As Victoria fights a second wave of COVID-19, Korea’s success at flattening the curve reminds us that it is possible to supress the virus.
To date, Korea has 14,626 confirmed COVID-19 cases. According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75% of these cases were reported between February and May and they were traced to large clusters and local transmission – similar to Victoria’s current experience.
On February 29, Korea’s daily number of COVID-19 cases peaked at 909 cases, almost 200 more cases than Victoria’s highest number. Through a technology, testing and tracing (3T’s) approach combined with physical distancing measures and compulsory mask wearing, Korea’s cases dropped to 64 on March 23.
In Victoria, the impact of the stage 4 lockdown is starting to show, with daily case numbers declining. Today’s 322 cases marked the steepest drop since the peak on August 5. However, it will be the data in a few weeks’ time which will confirm if Victoria has passed its COVID-19 peak.
Australian National University infectious diseases expert, A/Prof Sanjaya Senanayake, described COVID-19 in Korea as under “control” and he said there was “no reason” Victoria could not have the same success.
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