South Asia faces its worst economic performance in 40 years because of the coronavirus, the World Bank has said. The effects will unravel decades of progress in the region’s battle against poverty.

Economies such as India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have reported relatively few virus cases but experts fear they could be the next hotspots.

The South Asia region is home to 1.8 billion people and some of the world’s most densely populated cities.

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