Steps countries are taking to buy time to help fight the virus

A worker disinfecting a residential area in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, on Wednesday. China has imposed strict quarantine and travel restrictions on hundreds of millions of citizens and foreigners.
A worker disinfecting a residential area in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, on Wednesday. China has imposed strict quarantine and travel restrictions on hundreds of millions of citizens and foreigners. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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As coronavirus infections rise, many people who keep track of this say there is a curve that needs flattening.

The epidemic curve is used to visualise the extent and speed of new cases during a virus outbreak.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2020, with the headline Steps countries are taking to buy time to help fight the virus. Subscribe