South Korean capital to ban gatherings of more than four as covid deaths rise

21st Dec

South Korean capital to ban gatherings of more than four as covid deaths rise

On Monday South Korea’s capital Seoul and surrounding areas banned gatherings of more than four people over the Christmas and New Year holidays because daily the country is recording high cases. The national government has resisted calls to impose a strict national lockdown but the governments of Seoul, Gyeonggi
Province and Incheon city ordered unprecedented restrictions on gatherings from December 23 to January 3.Mayor Seo Jung-hyup said in the meeting that “We cannot overcome the current crisis without reducing cluster infections that are spreading through private gatherings with families, friends and colleagues,”.

Combined the two cities and the province account for about half of South Korea’s 51 million residents. In Seoul there are many restaurants approximately venues accounted for 41.4% of cluster infections over the past four weeks, followed by 16.9% from offices, 15.5% from places of worship and 12.3% from medical facilities and nursing homes, according to local government data.