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India's huge, densely located population faces particular challenges.
The international body blithely accepted Beijing’s assurances that there was little to worry about.
How Xi Jinping will use the political opportunity provided by the coronavirus crisis to exploit a divided EU.
China's outbreak has been brought under control thanks to an Orwellian system, from personal QR codes to a flourishing of new apps that facilitate lives lived in locked apartments.
Thanks to fast action from the government, much of everyday life continues in Singapore. Schools, universities, shops and restaurants remain open and most public institutions are still functioning.
Coronavirus has hit Japanese exports, and is keeping consumers at home. Shops, bars and restaurants are quiet and Tokyo Disneyland is shut. Any hope that the faltering economy will recover this year is gone.
After weeks of quarantine, Shanghai is slowly reopening. Many here say that China is the safest place now: no new cases have been reported in the city for four days.
The communist country is fundamentally lonely, inflexible and led by a coercive state.
Funding from governments and the pharmaceutical industry to tackle infectious diseases has been waning for years.
In a system where power is concentrated at the top, local officials are not incentivised to take decisive action.
The disease is spreading with terrifying speed but crucial lessons have been learned from previous epidemics.