Privacy vanishes as virus alerts open ordinary South Koreans to abuse
Emergency alerts mean people are more afraid of being ‘criticised’ should they get infected, than of the virus itself
Allegations of affairs, revelations of membership of religious sects: South Korea’s openness about infected patients has been key in its fight against the coronavirus but raised uncomfortable questions over privacy and stigmatisation.
South Korea has confirmed more than 7,500 infections, one of the largest totals outside China, where the virus first emerged, although new case numbers have been declining for several days.
Officials say that has been made possible by widespread testing of potential contacts. The South has carried out more than 210,000...