Seven days of confinement decreed in Seoul due to COVID outbreaks

The authorities of Seoul They have announced another week of mandatory confinement to try to stop the advance of the new coronavirus, after having left a trail of more than 5,100 infections in the last two weeks throughout South Korea, most of them in the capital.

The acting mayor of Seoul, Seo Jeong Hyup, has asked citizens to “strictly abide by the requirements” imposed by the authorities from next week, despite the fact that this will entail “sacrifice daily routines”.

Complicated scenario

The move, which will affect about 10 million people, comes after the Government of South Korea has counted in the last two weeks more than 5,100 new cases, most of them linked to a conservative church in the north of Seoul and an anti-government demonstration held on August 15 in the capital.

Seo has alerted the population of the capital that if the virus continues with the expansion that it has maintained so far, the economy It could be plunged into “a terrible situation”, so it has not ruled out that during the week the measures may be even more tougher.

Meanwhile, the South Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has reported 248 new cases of coronavirus, after several days above 300. Among the infections on the last day, there are 238 of community transmission, bringing the country’s total to 19,947.

The numbers get worse

The figures for the past two weeks contrast with those recorded in early August, when South Korea had the situation under control adding daily cases that did not exceed two digits.

The KCDC has reported a slight increase in the number of deceased, now there are 324 and the recovery of 14,973 patients, after 70 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, as pointed out by the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

The authorities of the rest of the most populated cities of the country have prohibited any demonstration of more than 10 people, and in Seoul the use of masks is mandatory at all times, both in open and closed public spaces.

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