Korea’s response to COVID-19: Early lessons in tackling the pandemic

The Republic of Korea was one of the first countries to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. Facing a rapid, exponential increase in infections after the first positive case w

Figure 1. Coronavirus cases in Korea (Source: Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters.)

as identified on January 20, the country took decisive action to contain the virus. Although the total number of cases is high, daily increases have been declining steadily from a peak of just above 900 in late February to around 100 by the second week of March (Figure 1). Recovered cases now far outnumber new cases, and deaths have been kept just above 100 as of this writing.

Figure 1.  Coronavirus cases in Korea

Source: Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters.

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Newsletter March 2020: Development in Light of a Pandemic

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The newsletter ‘Development in Light of a Pandemic‘ headlines with the cancellation of the IMF and World Bank Group Spring Meetings. “Out of precaution World Bank Group events up to May have either been postponed or cancelled. We are still unclear on how the World Bank Group will proceed with events after May. In this blog post we selected the largest event messaging concerning COVID-19, The events include: 2020 IMF/World Bank Group Spring Meetings, Fragility Forum 2020, and the Land and Poverty conference.”

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From Panic and Neglect to Investing in Health Security: Financing Pandemic Preparedness at a National Level

The IWG was set up following a series of reports in the aftermath of the Ebola crisis, all world_bank_west_africa_pandemicof which recommended the need to strengthen and scale up investments in global health security as an urgent priority. The IWG seeks to propose ways in which national governments and development partners can effectively and sustainably finance investments to strengthen country and regional preparedness capacities for health emergencies.

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As Ebola Wanes, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and World Look to Curb Next Pandemic

May 17th By Melanie Mayhew, World Bank Group

Every day for 27 years, in the early morning blackness that only fishermen know, John* and his crew dislodged their boat from Sierra Leone’s shore and paddled north toward Guinea, returning at sunset with nets flopping with fish.

Today John stands in a few inches of water in the port of Aberdeen, Sierra Leone, gazing at the colorful boats skirting the horizon, wishing he could return to the sea. It’s been a year since he captained a boat, a year since he fished.

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