While South Asia is starting to ramp up its response to the coronavirus outbreak, the region is just at the start of a long fight with the virus. The slow response from authorities and misinformation spread at the community level has made the challenge in the region much harder than first imagined.
One of the more hopeful results of the coronavirus outbreak is the revival of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) as a force for positive cooperation within the region. Despite this, reasoned public health decisions are all the more important, as the fragility of the economies in South Asia means a balance between economic and health concerns need to be struck.
Einat Elazari from Wikistrat interviewed South Asia expert Michael Kugelman, to discuss the implications the virus will have on the region.