Coronavirus South Korea

Coronavirus South Korea

Latest news and updates on the impact of a new strain of coronavirus on South Korea. The virus, which causes the disease Covid-19 and was first reported in Wuhan in China, has killed hundreds of peopl

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When will social distancing end? Keep an eye on South Korea
It has been almost two months since South Korean soccer club Incheon United were supposed to play their first match of the season. But in that time, South Korea – once the coronavirus outbreak’s first major epicenter outside China – has stabilized its infection rate to the point that the country’s professional teams like Incheon United can play again, albeit to an empty stadium. “Fans were ecstatic when they heard the announcement, even if they’ll have to wait a little longer to actually watch the matches inside the stadium,” said Jih Won-ik, a social media manager at the club. “We might get the go-ahead from the government to open games with 10% or 20% of the maximum audience capacity of 20
How South Korea put the brakes on coronavirus without lockdown
South Korea has seen a steady decrease in the number of new coronavirus cases for four consecutive days. With nearly 8,000 patients of the virus, the country is the fourth worst-affected country by the epidemic, behind China, Italy and Iran. The reported number of new infections in South Korea averaged more than 500 a day for the last two weeks. But this number dropped steadily from 483 on Friday to 131 on Monday, before rising to 242 on Tuesday. South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday noted his country’s “slowing trend” of new infections but warned: “We should not be complacent at all.” His point was underscored by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), which sai
Just how lethal is the coronavirus? South Korea may have the best answer
Within a month of confirming its first case of the new coronavirus on January 20, South Korea had tested nearly 8,000 people suspected of infection. A little over a week later, that number had soared to 82,000 as health officials mobilized to carry out as many 10,000 tests each day. (Where did the coronavirus come from? How to prevent infections? Here’s what we’ve learned so far about the coronavirus.)  Neighboring Japan, on the other hand, tested only a fraction of that number, with fewer than 2,000 people checked on any given day since the beginning of its outbreak in late January.  So far, more than 6,000 cases have been confirmed in South Korea and over 1,000 in Japan, if you include the