As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the world, close to four billion people in over 90 countries are under mandatory lockdowns. The virus has in its wake taken both tens of thousands of lives and millions of livelihoods. Countries continue to grapple with the challenges of testing, quarantines and lack of medical facilities and equipment. It is also evident that global trade and national economies will take a much worse battering than expected. Focus created this special section of the website to capture some of the impacts of COVID-19 in Asia

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The Philippines’ Response to COVID-19: Limits of State Capacity

In an article for the Covid-19 Chronicles of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) of Kyoto University, Ayame Suzuki, Professor of the Facutlty of Law of Doshisha University and Visiting Professor of De La Salle University, suggests that the failure of the...
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