Asia: Two paths through the Covid pandemic

Andreea Gavrila compares Singapore’s and Britain’s defence against the virus

The World Today Updated 1 April 2021 Published 2 April 2021 2 minute READ

Andreea Gavrila

Coordinator, Institute for Security Science and Technology, Imperial College 

The Covid outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019 initially seemed like a problem that would be largely restricted to Asia, just as the 2002 Sars outbreak had been. Even the emergence of the first European cases seemed to be a result of overseas travel, rather than a serious cause for concern. A month later, however, both Britain and Singapore had their first Covid cases confirmed. 

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