As the world relaxes its lockdowns against the coronavirus pandemic, the early results range from fragile success to worsening crisis.

Much of East Asia and Europe has suppressed the pandemic’s first wave and are fighting to keep infections down to a manageable level. But contagion is still spreading strongly in the U.S., Latin America and India, among other places, leaving countries with a choice between the economic pain of renewed restrictions on daily life or accepting the human toll of mass infections.

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