Coronavirus: South Korea extends intensive social distancing by 2 weeks

  • Coronavirus: South Korea extends intensive social distancing by 2 weeks

Coronavirus: South Korea extends intensive social distancing by 2 weeks

South Korea recorded fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases on Monday, marking the lowest number since late February, as the nation extended strict guidelines on social distancing.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Monday there were 47 new infections as of midnight on Sunday compared with 81 recorded a day earlier, taking the national cumulative tally to 10,284.

The nation's death toll from the coronavirus, which emerged in China late past year, rose by three to 186.

Of the new, 32 were repatriated cases, mostly Koreans.

However, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun reemphasized the need for Korea not to loosen its tension. "However, if the COVID-19 virus spreads throughout the Seoul metro region in large scales, the crisis now gripping the United States and Europe may likely be our problem, too", Chung said while presiding over the daily interagency meeting to cope with the coronavirus. But smaller outbreaks in churches, hospitals and nursing homes, as well as infections among travellers, continue to emerge.

Many citizens are feeling exhausted and lethargic. This brings South Korea's total number of cases to 10-thousand 284. The student was found to have contracted the virus, putting some 20 other people who took the same flight in self quarantine. Although Seoul and its surrounding areas are seeing a rise in confirmed cases, mainly because of imported cases and cluster transmissions, the number of newly-confirmed patients in Busan has been zero for five consecutive days. The number had been increasing by the hundreds for many days during February and March, but it has recently dropped under 100 cases a day.

A Taiwanese woman on Sunday (April 5) became the first foreigner to be deported from South Korea for refusing to pay for her mandatory 14-day quarantine imposed upon entering the country.