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As of 6 August 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Korea were 14,499 and 302, respectively. One can recognize Korea's successful response to COVID-19 by comparing its performance with those of OECD members with similar population sizes, such as the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Italy (Table 1). Korea's mortality ratio per capita (per population size) does not even reach one-tenth of those of European countries. The country was able to drastically reduce its cases and flatten the coronavirus curve just two months after the first case was identified. Korea, originally viewed as the second most vulnerable country to the virus after China, has become an exemplary case in battling the coronavirus outbreak.

Table 1.
Statistics on COVID-19 for selected countries (unit: cases)
KoreaFranceItalySpainUK
Cases – cumulative total 14,499 180,037 248,419 302,814 306,297 
New cases in last 24 hours 43 965 190 1,178 670 
Death – cumulative total 302 30,176 35,171 28,498 46,299 
Death in last 24 hours 89 
KoreaFranceItalySpainUK
Cases – cumulative total 14,499 180,037 248,419 302,814 306,297 
New cases in last 24 hours 43 965 190 1,178 670 
Death – cumulative total 302 30,176 35,171 28,498 46,299 
Death in last 24 hours 89 

Source:WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard (6 August 2020).

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