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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.

South Koreans Brace for 3rd COVID-19 Outbreak
December 01, 2020

South Koreans Brace for 3rd COVID-19 Outbreak

By Mitch Shin
As the number of new coronavirus cases continues to climb, there are increasing calls for the government to institute stronger social distancing measures.

Can Australia and India Effectively Partner for COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out?
November 30, 2020

Can Australia and India Effectively Partner for COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out?

By Grant Wyeth
Australia is well-positioned to help roll-out a COVID-19 vaccine across the Pacific and Southeast Asia; India’s vaccine manufacturing capability would be a huge boost to that effort.
How Has COVID-19 Affected the Global Defense Industry?
November 28, 2020

How Has COVID-19 Affected the Global Defense Industry?

By Robert Farley
Any assessment of the health of defense industry supply chains has to distinguish the impact of the pandemic from increasing protectionism and intellectual property maneuvering.

Malaysia’s Top Glove Says Virus Outbreak May Push Prices up
November 26, 2020

Malaysia’s Top Glove Says Virus Outbreak May Push Prices up

By Associated Press
Top Glove produces about 90 billion rubber gloves a year, and exports to 195 countries. 

China Points Finger at Imported Food Packaging as It Casts Doubt on COVID-19 Origins
November 26, 2020

China Points Finger at Imported Food Packaging as It Casts Doubt on COVID-19 Origins

By Associated Press
China’s new focus on testing packaging comes amid a media push to claim that frozen food imports brought the virus to Wuhan in the first place.

China Tests Millions After Coronavirus Flareups in 3 Cities
November 24, 2020

China Tests Millions After Coronavirus Flareups in 3 Cities

By Associated Press
Recent flareups have shown that there is still a risk of the virus returning, despite being largely controlled within China.

South Korea Faces Another Possible Outbreak of COVID-19
November 17, 2020

South Korea Faces Another Possible Outbreak of COVID-19

By Mitch Shin
With more than 200 newly confirmed cases per day recently, Seoul has strengthened social distancing yet again. 
Inside Afghanistan’s Education Crisis
November 17, 2020

Inside Afghanistan’s Education Crisis

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Even before the lengthy COVID-19 shutdown, the country's schools were weighed down by crumbling infrastructure and a misguided curriculum.

IOC President Says Tokyo Olympic ‘Participants’ Will Be Encouraged to Get Vaccine
November 17, 2020

IOC President Says Tokyo Olympic ‘Participants’ Will Be Encouraged to Get Vaccine

By Associated Press
Thomas Bach made the comment as he tours Japan, seeking to persuade a skeptical Japanese public that it’s safe to hold the Olympics during a pandemic.

Mongolia Imposes Curfew Amid COVID-19 Scare
November 17, 2020

Mongolia Imposes Curfew Amid COVID-19 Scare

By Anandsaikhan Nyamdavaa
The first cases of local transmission in Mongolia have sparked a decisive response from the government.

North Korea Cracks Down on Local Markets, Overseas Defectors
November 11, 2020

North Korea Cracks Down on Local Markets, Overseas Defectors

By Gabriela Bernal
As COVID-19 continues to hamstring the economy, North Koreans grow increasingly desperate – and the government moves to keep everything under tight control.
Turkmenistan Still Persists in COVID Denial
November 10, 2020

Turkmenistan Still Persists in COVID Denial

By Catherine Putz
ASAP or maybe never: In August, the WHO wanted to visit Turkmenistan ASAP to test suspected COVID-19 samples. To date, no new mission has taken place.

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