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Russia and Brazil becoming new epicenters of coronavirus

Outbreaks in heavily indebted countries pose risk to global economy

COVID-19 cases are rapidly rising in countries such as Brazil and Russia, even as they contemplate loosening restrictions on private business activity. (Reuters and AP)

SAO PAULO/TOKYO -- While the U.S. and Europe move to reopen their economies, novel coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in a number of big developing countries. New infections in developing countries have overtaken those in the rich world, with the number of new confirmed infections hitting 50,000 on Friday.

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