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South Korean success can show us how to stop the spread

Eilish O'Regan



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Women wearing masks to prevent contracting the coronavirus walk in a shopping district in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: REUTERS/Heo Ran

Women wearing masks to prevent contracting the coronavirus walk in a shopping district in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: REUTERS/Heo Ran

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Women wearing masks to prevent contracting the coronavirus walk in a shopping district in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: REUTERS/Heo Ran

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the State is following the model enforced by South Korea in tackling the coronavirus.

He is not alone - French President Emmanuel Macron also wants to find out more about how South Korea brought the virus spread under control, at least for now.

There are lessons to be learned for this country. But the problem both leaders face is whether Ireland or France could mirror the level of rigour shown in South Korea.