Last Sunday, Korea recorded its highest number of COVID-19 cases since March 7 – 397 cases. In the last 10 days, outbreaks have resulted in triple-digit case numbers, with many cases traced back to a Seoul-based church.
“We’re on the brink of a nationwide pandemic as the number of new cases are increasing in all 17 regions across the country,” warned Jung Eun-Kyeong, Director General of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Korean government has introduced level 2 social distancing rules nationwide, which includes advising people to stay at home as much as possible and the closing of 12 high risk businesses, such as nightclubs and internet cafes. If social distancing rules are extended to level 3, schools and additional, non-essential businesses will be urged to close.
Although COVID-19 cases are currently increasing, Korea has successfully flattened the curve before and the country will do so again.
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