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  • this week.

  • The lot take giants in South Korea.

  • Livestreaming.

  • They're cautious.

  • First steps towards normalcy.

  • Empty seats lining the stadium face mask a new part of their uniform as deaths around the world from Cove in 19 surpassed 20,000.

  • All eyes were on South Korea, which appears to stand apart from the rest of the world.

  • Last month, the country had seen 909 new cases in a single day.

  • But today South Korea is reporting only 100 new cases.

  • This as infections in Western countries soar by the thousands.

  • It's believed Korea's twofold approach of extensive testing in social distancing has slowed.

  • The spread of the novel Corona virus did it over 300,000 tests, and through that they were able to identify cases and then look for contacts and really stuff this out in an incredible way.

  • President Trump is reinforcing his hope that the U.

  • S.

  • Can reopen for business by Easter, warning that the restrictions may push the economic downturn to the point of no return.

  • I'm not gonna do anything rash or hastily.

  • I don't do that, but the country wants to get back to work.

  • Our country was built to get back to work.

  • We don't have the country where they say, Hey, let's close it down for two years, We can't do that.

  • It's not our country but that's a little over two weeks away.

  • And with the number of cases dramatically rising in America, health care experts are skeptical.

  • The lasting any country needs is toe open schools and businesses, only to be forced it to close them again because off a resurgence, what do you make of the president's optimistic suggestion that he may begin to scale back on the restrictions by Easter?

  • So it's wonderful to be optimistic that these interventions are gonna work.

  • But that doesn't line up with the epidemic models that currently exists.

  • Unfortunately, we see the epidemic continuing to grow well into April.

  • Now, as Americans are left staring down an uncertain road, we looked to other countries to see what they have done to contain the spread of the virus.

  • In South Korea, widespread testing has been the game changing.

  • Our South Korea bureau chief, Juhi Chou, visited the testing site in the fashionable Gangnam district of Seoul, tested 115 testing a day on many students who come from a road can get a free testing, even though they have no symptoms here.

  • Thousands of test kits were made available within two weeks of the country's very first confirmed case.

  • In January, same day, the U.

  • S.

  • Recorded its first diagnosis.

  • South Korea has tested farm or people for the Grown A virus that any other country on a per capita rate of more than 40 times the U.

  • S.

  • The countries that got jump started testing were the ones that are ultimately are successful in bending the curve.

  • But while South Korea maybe the leading example of what to do right, it's not a direct comparison to the U.

  • S.

  • South Korea has 51 million people spread across just 38,000 square miles.

  • Compare that to the sheer size of the U.

  • S.

  • Nearly 330 million people and 3.8 million square miles, another major part in South Korea's effort to flatten the curve, turning people's phones into a weapon of mass communication.

  • The government here sends out national emergency alert messages throughout the day.

  • It's basically information about who was tested positive in my neighborhood.

  • It's very much in detail to well hospitals in the U.

  • S.

  • Air scrambling for mask and other personal protective equipment.

  • South Korean hospitals are well stocked, thanks to swift government action early on and just this week, President Trump asking South Korean President Moon Jae in to send medical equipment to the U.

  • S Moon, telling reporters that Trump sought quote.

  • Urgent help Hong Kong also appeared to be a success story and getting the virus under control.

  • But then it let its guard down in cases more than doubled in the last week, most imported from overseas.

  • American Kathleen Pierce works in Hong Kong.

  • No one is sick, but she and her family have been isolated in their apartment for more than two months.

  • We haven't been doing much.

  • It gets boring at times.

  • I mean, you play a lot of video games, Kathleen says.

  • The outbreak was more controlled in Hong Kong because it's been through major viral outbreaks before.

  • My friends and my colleagues here all experienced stars, so they've lived through this before and they know how long a situation like this can last.

  • The pierces thought they could see the light of into the tunnel, but justice restrictions were loosening up travelers from North America and Europe who initially evacuated or returning and bring the virus back with him.

  • It's a roller poster.

  • In the beginning, there's a lot of momentum, and then you sort of lose motivation in the weeks go on.

  • John is having a similar issue.

  • It's now imposing a 14 day quarantine on anyone coming into the country.

  • Now, more than three months after the emergence of covert 19 officials there are trying to get the country back on track.

  • In most places, people are allowed to travel, but they're given a health code scan before getting on a bus or shopping at a store.

  • Yet another positive sign.

  • Official media showed workers back at the Honda Factor in Wuhan, the original epicenter, But looks can be deceiving.

  • I am Max, 20 years old, and from Colorado.

  • Max Seaward and his wife and baby chose not to evacuate Wuhan when the outbreak began, Restrictions air finally relaxing a tiny bit.

  • But you can see we're outside.

  • We still can't leave the neighborhood.

  • There's a gate over there that's so like razor wire on, and so everyone has to wear masks and stuff.

  • Still, no one is allowed to leave the city or entering unless they have special permission.

  • Like those factory workers were wearing like short sleeves now.

  • And when this began, it was snowing and stuff.

  • So it's almost been an entire season.

  • But over in Europe, the virus grip is growing tighter.

  • Italy now has the highest death toll for covert 19 and more than 74,000 people have tested positive.

  • Could you have ever imagined a crisis like this for your country and your profession?

  • This is really, really catastrophic events.

  • Many people, many families, has a death.

  • Is people hell selling their house?

  • Because some in the house is very stressful situation.

  • Dr.

  • Merrick Oh, Nacho t works of Papa Giovanni Hospital in the hard hit city of Bergamo, Ground zero in the fight in Italy, the country went into lock down last month, but it's hospitals remain overrun.

  • Now, Chode.

  • He offers these words of advice to the U.

  • S.

  • And its health care worker.

  • Keep carving in your home.

  • Keep it in your home, Yoko.

  • Yes, because if you manage car video in your battle, you avoid contamination.

  • It's very important to change your mindset from patients and care to Community center.

  • Okay.

  • What does that look like?

  • You have to find solution for a world depopulation.

  • Not for one Mission and dis require a community approach.

  • He advocates using Maur home care in mobile clinics to treat the mildly ill in free of the hospitals for the most severe doctor.

  • I know we're just meeting on Skype, but you look tired to me.

  • Are you okay?

  • Yeah.

  • Okay.

  • I need to be tired, but I'm okay.

  • Thes interview is a way to have other people to avoid our problem.

  • My mistake.

  • Can you the facility to avoid his mistake and to save well, I see your country.

  • Spain is now seeing a faster infection rate than Italy.

  • These images posted on social media show a hospital overwhelmed.

  • How bad will it get here for what we're seeing in New York already?

  • We're reaching capacity in many hospitals and we're seeing accumulation of deaths.

  • It's very much looking like the way it Italy was growing.

  • The U.

  • S.

  • Outbreak is about a week behind Europe's officials here hoping they can avoid heartbreaking images like this.

  • This is why we keep saying to every American you have a role to protect each and every person that you interact with.

  • We have a role to protect one another.

  • It's why we're social distancing and your social distancing.

  • But to every American out there, when you are protecting yourself, you're protecting others.

  • You can see the number of deaths that are occurring.

  • We all have a role in preventing them.

  • Hi, everyone.

  • George Stephanopoulos here.

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