London and Seoul are about the same size — big cities, with busy streets, crowded public transport and a racy nightlife. South Korea’s capital is the home of K-Pop music and the Oscar-winning film Parasite. Both cities were surprised by the Coronavirus earlier this year. Both coped as best they could. But the results could hardly have been more different. London has lost 6,000 people. In one four-week stretch in April, more Londoners died than during the worst four weeks of the Blitz. By contrast, in Seoul, barely 20 people have died of the virus. Korean politicians reacted far more quickly than Britain’s — and far more smartly. Seoul soon returned to its normal bustling self while London remained — and remains — a ghost town. True, the Korean capital has recently experienced a spike in cases, but not deaths. The authorities quickly re-imposed some restrictions, closing public spaces and urging companies to reintroduce flexible working. Troops prepare for a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on October 1, 2019 in Beijing Worried citizens in Seoul have recourse to an impressive Covid-fighting infrastructure: you can get tested in numerous booths… Read full this story
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