South Korea : Health Authority decide to extend social distancing for two more weeks
South Korea, which is currently battling its worst of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, said on Friday it will extend the ongoing social distancing rules imposed in its capital Seoul for two more weeks till August 8. The government, on July 12 imposed the highest level of social distancing restrictions (Level 4) in Seoul and neighbouring areas as the viral disease was spreading at a rapid pace.
Under the Level 4 guideline, any private gathering of three or more people is banned after 6:00 p.m. local time in the metropolitan area. Before 6:00 p.m., the gathering of four people is allowed.
Risky entertainment facilities, including night clubs, are prohibited from running business for the two weeks. All the other multi-use facilities, such as restaurant and cafe, are allowed to open until 10:00 p.m. No event is permitted except a one-person protest, and sports event can be held without spectator.
Students can attend only online classes and companies are recommended to let employees work from home. In religious facilities, up to 19 people can attend the offline worship services.
South Korea on Friday reported 1,630 new Covid-19 cases, which pushed the overall tally to 185,733 of which 2,066 people have succumbed to the viral disease. This is the seventeenth consecutive day that daily infections were above the 1,000-mark. Nearly 70 per cent of the recent cases have been seen in the Seoul area.
A major problem which the country is facing to combat the pandemic is a sluggish rate of vaccination. A little over 13 per cent of the total 52 million has been fully vaccinated till now and just over 30 per cent have been administered the first dose.