'Catastrophic': South Asia reels from COVID-19 surge

'Catastrophic': South Asia reels from COVID-19 surge

Channel NewsAsia - Asia·2020-06-18 15:04

ISLAMABAD: Early optimism that South Asia might have dodged the worst ravages of the coronavirus pandemic has disappeared as soaring infection rates turn the densely populated region into a global hot spot.

After several months trailing the US and western Europe, cases of COVID-19 are surging across South Asia - home to almost a quarter of the world's population - where the virus is wreaking havoc on fragile medical systems and underfunded health agencies are pushed to breaking point.

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