World Asia 19 Apr 2020 Despite drop in Covi ...

Despite drop in Covid19 cases, South Korea to keep social distancing guidlines

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Published Apr 19, 2020, 3:42 pm IST
Updated Apr 19, 2020, 3:42 pm IST
Officials said the government will allow a limited number of essential employment- and license-related examinations to take place
A voter, right, wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus has his temperature checked upon his arrival to cast his vote for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea. AP Photo
 A voter, right, wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus has his temperature checked upon his arrival to cast his vote for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea. AP Photo

Seoul: South Korea's prime minister on Sunday said the country will maintain much of its social distancing guidelines until May 5 but will relax some limits.

The comments by Chung Sye-kyun came hours after South Korea's health authorities reported eight more coronavirus cases, the first time a daily increase has dropped to a single digit in about two months.

 

Chung said the government will stop “strongly advising” religious organizations, gyms and bars to suspend their operations and allow less risky outdoor public facilities, like recreational parks, to be reopened.

He said outdoor sports games also can be held if there are no spectators.

He said the government will allow a limited number of essential employment- and license-related examinations to take place if stringent quarantine steps are in place.

Despite a recent continued downward trend, Chung said, “It's definitely not time to feel relieved.”

 

While saying South Korea must find ways to revitalize the economy, Chung said the government will toughen its social distancing rules if the danger of a spread of the virus increases again.

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