Rapid Review of Physical Distancing and Alternative Disease Control Measures in South Asia   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Background:"The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic continues to be the biggest threat globally with over 3 million cases worldwide and over 200,000 deaths by the end of April 2020. [...] While the burden of disease is higher in higher income countries (given their older populations), their high functioning health care systems and larger social safety net programmes serve to protect their populations. As of 1st May, 2020, South Asia only accounted for about 64,260 reported cases. However, actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are some of the most extreme globally. These early actions taken by South Asian governments have been effective at slowing the spread of the COVID-19, but are unsustainable. The unprecedented crisis posed by COVID-19 threatens South Asia with its worst economic performance in 40 years, with at least half its countries falling into a deep recession. The sudden disappearance of informal urban service sector jobs and a rise in food prices have created economic hardship, especially for poor and vulnerable people."

UK Government; IDinsight
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