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Int'l reporters impressed by South Korea's handling of COVID-19 outbreak Updated: 2020-03-10 12:35:50 KST

With South Korea one of the countries hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak, global media outlets have been closely monitoring the steps Seoul is taking to get a grip on the outbreak as quickly and efficiently as possible.

"As COVID-19 moves toward possible 'pandemic' status, foreign media outlets say South Korea has led the global fight against the outbreak. In fact, they expect the measures it's taken could become a model for others."

One factor that came in for particular praise from international reporters at Monday's special press briefing was South Korea's overall transparency in terms of information sharing and its daily updates about the extent of the outbreak.

"Korea's transparency has to give sense of trust or credence into the public. . generally speaking, you can’t be that much more be transparent than Korea has already done and I think it’s a model that other countries could look to and emulate in terms of how to address this."

Others were impressed at the South Korean government's method of communicating the message clearly to everyone in society.

"The sign language, it’s quite interesting because apparently in Denmark that’s some of what the deaf people are complaining about that there was no subtitles information given on TV and there was no sign language translation."

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is over 7-thousand 5-hundred in South Korea, but it was the sudden spike in infections that brought extra attention to the speed and scope of South Korea's capacity to diagnose the coronavirus.

"We’re talking about numbers taking 2,700 tests per million people in this country, the highest in the world and specially if we talk about prevention, I really can’t think of any other many measures that are as good as that."

The reporters were also curious to see what further measures will be introduced to steer South Korea through this trying time.
Choi Jeong-yoon, Arirang News.
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