South Korea has been praised for its effective response to the outbreak, cutting infection rates steadily without having to resort to China’s draconian measures of putting tens of millions under lockdown. The country has the ability to conduct more than 15,000 tests per day, and as of yesterday has tested more than 214,000 people free of charge. It has also set up drive-through testing stations nationwide, with the 10-minute procedure producing results within hours. The mass testing means that authorities can identify patients early, quarantine them, and provide necessary treatment.

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