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Fast-acting Thailand and South Korea hold key to dodging 'second wave'

Lessons from first coronavirus wave show need to impose strict policies quickly

Asakusa, Tokyo, a popular tourist destination, is seen empty during the state of emergency, left, and after it was lifted on May 25. (Source photos by Reuters)

The world is bracing for a "second wave" of coronavirus infections.

How best to prepare for the dreaded surge is not an easy question to answer. A host of variables are at play, including the type of political system, the level of economic development and the willingness of citizens and businesses to accept restrictions.

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