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Nobel laureate does not see hot climate killing coronavirus

TOKYO — Back in February, U.S. President Donald Trump expressed hope that the new coronavirus would “go away in April” as the temperature rose. 

While the number of deaths in New York, the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S., seems to have subsided from earlier this month, the total number of global cases surpassed 3 million on Monday, with little signs of slowing down. 

In an interview with Nikkei, Nobel laureate Satoshi Omura said the new coronavirus looks less seasonal than influenza, and that heat will not be the magic sword that will out an end to the pandemic.

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Nobel laureate says central command a must to beat pandemics

TOKYO — The COVID-19 pandemic shows just how ill-prepared Japan is to handle a medical crisis, Nobel Prize-winning immunologist Tasuku Honjo told Nikkei.

The Kyoto University professor won the award in physiology or medicine with former University of California researcher James Allison in 2018 for groundbreaking contributions to cancer therapy. In a recent interview, Honjo likened outbreak response to war and urged a stronger link between science and policy.

Edited excerpts from the interview follow.

Q: What are your thoughts on the current coronavirus pandemic?

A: This is an extraordinary emergency and a great challenge for Japan. Many lives have

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