Letter to Editor

South Asia is more vulnerable to COVID-19 pandemic

Hom Nath Chalise*

Published: 22 May, 2020 | Volume 4 - Issue 1 | Pages: 046-047

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) which originated in China spread progressively all over the world [1]. On 11th March 2020 WHO declared COVID-19 outbreaks as a pandemic [2]. As of 22nd May 2020, there have been more than 5.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, with more than 340 thousand deaths and more than 2.2 million recovered [3]. Slowly, South Asia is also entering the ranks of COVID-19 affected regions. This region comprises more than 21% of the world’s population which remains vulnerable to COVID-19 [4].

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