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South Korea faces the rise of Number of Coronavirus Infections, considers Lockdown

August 27, 2020

As transmissions get out of control, South Korea reported 441 new coronavirus cases recently – its highest daily upsurge for four months – considering stringent lockdown measures very probable. 

In the past two weeks, the nation has continued almost 4,000 infections while reaching triple-digit daily increases each day. This prompts health experts to warn regarding hospitals possibly running out of aptitude.

The number of cases daily has reached 441 since the 483 reported last March 7. The nation’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention affirmed that 315 of the new topics came from the Seoul metropolitan area, where half of the country’s 51 million people, where health workers have resisted tracking infections connected to some sources; this includes churches, restaurants, schools, and workers.

Following a positive test of a journalist who covered a ruling party leaders’ meeting, the National Assembly in Seoul was closed permanently. Over a dozen ruling party lawmakers were forced to isolate recently.

The infections were reported in the country’s major cities and provincial towns around the country; this includes Daejeon, Gwangju, Busan, and Daegu, a southeastern village that was the epicenter of the massive outbreak during late February and March and was stabilized by April.

Health officials defined the eruption over the last two weeks as the country’s biggest crisis since the outbreak of COVID-19. While the pandemic in the Daegu region was mostly connected to a sole church congregation, health workers have more difficulty following transmissions in the much more inhabited principal area where clusters have been popping up from various places.

Later after resisting such steps for months out of economic apprehensions, the country has trodden up social distancing restrictions worldwide. They already prohibited large gatherings, closed the churches and nightspots, and removed fans from professional sports and shifted most schools back to remote learning.

There are comments that such measures are not enough. Health officials have wept that people are enduring risk out in public, addressing that the Seoul area’s transportation movements have declined by only 20% in the previous weekend.

Suppose the spread of the virus doesn’t slow down. In that case, health authorities will have to consider elevating social distancing measures to the sturdiest’ Level 3,’ which could include prohibiting gatherings of more than ten people and advising private companies to have their employees engage working from home.

South Korea’s central bank Thursday lowered its growth outlook by 1.3% for the national economy this year. The country’s economy last posted a reduction in 1998 when it was at the core of a weakening foreign currency crisis.

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