COVID-19 in South Asia

As of March 25, 2020, South Asia had recorded nearly 2,000 cases of the coronavirus. However, analysts fear that this number can quickly increase given how densely populated the region is and since limitations on testing could be showing only a fraction of the actual number. Countries across the region have imposed a range of restrictions to deal with the rapid spread of COVID-19, including a nationwide lockdown in India as well as provincial shutdowns in Pakistan’s Punjab and Sindh provinces. In this series, SAV contributors analyze how governments in the region are responding to the threat of COVID-19, as well as the potential far-reaching economic and security impacts of the pandemic.