What is ‘flatten the curve’ amid coronavirus pandemic?

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What did Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong do?

Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong all reported early cases of the coronavirus, compared to countries in Europe, who were not hit hard until recent weeks and have since been declared the new epicentre of the pandemic due to its exponential spread.

So why has it not swept these countries as severely as it has Europe?

Well, they were prepared. In 2003, they dealt with the SARS crisis. In Hong Kong, for example, over 8,000 people were infected by the respiratory illness and 774 were killed. Subsequently, the government put in practices to prepare for the next health crisis.

Let’s look at Taiwan as an example.

At the time of reporting, Taiwan – one of China’s closest neighbours – has 59 coronavirus cases out of a population of 23 million. Comparatively, one month ago, Italy had three cases of coronavirus and they now have nearly…

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