The Irrawaddy briefs you on the week that was in the national legislature.
Myanmar must look beyond short-term recovery from COVID-19 and set a new course based on respect for the environment, sustainable development and economic equality.
The largest hospital in New Delhi dedicated to treating COVID-19 patients has seen a surge in cases and its waiting list continues to grow.
The death toll from COVID-19 in the United States has passed 100,000, making it the eighth-most severely affected country in terms of fatalities per capita.
Thailand’s opposition has raised suspicions over the government’s motive for extending emergency powers as the COVID-19 crisis starts to ease.
With 4,167 fatal COVID-19 cases so far, India’s death rate remains low, but fears are growing that poor villages will bear the brunt as infections rise.
Parliament has approved an IMF loan package worth US$700 million to meet budget shortfalls as the government boosts spending to curb the economic impact of COVID-19.
Further studies and tests are needed before Fujifilm’s drug Avigan can be approved as a treatment for COVID-19, Japan’s health minister said.
The artistic and mental health communities have come together to launch an online film festival to highlight the impact of isolation on people amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
China said the US is spreading a ‘political virus’ and trying to trigger a ‘new Cold War’ at a time when the two countries should be working together to fight COVID-19.
Hospitals in India’s large cities are being overwhelmed as the country makes slow progress in flattening its curve of coronavirus infections.
Malaysian health authorities confirmed 35 new COVID-19 cases at a detention center for illegal aliens, prompting criticism of its immigration crackdown amid the pandemic.
South Korean high schools have reopened their classrooms to students for the first time this year under strict anti-COVID-19 protocols.
US President Trump said he would permanently cut off funding to the World Health Organization if it did not agree to ‘substantive improvements’ within 30 days.
Parliament is set to debate a new law on communicable disease control that will create a central committee to tackle outbreaks and boost punishments for violators.