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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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Sri Lanka Widens Curfew, Bans Gatherings as Virus Surges
October 08, 2020

Sri Lanka Widens Curfew, Bans Gatherings as Virus Surges

By Associated Press
An outbreak linked to a garment factory has infected more than 1,000 people, the biggest cluster yet in the country.
What Do South Koreans Think of Their Government’s COVID-19 Response?
October 07, 2020

What Do South Koreans Think of Their Government’s COVID-19 Response?

By Timothy S. Rich, Madelynn Einhorn, Andi Dahmer, and Isabel Eliassen
Early on, South Korea was touted as a model of COVID-19 containment. Does the public still approve of the government’s approach?

Amid Political Crisis, Malaysia Braces for Second Wave of COVID-19
October 06, 2020

Amid Political Crisis, Malaysia Braces for Second Wave of COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
As Prime Minister Muhyiddin enters self-quarantine, his nation grapples with a sudden rise in coronavirus infections.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Quarantines After Cabinet Minister Tests Positive for COVID-19
October 06, 2020

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Quarantines After Cabinet Minister Tests Positive for COVID-19

By Associated Press
Amid soaring cases, the Malaysian religious affairs minister has been hospitalized with the coronavirus.

South Korea Baffled by Stop-and-Search, Police Bus Walls During Protests
October 05, 2020

South Korea Baffled by Stop-and-Search, Police Bus Walls During Protests

By Tae-jun Kang
Moves to disrupt anti-government protests were justified as a COVID-19 response measure, but many suspect a darker motivation.
COVID-19: The Nail in the Coffin of China’s Belt and Road Initiative?
September 28, 2020

COVID-19: The Nail in the Coffin of China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

By Lee YingHui
Rejigging the BRI to focus on soft infrastructure projects in the digital and health sectors could help rejuvenate the initiative in a post-COVID world.

Hong Kong-Indonesian Couples Caught in the Middle Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
September 25, 2020

Hong Kong-Indonesian Couples Caught in the Middle Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

By Jason Hung
Plans for a travel bubble between Hong Kong and Indonesia have been put on hold, disappointing couples who have been left separated by closed borders.
Uzbekistan’s COVID-19 Response Exposes Tashkent’s Reform Successes and Failures
September 25, 2020

Uzbekistan’s COVID-19 Response Exposes Tashkent’s Reform Successes and Failures

By Benjamin Godwin
What does the coronavirus response say about the government’s ability to deliver on its ambitious reform program? 

COVID-19 Is Further Disenfranchising China’s Queer Youth
September 23, 2020

COVID-19 Is Further Disenfranchising China’s Queer Youth

By Lakshmi Iyengar and Yu Songqi
The pandemic and the ensuing need to quarantine, often with conservative family, poses unique issues for young LGBTQ+ Chinese.

The Riddle of COVID-19 and Democracy in Southeast Asia
September 22, 2020

The Riddle of COVID-19 and Democracy in Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
How much should we read into the fact that the region’s most robust democracies have fared the worst from the coronavirus? Probably not a lot.

Pakistan’s Fight Against COVID-19 Has Made Imran Khan Stronger
September 15, 2020

Pakistan’s Fight Against COVID-19 Has Made Imran Khan Stronger

By Syed Ali Zia Jaffery
By bringing the military in as a stakeholder as well as advocating a smart lockdown, Khan’s COVID-19 response has consolidated his hold on power.
Australia Enters First Recession Since 1991
September 14, 2020

Australia Enters First Recession Since 1991

By Joshua Mcdonald
After almost three decades of uninterrupted economic growth, Australia’s luck has run out thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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