Gov't Mulls Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

  • By Jung Seok-woo

    October 08, 2020 13:34

    Sixty-nine people tested positive as of Thursday morning, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said.

    The daily average number stayed less than 100 since the weeklong Chuseok holiday except for a couple of days, so the government is cautiously mulling whether to lift the current level of strict social distancing which is scheduled until Oct. 11.

    The government worries about several planned rallies in downtown Seoul on Hangeul Day on Friday, which would cause surge in infections.

    Last week, The police vehicles blocked the main thoroughfares in downtown Gwanghwamun to prevent mass rallies on Liberation Day, drawing complaints from protesters who insist on their the constitutional right to freedom of assembly.

    People wait to get tested for coronavirus at a makeshift facility in Seoul on Wednesday. /Newsis

    Meanwhile, an Indonesian who escaped from quarantine in Seoul was arrested in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province on Wednesday afternoon.

    He fled the quarantine facility around 7 p.m on Oct. 4, just five hours before he was supposed to be released, by digging a tunnel in the grounds of the facility.

    Health authorities are trying to find out whether he spread the virus while roaming around for three days, but he tested negative for coronavirus before entering the facility.

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