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.
Asia: Two paths through the Covid pandemic
Andreea Gavrila compares Singapore’s and Britain’s defence against the virus