South Korean mounds reduce coronovirus infection The Express Tribune

Seoul, South Korea:

South Korea will consider pre-tightening some social disturbances rules in Seoul and surrounding areas, its Prime Minister said on Sunday, as the country reported more than 300 new coronovirus cases for the fifth straight day.

Yonghap news agency reported that Prime Minister Chung Sayun said in a government meeting that officials would discuss whether strict regulations should be implemented for the Seoul region as well as the southwestern region of the country.

Under the country’s coronovirus guidelines, the level of restriction is determined by some criterion, such as a significant increase over a short period of time, or when the daily national tally exceeds 300 a week.

But Chung said the government was reviewing whether some areas were to be taken to a higher level socially before seeing a full week of more than 300 cases in the country.

“We are at a critical juncture facing a large number of infections across the country,” Chung said.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 330 new daily coronavirus cases as of midnight on Saturday, a drop of 386 a day earlier, a level not seen since August.

On Saturday, a KDCA official said the country could face a large nationwide outbreak that traverses two chronic waves of infection if it fails to block the current spread.

Last week South Korea tightened the containment guidelines set for the highly competitive annual college entrance exam on 3 December and Chung called for the cancellation of all social celebrations.

Bars, nightclubs, religious services, and sporting events are allowed to continue with attendance restrictions, but this may change if officials implement social removal measures at the next level.

South Korea has employed an aggressive tracing, testing and quarantine effort to mitigate the outbreak without imposing a lockdown. But the number of minor infections in the country is continuously increasing, taking the total number of cases to 30,733 with 505 deaths.

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