As South Korea combats one of the world’s worst outbreaks of Covid-19, the country has armed itself with a potent weapon – innovation.

The country had 7,869 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of midday March 12 – the fourth highest number in the world outside China, Italy and Iran. However, its handling of the crisis has been widely lauded as a benchmark, in terms of both its effective response and its open and democratic approach. 

While the government oversees the countrywide response, national laboratories and startups alike are pouring money and manpower into solutions to manage the crisis.



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