After 'With Corona' on the 1st of last month, the situation became more serious than expected, and quarantine was strengthened again.

Criticism has emerged that the Korean government hastily implemented 'With Corona' in a state of lack of preparation.



It's been quite a while since the Corona quarantine issue became a 'political' issue.

In particular, it intensified as it interlocked with the political situation of the presidential election.

Some criticize, saying, "Among the countries implementing With Corona, only Korea has gone backwards." Another person is defending, "The number of confirmed cases in most countries has surged since With Corona, but it was too exaggerated."

A lot of people blame the media.



We checked what other countries were like after Corona, the facts as they are, the data as they are, and the facts.



Korea's fatality rate compared to the world?

As an indicator of the severity of the corona virus, the team has set the 'lethality rate'.

The fatality rate is the ratio of deaths to confirmed cases.

The fatality rate is known as an indicator that immediately shows how well the country is protecting the lives of patients and the level of quarantine.



Ourworldindata website: https://ourworldindata.org


The fatality rate statistics were used by Oxford University's 'our world in data'.

Our World in Data analyzes and provides COVID-19 data from Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

The fatality rate calculation method can also vary depending on how the standard is used, so we unified all of them into HourWorld in Data to match the same standard for each country.

Our World in Data is based on the weekly moving average fatality rate, and the fatality rate for that day is calculated as the ratio of the number of deaths in the previous week to the number of confirmed cases in the previous week.



Let's compare the trend of Korea's fatality rate graph with the world average fatality rate and the World Bank standard of 'high-income countries'.



In the last six months, the fatality rate in South Korea has been below 0.5%.

It was lower than the global average as well as the average for high-income countries.

The word 'K quarantine' came out.



But around October, the fatality rate began to soar.

Since 'With Corona' on November 1, it has surpassed the average of high-income countries, and even the global average this month.

According to Our World in Data, Korea's fatality rate stood at 1.62% on the 12th.

The global average at the time was 1.21%.



It is true that the rate of increase in the fatality rate in Korea is high, given that the global fatality rate does not fluctuate significantly.


Major advanced countries, before and after 'With Corona'

If so, have other countries experienced the same rapid increase in the fatality rate after 'With Corona'?



First, we looked into the current status of With Corona in major advanced countries.

The Legislative Investigation Office of the National Assembly has summarized the current situation well.



Source: National Assembly Legislative Investigation Agency, Park Sang-yoon, <Aspects before and after the implementation of With Corona in major overseas countries and implications for Korea>,


NARS Pending Analysis No. 221, November 16, 2021.


The following is a graphical analysis of the fatality rates before and after the With Corona declaration in these countries.

Britain, which declared July 19 as 'Freedom Day' and implemented a drastic with corona policy, Singapore (August 10), Germany (August 24), Denmark (September 10) , the Netherlands (September 25) and Australia (October 11).



For your reference, we also wrote down the number of new confirmed cases and vaccination rates at the time of Corona declaration with Weed.

For your convenience, we have created separate trend graphs for each of the six countries.


If you look at the table, there was no significant change in the fatality rate in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia after the With Corona. On the other hand, in Singapore and Denmark, you can see the fatality rate soaring.



When Singapore declared With Corona on August 10, private gatherings, which had been limited to 2 people, were allowed up to 5 people only for those who completed vaccination. I increased it to 1 person. Religious groups and weddings can accommodate up to 250 people, and the number of people working from home is limited to 50% or less. However, as the number of new confirmed cases surged, private gatherings were again limited to two, and it was restored with the mandatory telecommuting measure.



It is analyzed that the increase in the fatality rate was largely due to the influence of the delta mutant virus, which was prevalent at the same time as with Corona. External variables were large. However, the fatality rate decreased after reinforcing quarantine measures, and the level of quarantine has weakened again while maintaining the 0.5% range until recently.



Denmark announced on September 10 that Denmark would not classify COVID-19 as a 'fatal disease' and lifted all gathering restrictions, whether or not they were vaccinated. The fatality rate rose more than 1% right after Weed Corona, but it quickly regained stability. Denmark is evaluated to have lifted virtually all quarantine measures due to COVID-19.



In other words, 50 days after with Corona, Korea's fatality rate is exceptionally high compared to before and after with Corona in other developed countries.

Comparing at least six countries, it is true that many of them showed no significant change in the fatality rate before and after the With Corona, and showed a recovery trend over time, even if there was a sudden surge.



▲ London, England after the With Corona


Due to the recent spread of Omicron mutations, there are signs that quarantine measures around the world will be strengthened again.

Many countries that have declared 'with Corona' are closing their doors again.



Globally, the number of confirmed cases has risen sharply since October.

On the other hand, the fatality rate has been declining over the same period.

Since the fatality rate is the death rate relative to the number of confirmed cases, it can be seen that the fatality rate is lowering as the parameter increases.

However, in Korea, the number of confirmed cases is rapidly increasing, and at the same time, the fatality rate is also increasing rapidly.




As mentioned earlier, if the fatality rate is an immediate indicator of a country's level of quarantine, it can only be associated with the structural problem of quarantine.

In the case of Korea, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of Omicron mutation is 200 as of December 21, and the spread is large but still limited.

This is the reason why the questioning of the internal defense system is raised rather than external variables.

Singapore's fatality rate soared after the With Corona virus, but it was not an internal structural problem, but rather an external variable called a delta mutant virus.



In fact, it is pointed out that the number of deaths has increased, leading to a sharp increase in the fatality rate as the number of beds is insufficient along with the increase in the number of breakthrough infections among the elderly, who are vulnerable to infection.

The lack of beds has been reported in the media several times, so I don't think we need to talk about it again.



What is clear is that if we compare world statistics, the problem of lack of preparation for With Corona naturally becomes clearer.

Last month, the president's words that he predicted up to 10,000 confirmed cases and prepared for them are becoming disrespectful.


"Actually, the increase in the number of confirmed cases is the number we expected in advance when we started to recover in stages. The government prepared for it, thinking that the number of confirmed cases could increase as much as 5,000 or 10,000."

- President Moon Jae-in, Conversations with the People 'Into Daily Life', on the 21st of last month


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<Main reference material>


Ourworldindata website: https://ourworldindata.org


National Assembly Legislative Research Office, Park Sang-yoon, <Aspects before and after the implementation of Weed Corona in major overseas countries and implications for Korea>, NARS Issue Analysis No. 221, 2021 November 16th.


(Interns: Song Hae-yeon, Kwon Min-sun)

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