Are we really comparing NK to Australia? Come on now.
The reality of the situation is that if everyone on earth locked down for 2 weeks AT THE SAME TIME - we would have solved the pandemic back in March or April.
Googly has a point that 3rd world nations wouldn't have been able to afford it. But if the Developed world locked down their borders for 14 days, and enforced strict quarantines for 14 days, we'd be in a much better situation than now.
The reason the US has 500,000 deaths, and the UK to Italy to Israel keeps having third and fourth lockdowns is because they all half-assed it from day 0. Right wing policies can hoodwink the under-educated masses, but it can't fool an apolitical virus.
Denying climate change exists doesn't make it go away. Denying the virus' existence doesn't make it go away. Just believing you hit a 6 off Pat Cummins to win the game doesn't make the ball magically sail over the ropes...you have to actually have to hit the ball.