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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.

Coronavirus Breaks Out Again in New Zealand After 102 Days
August 12, 2020

Coronavirus Breaks Out Again in New Zealand After 102 Days

By Associated Press
Auckland has the country's first cases of local transmission in over 100 days, sparking a renewed lockdown and a scramble to contact trace.

Philippines Tightens Lockdown Measures as COVID-19 Cases Rise and Economy Plunges
August 07, 2020

Philippines Tightens Lockdown Measures as COVID-19 Cases Rise and Economy Plunges

By Nick Aspinwall
Metro Manila is back in lockdown and the Philippines has overtaken Indonesia as the Southeast Asian country with the most COVID-19 cases.
Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success Is a Double-Edged Sword for the Communist Party
August 06, 2020

Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success Is a Double-Edged Sword for the Communist Party

By Mai Truong
The success of its COVID-19 strategy has, so far, increased trust in the Vietnamese government, but it could create demand for transparency in other political issues in the future.

North Korea Steps up Its War on COVID-19
August 06, 2020

North Korea Steps up Its War on COVID-19

By Gabriela Bernal
As North Korea doubles down on COVID-19 containment measures, local sources report several outbreaks.

Japan Braces for Looming ‘Second Wave’ Amid Dramatic Spike in COVID-19 Cases
August 05, 2020

Japan Braces for Looming ‘Second Wave’ Amid Dramatic Spike in COVID-19 Cases

By Thisanka Siripala
With Japan’s initial coronavirus response providing limited clarity, the need for long-term measures to prevent an outbreak is becoming more apparent. 

Inside the Epicenter of Vietnam’s COVID-19 Resurgence
August 05, 2020

Inside the Epicenter of Vietnam’s COVID-19 Resurgence

By Hugh Bohane
In Da Nang, residents broadly welcome the Vietnamese government's aggressive response to the shocking resurgence of COVID-19.

Donald Emmerson on Southeast Asia’s Approach to China
August 05, 2020

Donald Emmerson on Southeast Asia’s Approach to China

By Shannon Tiezzi
Emmerson discusses the South China Sea, the U.S.-China competition, and COVID-19 as factors in the region's relations with China.
Philippine Capital Returning to Lockdown as Virus Surges
August 03, 2020

Philippine Capital Returning to Lockdown as Virus Surges

By Associated Press
Starting Tuesday, the metro Manila area and five densely populated provinces will revert to strict quarantine regulations.

China Changes Diplomatic Styles in Central Asia Over COVID-19
August 03, 2020

China Changes Diplomatic Styles in Central Asia Over COVID-19

By Umida Hashimova
Why is China rushing to comment on domestic COVID-19 developments in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan?

In Vietnam, an Ancient Town Struggles With a New COVID-19 Outbreak
July 31, 2020

In Vietnam, an Ancient Town Struggles With a New COVID-19 Outbreak

By Pham Thi Thuy Duong
Even before the outbreak in Da Nang, Hoi An’s people were devastated by the loss of tourists. Now the slight hope of economic recovery has been dashed.

After 99 Days of Success, Virus Returns to Haunt Vietnam
July 30, 2020

After 99 Days of Success, Virus Returns to Haunt Vietnam

By Associated Press
The outbreak began last Thursday in Da Nang and the authorities haven’t figured out yet exactly how the virus crept back into the country.
Will Cambodia’s Shift in Focus to Small-Scale Farming Work?
July 29, 2020

Will Cambodia’s Shift in Focus to Small-Scale Farming Work?

By Len Ang
Is the COVID-motivated shift enough to support all the laid-off garment industry workers? Who will really benefit?

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