Gov't Tightens Lockdown in Seoul

  • By Yang Ji-ho

    November 17, 2020 11:29

    The government decided Tuesday to tighten social distancing in Seoul and the metropolitan areas starting Thursday amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections.

    The decision came a day after the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency warned that the daily tally could surge to 300 or 400 in two weeks unless the lockdown is tightened.

    KDCA chief Jeong Eun-kyeong sounded the warning as new infections stood above 200 for three days running, the first time since August.

    Another 230 new cases were reported on Tuesday morning.

    Students line up to get tested for coronavirus at an elementary school in Wonju, Gangwon Province on Monday after a student there tested positive. /Newsis

    Average daily infections in the greater Seoul area stood at 99.4 during Nov. 9-15, nearing the level of more than 100 infections that require a tighter lockdown.

    Some areas in Gangwon Province are also expected to be subject to tougher social distancing since they have seen an increase in infections.

    Uhm Joong-shik at Gacheon University Gil Medical Center said, "We face an emergency that requires social distancing levels to be raised even further than the government is proposing."

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