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Coronavirus

From light touch to total lockdown: How Asia is fighting coronavirus

Countries begin to toughen their approach as infections continue to rise

A man is tested for the coronavirus outside a hospital in Bangkok on Thursday. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

The new coronavirus is affecting Asian countries differently, with governments in each choosing their own remedies to prevent further spread of infections.

Some have employed a light touch, urging people to use common sense and practice social distancing and similar preventive measures. Others have taken a heavy-handed approach, closing borders or ordering lockdowns -- or both.

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