Harsh Measures Imposed in Seoul While Vaccination Rates Remain Low대한민국청소년영어뉴스/KOREAN YOUTH ENGLISH NEWS
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  • 기사등록 2021-07-24 21:11:17

South Korea announced further restrictions because of the surging infection rates in Seoul. According to official statistics, the country logged its highest rate total of 1,316 cases, while the record of the previous day was 1,275 cases. It was the first time that the nation's daily infections have risen above 1,300 for three straight days, bringing about the fourth wave of COVID-19 since the pandemic started.

▲ People waiting to get COVID-19 tests

The country banned social gatherings of more than two people past six in the evening, and bars and other nightlife establishments will be totally closed for two weeks until July 25. Starting on Monday, July 26 in the Seoul area, four people will be able to socialize, schools will go back to full-time learning, and care services can operate at a half capacity. the 10 p.m. curfew will be back in restaurants and indoor sports venues.

▲ A normally busy street in Seoul remains empty

Kwon Jun-wook, the deputy chief of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, announced that the current wave was different from the previous wave because vaccinations are now completed for more than ten percent of the population. However, infectious disease professor Dr. Kim Woo-joo of Korea University says that full vaccination rates remain low among older people, and seventy percent have not been vaccinated at all. He added that South Korea might need to impose even tougher rules truly to a lockdown since there are no restrictions on activities like traveling.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 165,344 people have been infected, and 2,036 people have died. In order to prevent cases like these from happening again, South Korea aims to deliver first-dose vaccinations to seventy percent of the population before the end of September.

▲ COVID-19 vaccines

July 18th, 2021

By Jia Sohn


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