South Korea PM says further gathering limits may be needed as Covid-19 cases rise

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korea’s Prime Minister on Friday (July 16) said more limits on private gatherings may be needed around the country as the authorities reported 1,536 new coronavirus cases.

South Korea was for months a coronavirus success story as it kept outbreaks under control with testing, tracing and social distancing, but the more contagious Delta variant has been fuelling a new wave of infections.

Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum asked local governments to standardise gathering limits to fewer than four people to avoid confusion in the non-metropolitan area, where the cases have been quickly surging, after imposing a semi-lockdown in the greater Seoul area.

“If the number of confirmed cases continues to spiral, I stress that there is no choice but to further limit the number of gatherings after 6pm outside the metropolitan area as well,” Mr Kim told a televised government meeting on Friday.

Total infections across the country of 52 million people now stands at 175,046 cases and 2,051 deaths have been reported.

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