Fear of Corona continues, restrictions extended in South Korea till next month
South Korea will extend restrictions in most parts of the capital until next month in view of rising cases of COVID-19
South Korea's Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol on Friday admitted that the long-standing restrictions to contain the virus will cause normal life. But he said that the infection is spreading so fast that it has reached "alarming levels that it is difficult for officials to think about easing restrictions."
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency has registered 1709 new cases of COVID-19, which is more than 1000 for the 59th consecutive day. More than 5.1 crore people have been fully immunized in the country, which is 38 percent of the total population. A 'Level 4' restriction has been imposed in Seoul and surrounding urban areas, which prohibits gatherings of three or more people after 6 pm. However, people who have been fully vaccinated can gather in numbers of more than four. There is a ban on the gathering of people inside restaurants and cafes after 10 pm.
Officials fear an increase in infections during the holiday of Chuseok, a Thanksgiving event in Korea, as millions travel to visit their relatives. This holiday is on 21st September. Kwon said officials would limit the number of passengers on trains and other modes of transport during the holiday.