South Korean President Suspends Informal Media Briefings over Increasing COVID-19 Cases

South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol temporarily suspended his informal media briefings due to the recent rise of COVID-19 cases in the country.

According to Yoon’s office, other coverages of the President would also be restricted, with spokespersons reverting to primarily written comments, along with pictures and videos of his events, as opposed to the usual in-person briefings.

“Considering that it [Yoon’s office] is prone to the spread of infectious diseases, we ask reporters for your understanding,” said Yoon’s office in a statement.

South Korea’s Central Disaster Management Headquarters revealed that the country’s total COVID-19 cases increased to 18,524,583 on Monday with 12,693 new infections.

South Korean health officials have issued a warning that a fresh wave of infections is approaching the nation, with some experts forecasting hundreds of thousands of new cases in the coming weeks.

A Realmeter poll issued on Monday showed that Yoon’s approval ratings have been steadily declining and have reached as low as 37 percent amidst the President’s recent issues.

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