Bangladesh – The Government has imposed a lockdown across the country owing to record numbers of daily COVID-19 cases. All offices and shops have been ordered to close for 8 days starting 15 April. All international passenger flights to and from Bangladesh will be suspended from 14–20 April.
India – The surge in Covid-19 cases continues, with over 100,000 new cases reported each day over the past week. The rollout of vaccines is ongoing, with over 117 million vaccines administered as of April 16. The government has indicated it may need to adjust supply schedules to other countries, although it has not proposed a full ban on exports.
India – Concerns have been raised over a new ‘double mutant’ variant with the health ministry noting that 20% of infections are attributable to this variant. There is currently no insight into the efficacy of existing vaccines on patients infected with the double mutant variant.
India – The Indian Government is allowing state-owned companies to partner with private sector renewable energy companies to increase green hydrogen usage. Indian companies that currently lack the requisite expertise are reaching out to Australia. (see Renewable Energy below). Meanwhile, a huge increase in coal mining operations is likely to trigger demand for METS technologies in India.
Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka's Trade Minister has warned that Sri Lankan rupee could depreciate to Lkr 300–350 levels to the USD if the exchange control goes unchecked. The rupee has slid 10% to 12% since March 2020 and the Sri Lankan government has imposed various measures to control imports. Sri Lanka has commenced vaccinations using the Astra-Zeneca vaccine.