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South Korea harnesses tech prowess in coronavirus fight

IT makes social distancing more bearable, but new privacy concerns emerge

SEOUL -- If any country in the world was prepared to deal with the consequences of a socially distanced world, it was probably South Korea.

A big part of that preparedness comes down to having one of the world's most advanced internet infrastructures. Last year it became one of the first countries to switch on fifth-generation mobile services, and its household internet penetration rate was top among OECD members in 2018, at 99.5%.

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