South Korea’s prime minister announced on Tuesday that those who will be found violating social distancing protocols will not qualify as recipients for the new tranche of emergency cash handouts.
Due to the consistent reports on the antivirus curbs violations committed by some shops, restaurants, and other business establishments, Chung Sye-kyun said a “one-strike, you’re out” punishment, along with other stiff measures.
“At invisible places, there are frequent cases of social commitments being ignored,” Chung said in a coronavirus response meeting at Ejon’s government office complex.
Among those that were reported to be breaching antivirus curbs are the nightclubs in the country’s capital. Particularly, he said these establishments are found by authorities to violate rules on wearing masks, keeping limits on clients, and securing entry lists.
Chung said that the “one-strike, you’re out” policy will follow no exception and will be applied to those violating social distancing rules. Violators will not be eligible for the nearing pay out of the fourth round of relief money, he said.
This year’s first supplementary budget was decided by the government and the ruling Democratic Party to be funded to aid self-employed proprietors of mom-and-pop establishments affected by the health crisis, along other vulnerable individuals. The fourth wave of the emergency hand out is set to start next month.
During the celebration of the Lunar New Year alone, the country has logged more than five thousand antivirus curbs’ violators.
According to the data provided by the Central Disease Control Headquarters, 61.7 percent of the Lunar New Year violations, or 3, 462, are violations on non-assembly order. Some 30.8 percent, meanwhile, have breached entry requirements, and 7.4 percent did not follow social distancing protocols.
On Tuesday, the country’s daily new infections were recorded below 400, which is believed to be the cause of the effect of the low testing turn-out during the weekend.
Some 357 more cases were recorded on Monday, pushing the total to 87, 681, based on the data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). Of the number, 330 were local infections.
While this was the second straight day of the low infection tally, authorities maintained its guard against the spike as social distancing measures were relaxed.
The fatality rate of the country came to 1.79 percent, as it added 11 more deaths. The total virus-related deaths in the country is now at 1, 573.
Meanwhile, Chung expressed his hope for the vaccination program to start this week.
The country plans to start vaccinating its people with AstraZeneca’s vaccine on Friday, and Pfizer’s vaccine the following day.
With these drives, the country hopes to attain herd immunity by November.