South Korea is extending its level 2 social distancing measures by another week, as local authorities are scrambling to get the resurgence of COVID-19 under control.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun says the government wants to avoid raising the level a notch to the highest level if it can.
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“Level 3 social distancing measures are the last bastion we have considering the economic and social ripple effect it could have. Stricter quarantine measures will mean much harsher difficulties in our daily lives, but I ask you for your cooperation.”
That means rest of the nation, including the Seoul metropolitan region, will be maintaining level 2 distancing measures.
The government will also be discussing measures to limit the operation and opening hours of restaurants and cafes.
We will bring you any updates to that in our later newscast.