July 26, 2021 09:42
The government is tightening lockdown rules across the country from Tuesday as daily infections outside the Seoul metropolitan area surge to over 500.
"Infections outside the capital now account for more than 35 percent of nationwide cases, a clear sign that the pandemic is spreading across the country," President Moon Jae-in said in a meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on Sunday.
Moon at first said new lockdown rules would be implemented from Monday, but the start date was moved to Tuesday at the request of local governments who said they need time to prepare.
Under the new rules, private gatherings will be limited to four people and weddings and funerals can be attended by only up to 49 people in designated areas.
Night clubs, bars, karaoke parlors, public saunas, restaurants, and cafés must close at 10 p.m. and the government advised municipalities to shut them down depending on their situation.
The daily tally of new infections stood at 1,318 as of Monday morning.
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