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Coronavirus

South Korea hands out COVID relief 5 times faster than Japan

Government's one-stop-shop approach to personal information proves effective

South Korea has succeeded in shortening the time it takes for contact tracing to within 10 minutes.    © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea has managed to distribute 90% of a cash handout program in just two weeks, showcasing the effectiveness of its resident registration number system.

The COVID-19 emergency relief funds, which began distribution on Sept. 6, provide 250,000 won (US$212) per recipient.

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