To curb the spread of COVID-19, the government raised social distancing measures to level two for the whole countryeffective from Sunday. Beforehand, level two had only applied to the capital, Seoul and the surrounding regions.
The Minister of Health and Welfare, Park Neung-hoo, said on Monday that if the spread in the capital region cannot be contained within this week, the government has to consider raising the social distancing measures to level three.

“Over the past three days, we have seen a total of almost 1000 new patients across the country. If we don’t curb the current outbreak, then the pain the public will have to go through and the social costs will snowball. I ask everyone to abide by strict social distancing.”

The Korean Society of Infectious Diseases, as well as other related groups, also say that it is “inevitable” that social distancing measures will be raised to level three.
In a statement released on Monday, they said, level two social distancing is not enough to tackle the current situationadding that it has already worsened to the extent that level three could be implemented. Experts also urged citizens to actively cooperate with quarantine measures as the medical system has reached a point where hospitals are even running out of beds.

Meanwhile, Minister of Education Yoo Eun-hae has vowed to minimize the spread of the local infections in schools.

“Since August 11th, the virus has been spreading fast among students and teachers. This week will be the most important in curbing the spread as the summer break is over and school will begin.”

She addedthe ministry will thoroughly prepare for the worst, keeping in mind that the social distancing measures could be raised to the third level in the capital region.
Eum Ji-young Arirang News.

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