
January 14, 2021

Japan’s Olympic Dreams Remain Hostage to COVID-19 Uncertainty

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s hopes for the postponed Tokyo Olympics are shrouded in doubt as the coronavirus outbreak in the country heads for a worst case scenario.

Indonesia Starts Mass COVID Vaccinations Over Vast Territory
January 14, 2021

Indonesia Starts Mass COVID Vaccinations Over Vast Territory

By Associated Press
Indonesia's vaccination program is the first large-scale use outside of China of the Sinovac Biotech Ltd. vaccine. 

Australia Debates Vaccines, Worries About New COVID-19 Strain
January 13, 2021

Australia Debates Vaccines, Worries About New COVID-19 Strain

By Joshua Mcdonald
The emergence of a much more contagious variant of COVID-19 comes as Australia rolls out vaccines. 
India’s Quick Nod to Homegrown COVID-19 Vaccine Seeds Doubt
January 11, 2021

India’s Quick Nod to Homegrown COVID-19 Vaccine Seeds Doubt

By Associated Press
India took a regulatory shortcut to approve a vaccine by Indian drugmaker Bharat Biotech before late clinical trials finished.

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