South Korea reported eight new coronavirus circumstances on Sunday, marking the primary time new infections fell to single digits because the nation’s outbreak worsened in mid-February.
President Moon Jae-in mentioned South Korea’s progress gave hope that the coronavirus outbreak is “surmountable” in different components of the world. Earlier this 12 months, South Korea had Asia’s largest variety of infections outdoors China, nonetheless, it has since been overtaken by different nations.
“The federal government will put together for brand new every day lives and the brand new world order ‘post-COVID’ with the unified energy of the residents,” Moon mentioned. COVID-19 is the official identify given to the respiratory sickness brought on by the brand new coronavirus.
Of the brand new circumstances, 5 have been imported from abroad, the Korea Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (KCDC) mentioned on Sunday.
It was the primary time since February 18 that South Korea reported a single-digit every day rise. The determine brings its complete infections to 10,661. The demise toll rose to 234.
South Korea reported its first case on January 20, however the variety of every day new circumstances stayed within the single digits by way of mid-February. Quickly afterwards, the variety of infections skyrocketed because the virus unfold quickly by way of a church within the southeastern metropolis of Daegu.
The variety of infections peaked on February 29 with 909 circumstances.
However Seoul has largely managed to carry the outbreak below management by way of social distancing measures, and a programme of mass testing and meticulous contact tracing.
The Yonhap information company mentioned on Saturday authorities officers have been considering extending social distancing pointers till Might 5.
The measures – below which high-risk services have been urged to shut and non secular, sports activities and leisure gatherings have been banned – are because of expire on Sunday.
Yonhap mentioned the federal government was more likely to extend the rules, taking “into consideration the chance that out of doors exercise may improve because the nation will mark Buddha’s birthday on April 30, Labour Day on Might 1 and Youngsters’s Day on Might 5”.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Saturday urged South Koreans to minimise out of doors actions and cling to social distancing guidelines in the course of the upcoming holidays.
“I’m frightened that the social distancing marketing campaign that we have carried out very properly may very well be jeopardised later this month,” he mentioned.
“I earnestly ask you to chorus from out of doors actions throughout holidays for the security of the neighborhood. If you’re planning a visit, please rethink that.”
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