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From New Delhi to Bangkok, Asia's megacities shackled

Travel bans to contain coronavirus sap region's economic lifeblood

A woman wearing protective mask and gloves seen on a Mass Rapid Transit train during a movement control order in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE/MUMBAI -- New Delhi is banning travel to and from neighboring provinces while Bangkok shuts down malls and golf courses as Asian countries face a second wave of imported coronavirus cases, this time from Europe and the U.S.

While the efforts could curb the spread of the outbreak, they are expected to damage the region's economies, which rely heavily on tourism and the service sector.

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