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As much of the rest of the world struggled with the coronavirus pandemic, it looked like many places across Asia and the Pacific were successfully suppressing the virus.

The number of coronavirus cases in Japan dropped significantly in late April following an earlier spike.

But that optimism is being replaced with renewed lockdowns and social distancing restrictions as cases across the region tick up again.

On Thursday, both Tokyo and Hong Kong hit daily records for new coronavirus cases.

Quinn Rooney—Getty ImagesExperts say that local officials must be prepared to re-implement onerous lockdowns and social distancing requirements.

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