As of the day of writing this article, India is in the midst of a three week lockdown while Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have temporarily shut their stock markets. The subcontinent’s infection rate seems suspiciously low and limited testing could be a key reason. Meanwhile, the region is facing a monumental challenge in restricting movements of migratory labour while daily wages are lost. One hopes the measures taken are the right ones especially in light of the poor healthcare infrastructure in the region. In this context, the subcontinent feels particularly vulnerable should COVID -19 infections rise quickly.