A spike in new coronavirus cases in South Korea has encouraged authorities to reimpose more strict social distancing rules in Seoul, yet that didn’t stop thousands of demonstrators from protesting against President Moon Jae-in’s policies. The protest majoritly broke out due to the continuation of unsuccessful implementation of Covid19 measures by the government.
Seoul, South Korea today.
Protesting their Justice Minister and President.
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) October 3, 2019
For the second day,m after than four months, the nation observed a sudden jump in the number of case transmitted as per The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) mentioned.
The KCDC revealed 166 new cases as of Friday, of which 155 were domestic, indicating authorities to review measures against virus. They stressed over the situations of fresh flood of the diseases,
Thousands staged demonstrations in downtown Seoul, despite a restrictions on rallies in the capital city. Some conservative groups were also protesting against President Moon’s land showcase strategy and a series of sex scandals involving leaders of his government.
The protestors with some carrying placards reading “Expel Moon Jae-in”, coincided with the National Liberation Day from Japan’s 1910-1945 colonization of the peninsula.
South Korea used invasive tracing and widespread testing to contain its first flare-up of the novel coronavirus. However Asia’s fourth-largest economy has encountered outbreaks late and mostly in the densely populated capital zone.
The new cases took South Korea’s count to 15,039 with 305 deaths by Friday 12 PM. The ongoing spike in infections are emerging in different clusters, including church gatherings and restaurants.
More than 100 infections were linked to members of a Seoul church alone and those who came into contact with the churchgoers. The authorities are testing 4,000 members of the church, Health Minister Park Neung-hoo told a briefing.
The authorities chose to update the social distancing guidelines to second stage for Seoul and close by Gyeonggi province, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a meeting on Saturday.
“We are facing a desperately dangerous situation that could prompt another influx of epidemics in the event that we can’t conquer this crisis,” said Chung.
Health authorities had sorted social distancing rules in three stages -stage 1 : Being the least intense and stage 3 : The toughest, where schools and businesses are encouraged to close.
Second stage limits indoor gatherings to under 50 and open air gatherings to under 100, and bans spectators in sports matches, disappointing fans who had just returned into baseball and soccer stadiums following a five-week deferral to the season.