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Thailand and Malaysia keep guard up after Vietnam lifts lockdown

Bangkok weighs careful easing but extends emergency and curfew for now

Buddhist monks at Bangkok's Wat Matchantikaram Temple wear face masks to shield themselves from the coronavirus. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Some Southeast Asian countries have begun cautious preparations for lifting coronavirus-related restrictions on activity as new cases decline, but they are reluctant to go as far as Vietnam in easing their guard.

Vietnam ended social distancing measures Wednesday except in some districts of Hanoi. The government judged that no provinces are at high risk for spreading infection after reporting no new cases for seven straight days.

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