South Korea today reported more than a thousand new cases of COVID-19 the highest daily figure since the first case was reported in the country back in January.
President Moon Jae-in says that the country is at a critical juncture and will have to consider enacting the toughest distancing rules if the virus can’t be slowed down.
Kim Min-ji reports.
President Moon Jae-in says South Korea will have to consider adopting the toughest social distancing measures if the rapid surge of COVID-19 cannot be curbed.
Moon on Sunday chaired an emergency meeting at the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters in Seoul to check the country’s response against COVID-19 just hours after South Korea reported a record 1,30 new cases.
We are backed into a corner. This is a desperate situation in which all efforts are needed to stave off the spread of the virus by concentrating all of our anti-virus capabilities and administrative power. If we cannot curb the spread, then we face the critical decision of whether to raise the social distancing rules to level three.
Moon said the outbreak in South Korea is now the worst it’s been since the first case was detected in January.
He stressed that speed will be the key to overcoming the current crisis highlighting the need for increased testing, tracing and quarantine.
He also called for efforts to secure more medical staff, treatment facilities and hospital beds, urging further cooperation from the public and private sector.
Moon also urged the public to refrain from gatherings or travel, saying that social distancing is the greatest vaccine available at this point.
This is the last watershed before vaccines and treatment are used. Until then, social distancing is the strongest vaccine and treatment.
Moon said that it’s time to prove that the country is a model in the fight against the virus.
He said that level three social distancing is the last option, calling on officials to make the necessary preparations and make a bold decision if that is what they must do.
Participants at Sunday’s meeting included Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun and other Cabinet members, while top officials from local governments joined via video link-up.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.

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