South Korea’s not done yet with the coronavirus. Although Seoul’s performance has been a paradigm for success fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the battle goes on. After clocking more than 900 cases in a day at the end of February, the number of new cases dropped below 100 for four days this week, then spiked upward with 152 cases reported Thursday. To cite a phrase that’s now familiar, the curve seemed to be flattening, but that doesn’t mean the disease can’t break out anywhere, any time. “It’s still scary,” said Kim Han-jin, an office worker in Seoul. “We have a long way to go.” We talked as frightening news was reported about the death of a 17-year-old boy in the city of Daegu, the original epicenter of the virus in South Korea, after he previously tested infection-free. A subsequent test turned out positive, said the Korea Centers for Disease Control, but the disease was discovered late—after it had attacked the young man’s vital organs from the kidneys to the lung and heart. As fever persisted and he had trouble breathing even in a respirator, “all his organs collapsed, and he died suddenly,” a health official told Korean media. The Korean CDC… Read full this story
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