South Korea is on the brink of a nationwide pandemic. The country which faced one of the worst outbreaks early after the COVID19 spread from mainland China has reported 397 new cases on Sunday. This is the highest number of new cases for South Korea since early March. The country previously brought the situation under control with huge testing early in March and April. However, the situation looks groom now, considers the authority.
The most worrisome fact is that most of the new cases that are now reported are from the greater Seoul area. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the greater Seoul area is the most Populus region in the country.
Considering the grave situation, the authorities have warned of strict measures of social distancing rules. The schools and businesses may also be shut down in the wake of rising cases. KCDC Chief Jung Eun-keyong admitted that the country is on the brink of a nationwide pandemic. He urged people to stay at home if possible to arrest the spread of the virus.
Last week, the authorities took stricter measures in the Seoul region, and on Sunday it has now been extended to the rest of the country. Large gatherings such as religious services are not permittable now in the country. Nightclubs, Karaoke bars, and Cybercafes are also ordered to be closed throughout the country as virus curbs methods.
From midnight, the facemasks are going to be mandatory for indoor and crowded outdoor areas.
So far South Korea has reported 17,399 cases and 309 deaths. However, the country has been seen as a role model for the entire world when it arrested the spread of COVID19 from China to other countries.