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Israel, ranked 'safest' place in pandemic, draws on Asia's lessons

Top doctor urges coronavirus testing and says wearing masks 'makes sense'

Jewish and Muslim paramedics with Israel's Magen David Adom emergency service pray together during the coronavirus outbreak.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- In the early days of the coronavirus crisis, Dr. Arnon Afek started his mornings pouring over the latest literature on the disease. Lately, the associate director general of Israel's Chaim Sheba Medical Center has abandoned the routine.

"It became an impossible task," he told the Nikkei Asian Review. "The number of papers written is incredible. Knowledge is increasing day by day."

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