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Having Brushed Off Coronavirus Threat, Southeast Asia Begins to Confront It

Having Brushed Off Coronavirus Threat, Southeast Asia Begins to Confront It

BANGKOK — For months, many Southeast Asian countries played down the threat posed by the new coronavirus. Some officials said that prayer would keep the disease away. Others expressed optimism that the tropical heat would slow the spread of the virus. Life continued as usual. Malaysia allowed large religious gatherings. …

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