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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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Are Schools in the Philippines Ready to Open in a Pandemic?
August 19, 2020

Are Schools in the Philippines Ready to Open in a Pandemic?

By Mong Palatino
The start of the school year in the Philippines has been delayed, again. Can the Duterte government gets its act together?
South Korea Pastor Tests Positive Amid COVID-19 Spike at Seoul Church
August 18, 2020

South Korea Pastor Tests Positive Amid COVID-19 Spike at Seoul Church

By Associated Press
Rev. Jun Kwang-hun had participated in a thousands-strong anti-government protests two days before testing positive, raising fears of a massive outbreak in Seoul.

India’s Virus Death Toll Tops 50,000
August 17, 2020

India’s Virus Death Toll Tops 50,000

By Associated Press
India now has the fourth most reported fatalities from COVID-19 in the world amid a surging caseload.

Will COVID-19 Further Drag Down Japan’s Dismal Birth Rate?
August 17, 2020

Will COVID-19 Further Drag Down Japan’s Dismal Birth Rate?

By Thisanka Siripala
The coronavirus economic fallout adds new challenges to tackling Japan’s worrying fertility projections.

North Korea Lifts Kaesong Lockdown, Rejects Foreign Aid
August 15, 2020

North Korea Lifts Kaesong Lockdown, Rejects Foreign Aid

By Associated Press
North Korea still hasn’t confirmed a single COVID case, but remains on alert, refusing to accept foreign aid due to fears of infection.
Perpetual Silence: Kashmir’s Economy Slumps Under Lockdown
August 14, 2020

Perpetual Silence: Kashmir’s Economy Slumps Under Lockdown

By Niha Dagia
“Our lockdown began way before the world was forced into isolation.”

From Rebels to Rulers: The Challenges of the Bangsamoro Government in Mindanao
August 12, 2020

From Rebels to Rulers: The Challenges of the Bangsamoro Government in Mindanao

By Miyoko Taniguchi
The newly created government already faced a steep learning curve, with the peace process at stake. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
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. 

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