South Korea warned of a second wave of the new coronavirus on Sunday as infections rebounded to a one-month high, just as the authorities were starting to ease some pandemic restrictions.
The fresh outbreak comes just as the government was easing some social distancing restrictions and moving to fully reopen schools and businesses, in a transition from intensive social distancing to “distancing in daily life.”
“We must never lower our guard regarding epidemic prevention,” Moon said in a televised speech marking the third anniversary of his inauguration. “We are in a prolonged war. I ask everyone to comply with safety precautions and rules until the situation is over even after resuming daily lives.”
WELP. South Korea orders bars and nightclubs to shut down again, for a further 30 days, after health officials tracked 13 new #Covid19 cases to a single person who attended five bars/nightclubs in Seoul. https://t.co/rxDOouz1W2
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) May 9, 2020
South Korea had been lauded for its quick coronavirus response and early recovery. Now more than 50 cases have been linked to Seoul’s nightclubs and bars, which have been ordered closed. https://t.co/2Icp5C3wUa
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 10, 2020