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Over the last weeks, confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 have soared globally, with these figures expected to continue increasing for some time to come. The pandemic has overwhelmed health care systems and led to dramatic preventive measures in many countries. The response and the actions taken appear to have been particularly successful in China, Singapore and Japan.
Prevention through home confinement programmes, hygiene measures and social distancing is currently the key that has led to a considerable reduction in the number of potential cases that otherwise would have overwhelmed health care systems.