South Korea reported 46 new coronavirus circumstances on Tuesday after well being authorities declared the nation was battling a second wave of infections that had been circulating for weeks.
The South endured one of many worst early outbreaks of the illness exterior China however seems to have introduced it broadly beneath management thanks to an intensive “trace, test and treat” programme whereas by no means imposing a obligatory lockdown.
Social distancing guidelines have been relaxed after a public vacation in early Might and the nation has since been returning largely to regular.
However within the final month the South has seen round 35 to 50 circumstances a day, largely within the Seoul metropolitan space the place half of the inhabitants lives.
“We believe the second wave has been running since it was triggered by the May holiday,” mentioned Jung Eun-kyeong, director of Korea’s Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
Officers reimposed some social distancing measures in late Might following contemporary clusters in and close to Seoul, and most circumstances reported prior to now week have been home infections.
Of the 46 new circumstances reported Tuesday — taking the nation’s whole to 12,484 — 30 have been individuals arriving from abroad.
Seoul Mayor Park Gained-soon warned on Monday that the capital must return to strict social distancing measures if the variety of infections within the metropolis topped 30 on every of the following three days. On Tuesday, six have been introduced.
If the capital didn’t sort out the present development in transmission, the day by day case rely may attain “about 800” in a month’s time, he mentioned.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in mentioned Tuesday he’s “confident” the virus “still can be controlled”.
“What has been discovered in the past five months is that you can prevent virus infections as long as you follow the basic disinfection rules and the government’s guidelines,” he mentioned.
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