As the coronavirus pandemic is posing a challenge for South Asian countries in the wake of their large populations and poor health infrastructure, India’s southernmost state of Kerala, which reported the country’s first COVID-19 case, has some lessons for the region and their leaders.

Experts believe that poverty and illiteracy are also hampering the processes of detection, testing, isolation, and quarantine in South Asian countries. The leaders of all these countries are also in a big dilemma as enforcing a complete lockdown like China and Italy may break the virus chain, but will have cascading effects on the food

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