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With around a third of the world's population under some form of mandated isolation, Asia's citizens are attempting to adjust to a new reality.    © Illustrations by Eric Chow
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'Government puts economy before life': Voices from the pandemic

Living in coronavirus lockdown, Asia adapts to a new abnormal

RURIKA IMAHASHI, ERWIDA MAULIA and DYLAN LOH, Nikkei staff writers, and MEGHA BAHREE, Contributing writer | Southeast Asia

The novel coronavirus pandemic has triggered unprecedented economic, social and political disruption across the world. Governments have struggled to contain its spread, putting in place sweeping restrictions on travel and business and leaving their citizens to adapt to a strange, new and locked-down normal.

'If I don't work, how am I supposed to buy any food?'

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