South Korea PM says further gathering limits may be needed as COVID-19 cases rise
South Korea reported 1,536 new coronavirus cases as of Thursday midnight, a slow decline in daily infections since hitting a record earlier this week, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Friday.
SEOUL: South Korea's prime minister on Friday (Jul 16) said more limits on private gatherings may be needed around the country as authorities reported 1,536 new COVID-19 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 6 pm outside the metropolitan area as well," Kim told a televised government meeting on Friday.
Total infections across the country of 52 million people now stand at 175,046 cases, and 2,051 deaths have been reported.