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Fresh Virus Wave Is Testing South Korea’s No-Lockdown Strategy

  • Officials trying to avoid raising alert level amid record jump
  • Comes as other places that nailed the virus also see flareups
A medical worker collects a sample from a visitor at a temporary Covid-19 testing station outside Seoul Station in Seoul last week.

A medical worker collects a sample from a visitor at a temporary Covid-19 testing station outside Seoul Station in Seoul last week.

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
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Time after time this year, South Korea prevented the coronavirus from spreading uncontrollably, applying its elite testing-and-tracing practices that have become a global model for managing the pandemic without draconian, economy-sapping lockdowns.

Now, this “living with the virus” strategy -- as the nation of 51 million calls it -- is being tested like never before.