Coronavirus Overwhelms Hospitals Throughout Asia, Asian Access Meets Enormous Needs

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An “explosion” of COVID-19 cases is pushing hospitals across Asia to the edge of collapse, the International Federation of the Red Cross warns. Asian nations reported over 5.9 million new infections in the past two weeks – more than the combined totals of all other regions.

“A big portion of that is India, [but] I’m also hearing reports of spiking cases in places like Nepal, Cambodia, and the Philippines,” Joe Handley of Asian Access says.

“In most of these countries, it’s difficult to put in the kinds of lockdown measures and safety protocols [required] to ‘move the needle’ in any quick fashion. So this could be a long-lasting thing.”

Even China reported its first new cases in more than three weeks, although “It’s hard to get information out of China,” Handley says.

“The folks I talked to [say] people are out on the streets; they may wear masks but by and large, China’s operating the way they would normally operate. That would lead you to believe either [the government] is not talking about it, or it’s under more control.”

Believers place others before themselves

Asian Access trains and walks alongside Christian leaders in 25 countries across Asia. “They’re doing the best they can to serve the people,” Handley says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for believers throughout Asia as they reach out to neighbors. Pray they can witness for Christ and proclaim the good news of the Gospel amid tragedy and fear.
  • Pray for wisdom and discernment as church leaders act to help others.
  • Pray for necessary resources so Asian Access can equip its national partners.

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