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Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge


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A South Korean Woman Wearing a Mask

A woman wearing a mask to prevent the coronavirus uses her mobile phone at a shopping district in Seoul, South Korea

Credit: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Private software developers have launched websites and apps to help people in South Korea track cases of coronavirus and avoid places where infected people have been. The South Korean government, having been criticized for how it handled past disease outbreaks, initially released very detailed information on confirmed cases of coronavirus, including the age, gender, and daily routes infected people took before being quarantined.

While identities were not published with the data, web developers were able to use the information to create detailed maps tracking the movements of those infected. One of the sites, Coronamap.live, receives more than 300,000 views daily, while another, Wuhanvirus.kr, shows a real-time tally of coronavirus infections, deaths, and discharged patients in South Korea and around the world.

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