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Japan and South Korea hit by COVID spikes: 5 things to know

Crisis control of two nations contrasts with China's draconian lockdowns

A couple walks down a street in Seoul, left, and bright lights in Sapporo's Susukino district show that the nightlife magnet is still in business. (Source photos by Kyodo and Reuters)

TOKYO/SEOUL -- Coronavirus infections have surged to a record high in Japan this month with the arrival of the flu season. Cases are also on the rise in neighboring South Korea.

The increase comes as countries have shifted focus to reviving their economies.

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