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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.

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North Korea Locks Down Kaesong Over Suspected COVID-19 Case
July 28, 2020

North Korea Locks Down Kaesong Over Suspected COVID-19 Case

By Associated Press
If confirmed, it would be the country’s first official case – and Pyongyang is already gearing up to blame Seoul.
Vietnam’s Next Wave of COVID-19 Has Arrived
July 27, 2020

Vietnam’s Next Wave of COVID-19 Has Arrived

By Phuong Pham
Community transmission has made a comeback, but Vietnam is ready.

How COVID-19 Will Reshape Indo-Pacific Security
July 24, 2020

How COVID-19 Will Reshape Indo-Pacific Security

By Jiyoon Kim, Jihoon Yu, and Erik French
COVID-19 will likely have a range of significant effects on Indo-Pacific security and geopolitics in both the short and long-term. 

‘Bad Luck’: Victoria Sees a Surge in COVID-19 Cases
July 24, 2020

‘Bad Luck’: Victoria Sees a Surge in COVID-19 Cases

By Joshua Mcdonald
The Australian state of Victoria did everything right, yet the coronavirus still found a weak spot. That should serve as a warning to other countries emerging from lockdowns.

Under COVID-19, Domestic Violence Intensifies in Kazakhstan 
July 24, 2020

Under COVID-19, Domestic Violence Intensifies in Kazakhstan 

By Assem Almukhanbetkyzy and Kristi Eaton
As has been observed elsewhere in the world, quarantines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a spike in domestic violence incidents.
Postponed Tokyo Olympics Hit 1-Year-To-Go Mark – Again
July 24, 2020

Postponed Tokyo Olympics Hit 1-Year-To-Go Mark – Again

By Associated Press
COVID-19 reset the clock on the countdown and dampened enthusiasm for the Games.

Indonesia’s COVID-19 Response Pivots to Support Economic Recovery
July 23, 2020

Indonesia’s COVID-19 Response Pivots to Support Economic Recovery

By Jefferson Ng
Indonesia’s restructured COVID-19 task force has a clear economic bias.
How Data Doomed Central Asia’s COVID-19 Responses
July 22, 2020

How Data Doomed Central Asia’s COVID-19 Responses

By Catherine Putz
As the saying goes, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

US Accuses Chinese Hackers of Stealing COVID Vaccine Research
July 22, 2020

US Accuses Chinese Hackers of Stealing COVID Vaccine Research

By Robert Farley
The wisdom and morality of serious intellectual property enforcement during a pandemic are uncertain.

COVID and Contractors: Nepalis in an American War Zone
July 21, 2020

COVID and Contractors: Nepalis in an American War Zone

By Peter Gill
Few Americans are aware that the war effort in Afghanistan relies on foreign contractors – many of them from Nepal.

COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan: National Unity and Frustration 
July 21, 2020

COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan: National Unity and Frustration 

By Aruuke Uran Kyzy
Amid the pandemic, Kyrgyz are finding grassroots unity but also sharing widespread frustration with the government. 
Absentee Ballots? Re-enfranchising India’s Migrant Workers
July 20, 2020

Absentee Ballots? Re-enfranchising India’s Migrant Workers

By Bansari Kamdar
As India’s internal migrant workers return to cities desperate for work, without a change in policy they could be left out of important upcoming elections.

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