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The coronavirus recovery is doomed before it even begins

The process of lifting the lockdowns across Asia will be slow and won't deliver the hoped-for economic bounce.

A restaurant on the first day of eased New South Wales Covid-19 restrictions, allowing up to 10 patrons to sit at a time inside establishments previously only open for takeaway, in Sydney, on May 15. Australia, Singapore and Thailand are deeply reliant on trade and tourism. Domestic consumers, buffeted by layoffs and wage cuts, are in poor shape to pick up the slack.

THE coronavirus recovery is in trouble before it even begins. As swiftly as the lockdowns across Asia were imposed, the process of lifting them will be slow and uneven. That means the region is months, if not years, away from any semblance of normal.

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