South Korean PM says further gathering limits may be needed as Covid-19 cases rise

Published Fri, Jul 16, 2021 · 09:58 AM

[SEOUL] South Korea's prime minister on Friday said more limits on private gatherings may be needed around the country as authorities reported 1,536 new coronavirus cases.

South Korea was for months a coronavirus success story as it kept outbreaks under control with testing, tracing and social distancing, but the more contagious Delta variant has been fuelling a new wave of infections.

Prime Minister Kim Boo Kyum asked local governments to standardise gathering limits to less than four people to avoid confusion in the non-metropolitan area, where the cases have been quickly surging, after imposing a semi-lockdown in the greater Seoul area.

"If the number of confirmed cases continues to spiral, I stress that there is no choice but to further limit the number of gatherings after 6pm outside the metropolitan area as well," Mr Kim told a televised government meeting on Friday.

Total infections across the country of 52 million people now stands at 175,046 cases, and 2,051 deaths have been reported.

REUTERS

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