South Korea’s coronavirus success story threatened by surge of new infections

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Date of Publication: June 11, 2020

Source: Global News

South Korea rose to global prominence a few months ago after having successfully managed its first wave of COVID-19. However, another surge of cases in Seoul, the capital of South Korea where 51 million people live, is threatening that success story. As South Korean officials race to stem the new increase in infections, which as of last Thursday was tallying around 45 cases daily, mostly in the Seoul metropolitan area, they are trying to balance restoring the economy with implementing stricter public health measures. However, this is proving difficult. As people return to their daily lives and increase the amount of activities and places they go, officials are finding it more difficult to complete adequate contact tracing that would be necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19. This is especially true as officials have been discovering that the cases have been appearing across a wide variety of locales across the metropolitan area – this is compared to the now infamous super-spreader event of “Patient 31”, which was concentrated in a church congregation in Daegu. At the latest count, South Korea had reported 11,947 cases, including 276 deaths, with active cases now numbering above 1,000.

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Summary by: Vincent Tang