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In recent days, New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia have gambled on gingerly restarting their economies, despite the risk of a new wave of infections. (© Illustration by Michael Tsang)
Asia Insight

COVID-19 in charts: Japan and Philippines dodge explosions

Dive into data shows two countries, and India, at key junctures

AKANE OKUTSU and MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- The Philippines and India have imposed some of the strictest coronavirus containment measures in Asia. Japan has taken a far less draconian approach, under a loose state of emergency now entering a second month. But in a way, these very different countries stand at a similar point in the fight against this devastating pandemic.

At least according to the official figures, their infections and deaths are well below those in the U.S. and hardest-hit European countries. Yet, short of a clear victory, they need more sustainable long-term battle plans.

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