Yes, I made a poor choice of words and example I will play the sympathy card as I am currently waiting for a root canal treatment on Tuesday and the pain is just being held in check by antibiotics. Dentists have only resumed full activities earlier this week and are frantically busy and Monday is a Public Holiday - Western Australia Day.I think it's a long bow to draw to state that South Korea is managing this poorly.
Their stated strategy is to test, test, test, isolate, isolate, isolate and close down targeted parts of their country to manage outbreaks, whilst keeping as much of the economy open for as long a stretch as possible. This involves sawtoothing some businesses. Open, closed, open, closed as breakouts dictate, either small scale if it can be sufficiently controlled or larger scale if that's what's required. That seems to me to be exactly the strategy that (at least parts of ) Australia wants to emulate. In fact, we're already seeing it here - schools opening, then specific schools closing for short periods when cases are found.
So if the disease is still within the community, despite current low numbers, and outbreaks are not only possible, but expected, then what South Korea is doing is exactly what Australia will be hoping to do unless you can eradicate. As ScoMo has said on numerous occasions, eradication is not the goal for us.
There was an interesting comment in today's local paper. What I think their argument seemed to be is that the Premier almost had no choice but to dramatically relax the restrictions. He is said to have received medical advice that it was appropriate to relax them to the new levels. As he has relied on the same medical advice to justify keeping the border closed then he couldn't be seen to act strongly on one bit of advice from his medical advisers and then reject another from the same source. And yes, there is no sign of the state border opening in the short term.