Coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in South Korea.
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Started by metmike - March 21, 2020, 5:54 p.m.

Coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in South Korea. What’s the secret to its success?

Amid these dire trends, South Korea has emerged as a sign of hope and a model to emulate. The country of 50 million appears to have greatly slowed its epidemic; it reported only 74 new cases today, down from 909 at its peak on 29 February. And it has done so without locking down entire cities or taking some of the other authoritarian measures that helped China bring its epidemic under control. “South Korea is a democratic republic, we feel a lockdown is not a reasonable choice,” says Kim Woo-Joo, an infectious disease specialist at Korea University. South Korea’s success may hold lessons for other countries—and also a warning: Even after driving case numbers down, the country is braced for a resurgence.

Behind its success so far has been the most expansive and well-organized testing program in the world, combined with extensive efforts to isolate infected people and trace and quarantine their contacts. South Korea has tested more than 270,000 people, which amounts to more than 5200 tests per million inhabitants—more than any other country except tiny Bahrain, according to the Worldometer website. The United States has so far carried out 74 tests per 1 million inhabitants, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

By metmike - March 21, 2020, 9:59 p.m.
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How many tests for COVID-19 are being performed around the world?

The US could definitely have done a better job testing! Hopefully we are catching up.

Note: Data for the United States corresponds to estimates from the COVID-Tracking Project.

By metmike - March 22, 2020, 2:29 a.m.
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By metmike - March 23, 2020, 2:20 p.m.
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Taiwan did  the best job of any country:

Response to COVID-19 in TaiwanBig Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing