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Coronavirus

Seoul and Taipei show the world how to contain pandemics

Decisive action, speed and penalties stand in contrast to Japan's red tape

SEOUL/TAIPEI -- South Korea and Taiwan have won praise and attention for fast and effective responses to the novel coronavirus that have so far allowed them to avoid the sort of damage seen elsewhere despite their proximity to the disease's original epicenter of mainland China.

South Korea has seen over 10,600 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far but reported just 13 new cases on Monday. Taiwan has just over 400 cases in total, with six deaths. Authorities in both places say they consider the outbreak to be under control.

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