Seoul, South Korea:
South Korea reported 1,378 new coronavirus instances Saturday, a document excessive for the third day in a row because the nation ready to impose its highest-level curbs within the larger capital space subsequent week.
The nation had beforehand been held up as a mannequin of how one can fight the pandemic, with the general public largely following social distancing and different guidelines, however it was sluggish to start out its vaccine roll-out as a consequence of provide shortages.
Greater than 1,000 of the brand new instances have been within the capital Seoul and its surrounding areas, house to round half the South Korean inhabitants.
Clusters have not too long ago surfaced in areas together with faculties, workplaces and buying malls, with individuals of their 20s and 30s — most of whom are usually not but eligible for vaccinations — driving up the numbers.
Solely about 11 % of the nation’s 52 million inhabitants is totally vaccinated, in accordance with well being authorities.
On Friday, the nation’s prime minister Kim Boo-kyum mentioned the document spike in new instances left authorities no selection however to implement the highest-level curbs.
Underneath the brand new restrictions, set to come back into power on Monday and final for 2 weeks, gatherings of greater than two individuals can be banned after 6 pm and faculties can be closed.
Bars and golf equipment can be shut, whereas cafes and eating places are allowed restricted seating and dine-in companies are prohibited after 10 pm.
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