A surge in coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries has forced authorities in some places to enforce new lockdown measures just weeks after easing restrictions, in a sign of how the pandemic is picking up steam in the developing world.

Nations globally are following the U.S. and Europe in lifting restrictions introduced to stem the spread of the disease. But the emergence in the Middle East of a quick second wave highlights the risk of hasty re-openings in big population centers with often ill-equipped…

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