MADRID, 12 Dic. (EUROPA PRESS) –
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye Kyun considers the imposition of new restrictions – in what would be the highest level of alert – at the national level “inevitable” after registering a record 950 new daily cases this Saturday.
This figure brings total cases in the country to 41,736, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), and represents a sharp increase compared to the 689 cases of the day. previous to reaching the highest level since January, when the country reported its first case of COVID-19. The previous record was 909 cases, registered on February 29.
Another six additional deaths from the virus bring the total deaths to 578 and the number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms nationwide has reached 179.
If this trend continues, the Government will have no choice but to raise the alert level from the current 2.5 to the maximum of 3 to deal with this new “emergency”, as described by the country’s president, Moon Jae In, who it has ordered the mobilization of all available resources.
Under Level 3 restrictions, gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited, including all sporting events, while schools can only offer online classes. The public is advised to stay home as long as possible, and companies should advise their non-essential employees to work from home.
There are no travel restrictions, although foreign visitors must be quarantined for 14 days unless exempted under cross-border agreements.
Health experts have been warning that South Korea could witness a greater wave of infections during the winter, as respiratory viruses proliferate in cold, dry weather, while people’s immune systems tend to weaken.
It took more than 80 days for the total number of infections in the country to rise from 20,000 to 30,000; However, it only took 20 days for the country to add 10,000 additional cases, after the count surpassed the threshold of 30,000 cases on November 20.
The total number of people discharged from quarantine after fully recovering stood at 31,493, which represents an increase of 336 compared to the previous day, according to the balance collected by the official South Korean news agency Yonhap.