Thousands rally in Asia for International Women’s Day despite virus fears

BANGKOK (HRNW) – Thousands took to the streets across Asia for International Women’s Day on Sunday even as the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of events in the region.

In China — the epicentre of the epidemic that has killed more than 3,500 people and infected over 100,000 worldwide — state broadcaster CCTV highlighted the work of female medical workers on the frontlines in the fight against the virus.

Despite growing fears over the worsening epidemic, marches went ahead in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines while women rallied in Pakistan demanding “freedom”.

A women’s marathon planned in India was postponed over virus concerns as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said prominent women would run his social media accounts for the day.

In South Korea, where more than 7,000 virus infections make it the hardest hit country outside China, several events were cancelled.

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