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Coronavirus: Learning the hard truths from this pandemic

BANGKOK • Stealthy and opportunistic, the coronavirus has infected celebrities and labourers alike, triggering lockdowns of both rural communes and big cities. Over the past few weeks, it has also laid bare the latent strengths and flaws of governments on the front lines of this pandemic.

The richer countries, it seems, don't always have all the answers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 15, 2020, with the headline 'Learning the hard truths from this pandemic'. Subscribe