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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.

Thais Seek to Fix Errors That Allowed Infected Foreigners in
July 14, 2020

Thais Seek to Fix Errors That Allowed Infected Foreigners in

By Associated Press
Two foreigners -- a member of an Egyptian military delegation and the child of a Sudanese diplomat -- infected with COVID-19 have prompted a revision of Thailand’s rules.

 COVID-19 Tests Communitarian Values
July 14, 2020

 COVID-19 Tests Communitarian Values

By Amitai Etzioni
The world's most communitarian countries are handling the pandemic well. The most individualistic countries are doing the worst.
Kazakhstan’s COVID-19 Crisis Spinning on
July 14, 2020

Kazakhstan’s COVID-19 Crisis Spinning on

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan has extended its second lockdown through the end of July and media have begun to compile lists of the dead.

China Missteps With Wild Allegation of a ‘New’ Deadly Pneumonia in Kazakhstan
July 11, 2020

China Missteps With Wild Allegation of a ‘New’ Deadly Pneumonia in Kazakhstan

By Tristan Kenderdine
Fortunately for the world, there is no new plague coming out of Kazakhstan. 

Globalization and Trade in a Post-Pandemic World: India’s Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan
July 10, 2020

Globalization and Trade in a Post-Pandemic World: India’s Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan

By Parth Patel, Paresha Sinha and Suraksha Gupta
India is on a mission toward self-reliance.

Mongolia’s Virtual Naadam
July 10, 2020

Mongolia’s Virtual Naadam

By Antonio Graceffo
Mongolia shifts its centuries-old festival online due to coronavirus.

Misinformation and Conspiracies Spread While Kazakhstan Reimposes Lockdown
July 10, 2020

Misinformation and Conspiracies Spread While Kazakhstan Reimposes Lockdown

By Anastassiya Fershtey
Kazakhstan, while also seeing a rapid rise on COVID-19 cases, has been hit with a storm of conspiracy theories.
As WHO Team Arrives, Notable Pneumonia Deaths Reported in Turkmenistan
July 09, 2020

As WHO Team Arrives, Notable Pneumonia Deaths Reported in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
An adviser to the Turkmen president and a Turkish diplomat have reportedly died from pneumonia this week.

Uzbekistan Announces Second COVID-19 Lockdown
July 09, 2020

Uzbekistan Announces Second COVID-19 Lockdown

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan is following Kazakhstan back into a second COVID-19 lockdown.

Philippines Virus Cases Soar Past 50,000 as Lockdown Eases
July 09, 2020

Philippines Virus Cases Soar Past 50,000 as Lockdown Eases

By Associated Press
Finding the balance between public health and reviving the economy has been fraught with dilemmas.

Who’s Helping Cambodia Weather COVID-19?
July 08, 2020

Who’s Helping Cambodia Weather COVID-19?

By Kimkong Heng and Len Ang
In explaining Cambodia’s relative COVID-19 success, it is vital to acknowledge the foreign aid and local donations that have poured in.
Pakistan’s Great Digital Divide
July 08, 2020

Pakistan’s Great Digital Divide

By Shah Meer Baloch
A new reliance on virtual life in the COVID-19 era has laid bare the lack of internet access for much of the country.

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