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Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries start to reopen

The human cost of coronavirus has continued to mount, with more than 10.6 million cases confirmed globally and more than 507,500 people known to have died.  Mortality rates have soared in urban areas worldwide, with overall deaths often much high than reported Covid-19 counts, according to the Financial Times. The FT is mapping the spread…

How coronavirus sparked a wave of innovation in India

Entrepreneurs and innovators across India have responded quickly to the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Around the world, social distancing and contact tracing have been the buzzwords of the response to COVID-19. A particular problem as lockdowns begin to ease will be how to stop the virus spreading in public spaces such as airports or…

China’s Latest Coronavirus Outbreak Underscores Continued Threat

This article was originally published in Time and the author is Ken Moritsugu. (BEIJING) — China’s capital was bracing Monday for a resurgence of the coronavirus after more than 100 new cases were reported in recent days in a city that hadn’t seen a case of local transmission in more than a month. The United…

The Economic Consequences of Disrupted Global Supply Chains

For nearly three decades, global supply chains were the quiet engines of economic globalization. From 1990 to 2008, they drove the rapid expansion of trade, accounting for 60-70% of its growth. More than a decade later, however, they have stalled – and may in some areas be going into reverse. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a supply-shock…

Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries fight to contain the pandemic

The human cost of coronavirus has continued to mount, with more than 8.25 million cases confirmed globally and more than 441,300 people known to have died. With the World Health Orgainsation declaring the outbreak as a pandemic, the virus has spread to more than 200 countries. The Financial Times have provided an up-to-date visual narrative of…

Reopening the World

COVID-19 has shattered economies and societies around the world, upended government plans and business operations, and challenged the fabric of many communities. The effects are far-reaching, and leaders are seeking to understand how they reopen their countries and what are the lessons from other nations. Brookings’ latest publication discusses the reopening in several different countries,…

Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

A cheap and widely available drug has been found to help save the lives of patients seriously ill with coronavirus. Dexamethasone is a low-dose steroid treatment that has had a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say. About 19 out of 20 patients with coronavirus recover without being admitted to…

The way back: What the world can learn from China’s travel restart after COVID-19

Countries and regions around the globe are gradually moving past the peak of the pandemic. With China’s COVID-19 lockdown over, travel is beginning to restart. Businesses remain cautious, but almost all offices, factories, schools, and retail outlets have reopened. A recent survey conducted by McKinsey showed that the first thing people want to spend money…

The future of Asia: Decoding the value and performance of corporate Asia

The recent pandemic has proven to be not only a public-health crisis but also a major disruption to supply chains, which may permanently change long-standing business practices. But Asia has come through crisis periods before and emerged stronger for it—and there is reason to believe it can do so again. Corporations in Asia have grown…