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Clara Ferreira Marques

A Case Study for Second Wave Lockdowns

With coronavirus infections surging as economies reopen, officials will need to consider unorthodox alternatives. Pakistan offers some lessons.

How will Pakistan pull off a selective lockdown?

How will Pakistan pull off a selective lockdown?

Photographer: FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP

MexicoIndia and Pakistan are among the countries that have hit record numbers of new coronavirus cases in recent days, as drastic regulations that kept streets empty and people apart are lifted. It’s a similar story in U.S. states like Texas, Florida and California. In Beijing, a cluster of cases linked to a wholesale market has caused alarm over the weekend.

Should that mean a return to lockdowns? U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says no. Reality will be less categorical.