South Korea Capital a Covid-19 War Zone, says Health Minister

South Korean health minister Park Neung-hoo said on Monday that the capital Seoul is now a Covid-19 war zone, as cases surged to 615 new infections today.

South Korean health minister Park Neung-hoo said on Monday that its capital Seoul is now a Covid-19 war zone, as cases surged to 615 new infections today. 

According to country’s Ministry of Health and Welfare, total cases as of Monday, are now at 38,161 with 580 local outbreak cases and 35 imported cases. 

Ra Sung-woong, deputy director of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said, “we expect 550 to 750 new patients every day this week”. The KDCA also said that daily cases could surge up to 900 next week if the situation remains the same. 

Deputy director Ra also warned that the rapid increase of cases in Seoul could spread to other parts of the country if the trend continues. The strictest measures could be imposed: “completely restricting all social activities.”

Health authorities have now raised the capital’s social distancing measures to level 2.5, the second strictest level to curb the spread of Covid-19.


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