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Silver linings emerge from the coronavirus gloom

Supply-chain reform, telework and sustainability are likely long-term benefits

A man wearing a mask takes a photograph at a Han River park in Namyangju, South Korea, on March 7.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Thousands of people are being infected and dozens are dying every day as the spread of the new coronavirus puts the world on edge.

Markets are nose-diving; cities are locked down, medical facilities are overwhelmed; sports events and concerts have been canceled; travel plans are in tatters; and consumers are panic buying essentials.

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