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Coronavirus: Another crisis tests a South Korean president

Conservative or liberal, leaders are defined by response to emergencies

People in Seoul during the MERS outbreak in June 2015.

TOKYO -- In battling the explosive COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea, President Moon Jae-in finds himself struggling not just to contain infections and deaths, but also with the seemingly inescapable crisis management jinx that tested previous leaders.

South Korea has been hit hard by the virus, with 8,799 infections and 102 deaths reported as of Saturday. The Moon government has fought the outbreak head-on, aggressively administering tests to identify infections, ramping up capacity to 5,000 a day with well-known drive-through testing sites.

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