Pedestrians cross a road in Beijing’s central business district on May 27. Even as the Delta variant spreads across Asia, office re-entry rates have been high in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg  Pedestrians cross a road in Beijing’s central business district on May 27. Even as the Delta variant spreads across Asia, office re-entry rates have been high in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg
Pedestrians cross a road in Beijing’s central business district on May 27. Even as the Delta variant spreads across Asia, office re-entry rates have been high in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg
Nicholas Spiro
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Nicholas Spiro

Why Asia’s office markets have less to fear from the Delta variant than those in the West

  • The much-heralded return to the office has been put on hold in the US, amid a surge in Covid-19 cases
  • But the virus has caused less disruption to workplace strategies in Asia, where employers and employees prefer not to blur the work-life boundary

Pedestrians cross a road in Beijing’s central business district on May 27. Even as the Delta variant spreads across Asia, office re-entry rates have been high in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg  Pedestrians cross a road in Beijing’s central business district on May 27. Even as the Delta variant spreads across Asia, office re-entry rates have been high in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg
Pedestrians cross a road in Beijing’s central business district on May 27. Even as the Delta variant spreads across Asia, office re-entry rates have been high in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg
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Nicholas Spiro

Nicholas Spiro

Nicholas Spiro is a partner at Lauressa Advisory, a specialist London-based real estate and macroeconomic advisory firm. He is an expert on advanced and emerging economies and a regular commentator on financial and macro-political developments.