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COVID-19: Spotlight on South East Asia


What’s going on in South East Asia? Absolutely without a doubt, there are issues with stated numbers in most countries. At the same time, we are not hearing about large scale unreported infections and deaths in a region that is both densely populated region and with many countries having fairly basic healthcare systems. And this is from a region adjacent to China. China: Population: 1,435m, reported cases: 83,885, deaths 4,636 Original epicentre 2.2 x larger than South East Asia There have been quite a few theories put forward, including some interesting research linking by the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT): "We found that countries without universal policies of BCG vaccination, such as Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States, have been more severely affected compared to countries with universal and long-standing BCG policies” as typically enforced in Asia. We are also seeing quite similar scenarios in highly developed North Asia and Japan: South Korea: Population: 52m, reported cases: 10,708 deaths 240 Japan: Population: 127m, reported cases: 12,368 deaths 328 No answers! Let’s hope this is being properly investigated; with international co-operation somewhat patchy, just not sure who is doing it...

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