South Korea reported 629 new cases of COVID-19 today, its daily maximum in nine months, with Seoul adding its record of infections, 291 per day
| 04/12/2020 | ionicons-v5-c00: 00 | – . |
South Korea reported 629 new cases of COVID-19 today, its daily maximum in nine months, with Seoul adding its record of infections, 291, figures that force the authorities to consider the tightening of restrictions in the coming days.
Of the 629 new infections reported today by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), 600 were national, of which 463 corresponded to the capital region, where some 26 million people live, more than half of the population of the Asian country.
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said today at a press conference that the government will closely monitor the situation until Sunday, before making a decision on increasing restrictions nationwide to curb infections.
It has already been announced that the country will decree a special period to reinforce social distancing between December 7 and January 3 to try to avoid crowds in the face of New Year’s celebrations.
For his part, the acting mayor of Seoul, Seo Jeong-hyup, explained today in an interview with the CBS radio station that, given the record of infections registered by the city, new limitations are being considered that could be announced today.
Both Seoul and the other regions that make up the capital region (Gyeonggi province and Incheon city) have been at level 2 restrictions for 10 days (the third on a scale of five) for social distancing, which It implies the closure of catering establishments at 9:00 p.m.
The rest of the country is at level 1.5, in which the capacity in closed establishments is limited.
Level 2.5, which could soon be applied to the whole country, implies prohibiting any meeting with more than 50 people and the closing of any type of business or facility at 9:00 p.m.
Despite the increase in cases that it has been suffering in recent weeks due to the drop in temperatures, the Asian country is one of those that has best managed the pandemic.
To date, it has a total of 36,332 infections and 536 deaths (fatality rate of 1.47%).
In turn, its incidence rate at 14 days is 12.38 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, about 20 times less than those that have been registered, for example, Europe these days