It ain’t Over ’til it’s Over

“It’s not over until it’s over,” South Korea President told the nation after Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 34 new infections, the highest since April 9.

South Korea was the first country outside of China to fight and win the battle against Coronavirus. The strategy adopted relied heavily on aggressive contact tracing and widespread testing and avoided extensive lock-downs seen elsewhere.

The resurgence is driven by an outbreak centered around a handful of Seoul nightclubs, which a man in his late 20s visited before testing positive last week. At least 24 out of the 26 new domestically transmitted infections were traced to that man, bringing the infections related to the case to 54. While officials track down about 1,900 people who have gone to the clubs, which could be increased to 7,000, anyone who was there last week has been requested to self-isolate for 14 days and seek testing.

The Korean President went on warning against a second wave late this year and concluded his speech reminding that: “We must never lower our guard regarding epidemic prevention. We are in a prolonged war. I ask everyone to comply with safety precautions and rules until the situation is over even after resuming daily lives.”

Many countries are gradually starting to release lock-downs these days, and this is a great thing. This cautionary tale from Korea should help their leaders to remember that there is no room for complacency.

We need to have trust and confidence that our daily life will go back to normal one day and continue to look at the future with hope and determination.

We will just do all this in between two hand-washing exercises 😉


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