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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A memory of SARS/MERS, a population with a history of compliance with government orders, immediate and drastic reactions by governments, and a much younger population have given the lightly policed borders of the Mekong Basin a common thread of advantage in containing the COVID-19 infections, making the area of nearly a quarter of a billion people one of the danger areas least affected by the virus from neighboring Wuhan.

The area has identified a total of only 4857 cases and 84 deaths. Even accounting for the possibility of cases going undetected, the Mekong is . . .

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