Record-shattering daily virus cases continue to hit South Korea despite that Greater Seoul already entered its tenth day into the toughest anti-virus curbs implementation. Probably, the present measures are to remain beyond its Sunday’s expiration due to the continued virus spread.
Another record-high of 1, 842 cases were recorded as of Wednesday at midnight, which included the 270 Cheonghae unit members who tested positive while they were in the waters off Africa for an anti-piracy mission.
A total of 1, 533 new cases were locally transmitted. Out of this number, 987 are from Greater Seoul: 494 from Seoul, 363 from Gyeonggi Province, and 130 from Incheon. There were 102 cases, meanwhile, from Busan.
There were also 309 imported virus cases. Of which, 284 were Koreans.
According to experts, the country should implement the highest level distancing measures for a longer period of time as the pandemic continues to spread. The toughest rules are about to end Sunday since it was enforced last July 12.
The number of cases will immediately increase if the nation deescalates antivirus curbs, Eom Joong-sik, a faculty member at Gachon University Gil Hospital, said.
The professor said that the toughest level of curbs cannot immediately bear its outcome in the Seoul area due to the holidays. “The number of confirmed cases will be on the decline only after at least four weeks (of implementing Level 4 rules).”
On Wednesday night, the social distancing policy advisory body emphasized in their meeting the need to extend the current measures.
Opinions were heard during the meeting. Members have raised their stand regarding the extension of the Level 4 distancing rule in the Seoul metropolitan area for a couple of weeks more, The Korea Herald reported.
The measures are expected to be tackled by the government along with the concerned ministries and local governments according to the opinions of the advisory body. New distancing rules are expected to be discussed and laid down by Sunday.