In 2020, Thailand was the envy of the world for its deft handling of COVID-19. But this year, not so much, as the Delta variant surges and squashes hopes of recovery for the country’s usually buoyant tourist industry, which accounts for a large share of its economic activity. What are the realistic expectations for the Thai economy?
The Brexit referendum delivered a punch to the UK’s pound, but the currency has slowly picked itself up and gained some strength despite the pandemic, once again closing in on the US$1.40 mark in February. How well it fares over the next few months will depend on several factors—including the UK’s COVID-19 response but also the raft of unique issues that the nation will face as it evolves post-Brexit.