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Flattening the curve of COVID-19

In Asia and the Pacific, the impact of COVID-19 has been tremendous due to the high concentration of people, economic activities and resource consumption. Coronavirus threatens economic, social and medical well-being of millions and we must act now to protect Asia's most vulnerable Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, the UN Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP’s Executive Secretary wrote in the Nikkei Asian Review on the 2nd of April.

The COVID-19 pandemic is primarily a health shock. Recognizing the health emergency as the prime objective, countries have been responding to the global health emergency with a range of critical interventions, addressing the vulnerabilities of communities at risk through social protection measures and providing fiscal support for emergency public interventions. Actions are shaped by an understanding of COVID-19 risks; its transmission pathways, the risks posed to specific sectors and vulnerable groups, and where it will spread most rapidly.

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