Today it had more than 700 cases, which is a little lower than last month’s six-month high, but it’s enough for the authorities to now require mask-wearing for everyone, indoors and outdoors, vaccinated or not.
Kim Dami has the details.
South Korea confirmed 711 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, meaning the daily tally has topped seven-hundred for three straight days now.
The number is slightly lower than the previous day, but still high for a weekend considering fewer tests are conducted on Saturdays and Sundays.
With 80 percent of Monday’s cases originating from the greater Seoul area, mandatory face mask wearing in the metropolitan area will return for all both indoors and outdoors.
Previously, those who had received at least one shot were able to go mask-free when outside.
On top of that, drinking at parks and by the river is banned past 10 PM.
Quarantine inspections will also be strengthened at multi-use facilities, including at singing rooms and fitness clubs.
“The metropolitan government will activate and keep this system until the situation calms.”
The revisions were put in place as for the past week, new cases in the Seoul area have accounted for more than 80 percent of South Korea’s total cases and nearly half of those were people in their 20s and 30s.
The number of imported cases on Monday also jumped back to 67.
Health authorities are on high alert after confirming the delta variant among cluster infections in the metropolitan area.
After postponing level two distancing measures for a week until Wednesday, the government will announce new measures on that day.
Whatever measures are decided will take effect from Thursday.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.