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Asia COVID cases hit record as virus outpaces vaccine campaigns

Surges in Philippines and India bode ill for region's economic recovery

A worker in a hazmat suit disinfects a Manila street as a preventive measure against COVID-19 on March 19.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Asia's daily confirmed COVID-19 cases renewed a record high this week, defying the global effort to end the pandemic and clouding the region's economic recovery outlook.

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