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In depth: Controlling coronavirus may become like whack-a-mole

Continuing sporadic outbreaks make prospect of ongoing fight increasingly likely

The world is watching China for clues to how long the COVID-19 pandemic may last and lessons on how to return to normal life after months of lockdown. So far, it's a discouraging picture.

Wuhan, where the outbreak first emerged and hit hardest in China, reported a new cluster of cases a month after the lockdown ended, prompting the city to embark on the ambitious task of testing the entire population of 11 million in 10 days. Meanwhile, several northeast cities are back to lockdowns after new infections emerged.

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