Seoul considers new curbs as virus cases climb

Seoul considers new curbs as virus cases climb

By: AP | Seoul |

Printed: June 29, 2020 8:38:03 am


Folks sporting face masks to assist defend towards the unfold of the brand new coronavirus pray throughout a service on the Chogyesa temple in South Korea, Monday, June 22, 2020. (AP Picture/Ahn Younger-joon)

South Korea has reported 42 new infections of COVID-19 as infections steadily climb within the higher capital space, forcing authorities to contemplate stronger social restrictions.

The figures introduced by the Korea Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention on Monday introduced the nationwide caseload to 12,757, together with 282 deaths.

Twenty-four of the brand new circumstances had been reported from capital Seoul and close by metropolitan areas, which have been on the middle of a virus resurgence since late Could. Not less than 12 of the brand new circumstances had been linked to worldwide arrivals because the virus continues to strengthen its maintain elsewhere around the globe.

South Korea was reporting lots of of recent circumstances a day in late February and early March following a serious surge surrounding the southeast metropolis of Daegu, the place the vast majority of infections had been linked to a single church congregation with hundreds of members.

However whereas well being authorities had used aggressive testing and get in touch with tracing to include the outbreak in that area, they’re having a a lot tougher time monitoring current transmissions within the Seoul metropolitan space, the place about half of the nation’s 51 million individuals stay. With individuals more and more venturing out in public, new clusters are tied to a wide range of locations.

Well being Minister Park Neung-hoo throughout a briefing Sunday afternoon introduced that the federal government is ready to implement stronger social distancing measures if the epidemic continues to develop. He mentioned the strongest measures — together with banning all gatherings of greater than 10 individuals, shutting faculties, halting skilled sports activities, and limiting operations of non-essential companies — will likely be enforced if the each day improve in infections doubles greater than two instances throughout a span of per week.

 

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