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Can South Korea be a model for coronavirus-hit countries?

Updated : March 11, 2020 12:55 PM IST

As of Wednesday, South Korea had 7,755 confirmed cases — the fourth-highest total in the world — but only 60 deaths, well below the World Health Organisation's global average.
Instead of taking the Chinese approach of locking down affected cities, South Korea has embraced a model of open information, public participation and widespread testing.
Within weeks of the outbreak emerging in China, newly-developed COVID-19 testing kits which show results in just six hours received emergency government approval and were made available for clinics. 
Can South Korea be a model for coronavirus-hit countries?

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