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Can coronavirus take the heat? Five things to know

As seen in Singapore and Indonesia, scientists stress hot weather is no panacea

SINGAPORE/JAKARTA -- When Indonesia made it through February without a single coronavirus case, some experts chalked it up to the country's tropical climate. Their reasoning looks a lot less convincing now.

Since reporting its first infections on March 2, Indonesia has logged over 9,000 confirmed cases, the second-highest in Southeast Asia after Singapore -- another place where temperatures regularly exceed 30 C. Indonesia's death rate of around 8% is one of the highest globally.

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