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South Korea, disciplined coronavirus model

In South Korea, through disciplined adherence to protective measures such as wearing a mask and social distancing, infection rates and deaths from Covid-19 are quite low. To date, the country of 51.64 million inhabitants has registered over 26,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and just over 460 deaths. By comparison, in the UK, around 23,000 cases were recorded daily at the end of October and a new daily high of 18,000 in Germany.

That the numbers in South Korea are so low is largely due to the disciplined population, says So-Keel Park, research director of a Seoul-based human rights organisation in an interview with Deutsche Welle. “South Koreans took this pandemic very seriously from the start and a majority of people were wearing masks even before it was recommended for the general public. We have not seen the cynicism and pushback of many Western societies to government restrictions and recommendations”.

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