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While the impact of the virus will be felt for decades to come, there are many reasons to be optimistic as we head into 2021.   © Nikkei montage
Asia Insight

An optimist's guide to 2021 in Asia

The pandemic has been a catalyst for change in health, tech and working practices

ANDREW SHARP, Nikkei Asia deputy politics and economics editor | Japan

TOKYO -- At the very beginning of the year, Nikkei Asia reported an outbreak of a "viral pneumonia of unknown origin" emerging from the Chinese city of Wuhan. The new coronavirus, formally known as SARS-CoV-2, has gone on to infect more than 80 million people globally -- with probably millions more cases unrecorded -- and it is no exaggeration to say it has turned the world on its head.

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